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Inveraray: Scotland’s Monochrome Town


Overlooking the still waters of Loch Fyne, Inveraray is a traditional county town of Argyll. It was established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell. At some point in its history the town was renovated and all the buildings painted black and white. They have remained that way ever since. Combined with the Scottish Georgian architecture, the effect is quite eye-catching.



Key buildings that are worth visiting include the neoclassical church and Inveraray Jail and courthouse, now an award-winning museum that graphically recounts prison conditions from medieval times up until the 19th century.


Nearby is the neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, still the family home of the Dukes of Argyll. It is usually open to the public but was inexplicably closed when we arrived. There was even a booked coach tour parked in front of the closed gates that had been given no notice. I was able to get around the gates and walk up to the castle to get the following shots.



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