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For Romantic Couples in Inveraray

The charming, white-washed town of Inveraray in Argyll, is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway for couples. With glorious scenery, wonderful walks, activities, lots of Instagrammable moments and a rich history to explore, your next couple’s staycation in Scotland will be one to remember.

Sitting on the banks of the Loch Fyne sea loch, Inveraray is a picturesque town built on the site of an earlier fishing village in the mid 1700s by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. The original village was demolished and its inhabitants moved to allow more space for the duke’s rebuilt castle.

There are lots of great options for romantic accommodation in and around Inveraray. If you enjoy relaxing in a spa then the Shore Spa at the 4 star Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa has an indoor pool, an outdoor hot tub and a sauna and steam room. Hebridean seaweed-based products are used by the therapists for your luxury spa treatments. Bliss.

In the centre of town, The George Hotel is a characterful boutique hotel with luxury suites with roll-top baths, open fires, a heated and covered garden bar, live music and menus offering locally-sourced seafood, beef and lamb.

You will also find plenty of delightful B&Bs and guest houses where you will be assured warm welcomes and a great stay. Newton Hall Guest House has recently been refurbished and was once a Victorian church; The Old Jail Apartment was once part of Inveraray Jail so has some of the same features such as flagstones on the floor and stone fireplaces as you will see in the jail building; Rudha-na-Craige is a fine Victorian Villa with great views over Loch Fyne.

One of the nearby Argyll Holidays sites is also a great base for exploring the Inveraray area.

For the adventurers there are hills to climb, horse-riding, archery and mountain-biking and watersports.

Take a 2 hour, 6 mile trek with Argyll Adventure where you’ll start your horseback adventure along the shores of Loch Fyne before heading into the forest above Inveraray following well-trodden ancient paths, across the river Aray and on to the historic grounds of Inveraray Castle before returning to the forest roads and heading for home.

Head over to Carrick Farm on Loch Goil where you can hire kayaks, sport yaks and stand-up paddle boards as well as open canoes. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you paddle around Carrick Castle and maybe spot some seals and soaring eagles!

There are lots of great walks around Inveraray. The Inveraray Forest Circuit walk is a 6 mile circular walk that starts in the town centre and then takes you through the castle grounds to the forests above Loch Fyne where you’ll be rewarded with great views and peaceful picnic spots.

The slightly more challenging walk up Dùn na Cuaiche will take you to the folly at the top of the hill where you will enjoy incredible views of Loch Fyne and Inveraray town. It’s also the scene of a number of proposals and engagement shoots. Just saying.

For more leisurely, gentle walks surrounded by nature and beautiful views then unwind in one of the many gorgeous gardens of Argyll such as the world-famous Benmore Gardens which is only 45 minutes’ drive from Inveraray. Benmore is known for its impressive entrance of an avenue of Giant Redwood trees and magnificent flowering trees and shrubs including an incredible display of 300 species of rhododendron plus fine botanical collections from Asia and North and South America.

Benmore Botanical Gardens is open from 1 March to the end of October with glorious garden displays throughout the seasons.

Only a 15 minute drive from Inveraray you’ll come to the splendid setting of Crarae Garden - a peaceful woodland garden with waterfalls, wooden bridges and Himalayan plants. Centred on the Crarae Burn, the garden is home to a wide collection of woody shrubs and trees which provide spring flows and rich autumn colour.

No visit to Inveraray is complete without a visit to Inveraray Jail where you will learn about Scotland’s dark past and perhaps give your other half a (gentle!) birch whipping on our whipping table. Use code BLOG6 for 10% off your Inveraray Jail ticket price when you book online.

You can also use your tickets to Inveraray Jail to get a great 20% discount when you visit the iconic Inveraray Castle once home to the notorious Duchess of Argyll, the "dirty duchess" at the heart of the dramatisation ‘A Very British Scandal’. Inveraray Castle was also the scene of the Downton Abbey Christmas 2012 episode.

Inveraray has a wealth of great cafés, bistros and restaurants serving wonderful Scottish food to keep you fueled.

We look forward to welcoming you to our very special town.