Opening with a new

tour route in 2020

We were your first visitors of the season and we really enjoyed it , the scones with clotted cream and jam from the tea room were delicious , All your staff are really friendly, great place to visit.

First visitor of 2020

Visiting Safely During COVID-19

Open Thursday to Monday 17th July - 26th October 2020 
10.00am - 4.00pm (last admission)

Before your visit

Are you feeling well? What about the people you live with? If so, you’re welcome to visit Inveraray Castle & Gardens. Do you or the people around you have flu- or common cold-like symptoms? If so, please stay at home and postpone your visit.

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, although this is not a requirement at this time. Ticket holders can gain entry by providing their booking reference and name on arrival.


During your visit

We promise to keep you safe by:

  • Limiting the number of people in each room and the venue overall
  • Using a one-way system throughout the castle and garden
  • Operating a cashless system throughout
  • Patrolling the castle and monitoring visitor activity
  • Using face coverings or perspex screens at transaction points
  • Increased cleaning throughout the venue

We ask in return that you:

  • Don't visit if you feel unwell
  • Keep at least 2 metres from other visitors
  • Wear a face covering at all times
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the facilities
  • Use the hand sanitiser stations around the property
  • Be kind to one another

How does it work?

  • Members of the same household are allowed to walk together
  • Please follow the one-way routes
  • Please follow directions given by staff
  • You may be provided with a time slot for entry so we can control the number of people entering at any one time

Are all visitor areas open?

Most visitor areas are open as they normally would be, but with a one-way system and staggered entry times. The State Dining Room can only be viewed from the doorway (due to no through flow possible). This will be the first time we have opened additional rooms to create a safe, one-way route through the castle. While the China Turret is to remain closed in 2020, we are giving you access to two private bedrooms that are normally only accessible on a private apartments tour - this includes the Broughshane Paintings.

We have also created a one-way system through our formal gardens which will provide you with the highlights and best photo opportunities. In addition to the stunning botanicals and wildlife, we have added hands-free photo points and artwork to help your household get some iconic photos together without needing someone else to hold your camera. The story of the Inveraray Estate, Campbell family, and its links to the landscape are explained in a series of new information panels along the tour route.


The tour route includes multiple sets of stairs, including a low-height winding staircase, and it is not possible to avoid the stairs. For full accessibility information, please read our Accessibility Guide below. The tour route is accessible for familes with young children, buggies can be left on the ground floor during the upstairs visit.

International Visitors

Information from Visit Scotland can be accessed in English here, and it is currently also available in German, French and Dutch, with Italian and Spanish to follow in due course.

Scottish Government Guidelines
Please always check the government website for the latest guidance -
For further information please contact Inveraray Castle on 01499 302203, email or ENQUIRE via our online form.

We look forward to welcoming you back!