Pretty whitewashed Inveraray shimmers on the tranquil waters of the adjacent Loch Fyne and was built from scratch in 1745 by Georgian architects on the site of a ruined fishing village in walking distance of Inveraray Castle. The pretty town centre is quickly explored:
• The Neoclassical Inveraray Parish Church is unusual for being in two parts to serve both the local Gaelic and English-speaking communities at the same time.
• Inveraray Jail (daily: April–Oct 9.30am–6pm; Nov–March 10am–5pm; £10.95) was in use up to the 1930s, but is now an entertaining museum of prison history from the Middle Ages on.
Accommodation and Eating
• The Inverary Inn (+44 499 302 466; £139), is the town’s main hotel and significant for being where Dr Johnson and Boswell once stayed on their trip to Scotland’s Western Isles.
• The George Hotel on main street (+44 499 302 111; £85) has a lively pub with decent food.
• Loch Fyne is famous for seafood, particularly Oysters, and one of the best places to sample them is is the mid-priced Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, 6 miles from Inveraray on the A83 to Glasgow.