CLAN CAMPBELL SOCIETY
Inveraray Castle may be the one chance you will have in
Argyll, outside the country house hotels, to see the interior
of a country house which is still a family home. The parts
which are open to the public are the main reception rooms
and a suite of former bedrooms. These are of course
separate from the private side of the house. One of the
upstairs rooms is now the `clan' room containing a vast
Campbell family tree showing how the chiefly kindred,
whose ancestry is known, branched off the main line, with
the heraldic shields of each. There is also a fine
topographic wall map. In the towering entrance hall the ceiling shows the shields of
different Campbell families.
The castle is within walking distance of the town and the hotel-restaurant but there is
also a parking area outside the visitor's entrance. There is a Castle Shop on the lower
level opening off the moat. Check ahead to find hours, days and months when the castle
is open to the public.
Your best chance to meet your chief may be at the Inveraray Games or on one of his
visits to The Clan Campbell Society. However if you do need to find out whether you
can make an appointment for a meeting at Inveraray it should be done in writing through
the Chief Executive of Clan Campbell well in advance. An approach by telephone or
FAX is not appropriate when considering that the chief has to make a living like the rest
of us and there are said to be several million Campbells worldwide, any of whom might
turn up at Inveraray at any time.
Alastair Campbell of Airds in the Clan room at Inveraray.
The diagram rises to the next floor. It shows the many branches
of the Clan Campbell.
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January 2, 1998