|Inverary again!, a photo by howbeg on Flickr.|
Inveraray may look just like a Scottish town should. That's because nearly all of it was planned out from the beginning as one charming whole.
Before the reconstruction of the grand Inveraray Castle, the town of Inveraray was little more than a jumble of relatively unattractive huts. All that changed with the duke of Argyll, however; he wished to move the entire town away from his lovely home. And so the new town of Inveraray was built.
Much of the town's design was done by Robert Mylne, the celebrated 18th century architect. In the end there was a hotel, Town House, woollen mill, lovely housing, and a pier (the herring industry exploded here in years to come). Now it's an extremely photogenic coach stop for buses from Glasgow.
The Inveraray Jail is now a fascinating little museum, filled with frighteningly lifelike mannequins, ghosts, and plenty of information on life and punishment in the olden days.
If you're ever in Inveraray, why not take the time to drop by Ben Cruachan, "the hollow mountain?" Travel deep inside and see the power station in the heart of the mountain.