Scotland’s Inveraray Castle Should Not be Missed on Your Travel!

Inveraray Castle is a country house located near the county of Argyll on the Western side of Scotland

Inveraray Castle is a country house located near the county of Argyll on the Western side of Scotland. The Castle is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. It has been the seat of Argyll Dukes and chiefs of Clan Campbell since the 18th Century. The construction of the Castle began in 1743, and the architecture replaced the earlier design that was built in the early 15th Century. Later in 1975, fire struck Inveraray severely, and the 12th Duke and his family lived in the basement while restorations were carried out. Today, the Castle is open to visitors. It houses unique collections that include over 1300 swords, pikes, muskets and other weapons. The 13th Duke and his family live in private apartments of the Castle on two floors.

inveraray castle, scotland the garden

The construction of the Castle began in 1743, and the architecture replaced the earlier design that was built in the early 15th Century. Castle, Scotland

Hauntings of the Inveraray Castle 

Many haunting appearances have happened at the Inveraray Castle. Some of the occurrences date back to the previous old structure on the site. In 1644, a young Irish boy who was playing the harp was killed brutally. The Marquis’s men slaughtered the boy in a rage that he was working for their sworn enemy. They left his quartered body on the Duke’s bed. Many legends have reported that the boy’s spirit moves around the bed that is now fixed in the MacArthur room of the current site. In other reports, staff and visitors noticed the bed moving on its own. They have also experienced cold spots and headaches in the room. On several occasions, harp music has been heard with the sound of books being thrown. Sometimes visitors are often seen laughing in the library all of a sudden for no reason.

It is believed that there is a death omen attached with the phantom harpist and the room of MacArthur. It is also reported that harp music can be heard in the room whenever a member of the family is about to pass away. This incident was last reported in 1949 when the 10th duke died. Another death incident happened when the ghost ship claimed the life of the Clan Campbell Chief. Another ghost is a young woman who was murdered by Jacobites. Many have seen the spirit roaming around the Castle in a grey gown and therefore named as “the Grey Lady” though her exact identity is still unknown.

What to See and Do in Inveraray Castle?

Inveraray is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland famous for its history and of course, the hauntings. But there is a lot more to it. Here are a few things to do at the Castle:

The Grounds and Garden

 

Inveraray Castle, Scotland The garden is worth a visit when you are at the Castle.

The garden is worth a visit when you are at the Castle. Spanning across the area of 16 acres, there are formal lawns, stunning flowerbeds, park and woodland. Visit the garden and enjoy a lovely afternoon here.

Tearoom

The traditional tearoom of the Castle offers a wide range of coffee, teas, snacks, ice cream and light meals all made fresh and hot. The tearoom is run by the Duchess and serves mouthwatering menu to the visitors.

Gift Shop

Visit the gift shop to buy a vast array of books and gifts. There are several souvenirs including Scottish gifts, Clan Campbell, Scottish produced scarves and blankets and many other things.

Walking Routes

Walking routes at the Castle are the best way to explore the Argyll Estate dating back to the mid 17th Century. A few of the walking routes have been decorated for the visitors who wish to explore the Inveraray Estate and admire the breathtaking views.

Deer Stalking

You can not only stalk but also shoot on the Isle of Tiree at the Argyll Estates that is covering the area of over 50,000 acres.

To know about tickets and other information about the Castle, visit their website.

How to Preserve the Natural Ecosystem While Hiking or Camping

Hiking and camping are great ways to get out and enjoy nature while getting in some exercise. There are many benefits to be gained by spending time in the outdoors. As you go out and explore, it’s important that you take steps to preserve the ecosystem and minimize any damage you might do.

Practice “No Trace” Cleanup

“Leave No Trace” is a set of principles that guide the actions of outdoor adventurers who wish to minimize their impact on the environment. One of those principles is to dispose of waste properly. If you bring something in with you, you need to bring whatever waste is produced back with you. Food wrappers, broken tent stakes, and empty water bottles are all some of the things that you may be tempted to leave behind. For the sake of the animals and fish that live on the land and in the water you’re hiking and camping in, you need to bring it back home with you where it can be properly disposed of to avoid endangering the animal life.

Use Fish-friendly Insect Repellents

No one wants to spend their hiking or camping trips fending off mosquitos and other biting insects. The bites are uncomfortable and the insects that are biting may spread diseases. This is why insect repellents are a recommended precaution. Not all insect repellents are friendly to other wildlife though. Some pest repellent ingredients like allethrin can be harmful to fish. Essential oil blends with oils such as citronella, lemongrass, thyme, basil, mint, and lemon eucalyptus may be good, fish-friendly alternatives to try.

Watch Where You Walk

If you want to protect the ecosystem you’re visiting from as much wear and tear as possible, camp and travel on durable surfaces. It’s best to stick to the trail when hiking since you won’t be damaging fragile plant life by walking on it. If you do decide to go off the trail, try to stick to terrain covered in rocks, sand, or gravel. These surfaces hold up best to travel. When setting camp, stay at least 200 feet away from water sources to avoid disturbing the wildlife, including those that make their home in the water.

As you hike and camp, take precautions that will help preserve the natural ecosystem you’re in. If you pack it in, pack it out. Use fish-friendly insect repellants. Take care where you step. These practices will help protect the delicate balance of the ecosystem, helping to ensure its survival for years to come.

How to Make It through Airport Security with Ease

Are you in the process of preparing for a trip? If you are, does your trip require that you travel by air? If so, you may be concerned about airport security checkpoints. Even everyday individuals, who mean no harm, experience some nervousness and uncertainty when they think of airport security. The good news, however, is that there are some steps that you can take to help get you through airport security with ease. A few of these tips are highlighted below for your convenience.

The best way to pass through airport security with ease and without experiencing any complications or delays is by knowing all airport security rules and restrictions. Although you will want to use your best judgment, you will also want to take the time to visits the website for the TSA, which is located at www.tsa.gov. There, you will find all that you need to know about airport security rules and restrictions, such as prohibited items, as well as tips to help you.

As for making it through airport security with ease, there are many professionals who recommend purchasing your airline tickets well in advance of your trip. Apparently, you are less likely to be stopped and fully screened by airport security when doing so. For many, last minute travelers send off signals or red flags. Even if this is untrue, there is still no harm that can come from booking your airline reservations in advance.

Next, it is important to make sure that you are carrying proper identification with you. Most airline workers, especially those at the ticket counter, will ask to see a form of identification. For adults, this identification needs to include a picture. State identification cards or driver’s licenses are ideal. For domestic travel, children can often get away without showing identification.

Before you leave for the airport, go through your luggage one more time. This is particularly a good idea with your carry-on luggage. Do you see anything that looks out of the ordinary? If you do, you may want to leave that item at home or else pack it in a checked bag. Anything that looks suspicious, even though it may not be, may hold you up at airport security, resulting in unnecessary delays.

All air travelers, including children, are required to remove their shoes before walking through the metal detectors. For that reason, you will want to remove your shoes ahead of time. You will need to do so anyways, so get started earlier, which can help to keep the security line moving along in a timely fashion. Also, be sure to wear comfortable and easy to remove shoes.

In addition to shoes, all air travelers are required to remove certain clothing pieces, such as belts, jackets, and possibly even bulky sweatshirts. For that reason, you will want to come to the airport dressed simple, yet comfortably. You will want to remove these items ahead of time and have them ready to place in a security bin.

Pleasure of Traveling

Travelling” the word itself makes me feel relaxed and excited at the same time. If you think that traveling is all about moving from one place to another in search of new land, then you have to think once again.

However, for me traveling is about wandering in places without any expectations and even grabbing the aura of the unknown lands. This is what pleasure of traveling means to me. But this is an overall idea whereas deep within there are many simple pleasures that I endure.

Traveling to many places have made me realize that quality is over quantity. You can travel to as many places you desire but if you have not acquired what you want then the traveling is of no mean.

To be more precise, travel in such a manner that whether it is your 10th or 100th journey it should feel like the first one. Whereas, this article is not about tips or tricks and not even about where you should go or things you need to do. It completely about the Pleasure of Travelling.

It is something different than the other topics of mine. But as a traveling changed me into a blogger (hahaha), it now my duty to share what I feel about my traveling. So, grab a cup or a mug of coffee and sit comfortably to spend your upcoming few minutes to know what traveling feels like. Here come some of the pleasures of my travel itinerary.

The moment I get off the plane:
I know right now you might be thinking “how can getting off the plane be a pleasure”? yes, you are partially right. Getting off the plane cannot be a pleasure but feeling the weather of an unknown land can surely be a thing to enhance.
The hot or cold, weather makes me feel that I am far away from my home and everything seems to change. There is a sudden adrenaline surge that is beyond explanation and that is what makes all the difference. From boarding the plane to landing things changes and so does time zone and places.

Walking on the seashore:
Letting the sand move beneath your feet is something that everyone enjoys and this is another pleasure that I endure. I have been to many seashores in different counties and interestingly every seashore catered me with the same feeling of delight.

It really feels great when the heat of the sun touches the skin and the warm water of the ocean immediately compliments it. This feeling is sure of pure heaven. Sometimes I wonder about people who are not fond of seashores but that makes me enhance my pleasure and love for seashores even more.

Scenic beauty from the peak of a mountain:
Have you ever screamed your name after reaching the peak of a mountain? If yes, then you can surely understand the pleasure I am referring to. I have never been a person who loves hiking but traveling to different hilly places have to make me fond of it.

There is an immense pleasure of achievement after you have reaching the top and viewing the scenic beauty of the place. The view is splendid and the calmness is beyond explanation.

Walking side by history:
I am a person who believes in what I see for myself. And this is even true when it comes to history. I have only felt the essence of history when I felt it. Yes, this might sound little weird but it’s true.

My visit to Rome was my first encounter with history in real sense and it is from then I have turned in a history buff. Search and enduring history has become one of the pleasures that I acquire from traveling.

History has never tempted me more before I was a backpacker. But when I see myself now it seems to me that I have changed to a completely different person. However, this is a pleasure that I would love to endure till the last day of my trips.

Being deeply touched by a trip:
This might seem to you as a statement of sorrow rather than a pleasure but it is not. There are trips that made my heart aches as I was boarding my plane for the departure. There were many reasons starting from beautiful landmarks to friendly people that engulfed me with sorrow.

But don’t think of it to be a bad thing as the sorrow was the result of immense pleasure the place has offered me. Some places made me fall in love so deeply that I wanted to stay there forever. One among those journeys were “My Scotland Itinerary”. Sometimes traveling is a pleasure hidden in sorrow.

Knowing new faces:
Being a social person myself I have always loved meeting new people and knowing new things. This is even the same case while I travel. It is surely a pleasure to me when I meet new faces and get to know their stories.

This world is filled with a plethora of people and everyone is different from the other. And meeting new people offers me a new opportunity to learn and analysis life any other angles. However, it’s a pleasure that I love to enhance even a single time I visit a new land to spend some time in a café with some new faces beside me.

Lastly the feeling of returning back home:
There is no place better than home. No matter how far I travel but there is surely a time during my trips when I feel homesick. However, it is mostly after an exhausting trip that makes me crave more for returning back home.

But this does not mean that I hate my journey whereas it’s the opposite. However, tell me who would not like to return to their own bed with clean sheets. Yes, that my point. It is the pleasure of returning to their own place and reminiscing the memories of the past days.

By now you might have got my point that striking out the country names from the bucket list is not the real pleasure of traveling as we all think at the beginning of your travel journeys. But the ultimate pleasure is the emotions and experience that occurs during the journey.

I know that I will be traveling more and more in the upcoming days but more than anything else what excites the most is the new pleasures that I am going to assemble. A journey starts and ends but the only point that we must relish is feeling the aura, aroma, and essence of the itinerary.

So till next time “Bon voyage pals”