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.
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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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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You must have heard about this classic musical instrument that is played in cathedrals, churches, and town halls. Even some departmental stores keep the organ widely known as “King of Instrument”, and there is no doubt why. The pipe organ produces loud and brash sound through the wind that drives through it. At the same time, the pipe organs are also capable of creating the most beautiful and mysterious sounds that you’ll not listen to anywhere else. Another type or organ is; theater organ that is used during shows in place of orchestras and electronic organs.
“The thing about pipe organs is that every instrument is unique.” – Nathan Bryson
Pipe organs are undoubtedly the largest musical instruments in the world that are played by a single person at a time. Below are some of the most beautiful and largest organs in the world:
1. Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ, USA
The United States is home to some of the largest pipe organs in the world, and Boardwalk Hall tops them all. The Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, which was completed in 1929, houses the largest pipe organ that was built without pillars and roof posts. The organ has multiple entries in Guinness World Records, including “largest pipe organ ever constructed”, “loudest musical instrument ever constructed”, and “largest musical instrument ever constructed”. The organ has an open 64-foot rank, and the number of pipes is around 33,114. for more info: visit this Website The organ is fully functional today, the Video was taken 2 years ago!
2. Birmingham Town Hall, UK
It is another spectacular pipe organ that was built in 1834 for the opening of Birmingham’s town hall. The pipes are about 32 feet tall, and it has the largest single organ case in entire Europe. The town hall organ is also famous for the Tuba Mirabilis – fitted with a deep pressure solo reed stop. The organ produces the most beautiful tunes that you’ll not listen to anywhere else. The organ was first installed with 3,000 pipes, but gradually, the number of pipes increase to 6,000. This instrument was a record-breaker for being the largest in England. It is still considered one of the most powerful organs around the world.
3. Sydney Town Hall, Australia
Sydney Town Hall is home to one of the huge organs in the world; the Grand Organ. It was built in 1889 by William Hill and Son in London and was shipped to Sydney. It was installed in Sydney Town Hall in 1890. With around 9,000 pipes, there are five manuals of the organ (Great, Solo, Echo, Choir, and Swell), and its pedals have 14 couplers and 126 speaking stops. The Grand Organ is truly “a marvel of excellence in both tone and mechanism.” If you are an organist, you can avail this fantastic opportunity of playing the Grand Organ. Visit this website for further information.
4. The Historical Organ in Freiberg Cathedral, Germany
Germany is rich in historic organs, and one of them can be found in Freiberg Cathedral. The construction of the Cathedral was initiated in 1711 by Gottfried Silbermann. About 44-stop organ with pedals was restored in 1983, and today, it still remains the same as it was intended to look. Bach and Silbermann worked together day and night to create this masterpiece. Travel to Freiberg and see this marvel with your own eyes.
5. Walt Disney Hall Organ, Los Angeles, US
Inside the Walt Disney Hall, there is a huge organ attracting music lovers from across the world. Manuel Rosales and Glatter-Götz are the masterminds behind this huge organ that likes like a game of pick-up sticks. Some visitors even termed the organ as ‘French Fries’. The builders made this wacky appearance on purpose as they wanted to create something unique that doesn’t look like an organ in church. Despite the odd look of the organ, it still attracts the attention of everyone who visits the Walt Disney Hall.
6. Old Cathedral of Brescia, Italy
It is an ancient organ that is sitting in the Old Cathedral of Brescia, Italy. The organ was designed by the famous Giovan Giacomo Antegnati. He was the church organist at St. Euphemia’s in the Brescia, who was also famous for building organs for many other churches in Italy. In the 19th century, this organ was enlarged and restored. The priests of the church admired the organ so much that they asked all the older pipes to be preserved.
7. St Pierre des Chartreux, Toulouse, France
Also considered as a historical monument, the organ is situated in a church in France. It is undoubtedly one of the finest pieces of art in Europe. Toulouse holds great importance for organists. This is why the organ in St. Pierre des Chartreux appeals too many visitors from all across the globe, especially organ lovers. The organ has 4 manuals, 51 stops, and about 78 ranks. If you are in France, a visit to this organ is a must. Don’t forget to listen to the cornet stop for a unique sound.
8. Lord & Taylor Department Store, Philadelphia. US
The crown of the largest organ in Philadelphia goes to the organ in the Lord and Taylor Department Store. The organ has around 28,500 pipes, and it was initially built in 1904 for the St Louis World’s Fair. The organ first had 10,000 pipes in 1904. After a few years, a few more organs were added, and in 1930, the construction was finally completed. Today, this massive organ produces magical and unique sounds. If you are in Philadelphia, you must visit this organ and listen to music.
Some Interesting Facts About Pipe Organs:
Pipe Organ is the largest musical instrument that is played by a single person.
In Pipe Organs, keyboards are known as ‘manual’. The lower manual is called ‘great’, and the upper manual is called ‘swell’. Some organs have the third manual known as ‘choir’.
Pipes are arranged in ranks. They are grouped together to represent similar sets that can be played together.
Organists play not only with their hands but also feet. There is a huge pedal-board on the floor of the organ that needs the functioning of the feet. Hands are obviously used to play keys.
Pipe Organs are made with at least one keyboard and one set of pipes.
It is believed that the longer the pipe, the lower will be the pitch.
Like clarinets or saxophones, reed pipes in organs produce the music through the reed beating.
The famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once praised organ as, “in my eyes and ears…the king of instruments.”