Inveraray Castle – Downton Abbey’s real Duneagle

Inveraray Castle – Downton Abbey’s real Duneagle

Downton Abbey’s Duneagle Castle, setting for the season three finale of this wildly popular show, took place in Scotland at the real life Inveraray Castle, a place where I recently payed a visit. Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Duke of Argyll, head of the Campbell Clan, is located in an idyllic spot — on the north-west border of Loch Fyne amid some of the Highlands’ most impressive scenery.

Legends of the Tower of London

Legends of the Tower of London

The gloomy weather was the perfect setting for a visit to this stone-walled fortress that William the Conqueror began to construct in the 1070s. After all, it is the scene of murder, mystery and beheadings. Yes, it also houses the Crown Jewels, but the stories of the people who lived, loved and died here can be much more interesting than valuable gems.

Windswept Dunluce Castle: Romantic Inspiration for Cair Paravel?

Windswept Dunluce Castle: Romantic Inspiration for Cair Paravel?

It is said that Northern Ireland’s Dunluce Castle may have been the inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. True or not, the location of the four thrones of High Kings is nowhere to be seen. But with such a mystical setting, it’s easy to see why C.S. Lewis could have been inspired by the ruins of this castle.