For the last few weeks I have been working part time at Inveraray Castle – ancestral home to the Dukes of Argyll and the seat of the clan Campbell. The castle is an iconic local landmark and one of the best known tourist attractions on the west coast of Scotland. It has always been a favourite of mine and is invariably one of the first places we take visiting friends and family, so I am delighted that I am now getting a peek behind the scenes. And what a difference from my old job in the City of London!
I am one of the team of castle guides, welcoming the many visitors arriving at Inveraray Castle every day and showing them around. I am learning so much about Scottish history too. In fact, I am loathe to part with one of my Scottish banknotes, as it features the 3rd Duke of Argyll, who was the first governor of the Royal Bank of Scotland. I show it on my tour as a precursor to the tales of the castle and the powerful clan Campbell that follow – tales of battles and politics, religion and treason, ghosts and even a royal wedding.
I won’t give too much away here, you’ll need to visit the castle yourselves but, suffice to say, it’s all happened there and there’s a story to suit all tastes!