Inveraray CARS scheme


What is the Inveraray CARS scheme?

Drawing of Inveraray Main StreetA Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a jointly funded grant programme that provides assistance for regenerating historic towns and villages that are Conservation Areas. The Inveraray scheme is funded by Historic Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council.  Funding has been made available over a 4 year period to assist with a programme of repair and restoration to the historic fabric of Inveraray Conservation Area and promote maintenance, traditional skills and value of place.

Find out more about the background to Inveraray CARS

What are the main elements of the Inveraray CARS?

The aim is to offer grants towards a repairs programme for historic buildings to include both priority projects and a small grants/shopfronts scheme for eligible properties within the Conservation Area.

  •  The priority projects are:

Former Temperance HotelFormer Temperance Hotel

Former Chamberlains HouseFormer Chamberlain's House

Town HouseTown House / Marriage Rooms / Upper Flat

Relief LandRelief Land tenement block

ArklandArkland tenement block

Community HallThere is in addition a financial allowance for exploring options for the Community Hall, which is a building at risk.

  • A small works repairs and shopfront enhancement grant for property within the Conservation Area.
  • The scheme also includes funding for Community engagement through training opportunities in traditional construction skills and through education programmes.

Find out more about the projects

What grants are available?

The grants will be available for the repair and restoration of the above Priority Projects.

These are some of the most significant buildings within the town. The Town House is a prominent element of the front façade. The former Chamberlain’s House and Temperance Hotel flank the entrance to the Main Street. The two tenement blocks of Relief Land and Arkland frame the vista to the church, which has been recently refurbished. These buildings suffer from failing render finishes, which detracts from the visual appearance of the town and from water ingress, which affects their long-term future. The Community Hall, formerly the village school, makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, but is in a structurally poor condition and the town would benefit if this could be brought back to use and into good repair. For Priority Buildings – see plan overleaf.

The small grants scheme is aimed at local residents and businesses within the Inveraray Conservation Area to assist with the repair of the historic core of the town. There is a maximum of 70% grant towards the cost of eligible work .

How do I apply?

For advice and application forms, contact the CARS Officer

Find out more about eligible properties and types of work here

What is special about Inveraray Conservation Area?

View of Inveraray

A key feature of Inveraray’s significance is its location. The existing conservation area encompasses the planned layout of the historic 18th century new town to the south of the castle, stretching southwards to take in Newtown, it is located at the foot of the Glen Aray, overlooking the River Aray on the western shores of Loch Fyne. 

The distinctive identity of the town is its striking relationship to Loch Fyne and Loch Shira. The majority of the buildings are listed in recognition of their historic and architectural importance. A map showing Inveraray Conservation Area boundary and the proposed extension with the relevant listed buildings is shown overleaf. The vast majority of the buildings in Inveraray are of traditional masonry construction, finished in render with traditional slate roof.  Traditionally Easdale slates were used and stone was sourced from the duke’s quarries, or, for more prominent decorative elements Dumbarton free stone was used.  Drawing of Inveraray shopsHarl white or near white was specified in the terms of the early “tacks” and Irish limestone was imported for the harl of the new houses as it whiter than local Lime. The well known architect Ian G Lindsay was involved with extensive refurbishment works in the 1950/60s.