The Huffington Post reported the news, which comes after the recent announcement that the show has been commissioned for a fourth series:
This year’s two-hour festive episode sees the family head to a Scottish estate – filmed at Inveraray Castle – to visit cousins, against a backdrop of deer stalking and shooting in the Highlands.
But many of their staff have remained at ‘Downton’, and further dramas unfold in the family’s absence, in the show to be shown at 9pm on Christmas Day.
Executive producer Gareth Neame said: “While the cat’s away, the mice will play. What will they get up to while the family is away?”
Although the original structure of the castle was built in the 15th century, the modern castle was built in the 18th century and stands upon the shores of Loch Fyne. Inveraray Castle is the home to the Duke of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, whose family have lived in Inveraray for over five centuries. Along with Inveraray Castle, Argyll has a number of must see attractions, including gardens, jails, castles and seafood trails – learn more about them here.