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History – the Heart of Argyll – Scotland

The landscape of the Heart of Argyll is richly layered with Scotland’s history, making it a fascinating destination for short breaks and holidays. From the Bronze Age standing stones and burial cairns in Kilmartin Glen and Knapdale, to Dunadd Fort, the birthplace of our nation, where ancient Kings were inaugurated. You’ll find yourself returning time and time again to delve deeper. Carnasserie Castle, Castle Sween and the castles at Tarbert, Skipness and Inveraray are steeped in history, while at Auchindrain Township, the social history of the clearances and agricultural change is compellingly brought to life.

  • Auchindrain Township

    Step into the past at Auchindrain, an abandoned settlement nestled deep in the hills of Argyll. Auchindrain was the last inhabited Highland farming township, a place where people lived and worked from the medieval period up until the 1960s. In Highland farming townships, land was held and worked in common, Read more [...]

  • Carnasserie Castle

    If you are on holiday or taking a short break in the Heart of Argyll, Carnasserie Castle is well worth a visit. Easily accessible from the A816, there is a large car park from where you walk up a farm track to access the castle grounds. Carnasserie Castle, which was Read more [...]

  • Castle Dounie

    Castle Dounie is an Iron Age Fort on a high hilltop above Crinan. There are terrific views from here towards Jura and Mull. Nearby, along the shore from Crinan is Sailor’s Grave. The sailor died aboard his yacht of Cholera in the 19th century off Ardnoe Point. To reach Castle Read more [...]

  • Craignish Cruises

    WHIRLPOOLS : WHALES : WILDLIFE : We operate from Ardfern, Argyll, running daily trips to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool while taking in the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the area. Skipper/wildlife guide, Lindsay Johnston first started running trips from Ardfern in 1977 so has considerable knowledge of the area, its Read more [...]

  • Crarae Gardens

    Crarae is one the finest examples of Himalayan-style woodland gardens in Britain. The 50 acre site is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland. Crarae Garden was created in 1912 by Lady Grace Campbell, the aunt of intrepid plant hunter Read more [...]

  • Dalriada Heritage Trail

    The Dalriada Heritage Trail was created in 2010. It links Carnasserie Castle through Kilmartin Glen and the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve to Dunadd Fort and on through ancient Atlantic oak woodlands to the Crinan Canal and Achnabreac cup and ring marked rocks. Free video trails can be downloaded here Read more [...]

  • Dunadd Fort

    This spectacular site in Kilmartin Glen, near Lochgilphead, has been occupied since the Iron Age. The well-preserved hill fort was a stronghold of Dalriada, the kingdom of the Scotti and is believed to have been the site where the ancient Kings of Scotland were crowned. On top of the hill Read more [...]

  • Heart Of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

    Visit us at Barrandaimh Wildlife Visitor Centre and let us show you the fantastic variety of wildlife the Mid Argyll area has to offer. We provide an Environmental Interpretation Officer (Ranger) service within Knapdale and its surrounding area offering wildlife guided walks and themed events throughout the season. We want Read more [...]

  • Inveraray Castle

    Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Browse around our website to find out more about the Castle and it’s history and take a trip around our beautiful grounds Read more [...]

  • Inveraray Jail

    Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trials, talk to the prisoners, meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison Read more [...]

  • Keills Chapel

    A small West Highland chapel. What sets it apart is what it contains: a sculptural feast of almost 40 carved stones, ranging in date from the 8th to the 16th century. Pre-eminent among them is the 8th-century Keills Cross. Keills Chapel is 6 miles south west of Tayvallich off the Read more [...]

  • Kilmartin Glen

    Kilmartin Glen has one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. The best place to start your exploration is from Kilmartin Museum. Click here to listen to archaeologist Neil Oliver’s walking tour of the glen.

  • Kilmartin Museum

    Kilmartin Glen, in the heart of Mid Argyll, is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Over 800 historic monuments, cairns, standing stones, stone circles and rock art dating back over 5000 years have been recorded within this area. Kilmartin Museum collects and cares for all of the archaeological objects that Read more [...]

  • Kilmory Knap Chapel

    Kilmory Knap Chapel was built in the early 1200s. By the late 1200s it was a dependency of the parish church of Knapdale at Keills. But judging by the early Christian carved stones found here, this was also the site of a much older church.  Within the chapel are nearly Read more [...]

  • Sealife Adventures

    Experience a whale search and wildlife watching boat trip around the Firth of Lorne Special Area of Conservation, including the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool. Cruises depart from the mainland near Oban – All ages welcome! The local Special Area of Conservation is one of the best protected areas in Scotland and Read more [...]

  • Skipness Castle

    Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula, near the village of Skipness, just a short drive from Tarbert, Loch Fyne in the Heart of Argyll. The castle is a favourite among historical enthusiasts and families alike as you can explore inside the building and climb up Read more [...]

  • Tarbert Castle

    Tarbert Castle is a scheduled monument of national importance because of the major roll which Robert the Bruce King of Scotland played in its reinforcement and enlargement in C 1325. The castle is now owned by Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust who with their volunteer organisation Tarbert Conservation Initiative have Read more [...]

  • The Formation of Dalriada

    “Knaps” and “dales” are shaped by folded Dalradian Schists (metamorphosed marine sediments). Here lie lochans, long sea lochs and hills. Each is different, supporting a variety of habitats and wildlife. When the river that drained Loch Awe down to Loch Crinan was blocked by an ice wall during the last Read more [...]

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