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Heritage Centres and Museums Map

Heritage Centres and Museums Map
Argyll and The Isles has a rich heritage, from Bronze Age man through to the rise of the Victorian industrialists. This fascinating history is brought to life by the many museums and heritage centres that you’ll find across the region. Learn about the Vikings, Celts, Picts, Sassenachs, Gaels and Scots. Get a deeper understanding of the Highland Clearances and its impact on Argyll. Uncover the stories of generations of people who lived here. Get an insight into the everyday lives of ordinary folk as well as Clan Chiefs. In the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, there's no better time to visit Argyll and the Isles.

The islands
Argyll’s islands each have a unique story to tell. Mull Museum is crammed with information and captures the history of Mull, from early people living in duns and brochs, through the times of warring clans and their castles. In the south of the island, Ross of Mull Historical Centre has displays on local history, geology, archaeology, genealogy and wildlife. Iona Heritage Centre is an excellent local history museum housed in the former Church of Scotland Manse. Sheila's Cottage on the island of Ulva is a faithful reconstruction of a traditional thatched croft house.

The islands near Oban offer some wonderful museums too. Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre houses a museum as well as a rebuilt cottars cottage which provides a fascinating insight into the traditional skills that many islanders would have had. The Atlantic Islands Centre on the Isle of Luing is well worth a visit. For an insight into the former slate, a visit Slate Islands Heritage Centre on Seil is a must. Easdale Island Folk Museum also has fascinating displays about the slate industry.

Out on the Hebridean island of Islay, the Museum of Islay Life has 10,000 years of Islay history on display! And you can find out more about Finlaggan, an island settlement in the secluded north-east corner of Islay, at the visitor centre. Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage Centre has a fabulous exhibition covering all aspects of Colonsay and Oronsay's history. Meanwhile you can explore the natural and historical heritage of the Isle of Bute at the Bute Museum.

The mainland
Oban's War and Peace Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people. Dunolllie Museum, Castle & Grounds in Oban is another treasure trove. Learn about the fascinating history of the castle, the MacDougall family and life on the west coast of Scotland.

Kilmartin Museum in mid Argyll tells the story of Kilmartin Glen, one of Scotland's richest prehistoric landscapes. Auchindrain, is a living museum and the most complete surviving example of a Highland farm township, a type of settlement representative of much of Scottish rural history. Inveraray Jail portrays life in a 19th-century prison. Step back in time at Strachur Smiddy and find out about the blacksmith and his craft.

Castle House Museum tells the story of Dunoon from the Neolithic to the present day. Find out about the Clyde steamers, yacht building, Cowal during the war and more. Campbeltown Heritage Centre provides a fascinating insight into the cultural, social and economic influences that have shaped the development of the Campbeltown in Kintyre. Campbeltown Museum offers has a nationally important archaeological collection. Helensburgh Heritage Centre has changing displays of people from Helensburgh and Lomond, including Henry Bell and John Logie Baird.

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