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History & heritage

In the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, there's no better time to visit Argyll and the Isles. The region is steeped in Highland heritage. Discover a rich and colourful Scottish history - from Dunadd Fort, the birthplace of the nation, to Mount Stuart, the fabulous gothic mansion on Bute.

Visit ruined castles in impossibly romantic locations, marvel at historic houses and gaze in wonder at Bronze Age standing stones. The landscape of Argyll and the Isles is dotted with signs of the past, including chambered cairns and cup-and-ring marked rocks. Grab a map and take your own journey into the history of this fascinating part of Scotland.
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 Keil Caves and St Columba's Footprints
Keil Caves and St Columba's Footprints
At the southern end of Kintyre, close to Southend, you can explore a number of fascinating historic sites. Discover Keil Caves, which were occupied for centuries. Nearby...
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Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks
Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks
A short forest walk will take you to the Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks, the most extensive prehistoric rock carvings in the UK. It’s an easy circular route that...
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Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre will help you have an active, create and unforgettable holiday in Kintyre. They can organise actvities and events and take you to magical places in...
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An Iodhlann - Tiree's Historical Centre
An Iodhlann - Tiree's Historical Centre
An Iodhlann is Tiree's historical centre. It offers an overview of Tiree’s long history, presented as a lively display. It also acts as a local archive, with...
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Ardkinglas House
Ardkinglas House
Ardkinglas House on the shores of Loch Fyne was built by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1907 for Sir Andrew Noble whose descendants still live there. It is a rare example of...
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Aros Castle
Aros Castle
Aros Castle, also known as Dounarwyse Castle, is a ruined 13th-century castle near Salenn on the Isle of Mull overlooking the Sound of Mull. It was probably built by one...
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Ascog Castle
Ascog Castle
The ruined Ascog Castle, on the shores of Ascog Loch near Tighnabruaich in Argyll's Secret Coast, dates back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the...
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Atlantic Islands Centre
Atlantic Islands Centre
Atlantic Islands Centre is an exciting new visitor & community centre situated on the beautiful Isle of Luing, just 35 minutes from Oban. A stone’s throw...
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Auchindrain Township Museum
Auchindrain Township Museum
Auchindrain, or in Gaelic Achadh an Droighinn, field of the blackthorn tree, is recognised as being the most complete surviving example of a Highland farm township, a...
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Ballochroy Standing Stones
Ballochroy Standing Stones
Ballochroy is considered the most spectacular set of megalithic monuments that cluster around south Argyll. It consists of three vertical stones, side by side, aligned...
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Blairmore Pier
Blairmore Pier
Blairmore Pier opened in 1855 and during its heyday it served visitors and trade. However, as the years went is fell into disrepair. The Waverley did make one last call...
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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
Once a place of fire and fury, the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain are now tranquil. Step inside the stone furnace complex and storage buildings of...
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Bute Museum
Bute Museum
Explore the natural and historical heritage of the Isle of Bute at the Bute Museum. Independently run, it's a real treasure trove. The History & Archaeology...
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Campbeltown Heritage Centre
Campbeltown Heritage Centre
Find out more about Campbeltown at this wonderful heritage centre. Housed inside the former Lorne Street Church dating from 1868, it provides a fascinating insight into...
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Campbeltown Museum
Campbeltown Museum
Campbeltown Museum offers a unique insight into the town's past. It has a fascinating and nationally important archaeological collection. Find out about the...
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Campbeltown Picture House
Campbeltown Picture House
Please note: Campbeltown Picture House is currently closed to the public. It's undergoing redevelopment phase and will re-open in 2016. In the meantime, monthly...
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Carnasserie Castle
Carnasserie Castle
This magnificent ruined castle is the former home of the first Protestant Bishop of the Isles. It was built by reforming churchman John Carswell, who was Rector of...
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Carrick Castle
Carrick Castle
Set in a striking location on a rocky outcrop on the west shore of Loch Goil, Carrick Castle is well worth a visit. This 15th-century tower house was once in a state of...
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Castle House Museum
Castle House Museum
Castle House Museum is an historic building set in gardens opposite Dunoon Pier. The Castle House itself was built by Lord Provost James Ewing of Glasgow in 1822....
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Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan lies on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, near Newton. The original castle dates back to the 13th century but was replaced in the 15th century with the keep...
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