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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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Castle Stalker
Castle Stalker
Recognise it as Castle Aaaaaaargh from Monty Python's cult classic The Holy Grail?Castle Stalker is a renowned Scottish landmark. It's a picturesque castle...
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Castle Sween
Castle Sween
Located on the eastern shore of Loch Sween, this imposing ruin is thought to be one of the earliest stone castles built in Scotland. Dating from the late 12th century,...
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Coeffin Castle
Coeffin Castle
Castle Coeffin is a handsome ruin on the island of Lismore. It stands on a promontory on the north-west coast of the island, across Loch Linnhe from Glensanda.Built in...
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Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage Centre
Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage Centre
This small heritage centre at Port Mòr on the western side of the island of Colonsay features two exhibitions covering aspects of Colonsay and Oransay's...
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Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
The Crinan Canal is a 9-mile waterway steeped in history. Opened in 1801, it's one of Scotland’s most enduring feats of engineering. It started its life as an...
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Davaar Island
Davaar Island
One of Campbeltown’s hidden gems, Davaar Island, lies at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch. Davaar is a tidal island and is linked to the mainland by a natural shingle...
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Duart Castle
Duart Castle
Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull dates back to the 13th century and is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean. It's a stunning location; walk the battlements and...
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Dunadd Fort
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...
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Dunagoil Vitrified Fort
Dunagoil Vitrified Fort
Dunagoil is an Iron-Age fort perched high on a volcanic cliff at the southern end of Bute. It occupies a commanding position, with clear views of the seaways around...
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Dunans Castle Woodland Walks
Dunans Castle Woodland Walks
Dunans Castle sits at the head of Glendaruel. The seat of the Clan Fletcher, the historic structure was shown on maps as far back as 1590. The castle is set in 16 acres...
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Dunaverty Castle
Dunaverty Castle
The ruined Dunaverty Castle is located at Southend at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll. The site was once a fort belonging to the Clan Donald. Little...
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Dunollie Castle and the 1974 House
Dunollie Castle and the 1974 House
The superbly situated Dunollie Castle, standing guard over Oban Bay, is to this day an iconic monument to the history of the area.For more than 1000 years, the Clan...
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Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
Dunstaffnage Castle is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. It guards the seaward approach from the Firth of Lorn to the Pass of Brander – and thereby the...
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Dunyvaig Castle
Dunyvaig Castle
Located on the south side of Islay on the shore of Lagavulin Bay, this atmospheric ruin was once a naval fortress of the ‘Lords of the Isles,’ the chiefs of...
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Easdale Island Folk Museum
Easdale Island Folk Museum
The award-winning Easdale Island Folk Museum on Easdale Island is well worth a visit. It has fascinating displays about the slate industry and life on the islands in...
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Finlaggan
Finlaggan
Finlaggan is an island settlement in the secluded Loch Finlaggan in the north-east corner of Islay. It’s an enormously important place in the history of the...
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Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre
Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre
Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre is situated in the picturesque village of Glenbarr on the west side of the Kintyre peninsula.Glenbarr Abbey itself...
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Gylen Castle
Gylen Castle
This stunning castle on the southern part of the island of Kerrera juts dramatically into the sky on the tip of a promontory overlooking the Firth of Lorne. It was was...
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Helensburgh Heritage Centre
Helensburgh Heritage Centre
Visit Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s Heritage Centre at Helensburgh Library on West King Street during library opening hours. You'll find changing displays of...
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Hill House
Hill House
High on a hill, overlooking the River Clyde, sits the Hill House – what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. The celebrated...
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