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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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Historic Kilmun
Historic Kilmun
Not ten minutes from Dunoon, on the shores of the Holy Loch Nature Reserve, lies Historic Kilmun - final resting place of the Campbell Chiefs for over 500 years. Visit...
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Hynish Heritage Trail and Skerryvore Lighthouse
Hynish Heritage Trail and Skerryvore Lighthouse
The lovely harbour and hamlet of Hynish, near Tiree's southern tip, was built in the 19th century to house workers and supplies for the construction of Skerryvore...
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Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. It's an iconic, must-see visitor attraction and has wonderful gardens to...
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Inveraray Jail
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...
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Iona Abbey and Nunnery
Iona Abbey and Nunnery
Iona Abbey, on the beautiful island of Iona just off Mull, is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish...
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Iona Heritage Centre
Iona Heritage Centre
Learn about life on Iona over the last few centuries at this excellent local history museum housed in the former Church of Scotland Manse. Through fascinating displays,...
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Keills Chapel
Keills Chapel
Keills Chapel is a small West Highland chapel housing a stunning collection of 12th-century grave slabs and early medieval sculpture. It’s in a beautiful location,...
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Kilberry Sculptured Stones
Kilberry Sculptured Stones
This fine collection of late-medieval sculptured stones gathered from the Kilberry estate is well worth a visit. The collection comprises three early Christian...
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Kilchurn Castle
Kilchurn Castle
This four-storey tower built in the mid-15th century must be one of Scotland's most scenic castles. Kilchurn's dramatic situation – at the head of Loch...
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Kildalton Cross
Kildalton Cross
The Kildalton Cross on Islay is a masterpiece of 8th-century religious art. It’s closely related to three major crosses in Iona – St John’s, St...
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Killean Church
Killean Church
Killean Church dates from the 12th century, and continued in use until it was finally abandoned as insecure in 1770, when a new church was built at A' Chleit....
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Kilmartin Glen
Kilmartin Glen
There are more than 800 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin and many of them are are prehistoric. This extraordinary concentration and...
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Kilmartin Museum
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...
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Kilmodan Stones
Kilmodan Stones
This group of fascinating historic west Highland carved grave slabs are exhibited in a burial aisle within Kilmodan churchyard near Glendaruel. It’s a beautiful...
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Kilmory Knap Chapel and Beach
Kilmory Knap Chapel and Beach
The chapel of St Mary at Kilmory Knap is on the east side of Loch Sween. It's a beautiful spot, with clear views across to the islands of Islay and Jura.The chapel...
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Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre
Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre
The Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre was built by Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mor - which translates as Lismore Historical Society. You'll find a museum, a rebuilt cottars...
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Lochbuie Stone Circle
Lochbuie Stone Circle
This small and well preserved stone circle sits in a stunning location overlooked by Ben Buie at the southern end of Mull. The circle was originally nine granite stones,...
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Luss
Luss
The pretty conservation village of Luss is situated almost 10 miles south of Tarbert on the western shore of Loch Lomond. It's a beautiful spot, with sandstone and...
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Maid of the Loch & the Balloch Steam Slipway
Maid of the Loch & the Balloch Steam Slipway
Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s Paddle Steamer, is a fantastic visitor attraction. Moored on the shores of Loch Lomond next to Loch Lomond Shores, she was built on...
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McCaig's Tower
McCaig's Tower
Built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark in Oban. The climb from the town centre to McCaig's Tower is well...
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