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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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Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart
There's loads to see and do at Mount Stuart, from the incredible 19th-century country manor house to the glorious gardens and the award-winning visitor centre....
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Mull Museum
Mull Museum
This fantastic little museum is crammed with information and captures the fascinating history of Mull, from early people living in duns and brochs, through the times of...
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Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse
Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse
The Mull of Kintyre is the southwestern-most tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, immortalised by the 1977 hit song "Mull of Kintyre" by Paul McCartney's band of the time,...
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Museum Of Islay Life
Museum Of Islay Life
Taigh-tasgaidh Muinntir Ile 10,000 years of Islay history on display! Visit Islay’s delightful museum, situated in the former Free Church in Port Charlotte just...
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Oban War and Peace Museum
Oban War and Peace Museum
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...
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Ringing Stone and Dun Mor Broch
Ringing Stone and Dun Mor Broch
Tiree’s Ringing Stone is situated between Balephetrish and Vaul. This large boulder balances on other rocks like an egg on a spoon and emits a metallic ring when...
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Rosneath Peninsula West Coast Heritage Trail
Rosneath Peninsula West Coast Heritage Trail
This fantastic trail celebates Rosneath Peninsula’s remarkable heritage, highlighting the architecture of Cove and Kilcreggan.Cove and Kilcreggan is thought to...
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Ross of Mull Historical Centre
Ross of Mull Historical Centre
The village of Bunessan in the south of Mull is home to the Ross of Mull Historical Centre, a cottage museum by a ruined mill that houses displays on local history,...
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Rothesay Castle
Rothesay Castle
Rothesay Castle on the Isle of Bute had a long association with the Stewart dynasty. The castle dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in...
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Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
Make sure you visit the Victorian toilets in Rothesay when you’re on Bute. Commissioned by Rothesay Harbour Trust in 1899 during Rothesay's hey-day as a...
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Saddle Bay, Castle and Abbey
Saddle Bay, Castle and Abbey
Saddell has a small abbey with a fascinating exhibition of old carved stones. From here, there’s a lovely walk to Saddell Castle, which was built in 1500, and onto...
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Skipness Castle and Walk
Skipness Castle and Walk
Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula near the village of Skipness. The castle is a favourite among historical enthusiasts and families alike....
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Slate  Islands Heritage Trust
Slate Islands Heritage Trust
The Slate Islands Heitage Centre is on Seil, a small island separated from the mainland only by the thinnest of sea channels which is spanned by a humpback Clachan...
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St Blane's Chapel
St Blane's Chapel
The ruined of St Blane's, a 12th-century Romanesque chapel, are remarkably well presered and well worth a visit. The location is delightful; the church sits nestled...
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St Columba's Cave, Ellary
St Columba's Cave, Ellary
On the west coast of Loch Caolisport, south of Ellary, you'll find a ruined 12-century chapel and caves. This lovely location is said to be where St Columba stopped...
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St Ninian's Bay and Chapel
St Ninian's Bay and Chapel
St Ninian’s Bay (also called The Straad) is a beautiful small bay on the west coast of Bute with a natural anchorage. The beach is covered with a sand of white...
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Strachur Smiddy and Craftshop
Strachur Smiddy and Craftshop
The Smiddy has a long history. The first recorded reference to it was in 1791, and it continued to perform a vital function in the social and economic life of the local...
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Tarbert Castle and Walks
Tarbert Castle and Walks
Tarbert Castle is a scheduled monument of national importance because of the major role which Robert the Bruce King of Scotland played in its reinforcement and...
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Teller of Tales Standing Stones
Teller of Tales Standing Stones
The island of Coll is dotted with archaeological sites, including cairns, Iron Age forts and crannogs. Perhaps the most fascinating is the two Na Sgeulachan (Teller of...
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The Columba Centre Islay
The Columba Centre Islay
Come and learn about Gaelic language and culture at Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (the Columba Centre Islay). It offers a year-round range of classes, courses and...
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