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Things to See & Do in Argyll and The Isles

Argyll is a serious location for serious watersports! You’ll find everything here from coasteering and kayaking to surfing and sailing. Boat trips keep you on the water and not only can you see the wildlife, but also a whirlpool!

Amazing architecture is on display across much of Argyll and the Isles and colourful gardens enjoy the milder west coast weather. Museums and ancient sites are all over the area and the coastline is everything from wide sweeping beaches to lush woodland and waterfalls.

As with everywhere in the Highlands, the crafts and food on offer are exceptional and of course Islay is famous for its distilleries.

 

Kilmartin Museum – Kilmartin, Argyll

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Find out more about Kilmartin Museum

Kilmartin Museum inspires and educates people by interpreting, explaining and conserving the internationally important archaeological landscape, artefacts and natural heritage of Kilmartin Glen. Sites within Kilmartin Glen include Dunadd, Burial Cairns, Rock Art, Standing Stones and Temple Wood Stone Circles, over 800 monuments and sites have been found within Kilmartin Glen. Our museum offers a range of activities for the younger visitors including a quern stone for grinding wheat and a activity booklet available from the museum entrance.

Throughout the year we offer weekly guided walks through the glen with our volunteer guides who will pass on their knowledge of this special archaeological landscape as you take in the cairns, standing stones and Temple Wood. Please contact the museum for more details. We also have a Museum Gift and Book Shop which offers a distinctive collection of gifts, books and artwork from local artists, where we have some exclusive designs for Kilmartin Museum. We offer a selection of books many offer histories of Argyll and Scotland and are written by local authors, We also have a range of novels, guide books, biography’s and archaeological books. One of the essential guide books to the local area is our own guide book In the Footsteps of Kings which takes you through the history of the area followed by local walks with maps and directions. In the shop we also offer a range of Children’s books and gifts. We endeavour that our products are either locally sourced or Scottish.

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Kilchurn Castle

This castle’s dramatic situation on an island at the head of Loch Awe make it one of the most photographed in Scotland.

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St Conan’s Kirk

Located on the north shore of Loch Awe this spectacular church was built by one man for his family and is renowned for housing a fragment of bone rumoured to have come from Robert the Bruce

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McCaig’s Tower

The magnificent Victorian folly that was built to emulate the Colesseum in Rome dominates the skyline of Oban as you approach by sea.

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Oban War and Peace Museum

A fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the town and the strategic role it played during the war years when it was home to Australian, Canadian and US aircrew and RAF Flying Boats operated from the bay.

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Easdale Island Folk Museum

Displays tell the story of the slate industry, army volunteers, education, and public health, geology, boats, and entertainment. There is also an online facility for anyone wishing to carry out research into their family history.

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Carsaig Arches Walk

A fantastic coastal walk to the impressive sea arches at Carsaig.  Tough, with some narrow sections of exposed path most of which can be avoided by following the rocky shore.

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Lip na Cloiche Garden and Nursey

A small, densely-planted garden situated close to the shoreline of the Isle of Mull, Well worth a visit if you are interested in finding out which plants are likely to thrive in the mild local climate.

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MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree

A geological wonder visited by a remote and challenging walk. Exposed, tidal and featuring a descent of a ladder, but very much worth the effort.

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Calgary Art In Nature

An amazing collection of sculptures situated in the woodland at Calgary.

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Aros Park Kids Platytrail

Half a mile from Tobermory this peaceful park features an artificial loch and extensive play park for the kids.

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Atlantic Islands Centre

Located in Cullipool, this is a community hub and heritage, cultural and social centre for islanders and visitors – and a delicious restaurant!

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Nether Largie North Cairn

Managed by Historic Environment Scotland but free to enter, this 4,000 year old burial monument features some rare and unusual carvings!

Carved Stones, Kilmodan, Argyll

Kilmodan Church

A lovely church with some fascinating carved stones at the back of the graveyard – don’t miss them!

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Fossil Tree

At the western tip of the Ardmeanach Peninsula is a fascinating fossil feature – a tree standing within a cliff face! The walk is both remote and challenging, with the final stage accessed by ladder – be prepared!

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Castle Stalker

While you can pay for a tour of the castle, the best view is undoubtedly from afar – and is one of the most popular views in Scotland among photographers!