Argyll and the Isles

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  • 1. Lochranza Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Perched above the bay, Lochranza is Arran's most picturesque ruin and occupies a special place in Scotland's history. It was here that Robert...Read More

  • 2. Achamore House Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Visit Achamore House Gardens in late spring to see its azaleas and its prize collection of rhododendrons ablaze with color. The island's mellow...Read More

  • 3. Carnasserie Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The tower house of Carnasserie Castle is all that remains of this Renaissance structure. It has the distinction of having belonged to the writer...Read More

  • 4. Castle Sween

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The oldest stone castle on the Scottish mainland, this 12th-century structure sits on a rocky bit of coast about 12 miles south of Crinan. From...Read More

  • 5. Duncan Ban Macintyre Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The monument was erected in honor of this Gaelic poet (1724–1812), sometimes referred to as the Robert Burns of the Highlands. He fought at...Read More

  • 6. Islay Woollen Mill

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Gorgeous tweed, plaid, and tartan clothing, wraps, and throws–-woven at this historic mill and dyed in subtle, traditional tones–-are sold here. ...Read More

  • 7. Kilchurn Castle

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This is one of Argyll's most evocative ruins, with its crumbling lochside towers and high ramparts. Built by the Campbells in the 15th century...Read More

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  • 8. Kildalton Cross

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Of interest only to anyone fascinated by Celtic heritage, this rock slab, engraved with elaborate 8th-century designs that meld pagan and early...Read More

  • 9. Machrie Moor Stone Circles

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Six ancient circles of boulders and head-high sandstone pillars are scattered across Machrie Moor. These relics of a prehistoric culture are...Read More

  • 10. Oban War and Peace Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This free museum recalls Oban's history through peace and war in photographs and other exhibits. Always a fishing harbor and a ferry port, during...Read More

  • 11. Ocean Explorer Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    On the Firth of Lorn, this imaginative venture lets you get a look under the sea. Hands-on exhibits include microscopes where you can observe...Read More

  • 12. Rest and Be Thankful

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This viewpoint at the highest point of the route from Loch Lomond to Inveraray is one of the few places where you can pull off the road to enjoy...Read More

  • 13. St. Conan's Kirk

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    St. Conan's may look medieval, but in fact, it's less than 100 years old. Built in 1930 from local boulders, it features modern stained glass...Read More

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