Argyll and the Isles

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  • 1. Auchindrain Museum

    Step a few centuries back in time at this open-air museum, a rare surviving example of an 18th-century communal-tenancy farm. About 250 years ago, there...Read More

  • 2. Bonawe Iron Furnace

    Seemingly out of place in this near-wilderness setting, Bonawe is a fascinating relic from the dawn of Britain's Industrial Revolution. In the mid-18th century, Argyll's...Read More

  • 3. Duart Castle

    The 13th-century Duart Castle stands dramatically atop a cliff overlooking the Sound of Mull. The ancient seat of the Macleans, it was ruined by the...Read More

  • 4. Iona Abbey

    Overseen by St. Columba, who traveled here from Ireland, Iona was the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland in the 6th century. It survived repeated Norse...Read More

  • 5. Lochranza Castle

    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 the Bruce,...Read More

  • 6. Brodick Castle and Country Park

    On the north side of Brodick Bay, this red-sandstone mansion with typical Scottish-baronial features was built in the 16th century and was the seat of...Read More

  • 7. Carnasserie Castle

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

  • 8. Dunstaffnage Castle

    Standing high atop volcanic rock, Dunstaffnage commands the hills and lochs that surround it. That is why this 13th-century castle was so strategic and contested...Read More

  • 9. Inveraray Castle

    The current seat of the Chief of the Clan Campbell is a smart, grayish-green turreted stone house with a self-satisfied air. Set among well-tended grounds,...Read More

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  • 10. Kilchurn Castle

    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, Kilchurn...Read More

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  • 11. Machrie Moor Stone Circles

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

  • 12. Oban War and Peace Museum

    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 the...Read More

  • 13. Kilmartin Museum

    To see a little of the region's prehistoric past, start at this museum 8 miles north of Crinan and then explore some of the more...Read More

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