The Castle Hunter explores Argyll

Back in April this year, we asked blogger, presenter, writer and history buff David C Weinczok, also known as The Castle Hunter, to spend six days exploring the historic sites of Argyll & The Isles as part of our Heart & Soul campaign. At the end of his journey he had travelled over 200 miles and seen over a dozen castles and numerous ancient monuments. David travelled from Edinburgh using a combination of trains, ferries, and cycling. Over two blog posts, he recounts his awesome adventures. Have you read them? They’re jam-packed with fascinating facts, tips and experiences.

In his first blog post, David sets off from Edinburgh for Glasgow and then on to Loch Awe, and arrives on the Isle of Bute on the third day. He packs so much into three days. Highlights include St Conan’s Kirk, Kilchurn Castle, Carnasserie Castle, Kilmartin Glen, Crinan Canal, Tarbert Castle and Argyll’s Secret Coast. It was Dunadd Fort – the ‘Cradle of Scotland’, that left the biggest impression. ‘Of the many moments that made me feel a tangible connection to Scotland’s past, placing a foot in the impression atop Dunadd was the most powerful of all.’

Argyll's Secret Coast viewpoint

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In his second post, David explores Bute, takes an urban break in Glasgow, and then ventures into Dunoon and eastern Cowal. Again, it’s another packed adventure! Mount Stuart on Bute blew him away. ‘Simply put – and I genuinely struggle to find the words here – Mount Stuart is not just one of the most marvellous structures in Argyll, but I would argue in Scotland and even in all of Europe.’ From Bute he heads to Glasgow for the day to explore museums, galleries and quirky corners, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Hunterian, Glasgow Cathedral and the adjacent Necropolis. From here it’s a quick train and ferry ride to Dunoon where he discovers Castle House Museum, Historic Kilmun and Benmore Botanic Garden.

Mount Stuart Bute

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David finishes by highlighting just how accessible Argyll is from Edinburgh and Glasgow. ‘I cycled the short and scenic road back to Dunoon and caught the ferry back across the Clyde to Gourock. I would arrive back home in Edinburgh just before dark, having begun my day in a place that I had hitherto considered to be too inaccessible to reach with ease. I had failed to think like the ancients, who saw waterways not as barriers but as highways. Add in the modern rail network and a two-wheeled steed in the form of my bicycle and much of Argyll proved to be not nearly so far, though every bit as impressive, as I had expected.’

And it’s not just history that you can find in Argyll. There’s the outdoor activities, incredible food, glorious scenery and more. Check out these other bloggers who recounted their adventures as part of our Heart & Soul campaign.

Kathi Kamleitner wrote about outdoor adventures in Argyll and Glasgow:

Kay Gillespie visited Islay and Jura and explores Glasgow:

Eilidh Cameron spent 8 days discovering the wildlife, history and beaches of Argyll, as well as visiting Glasgow, taking some incredible photos along the way: