Castles & Heritage in Argyll & the Isles

Argyll & the Isles is home to sixty castles, from fabulous forts to terrific tower houses. The landscapes of Argyll & 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.

The area is steeped in Highland heritage, you could call it 'Scotland's Heritage Coast'. 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.

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Clans of Argyll & the Isles

Argyll & the Isles has a rich and fascinating past. But perhaps the most colourful – and bloody – aspect of the region’s history was its clan system. By the 13th century the clans had put down firm roots in Argyll & the Isles. The most important clan chiefs at this time were part-kings, part-protectors and part-judges and they held real power over their controlled lands.

Today many clans can be traced back to specific parts of Argyll & the Isles. These centres are great places to visit if you want to find out more about a particular clan’s heritage or your ancestry and its place in Highland history.

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Culture Heritage & Arts Assembly, Argyll & Isles

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Visit CHARTS (Culture Heritage & Arts Assembly, Argyll & Isles) to explore more than 500 arts, heritage and museum practitioners and places.

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Make a Pilgrimage

Across Argyll & the Islands there is a wide selection of Pilgrim sites that represent both recent and ancient history of Scotland and further afield.

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Go Wild About Argyll's Castles & Heritage

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Iona Abbey

Take a ferry ride to Iona and discover one of Scotland’s most sacred sites.

This small island by Mull has been a vibrant centre of Christian worship ever si...

Iona Abbey
Isle of Iona
Argyll
PA76 6SQ

Tel: 01681 700 512

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Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds

Dunollie Museum Castle and Grounds is a heritage site international significance situated just 1 mile north of Oban. It is now run by a small independent cha...

Dunollie Museum Castle and Grounds
Ganavan Road
Oban
PA34 5TT

Tel: 01631 570550

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Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Estate covers about 4800 hectares.

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Ardkinglas Estate Office
The Square, Cairndow
Argyll
PA26 8BG

Tel: 01499 600261

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Rothesay Castle

Situated on the Isle of Bute, Rothesay Castles dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age. Built by the Stewar...

Rothesay Castle
Castlehill Street
Rothesay
Isle of Bute
PA20 0DA

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Inveraray Jail

Experience the true stories of what life was like in Inveraray Jail for the men, women and children – some as young as seven – who were tried and locked up h...

Inveraray Jail
Church Square
Inveraray
Argyll
PA32 8TX

Tel: 01499 302381

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Historic Kilmun

Historic Kilmun is a 19th century church building sited next to a Medieval tower. Now owned by a charity, the venue is available for exclusive hire. In addit...

Kilmun
Dunoon
Argyll
PA23 8SE

Tel: 07887 856514

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Castle House Museum

Situated in Castle Gardens, Castle House Museum is at the heart of the history of Dunoon.

From our windows there are picturesque views of the Victorian Pier,...

Castle House Museum
Castle Gardens
3 Argyll Street
Dunoon
PA23 7HH

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Auchindrain Historic Township

Sheltered in the hills of Mid Argyll lies a hidden gem, a sole survivor of a kind of rural settlement where people lived and worked the land together. Up unt...

Auchindrain Historic Township
Auchindrain
Inveraray
PA32 WD

Tel: 01499 500235

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Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunstaffnage Castle, one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland, is situated on top of an immense rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn near Oban. The former s...

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
Castle Grounds
Dunbeg,
By Oban, Argyll
PA37 1PZ

Tel: 01631 562 465

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Campbeltown Museum

Campbeltown Museum tells the story of Kintyre through its collection of archaeology, fine art, natural sciences, and social history. Highlights include a Bro...

Shore Street
Campbeltown
Argyll
PA28 6BS

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Mount Stuart Trust

Mount Stuart features magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture and design together with contemporary craftsmanship. The house is surrounded by extensive gro...

Mount Stuart
Isle of Bute
PA20 9LR

Tel: +44 (0) 1700 503877

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Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Picture House, designed by Albert V Gardner of Glasgow in 1913 in Glasgow School Art Nouveau style, is a Category A Listed building and one of th...

26 Hall Street
Campbeltown
Argyll
PA28 6BU

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Duart Castle

The castle dates back to the 14th century and is the ancestral home to Clan Maclean. Duart is currently home to Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th Chief of Clan Macle...

Isle of Mull
Argyll
PA64 6AP

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3700km of coastline, 23 inhabited islands, major towns and villages are all waiting for you.

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