Delve into our history and heritage

The many forts and castles of Argyll & the Isles are testament to the often turbulent story of the people who inhabited this beautiful and now peaceful landscape in Early Historic and Medieval times.

The building of stone structures in Argyll & the Isles has a long tradition, beginning in the Iron Age around 800 BC.

There are more than 60 medieval castles and forts in Argyll & The Isles – some of which you can readily visit and explore, and others, which you cannot currently enter, but will still make exceptional backdrops for your travels and adventure and perfectly composed photos.

Here is a list of some of our majestic castles to visit;

  • Dunollie Castle, Museum and Ground, ancient seat of Clan MacDougall
  • Castle Stalker, near Appin - a private residence on Loch Linnhe
  • Dunstaffnage Castle, north of Oban - currently closed
  • Kilchurn Castle, a ruin on the banks of Loch Awe accessible to the public
  • Carnassarie Castle, Kilmartin Glen
  • Kilmartin Glen, a well preserved ruin accessible by foot
  • Skipness Castle, in Kintyre - a well preserved and accessible ruin
  • Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Argyll built in the 18th century. 


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Top Scenic Scottish Castles in Argyll & the Isles

Argyll and The Isles is home to 60 castles. Discover romantic ruins and terrific tower houses in enchanting locations across the region. But where to start? We made a list of the most scenic castles and historic sites in Argyll & the Isles. So, grab your camera and start exploring these fascinating parts of Scotland.


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.

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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland manage many of the historic properties in Argyll. Visit their dedicated page to explore sites and find out more about access and opening times.