The ancient kingdom of Dalriada
Amid the stunning scenery of Inveraray and the Heart of Argyll, including Knapdale, Kilmartin, Tarbert and Crinan, you’ll find opportunities galore to delve deeper into Scotland’s past. Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Within six miles of Kilmartin village there are over 800 ancient monuments. The wild and remote Atlantic coastline offers empty golden beaches, rocky beaches & tranquility. Within driving distance of the Mull of Kintyre and its beautiful scenery . Access to the Islands & whiskey trails. Knapdale Forest spreads from coast to coast and it’s here that beavers have been reintroduced into Scotland. Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ – the Crinan Canal. It’s tow path makes for a wonderful walk or cycle. Inveraray is home to Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail.
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Natural beauty - Coastline & forest
Coast: Discover West Loch Tarbert to the south; Loch Fyne to the east; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Explore Loch Awe, one of Scotland’s loveliest lochs or take a trip to the Gulf of Corryvreckan to see the world’s third largest whirlpool. You’ll discover beaches, islands, and wildlife galore.
Knapdale is bounded to the south by the Kintyre peninsula and to the north by the Crinan Canal. Walkers and cyclists are all drawn to the remote, rugged beauty and wildlife of the area. Knapdale is a place sculpted by the great forces of nature. The western coastline, including the lovely Kilberry peninsula, is fringed with wild, empty beaches. Knapdale Forest spreads from coast to coast, and it’s here that beavers have been reintroduced into Scotland. If you love getting active in the outdoors, you’re spoilt for choice in Knapdale. Explore the woodlands, forests and coastline by foot, bike or kayak. You’ll find scenic way-marked trails for all abilities. Knapdale is also home to some fascinating historic attractions.
history- Kilmartin Glen
Delve deep into Scotland’s past as you explore this historically rich part of Argyll. The Bronze Age and Neolithic remains in Kilmartin Glen makes it one of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland.
It is an area brimming with historic wonders. This beautiful glen in mid Argyll is one of Scotland’s richest and most important prehistoric landscapes. Within six miles of Kilmartin village there are over 350 ancient monuments, including cairns, standing stones and stones circles. The Iron Age Dunadd Fortis an enthralling place to visit.
Kilmartin offers some wonderful walking. And with so many fascinating sites concentrated in such a small area, Kilmartin Glen is easily explored on foot. Watch out for wildlife when you’re out and about. This wild and sparsely populated region is a haven for all sorts of animals and birds, including red squirrels, pine martens and birds of prey. Visit the Kilmartin Museum & Cafe
Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ – the Crinan Canal. Opening in 1801, it linked Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the Sound of Jura at Crinan, cutting out the long and treacherous journey around the Mull of Kintyre. Today, its towpath makes for a wonderful walk, cycle or kayak.
The surrounding countryside is stunning and rich in history. You’ll find ancient sites, rock art and forts not far from the towpath. There’s a magical network of paths, towpaths and shoreline to explore. You can climb high through the forest above the sea at Crinan to give stunning views of Jura, Scarba and the Argyll coastline.
Towns - Lochgilphead, Inverary & Oban
Lochgilphead is our nearest small town - it has a coop, deli, swimming pool and general shopping Oban is to the North. A larger town with a variety of interesting independent shops, The Phoenix Cinema and restaurants including the Seafood Hut. There are many boat trips from the harbor. Inveraray is a fascinating town in a truly memorable setting on Loch Fyne’s shores in mid Argyll. It’s home to Inveraray Castle, the seat of Clan Campbell, and Inveraray Jail, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. The bustling town is a classic example of an eighteenth-century planned town and is packed with Highland charm. You’ll find shops, great places to eat and drink and a fabulous selection of accommodation. The countryside is stunning, with hills, lochs and glens within easy walking distance of the town. Head up the local hill, Dun Na Cuaiche, for glorious views. Visit local Inveraray website.