Argyll and The road to the Isles
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Ardanaiseig Hotel, Kilchrenan PA35 1HE, Scotland. Scottish Baronial House set in 100 acres of gardens and woodland on the shores of Loch Awe and offering views of Ben Cruachan. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
mountain peaks tower over moors dotted with tumble-down crofts
and castles laid waste in clan feuds. Icy streams ripple through
wooded glens and into lochs teeming with salmon and trout,
the delight of anglers. Golden eagles soar above the rocky crags
and red deer roam the moors, near scattered villages haunted
by tales of murder and treachery in days gone by.
mansion on promontory among gardens protected by oaks and larches.
Views west to Mull and east to Ben Cruachan.
and azaleas set paths ablaze with colour in wood-land gardens
overlooking Loch Awe. Walled garden, 1 acre, with herbaceous
boats moor in harbour at southern end of 9 mile long Crinan
canal, started l794 by John Ronnie to link Loch Fyne with Atlantic
Ocean and cut out the 120 mile voyage round Kintyre.
of wildfowl feed on the 60 acre reserve, which also has a large
collection of owls.
Open Air Museum
cottages and barns survive from ancient communal farm by families
who shared Visitor centre shows life of Highlanders in past
fields surround scattered houses. Huge Douglas firs line paths
to Gleann Dubh, where waterfalls plunge. Views of the Western
Isles from reservoir.
redwoods and eucalyptuses line forest paths near Loch Eck. Avenue
of 130ft Wellingtonias leads to grounds of Benmore House and
1753 charcoal ironworks above Loch Etive. Exhibition of smelting
process and local life. Boat cruises leave from pier.
Scotland's earliest stone castle, built in mid-12th century.
Stronghold of the MacSween family; destroyed in 1647. Ruins
retain their original proportions.
stone 'Bridge over Atlantic', designed by Thomas Telford 1792,
links Seil Island to mainland across arm of ocean.
skirt reservoirs and hill-side channels built 1827 by Robert
Thom to serve textile mills. Visitor centre shows history. Nature
trail to Shielhill Glen with waterfall.
of Lora swirl beneath bridge across narrows of Loch Etive. Stained
glass in village church depicts bridge and falls.
trees and rhododendrons flourish here. Associated garden centre
sells shrubs and trees.
and fishing boats pass through locks at terminus of Crinan Canal.
Duntrune Castle has skeleton of MacDonald
piper imprisoned by the Campbells in 17th century. Crinan Canal Puffers and Paddle Steamers.
walls of ancient fort. Carvings on rock face thought to mark
Pictish victory in AD 683.
noted for sandy bays and castle burned in 1685. Hillside statue
of Mary Campbell, Burns's 'Highland Mary', who was born here.
Holy Loch Farm has rare breeds of cattle and horses.
remains cling to black crag on or near site of capital of Dalriada,
original Scots kingdom. Campbells were castle governors in medieval
times. Many buried in roofless chapel in wood.
of Dun More look down on old slate quarries. Museum of 1800's
industrial and domestic life.
forest skirts lochside road, ideal for picnics. View of Innis
Chonnell Island with ruins of former Campbell stronghold.
explore oak and hazel woods in narrow glen. Charcoal hearths
once fuelled Bonawe ironworks nearby.
sailing and golf resort, backed by hills and glens. Obelisk
memorial to steamship pioneer Henry Bell. Charles Rennie Mackintosh
designed The Hill House; special display on architect.
seat of Dukes of Argyll. Campbell chiefs ruled from 15th century
in blue-grey castle. Tapestries, paintings and swords on display.
Story of Scot-fish crime and punishment in Inveraray Jail, with
reconstructed prison cells and torture scenes.
road through forest inhabited by deer and badgers. Paths from
Dalavich village to waterfalls and hill-top views.
Kilfinan Parish Church
A place of worship since 1235. 1759 Gothic, including the earlier Lament Vault 1633. Stones of interest. Kilfinan, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland.
Age symbols adorn burial chambers in village. Medieval stone
sculptures in churchyard.
Cup-and-ring engravings of c. 2000-1500 B.C. on natural rock outcrop. Located three and a half miles north of Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland.
church contains medieval cross and Celtic grave slabs. Views
look across to Papa of Jura. Kilmory Knap.
alpines, ferns and rhododendrons line the woodland paths in
these gardens started in 1770s.
weave among pines, hemlocks, cedars, cypresses, dawn redwoods,
Kilmun (St Munn's) Parish Church
On the site of a 7th century Celtic monastery. Tower of 15th century collegiate church. Present building dates from 1841, by Thomas Burns. Important stained glass, pews and water-powered organ. Ancient graveyard with 18th century carved stones. Mausoleum of Dukes of Argyll, Douglas vault, grave of Dr. Blackwell, first lady doctor.
Knapdale is a part of Argyll where long, narrow sea lochs run northeast from the western sea, splitting the land into long strips, hilly and rocky in the interior, but with fertile ground around the edges.
embrace site founded AD 580 by St Moluaig. Parish church set
in 13th-century cathedral destroyed in Reformation. Book of the Dean of Lismore.
overlooks narrow loch with fishing for salmon and trout. Robert
Bruce memorial chapel in 1881 St Conan's Kirk. Kilchurn Castle,
built 1440, on loch shore.
gambol in well-lit tanks at Sea Life Centre. Eels, dogfish,
salmon, cod and bass also on view. Hillside walks above 17th-century
of stone-built houses overlooks loch. Bronze Age carvings on
rocks near standing stone at Achnabreck.
bay with fishing boats and Hebrides ferries. Creeper-clad ruin
of Dunollie Castle, former MacDougall stronghold. McCaig's Tower
above town is Colosseum replica built 1890s. Tour Oban.
hamlet has wildlife museum with local nature display. Castle
Stalker, built 14th century, on offshore island.
centre set among trees. Renowned for healing waters of St Modan's
with rock-shelf and altar associated with St Columba's arrival
in Scotland. Occupied since Middle Stone Age.
contains tallest tree in Britain, a 203ft grand fir (Abies
grandis). Exotic plants and shrubs.
and walkers converge on village dominated by 3,695ft Ben Cruachan.
Nelson memorial erected in 1805. Woodland nature reserve at
harbour on shores of Loch a' Bhealaich. Walks lead into Knapdale
and west to Carsaig Bay, overlooked by hills of Jura.
scattered on hillside of woods and gardens. To the north lies
viewpoint of Kyles of Bute and forest trail.
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