of Scotland, Dunstaffnage Castle
ruined remains of Dunstaffnage Castle sit near the village of
Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll and Bute, the oldest parts of which date
from the 13th century. Built by the MacDougalls, the castle was
taken by Robert the Bruce in 1309 and he passed it to Campbell
ownership. For the next 200 years it had various owners until
returning to the Campbells who retained ownership until 1958 when
it was passed to Historic Scotland. The only remaining inhabitated
part of the castle is the gate-house which was built in the 15th
century and was restored in 1903. Inside the gate-house is a display
on the various castles within Argyll and Bute.
Places To Visit In This Region Of Scotland Include:
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 borders.
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 centuries.
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 botanic
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
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 (closed to public) has skeleton of MacDonald piper
imprisoned by Campbells in 17th century.
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.
Age symbols adorn burial chambers in village. Medieval stone sculptures
church contains medieval cross and Celtic grave slabs. Views look
across to Papa of Jura.
alpines, ferns and rhododendrons line the woodland paths in these
gardens started in 1770s.
weave among pines, hemlocks, cedars, cypresses, dawn redwoods,
embrace site founded AD 580 by St Moluaig. Parish church set in
13th-century cathe-dral destroyed in Reformation.
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 Barcaldine
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.
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 Glen
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.