Kilmartin

To See & Do

1. Outdoor Adventures
Sea kayaking, gorge scrambling, canyoning, canoeing and coasteering can be provided in half or full day outdoor activities by Stramash based in Oban.  From adrenalin-infused coasteering and canyoning trips exploring the depths of rock and water, to watching the sun set over Oban bay in their evening paddle sessions, they have something for everyone They provide all the equipment, instruction and transport you require. www.stramash.org.uk. Tel: 01631 566080.

2. Oban Distillery
Informative guided tours with the chance to enjoy a 'wee dram' at the end.  Open Easter to October.   www.discovering-distilleries/oban

3. Glen Lonan - accessible at Taynuilt
It is through Glen Lonan the ancient Kings of Scotland were carried from Scone to Iona, thus known as the burial route of Kings.  The corteges of Kenneth MacAlpine, MacBeth and other nobles moved somberly through this glen. When you're there, you can visit Angus Gardens, the closest National Gardens Scheme garden to us.  Set on 9 acres, it is a spring flowering woodland garden underplanted with rhododendroms, azaleas and other blossoming bushes and trees.  It's best seen March through June although any time of the year it makes for a pleasant woodland walk.  To get there, retrace our 7 mile single track road back to the main junction.  Turn left, go 1/2 mile, then turn left again at signposted Glen Lonan (just before the Taynuilt Hotel).  Proceed two and half miles on the single track road, looking out for the yellow Garden Schemes signage on your right.

4. Carnasserie Castle - 2 miles north of Kilmartin
A tower house and hall combined.  The home of John Carswell, first Protestant Bishop of the Isles and translator of the first book printed in Gaelic.  Offers very fine architectural details of the late 16th century.  www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

5. Loch Fyne Oysters - Loch Fyne
Offering a superb range of fresh seafood both in the shop and Oyster Bar restaurant.  Situated at the head of Lcch Fyne.  www.lochfyne.com

6. Ardkinglas House & Woodland Garden - Loch Fyne
This beautiful and well maintained woodland garden includes Britain's tallest trees.  It is part of a vast estate owned by descendants of a family who, among other things, founded Loch Fyne Oysters. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours.  Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1907, Ardkinglas House is a must-see for lovers of architectural details - an example ofs Edwardian craftsmanship at its finest.  Guided house tours are available Fridays, April to October, and must be reserved in advance. House tours are available other days with a minimum fee of 50 GBP.  www.ardkinglas.com 

7. Dunstaffnage Castle - Oban
A 13th century castle built on a rock with chapel ruins close by that of superb architectural design. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

8. Duollie Museum & Castle - Oban
Dunolilie is the seat and ancestral home of Clan MacDougal.  Here you can learn about the history and life of the noble MacDougals - a clan that once ruled over much of Argyll and the Isles. The grounds include woodland trails and a ruined castle keep overlooking Oban Bay. Opened mid-April though end of October.  www.dunollie.org

9. Bon Awe Iron Furnace - Loch Etive, Taynuilt
Founded in 1753, this is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain.  Well maintained by historic Scotland, it has very interesting displays on how iron was made here. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

10. Kilchurn Castle - Loch Awe
Situated at the head of Loch Awe, Kilchurn is one of the most attractive and photographed castles in Scotland, enjoying magnificent views of the loch. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

11. Glencoe Mountain Resort - Glencoe
One of the top ski centres in Scotland, complimented by unforgettable scenery.  www.glencoemountain.com

12. Inveraray Castle - Inveraray
Seat of the clan Campbell since the early 15th century; the Duke and Duchess still live in part of the castle with their family.  www.inveraray-castle.com

13. Oban War & Peace Museum -Corran Esplanade, Oban
Founded during the bicentennial celebrations for the ending of WWII. Donated memorabilia and photographs documenting the contribution of Oban and its residents to the war effort. www.obanmuseum.org.uk

14. Innishail Island - North End of Loch Awe
Home to a small but impressive graveyard with Celtic crosses.  Many of the Dukes of Argyll have been laid to rest here.  Was also the home to a group of 16th century nuns.  Is only accessible by boat and requires a good guide around the rocky shallows.

15. Inveraray Jail - Inveraray
Imaginative exhibitions, courtroom, costumed guides and furnished cells set in the 19th century.  Open all year.  www.inverarayjail.co.uk

16. Arctic Penguin - Inveraray
Board an original three masted schooner moored in Inverary Harbour and take the helm.  On board cinema brings the past to life.  Open all year.  www.inveraraypier.com

17. St. Conan's Kirk - Awe Village
Sitting on Loch Awe in Awe Village is St. Conan's Kirk, a 19th century church with a surreal mix of architectural styles and worth a look at.

18. Inverawe Fisheries and Smokehouse - Inverawe
Visit this traditional smokehouse w/picturesque riverside walks.  www.smokedsalmon.co.uk

19. Cruachan Power Station - Pass of Brander, Loch Awe
Take a tour of the 'heart' of this hollow mountain.  The home of Scottish power hidden in a massive cavern l kilometre below ground. Scenes from the James Bond's Dr. No movie were filmed here.  Open Easter to November. T: 01866 822 618. www.visitcruachan.co.uk

20. Glencoe Visitors Centre - Glencoe
Glencoe is a place of towering,  spectacular,  brooding hills and a famous yet tragic event in Scotland's history.  The Centre is part of the National Trust of Scotland.  Open all year .www.glencoe-nts.org.uk

21. Jacobite (Harry Potter) Steam Train - Fort William
Take an 84 mile round-trip on the train used in the Harry Potter movies and see some stunning Highland scenery along the way.   www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite

22. Ardchatten Priory - Loch Etive
Known for its garden and interesting medieval tombstones. This priory was founded in 1230 and burnt by Cromwells Troops in 1654.  Behind the Priory (now a private house) lie the ruins of the chapel, in the care of Historic Scotland. Directions:  From Oban, cross the Connel Bridge on the A828 heading north.  First turning right, well signed. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

23. Day's Out Guide
Leaving the driving and planning of the above outings to Lord Andrew Clay.  Click on the "Private Car Tours" link on the left for more information.

 

Contact Us

Taychreggan

Kilchrennan, By Taynuilt,
Nr. Oban, Argyll, Scotland PA35 1HQ

T: +44 (0)1866 833 211
F: +44 (0)1866 833 244
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