History & Culture in Argyll

Kilmartin House

There are more than 800 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll, many of them are are prehistoric. This extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the Kilmartin Glen as an area of outstanding archaeological importance. It is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Kilmartin House Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigate and interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape and the artefacts that have been found here. At this unique and vibrant centre you can also see ‘The Valley of Ghosts’ audio-visual – a time travelling experience with breath taking imagery and haunting music. There is an on site shop and an award winning cafe. To find out more, explore our web site, wander through our interactive map and see what’s on our Events Programme.

http://www.kilmartin.org/

Auchindrain Township Museum

Once, Scotland had thousands of “townships”, small farming communities where groups of families worked together. Then, two hundred and fifty years ago, the world began to change.

The townships were replaced by modern farms, crofting and large estates. In some places the process was known as the Highland Clearances. A few townships remained, but most of these had gone by 1900.

Auchindrain

Auchindrain was the last to survive, until 1963. Today it is far and away the best remaining example of a type of settlement that was once typical and common, and which was very important within Scotland’s history.

http://auchindrain.org.uk/

Castle Sween

Castle Sween takes its name from Suibhne, whose name was Anglicised as “Sween”. He was thought to have built the castle. Suibhne was thought to have been a grandson of Hugh the Splendid O’Neill who died in 1047.

Castle Sween Wiki

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland.

http://www.inveraray-castle.com/

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trialstalk to the prisonersmeet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison artefacts, then make your escape. Also, join the UK’s top ghost hunters in ghost hunting nights and paranormal investigations.

http://www.inverarayjail.co.uk/