One of the greatest things about Argyll, Scotland is the immense diversity. From rolling countryside and icy mountain peaks, to bustling cities and delightful villages, there is a great deal to see and do in this remote and magical part of the world.
If you’re visiting Argyll to explore places of historical interest, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are so many castles, mansions, monuments and ruins to explore.
Here’s our pick of some of the top spots to discover:
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel can be found on an enormous rock overlooking the Fifth of Lorn near Oban, in Argyll and Bute. This remarkable stone castle was built around 1220 by Duncan MacDougall, and is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland.
When you step foot inside, you’ll find the remains of the great hall and the new house, which were 18th century residential compartments. It is believed that Flora MacDonald was held prisoner here.
Duart Castle stands tall and proud at the end of a peninsula, on the sea cliff off the Isle of Mull, western Scotland. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle belonged to Clan Maclean for about 800 years, and is one of the last surviving Clan Castles in Scotland – along with Knockdow House!
Refurbished in 1911 by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the castle is today a splendid place to visit with its stately bedroom and dressing room, great hall and clan exhibition area.
In the Isle of Bute discover the most spectacular Gothic house, Mount Stuart.
Built in 1880, this outstanding mansion features extravagant interiors and 300 acres of expansive landscaped grounds and gardens. Visitors are invited to explore the gallery and enjoy an audio-visual presentation and guided tour. There is also a shop, restaurant and adventure play area.
On the east shore of Loch Sween in Argyll is Castle Sween, an immense ruin dating back to the 12th century. It was built by Suibhne, grandson of Hugh O’Neil, and over the course of a number of wars it was attacked many times and passed from one rival clan to another.
Until 1949, Knockdow House was owned and run by Clan Lamont. Sir Norman Lamont was the final Laird of Knockdow as he did not leave an heir. In recent years, the property was used for guest accommodation purposes and as a wedding venue. Today, it is privately owned and run.