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History & Heritage

Argyll’s Secret Coast is rich in Highland history. It’s dotted with fascinating ancient sites and there are many more ruined castles and historic houses within striking distance. Here are few of our favourite historic places, but you can always dig deeper by grabbing a map and locating the chambered cairns, standing stones and cup-and-ring marked rocks yourself. Take your own journey, let the history reveal itself and get closer to understanding the heritage of this fascinating corner of Scotland.
 
Ascog Castle
Ascog Castle
The ruined Ascog Castle, on the shores of Ascog Loch, dates back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the McInnes Lamonts. The Lamonts of Ascog are on...
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Caladh Estate and Lily Pond
Caladh Estate and Lily Pond
Glen Caladh Estate to the north-east of Tighnabruaich, has a network of enchanting paths weaving through a range of woodland habitats. Glen Caladh House, the old estate...
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Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan lies on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, near Newton, just beyond the boundaries of Agyll’s Secret Coast. The original castle dates back to the 13th...
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Colintraive Village Hall, Community Garden & Heritage Centre.
Colintraive Village Hall, Community Garden & Heritage Centre.
Colintraive Village Hall has a wide and varied programme of events throughout the year including social events, fundraising events, quizzes, fete, Christmas fair and...
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Dunans Castle & Gardens
Dunans Castle & Gardens
Dunans Castle sits at the head of Glendaruel. The seat of the Clan Fletcher, the historic structure was shown on maps as far back as 1590. The castle is set in 16 acres...
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Eilean Dearg
Eilean Dearg
Eilean Dearg (Gaelic for 'red island') is a small island on Loch Riddon. The island was once home to a castle which was the location for the Rebellion of the...
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Glenan Deserted Village
Glenan Deserted Village
The settlement here is thought to date back to 1309 and was still inhabited many years after the Highland Clearances had led to many other villages being abandoned. The...
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Kilfinan Church
Kilfinan Church
Kilfinan Parish Church sits in the picturesque hamlet of Kilfinan on the B8000. It has been a place of worship since 1235 and the foundations are from this date. The...
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Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest is a wonderful woodland environment to explore, with a range of walks as well as some fascinating projects such as a hydro-electric scheme and...
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Kilmodan Stones
Kilmodan Stones
This group of fascinating historic west Highland carved grave slabs are exhibited in a burial aisle within Kilmodan churchyard near Glendaruel. It’s a beautiful...
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Millhouse Gunpowder Works
Millhouse Gunpowder Works
The village of Millhouse was home to a thriving gunpowder mill? Production at Millhouse started in 1839 and ran until 1921, influencing the lives of several generations...
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The Waverley
The Waverley
Step aboard the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. During the summer, you can take day, afternoon or evening cruises from a number of Argyll...
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