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Glendaruel is sometimes called the ‘gentler Highlands’. Ramble in the woodlands or take part in a spot of trout and salmon fishing on the Ruel. Dunans Castle is also worth a look.

Glendaruel has a fascinating history. The old name of the Glen is Glenduisk, meaning "The Glen of Blackwater". Around the year 1110, a battle was fought between Mekan, King of Norway and son of Magnus Barefoot, and the Gaels, in which the invaders were defeated and the slaughtered were thrown into the River Ruail or "Ruel", Glen-da-Ruail (Glen of red blood). The Clachan, Glenderwell or Glendaruel was Anglicised to the name we know as Glendaruel.

An excavation carried out by the Cowal Archaeological Society, at Achategan, on the slope of the hill across the road from the Clachan, revealed a series of occupations of the site going back as far as the Neolithic period, about 5,000 years ago. St Modan, a follower of St. Columba, established a monastery in the Glen, and high on the hill you can see St Modan's Well.

Kilmodan Church preserves several medieval grave slabs.
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