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Things to do in Lochgilphead

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The top 10 attractions in Lochgilphead

Castles in Lochgilphead
Kilchurn Castle
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Kilchurn Castle sits on the banks of Loch Awe in the southeastern part of the Scottish Highlands. It was built in the fourteenth century and abandoned after a fire caused by lightning in the eighteenth century. Currently owned by Historic Scotland, a public body of the Scottish Government, though the castle is in ruins it is one of the most beautiful ones that we saw (and there were many) mainly due to the beautiful location on the shores of Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan. To see the castle one has to wonder far from the road and across the meadow that though fenced, there is a ladder to make access easier. The only way to actually get to the castle is by boat but it can only be visited during the summer.
Of Cultural Interest in Lochgilphead
Ballymeanoch
Located in the great valley of Kilmartin, on the west coast of the Scottish highlands, the archaeological site of Ballymeanoch is actually composed of three distinct elements, developed by Celtic populations between 6000 and 3500 years ago! The first element is the menhirs, or standing stones, that we immediately noticed. Some stand in small holes that were dug for use in ceremonies in connection with the sun. The second element is a small tomb, or "cairn", and finally there's a ceremonial circular area, or "henge", that is a little harder to see today. A fascinating site to visit to learn more about the ancient past!
Cemeteries in Lochgilphead
Kilmartin Cemetery
Located around the church of the village of Kilmartin, near the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, the cemetery is typical of Britain, with tombs scattered about on the green grass. But if you look more closely, you'll see that the tombs are decorated in extraordinary ways. Indeed these tombs, largely made between 1300 and 1700, were carved by local sculptors whose art would represent objects and characters related to the deceased on tombstones. A small building in the middle of the cemetery houses some of the finest pieces.
Churches in Lochgilphead
Church of Kilmartin
The main building in the village of Kilmartin, south of Oban on the west coast of the Scottish highlands, Kilmartin Church is a small gray stones structure, which houses the oldest carved stones in Scotland! One of them is a Christian cross, engraved with an image of the crucifixion, dating back to the eighth century. This cross is engraved on both sides, and is one of the best examples of stonework from that period.
Of Cultural Interest in Lochgilphead
Dunchraigaig House
Located a few kilometers south of the village of Kilmartin, in a valley rich in archaeological monuments, Dunchraigaig is actually a "cairn", ie a burial mound. It was here that bodies or bones were taken during funeral processions. The site is more than 4000 years old, but it was only discovered a century ago!
Villages in Lochgilphead
Kilmartin
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Located south of Oban on the west coast of the Scottish highlands, the valley of Kilmartin is the most important archaeological site in Britain, with over 800 places of interest! Here you can find plenty of information about the rich history of the Celtic people, who lived here during the Bronze Age. They built cairns, circles of menhirs, and other ceremonial locations. In the village, the church and the cemetery are also places of interest, with carved tombstones dating back to the Middle Ages. Do not miss this valley, which really deserves at least half a day to be appreciated!
Of Cultural Interest in Lochgilphead
Nether Largie South Cairn
Created over 5000 years ago, Nether Largie South Cairn is probably the most impressive thing to see in Kilmartin Valley on the west coast of the Scottish highlands: the Celtic burial site is more than 40 meters deep, a kind of menhir buried under stones, and several compartments. One of them contained ancient pottery, while another other was filled with burnt bones, which reflect the crematory practices at the time. This is certainly a massive site that can't fail to impress visitors who come to see it!
Of Cultural Interest in Lochgilphead
Nether Largie Standing Stones
More than 3,000 years ago, when the Celts inhabited the region of Kilmartin, south of Oban on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, the valley was covered by a thick oak forest. Difficult to imagine, given that today the valley is completely green fields and pastures, but the standing stones that dot the landscape today were once hidden deep in this forest, surrounded by trees. This shows that they were in fact markers as to guide the pilgrim, as these standing stones are often aligned and form a sort of passage, perhaps for use in ritual ...
Of Cultural Interest in Lochgilphead
Templewood
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Digging for peat in the valley of Kilmartin, south of Oban on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, locals discovered the site of Templewood purely by accident. It's hard to imagine that this site stood in a dense oak forest when it was built more than 5,000 years ago, as the landscape has changed entirely since then! The two stone circles are in fact part of the same ceremony site; the original circle was marked by wooden posts, which were then replaced by stone. The burned bones of several bodies were placed here after cremation, and a high stone stands in the center, apparently to mark the passage of time with the sun. But very quickly, the two sites were covered with stone, and were then forgotten ...
Islands in Lochgilphead
Treshnish Islands
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The Treshnish Islands are a small archipelago of eight wild and uninhabited islands in the Sea of ​​the Hebrides off the Isle of Mull, to the west of Scotland. These rocky islands are a wildlife reserve where rare species are protected, including gray seals, geese and puffins, which live in colonies on the archipelago's main island, Lunga. They also offer gorgeous landscapes: creeks, meadows, steep cliffs, but also some ruins of ancient castles. They are a popular destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers, and several companies offer cruises in the area, often including a visit to one of the islands to see the birds or seals, depending on the season.