Argyll has been described as the enduring
heartland of Scotland. Located in the far West of the country,
its quiet, rural nature belies its former importance.
It was on the island of Iona in Argyll, that
Christianity first came to Scotland from Ireland, courtesy of
Saint Columba and his travelling monks. The Scots themselves
were originally an Irish tribe, who came to Argyll in the 4th
and 5th Centuries A.D. and established their Kingdom of Dalriada,
with its capital at Dunadd Hill.
Over the next few centuries the Scots & the
indigenous Picts fought over the area until they were united as
one nation by Kenneth MacAlpin, first King of Scots, in 843
The Vikings also had a major influence in
Argyll, invading the islands of the west from the 9th Century.
They held dominion over the Western Seaboard and Isles for
several centuries until defeated by the Scots at the Battle of
Largs in 1263, following which their influence waned.
Argyll then came under the sway of the Lords
of the Isles, an amalgamation of mixed race Norsemen and local
Clans showing allegiance to the Clan Donald. They operated
effectively as a state within a state until defeated in 1480 at
the battle of Bloody Bay on the Island of Mull.
Thereafter, the area was directly controlled
by the Scottish Crown until the Union of The Crowns of Scotland
and England in 1603. The local Clan Campbell and their Chiefs,
the Dukes of Argyll, became increasingly influential.
At least, that's how we heard it!
This history is evident in the place names
and historic sites throughout Argyll and exploring these can
make for a very enjoyable holiday
Argyll is ideal for touring with quiet roads
and lovely scenery to enjoy at your leisure. We are happy to
suggest places for you to visit and more information is
available from the local
Visit Scotland Tourist Office in Lochgilphead.
Some Suggestions for your Visit
Achnashelloch is centrally located and
ideally placed for exploring, Kintyre, Lorne and North Argyll as
well as the local area. Many interesting outings are possible in
this lovely part of Scotland.
Visit the busy ferry and fishing port of
Oban, 35 miles away. Known as Gateway to the Isles it has plenty
of shops, bars and restaurants, many specialising in local
seafood. There is a working distillery where you can visit and
enjoy a wee dram.
A few miles North of
Oban there is a fascinating Sealife Sanctuary, where numerous
marine species may be viewed, including seals in a glass-sided
Visit the bustling 18th Century "new town" of
Inveraray, 25 miles away, hereditary seat of the Dukes of
Argyll, with its quaint shops and hotels, Inveraray Jail,
Inveraray Castle and Maritime Museum.
Visit Tarbert, Argyll, a picturesque fishing
village, 15 miles south of Lochgilphead. Then take one of the
roads down the West side of Knapdale or Kintyre Peninsula, which
overlook the Sound of Jura and the islands beyond.
Take a ferry to visit one of the Argyll or
Clyde Islands. Mull (and its capital Balamory - sorry Tobermory),
Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Gigha, Lismore and Arran are
all possible. Details can be found on the Caledonian MacBrayne
ferry company's website and some smaller ferries are operated by
Argyll & Bute Council.
Explore peace and
solitude of the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve. Its ancient
peat bog is home to a myriad of species and ruled over by the
magnificent Hen Harrier.
Walk the Crinan Canal
Towpath and treat yourself to a cup of tea or a beer at Crinan,
while you watch the boats negotiate the sea lock. Alternatively,
enjoy some of the numerous other country walks in the area, many
waymarked by Forest Enterprise, from whom route guides may be
Forest Enterprise also
provide for mountain biking, including the exciting Fire Tower
Trail close to our farm.
Visit the magnificent
National Trust for Scotland "gardens of Argyll" at Crarae and
Arduaine, always with something interesting to see and famed for
their displays of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Spring and early
Summer. Or take a trip to Ardkinglass Estate Gardens to see
Britain's tallest tree.
Visit the Neolithic Burial Sites of Kilmartin
Glen, followed by a visit to the museum and a cuppa in the
Have a small boat trip. For example, you can
visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, third largest in the world,
from nearby departure points. See the wicked tidal races on your
way through the Dorus Mor (big door) channel and enjoy the
wildlife - seals, porpoises, dolphins,