Clan MacDougall Day Tour
Argyll is the ancestral home of Clan MacDougall, and this day tour showcases clan strongholds, burial grounds and other associated sites, along with some of Scotland's most spectacular landscapes.
Optional stops include:
With its ancestral burial aisle of the Clan MacDougall since the 18th century, this historic medieval church ruin and graveyard set in an idyllic glen holds a wealth of insight about the clan and its Argyll homeland throughout history.
Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban is one of Scotland’s oldest stone castles, built by the powerful Clan MacDougall lords of Lorn and held since the 15th century by Clan Campbell. There is an exhibition and gift shop on site, and wonderful views over the Firth of Lorn.
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The priory was founded in 1230 by Sir Duncan MacDougall of the family of the Lords of Lorn and monks from France. Consisting of burial grounds and beautiful gardens overlooking Loch Etive, the priory has historic connections with Robert the Bruce as well as Clan MacDougall.
St Conan’s Kirk
The village of Lochawe is home to the Scottish baronial style St Conan’s Chapel. Nestled on the banks of the stunning Loch Awe, The kirk has been providing the local community and visitors alike with a most enchanting experience, steeped in a family’s history, displaying unconventional approaches to design, and magical and almost unbelievable stories that surprise and delight those of every age.
Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
The Bonawe Iron Furnace operated from the mid 1700s until the mid 1800s, using timber from the local forests for charcoal fuel to smelt iron ore. It is now the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, and is a Historic Scotland attraction, welcoming visitors to see how pig iron was made and what life was like for the workers.
Isles of Lismore or Kerrera
These wee isles of the coast of Oban are worth exploring for their natural beauty and strong MacDougall roots. We can plan a walking tour of Kerrera and Castle Gylen, or a driving tour of Lismore, with its numerous castle ruins and historic cathedral.
Kilbride Kirk and MacDougall burial aisle