Full Day Heart of Argyll Tour to Kilmartin
This 8 hour journey down the coast through the Heart of Argyll is steeped in ancient history, charming villages, spectacular views and world class cuisine. With a postcard perfect view around every corner, relax as you ride in luxurious comfort south along Argyll’s Adventure Coast, along the Sound of Jura. Castles, gardens, standing stones, seascapes, ancient forts, knights and even hairy Highland cows- this tour has it all.
At Loch Melfort, enjoy breath-taking views of the Sound of Jura as you get up close and personal with hairy Highland cows and stroll through National Trust for Scotland’s Arduaine Gardens. If you scream for ice cream, you are in luck- the Loch Melfort Hotel is on the Scottish Ice Cream Trail!
This Renaissance castle commands a spectacular view over Kilmartin Glen, and even though it’s a ruin, it’s remarkably well preserved and great fun to explore. From the gunloops to the original oven, you can really imagine how life was in 16th century Scotland for the important and fashionable bishop who first translated the bible into Gaelic. If you are not afraid of heights, we recommend a climb up spiral staircase five stories to the parapet- you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view!
Kilmartin Museum and Glen
From giant burial cairns to stone circles to the fort where the ancient kings of Scotland were crowned, Kilmartin will astonish you and make you wonder why it as not as well known as Stonehenge. The small village that boasts 800 ancient monuments within a few square miles. Interpretive displays explain the area’s significance as one of Britain’s most important archaeological landscapes and next door at the ancient church, you can see the impressive grave slabs of Gaelic warriors dating to the 12th century, festooned with symbolic Celtic art and figures of knights, swords and other objects of power. Oh, and the coffee and scones at the cafe are lovely and there’s a brilliant gift shop.
The ancient fort of the kingdom of Dal Raida, Dunadd is where Scotland’s most ancient Gaelic kings were crowned. While the climb to the top is a slight scramble, you will be rewarded with a view over the Mhoine Mhor- the “Great Moss” peat bog and the River Add. Put your foot in the step carved into the rock, where the kings of the ancient Gaelic kingdom, the first to be called “Scots” were given their sacred crown starting in the 500s by St Columba.
The Village of Cairnbaan
Located on the Crinan Canal, this picturesque village is home to one of our favourite stops on Scotland’s Seafood Trail, the Cairnbaan Hotel. Seafood lovers can sample the bounty of the local pure, cold waters along with Highland Hospitality in this “off the beaten path” gem. Stroll along the Crinan Canal where you can spot wildlife and watch the pleasure boats lazily float up the canal and through the locks.
Achnabreck Forest Walk or The Village of Crinan
A 1- mile walk at Achnabreck takes you through a fantastic landscape of ancient symbols carved into the very rock. 5,000 years old, this is one of the best examples of prehistoric rock art in Scotland. Some reaching over 1m across, the spirals and ring marks are a mysterious link to our Neolithic past. Alternatively, we can visit the Village of Crinan. Featured on Penelope Keith’s “Hidden Villages”, this postcard perfect spot is where the Crinan Canal flows into the Sound of Jura. The hotel is a lovely stop for a coffee or a dram, with unbeatable views and our favourite spot to watch the sun set.
Price is for pickup in Oban and does not include museum entrance fee and meals. Contact us for a quote on pickups outwith Oban.
£375 for 2 people
£425 for 3 people
£475 for 4 people
£525 for 5 people
£575 for 6 people
Nether Largie standing stones
Kilmartin grave slabs
*Please note final stops and times are approximate and depend on several factors, including final itinerary, pace, traffic and weather conditions. Minimum age 12 years.
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