Historic attractions in Argyll & The Isles

Visit the historic attractions of Argyll & The Isles to get a real sense of the region’s mesmerising past. From iconic castles to standing stones, Argyll & The Isles is full of fascinating history.

Explore the atmospheric castles found throughout Argyll & The Isles. Find 32 clan seats including Inveraray Castle, home to the chiefs of Clan Campbell. Carnasserie Castle is also worth a visit, and Tarbert Castle boasts fascinating connections with Robert the Bruce.

Discover one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Found between Oban and Lochgilphead, Kilmartin Glen is home to many monuments, of which 150 are prehistoric.

Home to Scotland’s ‘cradle of Christianity’, Argyll & The Isles is a great place to uncover beautiful churches, cathedrals and abbeys and learn about the region’s religious connections. Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most sacred sites, built by St Columba in the sixth century.

Why not visit a historic distillery in Argyll & The Isles? Campbeltown was formerly known as the capital of Scottish whisky making, and today you can find Glen Scotia, Springbank and Kilkerran distilleries in the area. Oban is one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky, which you can sample for yourself at Oban Distillery.

Delve into the past at spectacular historic buildings, explore the region through the eyes of local artists in galleries or see ancient artefacts for yourself at renowned museums. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to experience the best of the region at a historic attraction in Argyll & The Isles.

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An artist painting at her easel at Ardminish Bay on Isle of Gigha, Argyll & The Isles


Find inspiration in the range of fantastic art on display in the many galleries of Argyll & The Isles.

Geilston House and Gardens in Cardross, Argyll & The Isles

Historic buildings and homes

Experience the lives of past Scots by visiting the great range of historic buildings and homes in Argyll & The Isles.

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