Culture & Heritage

Castles, Museums and Archaeology

Argyll has a wealth of majestic castles, historic ruins, forts, standing stones and museums. Seabank is a great base for exploring the history of the area, with Dunstaffnage Castle and Castle Stalker only 15 minutes away.

One of Scotland’s richest archaeological landscapes is Kilmartin Glen, just one hour away. Visit Kilmartin Museum, Carnasserie Castle, Dunadd Fort where ancient kings were crowned and hundreds of ancient monuments including standing stones, cup and ring markings and burial mounds.

Oban’s iconic McCaig’s Tower provides clear views of the town and over to the islands beyond. Also worth visiting are Dunollie Castle, Museum and Grounds and Oban War and Peace Museum.

Bonawe Iron Furnace in Taynuilt is recommended and from here, the next village of Loch Awe is home to St Conan’s Kirk and the breathtaking setting of Kilchurn Castle on the lochside.

For more information on Argyll’s rich history click here.

Arts and Culture

Argyll has a thriving arts and culture scene which can be enjoyed at various events, ceilidhs and festivals throughout the year. Summer Highland games and agricultural shows are a vibrant reminder of our rich culture.

For live music visit one of the local pubs or to experience authentic traditional music visit The View in Oban where you can also try ceilidh dancing.

There are many famous artists, both historic and current, and local craft producers in the region who take inspiration from the beautiful landscapes, islands and nature of Argyll. The colours, reflections, wildlife and ever-changing light on the west coast also makes for a photographer’s paradise.

Why not take home a souvenir from one of the many craft shops, potteries, galleries, weavers or jewellers dotted throughout the area, or bring a sketchbook to capture your own memories. Find out more about arts and culture events and attractions in the region at VisitScotland.