Short distances between places to see
Nosey locals ;-)
fantastic all these old things!!
This is a wonderful museum with a fantastic collection of artefacts from the nearby sites. The audio- visual introduction was interesting but I think missed out on telling you a bit about the site although it certainly showed you the long history. In the museum there are some interactive models so you can try you hand at things. The ticket to the...more
Kilmartin has only one real street which runs along its entiire length for about quarter of a mile. From here there are little back lanes with no pavements where pedestrians and cars give way happily to each other with a friendly smile and a cheery wave. I loved our stroll here breathing in wood smoke, how I love this smell, looking at all the old...more
A winter's walk through Kilmartin Glen - what a pleasure to have a near solitary walk here. I say near solitary I did walk step by step with Kenny and the dogs but not always. I frequently seemed to lag behind taking endless photographes of the landscapes, the sheep and the complete isolation of this quiet glen. Signs of early Spring were all...more
The interior of the Saint Conan's Church is simple but breathtakenly beautiful. St. Conval's Chaple contains the remains of its builders William and Helen Campbell. Text carved round the walls reads "The Lord spake saying, let them make me a sancturary that I may live amongst them" a fitting tribute beyond the beautiful wrought iron gates. A double...more
The original Church was completed in 1886 and was tiny. The architect William Douglas Campbell made the building of a new Church here, incorporating some of the old church, his lifes work. He started work on the church in 1907 he later died in 1914. After World War l his sister Helen carried on with his plans for the Church, she died in 1927 and...more
Melfort Village was once a farming estate where local people lived and worked. The village has kept its original buildings and little track road which winds its way around in a circle. Although the cottages are original the interiors are not. This little community has given way to tourism in the form of self catering accommodation. It really is a...more
The word Croabh in Scottish Gaelic means tree - I don't know why this place is named this way - we saw very few trees around here. Croabh Haven is a purpose built holiday resort built in 1983 but its scenery is much older and the Celtic Cross War Memorial suggests this little piece of heaven exisited before the tourist trail. I Just loved the...more
Ardfern is a small rural community located on the Craignish Sea Loch, in Scottish Gaelic the village is known as Aird Fheama. Here you will find a village of one - one shop one cafe one firestation one school one bus stop one hotel. What Ardfern doesn't lack is yachts. When we arrived here we kept driving the single track road passed the village...more
Dunadd was the earliest capital of the Kingdom of Dalriada, founded by Fergus Mhor who sailed from Ireland around AD500 two hundred years ater the first Scots arrived on the West Coast. Dunadd became the seat of the inauguration of first Scottish Kings. By 843 Kenneth MacAlpin became the first King of the union of Scots and Picts. The last...more
There is a little glass roofed building in Kilmartin Kirk Yard where we viewed grave slabs which had been arranged chronologically around the inside. The stones date from the earliest 1300's to the late 1700's. The detail they portray gives a picture book guide to the past. Most were the work of a group of stonemasons working around Loch Awe in the...more
Dunchraigaig Cairn transaltes from Scottish Gaelic into English as the Tomb of the Eagles. It has been in existance for a mind blowing time it was erected 2,000 B.C. At first when we entered the field the Cairn looked like a massive amount of scattered stones heaped together in the centre. After walking around the entire area we soon realised we...more
The Melfort Mermaid is a popular restaurant not only for people staying in the self catering houses but also with other customers who find themselves in this remote spot. The restaurant has a large deck area where you can relax over a drink and ponder with the menu before deciding if you should eat in or takeaway. I found their menu a bit...more
When we stopped in Croahb Haven we were in desperate need of a cup of coffee and were pleased to read on the sign outside the Lord of the Isles Hotel that they were open. The bar area is on two levels with a huge open fire place on the lower level, this is where we chose to sit. A single red rose in a little glass vase was positioned on every table...more
The bar and dinning room in the Kilmartin Hotel has a very welcoming feeling mostly due to its friendly and helpful staff. The tables are well spaced in lots of nooks and crannies. We took a table in the bar area beside a warm log burning fire. The furnishings and fittings are all made from very dark shining wood giving the room an old world...more
Nightlife in these rural parts is very much a do it yourself affair. Apart from a few hotel bars which you would have to drive to, there are no pubs, cinemas or other entertainment outside of Oban. After a long day of travelling out and about we arrived back in Melfort in the early evening. Driving along the little road we just had to stop to watch as the sun bent low to cast its last rays of light over the darkening loch. After a very short time the scenery had gone - cloaked in a coat of velvet black creating a perfect excuse just to loaf around watch a little bit of TV, listen to some CD's and read a good book.
Dress Code: With hardly anyone around it really doesn't matter what you wear - I do like places where you can leave life's clutter behind and just please yourself
Although there is a good rail link between Glasgow and Oban we had a long but scenic drive from Aberdeen a journey which lasted five hours with some little toilet stops for the dogs, the whole journey covered over 200 miles. Some of the journey is on good roads mainly dual carriageways. After Perth you then have to travel cross county to the west...more
In order to reach Kilmartin you will need a car, unless you feel like waiting for the bus which runs once a day from Lochgilphead, or take the daily bus from Oban. Kilmartin is very easy to find, if you're in Oban it's approximately 30 miles south on the A816, the road goes right through the village.more
Not just a shop but a collection of shops, restaurant and fuel filling station. Before you hit the West Highland Way this is a must stop place - whether for a fuel stop or a meal stop or some essential last minute shopping. The Green Welly Shop website states it is a must stop place for the Virtual Tourist - so you can shop from your home wherever...more
We popped into Kilmartin Store and Post Office because we had forgotten to bring some water with us to quench both our thirst and the dogs. I was most impressed with their hi tech dog hook - a safe lockable dog parking place and very thoughtful idea. There is only one shop in the Village and the sign inside said "Everything from a needle to a...more
I had read a fair bit on attractions in and around Argyll before we went and did notice there were a lot of gardens scattered around the area. It wasn't much of a surprise to learn they are all closed during November through to April. What I didn't expect was to see the hotel bars and restaurants had winter closing times - this meant from approximately 14.30 after lunch until 19.00 you couldn't even get a cup of coffee. I suppose it all comes down to the winter season with few tourists around spending money these places could not afford the wages bill for idle staff.
Unique Suggestions: At least the scenery is always open and going with the weather always changing. You can always fill a thermos flask with some tea and/or coffee and take it with you to drink in the car.
Luggage and bags:
A back pack is usually all you will require on days out. I usually pack mine with any maps which I may need along with some water and snacks. On this trip I also packed a torch I had a feeling that when it was dark it was total and yes I was right.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The West Coast is known as the wettest part of Scotland - bring water proof trousers and a jacket with a hood, umbrellas are useless around here. Good walking shoes are ok but hiking boots are more appropriate.
Photo Equipment: You might have a long journey to find a town where you can buy extra film or camera chip so bring along some spares and your camera battery charger
loved this website ,you feel the love n passion gone into it. With over 5000 years of human history can be traced across the Kilmartin valley. At least 350 ancient monuments, of which 150 are prehistoric, lie within six miles of the quiet village of Kilmartin. Of particular interest are the earlier prehistoric monuments: chambered cairns, round...more
Poltalloch Estate, We were ona walk in Slockavullin, near Kilmartin, and my ex, Colin, showed me the former home of the Malcolms. They live in a castle elsewhere on the estate, and used to own this place, on top of the hill overlooking Crinan, back in the 1800's. I can't remember why it's a ruin, they stopped using it and I believe removed the roof...more
Encountering the sheep not in a field this time or roaming free this one was captured close to home. He had his own kennel close by his house and was happy to trot forward to have a chat with me. I did think Green Coloured Phone Boxes belonged in Ireland - but here in Argyll in a very remote spot I did discover this rare sight red phone boxes are still a favoured around here - the modern ones look so out of place. Mind the gap sounds like London but this was our only entry - make sure you can squeeze through. It's a Forgone Conclustion you will encounter some boats here Argyll has more water than land. The fire station and its palm trees - although Argyll is warmed by the Altlantic Gulf Stream this far West the Palms are a pleasant surprise.
Fondest memory: I will be back to add to my memories here in Argyll which is fast enticing me to explore her hidden depth