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Auchindrain Township Open Air Museum, by Inveraray
An original West Highland township of great antiquity and the only such township in Scotland to have survived on its centuries old site. The township buildings have been preserved, equipped and furnished to present the visitor with a fascinating glimpse of the way of life of the highlander. Visit Website »

Barcaldine Castle
Built between 1570 and 1601 by "Black Duncan" Campbell of Glenorchy.  It has been much restored.

Bonawe Iron Furnace, Taynuilt
Once the main iron-smelting centre for Scotland, Taynuilt provided the cannon and shot for the navy, and a monument near the church commemorates Nelson's victory at Trafalgar.

Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe
Built at the beginning of the 16th century and well restored, this was the ancient home of the Stewarts of Appin.

Cruachan - The Hollow Mountain
The reservoir stands at 1,315 ft and the Power Station is built deep into the mountain. The Visitors' Centre has displays and literature explaining the scheme. Visitors can book a trip to go inside "The Hollow Mountain" by bus. Visit Website »

Duncan Bhan's Monument
One of Glen Orchy's most famous sons, the Gaelic Bard, Duncan Ban (or "Fair" Duncan), was born in a now deserted township on the shores of Loch Tulla.  His extraordinary granite monument (44 feet high on the Old Military Road from Inveraray to Dalmally) was raised by public subscription in 1859 and dominates Glen Orchy and Loch Awe and its islands. Queen Victoria was thrilled by the view when she came to see it in 1875.

Glen Coe Visitor Centre
Standing in outstanding walking and climbing country, the centre stands about half a mile from Signal Rock, from which the signal was given for the hideous massacre of the Macdonalds of Glencoe by the Campbells of Glen Lyon in 1692.

Glencoe village
Two heather-thatched cottages in the main street house the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum, with Macdonald and Jacobite relics. The conical peak of the 2,430 ft Pap of Glencoe dominates the village.

Inverawe Smokery & Fisheries
Inverawe has something for everyone, be it fishing, finding out how salmon is smoked, exploring the many trails and tracks, feeding the fish, trying our new play area, browsing through the shop, or enjoying our delicious food in the Smokery Café. Set at the foot of Ben Cruachan, surrounded by beech and oak woods with spectacular views over the River Awe into Glen Lonan, it is the perfect location to unwind in West Scotland. Visit Website »

The new town of Inveraray and Inveraray Castle (home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and headquarters of the Clan Campbell since the early 15th century) were rebuilt in the 18th century.  Visit also Inveraray Jail, the sailing vessel The Arctic Penguin and The Bell Tower.

James of the Glen Monument, by Ballachulish
James of the Glen was wrongly hanged in 1751 after a notorious trial known as the Appin murder case. The story plays a great part in R.L. Stevenson's novel Kidnapped.

Kilchurn Castle
Standing at the head of Loch Awe on what is today a low, rocky mound, but which, in medieval times, was an island, Kilchurn Castle was built, probably, around 1440 by Margaret, wife of Sir Colin Campbell, first Laird of Glenurquhay. Her husband was away at the time - he was a much travelled man, visiting Rome three times and made Knight of Rhodes to boot. Visit Website »

The Gateway to the Isles. Dominating the skyline is McCaig's Tower, a coliseum-style monument built in 1897 to help alleviate unemployment in the area. Visit also Caithness Glass Visitor Centre and Oban Distillery Visitor Centre.

St Conan's Kirk
Nested on the banks of the stunning Loch Awe, Saint Conan’s Kirk has been providing the local community and visitors alike with a most enchanting experience. It is steeped in a family history, unconventional approaches to design and magical and almost unbelievable stories that surprise and delight those of every age. Visit Website »

Sea Life Centre and Marine Aquarium, Benderloch
Situated on Loch Creran, this has a superb range of marine exhibits, from sharks native to Scottish waters to loveable seals cavorting in their pool. Also a tide pool "touch tank".

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