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Kilmartin Glen and Kilmartin Museum

Kilmartin Glen is located between Oban and Lochgilphead, surrounding the village of Kilmartin.

It is said that this area is one of the richest areas in Europe for prehistoric remains with some of the largest concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.

There are more than 350 ancient monuments within six miles of Kilmartin village. 150 of these are prehistoric. Monuments include standing stones and what is known as a "linear cemetery" comprising five burial cairns. Some of these are decorated with cup and ring marks.

The remains of the ancient fortress of the Scots at Dunadd (The royal centre of Dal Riata) are located to the south of the glen, on the edge of the Moine Mhòr or Great Moss.

The best starting point to explore the Glen is the Kilmartin Museum which is located within Kilmartin village and has an excellent exhibtion of the Glen's rich history. Tony Robinson from Time Team said "How many museums can you go to where you can examine a Bronze Age pot and look out of the window and see the burial mound where it came from?"

The Museum's opening times in 2017 are 10:00am to 5:30pm every day from 1st March to 31st October, 11:00am to 4:00pm every day from 1st November to 23rd December (the Museum will be closed from Christmas until 1st March).

 

A useful source for more information is the Explore Argyll & The Isles website: www.exploreargyll.co.uk/things-to-do.php or you can talk to us here at the Hotel on 01546 830261 or email: [email protected]