The Crinan Hotel
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 Kilmartin Museum itself is undergoing an exciting redevelopment project during 2021 and 2022, so the museum gallery and visitor facilities are currently closed to visitors until 2023. Coffees, cakes and light lunches are available from a takeaway café with outdoor seating on the museum site (next door to Kilmartin Church) operated by Lucy's of Ardfern from May 2021.
Learn how people have shaped the environment you see today with hundreds of prehistoric sites, standing stones and burial cairns in our walking guide 'In The Footsteps Of Kings', available to purchase from the café, before heading out into the landscape yourself. Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/) and help keep Kilmartin Glen beautiful for all who live, work and visit here.
Weekly volunteer-led guided walks through Kilmartin Glen will restart as soon as restrictions allow. For further information and latest updates, please check our website www.kilmartin.org.
The café will have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, using local produce where possible.
Dogs are welcome.
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]