The Royal an Lochan
Historical sites in Cowal and Argyll
The Royal an Lochan at Tighnabruaich is within easy reach of many fine historical sites in Cowal and Argyll. We’ve highlighted some that can be part of a great day out when staying at our hotel. We hope you enjoy them.
Inveraray Castle, Argyll
The stunning Inveraray Castle in the heart of historical Argyll.
Inveraray Castle lies on the shores of Loch Fyne and is amongst the finest of stately homes in Scotland. The castle, completed in 1790, is the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell.
The castle with its magnificent Armoury Hall, State Dining Hall and Tapestry Drawing Room together with the gardens are open to the public and there is a tearoom and gift shop.
Read more about Inveraray Castle.
Achnabreac Cup and Ring Marks
Achnabreac Forest is the site of recently discovered prehistoric art believed to be around 5,000 years old. In 2008, following a storm, cup and ring marks were revealed on a rock in the forest.
This is a rare and treasured site sitting high above Kilmartin Glen around 2 miles north of Lochgilphead. The site is well signposted and has full public access.
The Forestry Commission has further information about the Achnabreac cup and ring marks.
Did You Know?
The magnificent ruins of Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe.
- The building of Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, commenced in 1746 and was inspired by a sketch from the architect Vanbrugh who designed both Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.
- Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe was abandoned after a tower was struck by lightning. The tower’s remains can still be seen in the courtyard.
- Cup and ring marked rocks considered to have been in place for over 4000 years can be found in Achnabreac, Lochgilphead.
- Auchindrain Township Museum is the nearest to a complete example of any Highland Farm Township that has survived.
- On a high hill above the village of Crinan you can find an Iron Age Fort called Castle Dounie.
- Kilmartin village has over 350 ancient monuments within six miles of its centre and of them 150 date back to prehistoric times.
Auchindrain Township Museum
Auchindrain Township Museum is the nearest to a complete example of any Highland Farm Township that has survived and is situated on a 22-acre site, deep in the stunning Argyll countryside.
The museum is open daily from 1 April to 31 October and at limited times from November until March. Learn more about the Auchindrain Township Museum.
Castle Dounie is what remains of a stone fort dating back to the Iron Age, on a high rocky knoll above Crinan. There are terrific views from here towards Jura and Mull and north to Ben Nevis.
This can be found on the Castle Dounie Circuit which is a 4 mile walking route starting from Crinan harbour. Find out more about Castle Dounie.
Kilmartin Glen and Museum
Explore the Ballymeanoch Standing Stones in historical Kilmartin Glen.
The Kilmartin Museum is located in Kilmartin Glen in Argyll where visitors to the glen and surrounding areas can see prehistoric and historic artefacts dating back 4500 years.
The museum provides free guided walks through Kilmartin Glen and its archaeological digs as well as talks on local natural history.
It’s one of the most atmospheric archaeological sites in Scotland and as you wander through the standing stones and cairns throughout the glen you really get a sense of the ancient history of the area.
More information about Kilmartin Museum.