In the footsteps of ancient kings

Argyll is considered by many to be the cradle of the  Scottish nation we know today, where the earliest kings were crowned. It’s a place where you will discover mysterious standing stones, impressive burial chambers and strange rock carvings taking you back to the Neolithic era.

Highlights

  • Journey across the “Bridge over the Atlantic”
  • Visit the charming coastal village of Ellenabeich
  • Discover the mighty castle of Argyll’s first bishop
  • Visit the independent museum at Kilmartin
  • Walk amongst ancient standing stones and stone circles
  • Stand where early Celtic kings were crowned
  • Discover the stunning coastal scenery of Argyll
Two large standing stones dominate the glen
Ancient standing stones at Nether Largie in Kilmartin Glen.

Itinerary

Seil Island and the “Bridge over the Atlantic”

In less than 30 seconds you cross the Atlantic to reach pretty Seil Island. Whitewashed quarry worker cottages are lined up rows in the next village of Ellenabeich. Here you can take the optional short ferry boat crossing to Easedale. It’s a unique place where there are no cars, no roads, and no street lamps. It’s also home to the World Stone Skimming Championships.

Carnasserie Castle

Although today Carnasserie Castle is a roofless ruin it was once a fine residence for the first Protestant Bishop of Argyll. Blown up by marauding Royalist troops in the 1680’s it is still an impressive building. The climb up the old stone steps rewards you with a splendid view along Kilmartin Glen.

Memories for a lifetime!
Tamara W, Illinois, USA
Thank you again for an amazing time in Argyll! Memories for a lifetime.

Kilmartin Glen and Dunadd Fort

A broad valley extending south of the small village of Kilmartin is one of the most important archaeological areas in Europe – with over 800 ancient monuments. The small Kilmartin Museum explains many of the finds that have been discovered in the glen and the neighbouring church houses fine medieval grave slabs.

You can follow in the footsteps of ancient kings by taking the short walk to the top of Dunadd Fort and see the stone where leaders swore an oath upon their coronation. Then explore the many standing stones and burial chambers dotted around the glen, with some of the most impressive just short walk from the roadside at Nether Largie.

 

Pick up

Any Oban or surrounding area location. Cruise passengers, whose ship is visiting Oban, are met at the harbour gate, just a short walk from the pontoons.

Tour duration

Approximately 7 hours.

Price guide

£460 – for up to 4 passengers in a large saloon (for comfort we recommend a maximum of 3 passengers)

£500 – for up to 8 passengers in a 9-seater MPV

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Things to bring

  • Camera
  • Walking shoes
  • Rainproof/waterproof coat

Inclusions

  • Money-back guarantee for shore excursion guests if their ship fails to visit Oban.
  • Complimentary fruit, snacks and water.
  • Services of a fully qualified expert guide – accredited with the Scottish Tourist Guide Association.
  • All transportation, fuel and parking in either a large saloon or a 9-seater MPV.

Exclusions

  • Entrance to Kilmartin Museum is not included in the tour price and is payable on the day.
  • Lunch and other refreshments

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation charges are outlined in our terms and conditions here. For guests booking this tour as a shore excursion, there is a no quibble money-back guarantee if their cruise ship is unable to visit Oban.

Additional information

There is a considerable amount of walking during this tour, some of it across steep or rough ground. Please ensure that you are capable of undertaking this tour before booking.

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