Kilmartin Glen from Church

Kilmartin Glen from Church

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Oban and drove south for one hour south to Kilmartin Glen,a prehistoric site comprising a valley with a number of burial cairns, stone circles and ‘rock art’. One structure may have been an early lunar observatory.The monuments are believed to date from between 3000 BC and 1500 BC.

At top of the glen is the village of Kilmartin with a church the burial ground of which contains interesting examples of medieval graveslabs, many dating from the 14th-15th centuries which were crafted by the Loch Awe School with depictions of swords, crosses and armoured figures.

 

Medieval Slabs at Kilmartin

Medieval Slabs at Kilmartin

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After visiting the graveslabs and a selection of the prehistoric monuments we drove down to Achanbreck at foot of the glen to view the ‘rock art’ which forms the most extensive group of prehistoric carvings in Scotland.

Two images below show Ballymeanoch Stones

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Dunchraigaig Cairn

Dunchraigaig Cairn

Stones at Nether Largie

Stones at Nether Largie

Image below shows Temple Wood Stone Circle

Temple Woos Stone Circle

Temple Woos Stone Circle

Nether Largie South Burial Cairn

Nether Largie South Burial Cairn

Rock Art at Achnabreck

Rock Art at Achnabreck

Rock surface at Achnabreck

Rock surface at Achnabreck

After concluding our visit to Achnabreck we drove to nearby Lochgilphead for lunch and then on south, through Inveraray, stopping briefly to view the famlous castle. Then, to our next target of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Here we visited the quaint village, the lochside and churchyard which contains a Viking era ‘hogback‘ burial.

Inveraray Castle, Scotland

Inveraray Castle, Scotland

Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond

Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond

Luss Church, Scotland

Luss Church, Scotland

Hogback Burial at Luss, Scotland

Hogback Burial at Luss, Scotland

Luss concluded our touring for the day after which we drove on to Glasgow where guests were deposited at their West End hotel. Tomorrow, we visit historic sites in and around Glasgow.

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