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This morning, we departed our Oban lodgings and drove south along the A816 to our first stop at the historic village of Kilmartin. Kilmartin stands at the head of a glen (valley) which is home to an internationally significant prehistoric and early Christian sites and monuments.

First, we called in at the visitor centre and then the museum. Latter provides information and artifacts which describe and illustrate Scotland’s most important archaeological landscapes comprising rock art, standing stones, Neolithic and Bronze Age burial cairns plus Dunadd Hill Fort which was home to the earliest kings of Scotland.

Next, we went to the nearby Parish Church the burial ground of which contains excellent examples of medieval sculptured stones (grave-markers). The Church is also an excellent vantage point to view the glen.

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Next, we drove down the Glen a short distance and stopped to view Nether Largie Stones (which may have been an early observatory) and Temple Wood Stone Circle.

Nether Largie Stones

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Temple Wood Stone Circle

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Next, we continued down the Glen and stopped to view Dunadd Hill Fort which is close to the River Add.

Dunadd Hill Fort

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Next, we continued south to Lochgilphead where we joined the A83 which took us north, along the bank of Loch Fyne where we availed of a photo stop.

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Next to Inveraray, a planned 18th century small town which is home to Inveraray Castle, seat of the Chief of Clan Campbell (who is also Duke of Argyll). We viewed the Castle, had lunch in the town and spent a short time exploring and taking photographs. Weather was glorious.

Inveraray Castle

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Ancient Cross on Inveraray Waterfront

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Loch Fyne from Inveraray

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Next, we moved on to Tarbert, Loch Lomond where we availed of a brief stop for photographs before moving to our destination of Glasgow.

Tomorrow, we tour the City of Glasgow.

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