This morning, we departed our lodgings in Oban and drove south for about 45 minutes to our first stop at Kilmartin Glen, an important prehistoric linear cemetery dating from around 3500 BC to 1500 BC. Due to time constraints we restricted our visit to two sites: Temple Wood Stone Circles and Dunchraigaig Cairn. At the former our arrival coincided with a tour group performing a private ceremony in context of a tour of sacred sites.

Temple Wood was in use for over 2000 years from around 3500 BC. The site may have started as a solar observatory and was still in use about 1400 BC.

Temple Wood Stone Circles with ‘ceremony’ in process.

Dunchraigaig Cairn was used for a mixture of burial practices from 2000 BC to 1500 BC.

Dunchraigaig Cairn, Kilmartin Glen

Next we moved south to nearby Lochgilphead where guests paid a private visit to long-standing acquaintance.

Next, we moved on, through Inverary to an appointment with friends at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. We had lunch at the Loch Lomond Arms where discussions were held on Currie family history in the Kintyre region.

Loch Lomond Arms, Luss

After lunch we explored Luss before moving on towards Glasgow, stopping en-route to pay a brief visit to Dumbarton Castle on the bank of the River Clyde.

Ben Lomond (mountain) and Luss Pier

Viking era ‘hogback’ grave marker at Luss Church

Luss War Memorial

Luss Cottage

Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

Finally, we arrived at Giffnock in Glasgow Southside where guests and hosts availed of a farewell dinner at conclusion of the tour.

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