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1.  Explore The Kilmartin Glen

  • Visit the Kilmartin Museum (helps you to interpret the glen and also good for lunch).
  • Visit the Kilmartin Churchyard to see carved stones from the Poltalloch Estate
  • Explore the many cairns, standing stones and henges (climb inside the Nether Largie cairn if you dare!)  Guided walks through the glen are available at the Museum on Wednesdays through the summer season.  See their website for details: Kilmartin Museum
  • Climb Dunadd Fort (ancient settlement of Dalriada) - see if your foot fits the inaugeration stone!)
  • Visit the rock art sites at Achnabreck (decide what the markings mean - everyone has a theory!)
  • Visit Carnasserie Castle

Nether Largie Standing Stones in the Kilmartin Glen speckled with cup marks

2.  Crinan and the Crinan Canal

  • At just 9 miles long this is a comfortable cycle ride (bike hire at Lochgilphead) or walk the most scenic half between Crinan & Cairnbaan
  • Pop in to see a demonstration at Fraser McIver's Printing Wagon
  • Relax at Crinan as you watch the boats pass through the locks. 
  • The VIC32 (the last true working Clyde Puffer) is usually moored here at weekends and occasionally short trips are available 

The Crinan Canal

3.  Visit the Corryvrekan whirlpools and see wildlife by boat.

  • There is no better way to experience the West Coast than from the sea.  Craignish Crusies  operate a boat trip from Ardfern to the Northern tip of Jura where the Corryvreckan (one of the largest whirlpools in the world) can be viewed.
  • the trip offers opportunities to see  variety of wildlife e.g. seals, porpoises, dolphins, minke whales, wild goats, otters and deer. 
  • You are very likely to see a pair of sea eagles tending their young in the summer months

Argyll at its best from the sea! 

and be prepared for some strange happenings in the water around you!

4.  Visit the Knapdale forest & Taynish Nature Reserve

  • The Taynish Nature Reserve provides varied terrain for an interesting walk (not too strenuous) taking in young and mature woodland, open moorland an old mill and beaches.  Wonderful views if you climb the hill (an optional addition to your walk) and Loch Sween is a good place to spot otters. The Old Mill and The Old Piggery are interesting to look around and are often used to display outdoor art exhibitions.
  • You may enjoy lunch at the Tayvallich Inn
  • On route you could stop off at the Arichonan township in the Knapdale forest - a village targetted during the clearings - offering fine views over Loch Sween
  • Visit the site of the Scottish Beaver Trial - look for signs of beaver activity and if you are lucky spot a beaver! 

Taynish Nature Reserve

5.  Visit at least one  of the Magnificent  Argyll Gardens

  • Arduaine  - Wonderful any time of the year - magnificent sea views from the viewpoint
  • Crarae  - Arguably the best rhododendron gardens with some of the Himalayan varieties flowering as early as February
  • Ardkinglass  -  Lesser known woodland gardens worth visiting for the record breaking giant trees that can be seen here (go on  - hug a giant tree!)
  • Achamore - Beautiful gardens kept by the community on the Island of Gigha
  • Duntrune - small private gardens on the Duntrune castle Estate

Achamore Gardens

Walking and cycling

There are walks and cycle routes to suit all abilities in the area from gentle forest, river or coastal strolls to more demanding hill climbs.   Achnabreck offers mountain cycle routes to challenge the hardiest!  We have a range of suggested routes and maps that you can borrow during your stay.


Use us as a base to explore the whole of beautiful Argyll and the Kintyre peninsular or take a ferry across to the Cowal peninsular from Tarbert .  We can suggest many varied 1 day drives from Dunchraigaig House, including some less well signed drives such as the Forest Drive between Loch Awe and Loch Fyne.

Hop over to an Island for a day to

  • Gigha (car ferry every hour from Taylinloan and bike hire available on Gigha)
  • Arran (car ferry hourly from Claonaig to Lochranza)
  • Islay (car ferry from Kennacraig)
  • Jura (Summer passenger ferry from Tayvallich - bicycle hire on Jura).
  • Mull (car ferry from Oban with bus link to Tobermory if you prefer not to take the car)
  • Kerrera (passenger & bicycle ferry from Oban)
  • Seil or Luing (local boat / ferry service)

Tourist attractions:

We are centrally placed for day trips to

  • Oban (Visit McCaigs Tower, the distillery or just watch the ferrys come and go)
  • Inveraray (Visit the jail, the castle and the Auchindrain Township)
  • Tarbert (Picturesque Fishing Village with harbourside cafes and galleries)
  • Campbeltown (and maybe venture further down to the famous Mull of Kintyre)

Art & Craft

There are may artists and crafts people in the area who will be happy to invite you into their workshops or galleries.  Take a look at the 'Artmap' website for details of individual artists and information of the annual 'Artmap Weekend' when all of the artists arrange an 'open house' for visitors.

You may also like to take a look at the 'Kilvaree Croft' website - a working croft producing crafts from materials produced on the croft.  Many of these items are also on sale in the Kilmartin House Museum shop.


Explore the Argyll Coast from the water with easy access via the new Kayak Trail.  Bring your own kayak (we have safe storage) or hire equipment locally - guides also available.


Golf courses at nearby at Lochgilphead and Tarbert and further afield at Oban, Machrihanish, Inveraray or on Gigha

Horse Riding

The Lunga Riding Stables (about 12 miles north of Dunchraigaig) offer a varirty of rides from 1 to 4 hours.  The rides include spectacular views and sometimes include beach riding.  They also offer pub and picnic rides.  To book ahead or just find out a bit more visit their website: Lunga Riding Stables

Or just stay enroute...

If you are travelling between the Islands of Arran, Mull or Islay we are centrally placed between Oban,  Kennacraig and Claonaig. Treat yourself to a stay in the glen between islands and explore what is on offer in the very heart of Argyll.

In Kilmartin village (about a mile up the road) the local serves bar & restaurant meals

Kilmartin House Museum provides lunches & snacks throughout the day..

Lochgilphead has several restaurants and cafes and there are several country pubs and restaurants just a short drive away

Contact Us:

Lynn & Cameron     

Dunchraigaig House  Kilmartin  Lochgilphead  Argyll   PA31 8RG                                                                      

Tel: 01546 510396

Email:  info@dunchraigaig.co.uk

You may find the following links useful to help you find out more about the local area

http://www.heartofargyll.com   (Official Local Tourism Group Guide)


Things to do in Kilmartin

Guide to Kilmartin

Guide To Lochgilphead

Kilmartin Museum


Corryvreckan Whirlpool (boat trips run by Craignish Cruises)

Bed and Breakfast Directory

Simonseeks (the story of a guests cycling trip around Loch Awe)