Sites in the Central West coast Scotland

I am going to be in Scotland for 8 days in late September. I plan to start Edinburgh-Inverness and spend a couple of days in Inverness but then head to the central west coast/southern isles - maybe base myself in Inveraray. I want to spend 3 days +/- in this area and then head through the lowlands for a couple days before back up to Edinburgh. I am looking for ancient scotland, ruins, and highland landscapes, etc. My ancestors came from the southern west highlands and western lowlands. I will have a car. Any recommendations on sites to visit in this region, good B&B mid-range price to base (thinking Inveraray as a central location?), other information that might be useful? Already planning on Kilmartin, Arran, Glen Coe, Oban.

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

We stayed overnight at the George Hotel in Iveraray. The room was lovely and we had an excellent meal in the pub....We visited nearby Kilchurn Castle, a lovely ruin on Loch Awe. We got to the castle via a small boat which ran from a nearby pier on Loch Awe.....on a later trip to the same area, we were surprised at how close Kilchurn Castle is to Glencoe if you travel via Glen Orchy. http://www.thegeorgehotel.co.uk/bedrooms.php

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

How about an example of places in the 'southern isles' and 'central west coat'. The terms aren't in general use. How anchient? Prehistoric? What kinds of ruins?

Posted by Donna Kay
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
3 posts

I want to base myself in Argyll. I think this will give me a central location to work out from. I don't have the time to go really north. I am looking for pre-17th century ruins - would love anything between 1000-1500's, and yes - ancient sites - pre- or early - christian times. Thank you

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1376 posts

See if you can get to the Isle of Islay and visit the Kildalton Cross and church. Also, the seat of the MacDonalds, the rulers of the Isles is there too. If you have a car the ferry goes from Kinacross to Port Ellen.

Posted by Kathleen
Camano Island, WA, usa
331 posts

We stayed at the Killean Farmhouse B & B near Inveraray and Castle Campbell on Loch Awe. It was a beautiful and convenient location. Scots stay there...so it doesn't feel touristy. My husband is Clan Campbell, so we routed ourselves to all the historic Campbell locations. Even (in a whisper) Glen Coe. Dollar Castle is worth a visit. Also Argyle House in Sterling. I'm an Ogilvy so I represented the Stuarts.

Posted by John
Tampa, FL, USA
67 posts

Make sure you do a photo stop at Glencoe...magnificent.

Posted by Donna Kay
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
3 posts

Thank you all for your responses and help. I will most definitely check out everything that you have suggested!

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

Donna, have you seen Nigel Tranter's books? He several historical novels that deal with the time period that you're talking about. His books are not bodice rippers, probably the antithesis. His style can take a bit getting used to, but he will give you an historical view of the Western Isles. I really enjoyed them. So, with that in mind, I would recommend visiting Mull. The Duarte Castle is marvelous. You can go to Iona, and just soak up the Western Isles. I will second Kilmartin Glenn. If you are interested in understanding a bit about contemporary Scotland's quest for Independence and it's relationship to its history, check out the book Stone Voices. The books opens discussing the standing stones near Oban and has a long section on Dunadd. I went to Skipness Castle which is mentioned in one of the Tranter novels. Heck almost every castle I visited was in one of his books. :) Pam