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The local area around Kilmartin

Ri Cruin Cairn
Ri Cruin Cairn

As well as the wide variety of Neolithic burial Cairns and standing stones in Kilmartin Glen, there is plenty to see and do in the area around Ri Cruin.

The village of Kilmartin is situated eight miles from Lochgilphead at the heart of Kilmartin Glen in Argyll, and about 30 miles south of Oban. It is just over a mile away from Ri Cruin, and it is possible to walk to the village by the old coach road leading to Poltalloch House, thus avoiding the main road.

Kilmartin from Ri Cruin
View of Kilmartin from Ri Cruin

The CHURCH is the focal point of the village situated as it is adjacent to the front green. Inside the Church are several interesting memorial tablets to members of the Malcolm family who were responsible for the construction of most of the village in the 1800s to house workers for the nearby estate of Poltalloch which was formerly the biggest employer in the area. Also of interest are the carved stones in the graveyard, some of which date back to the Middle Ages and the Knights Templar. An unusual feature of the entrance to the Church is the arched war memorial above the gate.

Recently opened in the village and a great visitor attraction is the award winning KILMARTIN HOUSE MUSUEM, which is open most of the year. The former manse incorporates the museum itself, which is dedicated to the ancient culture of the valley, bunk accommodation, shop which sells books, gifts and jewellery, café, and a soon to be opened library with a magnificent table constructed from indigenous woods. You can visit their website at

There is a well-stocked VILLAGE SHOP AND POST OFFICE which is open for 7 days a week and has a wide range of souvenirs and provisions.

Kilmartin village shop

GOOD FOOD can be found in the Hotel which has both a bar and dining room menu and a friendly atmosphere and in the Museum Café which serves a range of local produce with the emphasis on whole foods. Teas and coffees are available at both the Hotel and the museum during the day.

histric Kilmartin

Without travelling too far from Kilmartin there are many things to see and do. It is worth spending a day walking through the Glen, looking at all the Neolithic and Bronze Age burial Cairns and Standing Stones. Just to the north is Carnasserie Castle, home of the Bishops of Argyll until it was destroyed.

Or travel south to Dunadd Hill Fort and put your foot in the stone footprint in the rock where the first Kings of Scotland were crowned, the heartland of the ancient homeland of the original "Scots". Historic Scotland provides access to many of the cup and ring marks and other important sites situated over a wide area. Many good walks are provided by Forest Enterprise in North Knapdale Forest, and there are miles of hills and coastline to explore. There is a sandy beach at Crinan Ferry, only about four miles from the house.

Beach at Crinan Ferry

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