Historical Sites and Monuments

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History lovers can immerse themselves in ancient culture with the fascinating historical sites and monuments on our doorstep.

Dunaverty Castle
Dunaverty Castle is located at Southend. The site was once a fort belonging to the Clan Donald (MacDonald). Little now remains of the castle. The most important event in the history of Dunaverty was General Leslie’s siege and subsequent massacre of a royalist garrison under the command of Archibald MacDonald of Sanda in 1647. The castle was probably dismantled at the time of the Earl of Argyll’s rebellion of 1685.
Glenbarr Abbey
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Glenbarr Abbey and the Macalister Clan Centre is a glimpse of family living in a beautiful 18th century house, with 19th century fashions, antique toys, original Spode dinner service, Sevres and Derby China collection. Family jewelry, a unique thimble collection, wonderful patchworks and gloves worn by Mary Queen of Scots. A veritable wealth of exhibits.
Saddell Abbey
Saddell Abbey was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1207 by Ragnall, son of Somairle mac Gille Brigte. It was established by monks from Mellifont Abbey in Ireland. Very little is known about the abbey and its history. It probably enjoyed several centuries of good monastic life, but by the reign of James IV of Scotland monastic life had apparently disappeared. It was proposed to the Pope that the bishopric of Argyll should be moved from Lismore to Saddell as the former was in ruins. Nothing ever came of the idea, but the Bishops of Argyll did sometimes abbot the title “Commendator of Saddell”.
Skipness Castle
Skipness Castle is a stunning 13th Century enclosure castle mostly, modified and added to at later dates. The castle and chapel, run by Historic Scotland, are accessible all year round while the tower is opened in the summer only (April to September).
Historical Sites and Monuments
Skipness Castle

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