What to do and see in Kilmartin, Scotland: The Best Places and Tips

Kilmartin (Scottish Gaelic: Cille Mhàrtainn) is a small village in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland. It is best known as the centre of Kilmartin Glen, an area with one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments and historical sites in Scotland. It contains over 800 monuments within a 6-mile radius. It is home to Kilmartin Museum and the Kilmartin Hotel

1. Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin, Scotland Nature & Parks, Valleys
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Kilmartin Glen

Reviewed By Lesleyannbarlow4845 - Dorchester, United KingdomDorchester, United Kingdom

Such a Surprise

To find that Kilmartin Glen has the largest collection of Neolithic & Bronze Age remains in Scotland. We all know about Stonehenge and Iona and the stone circles so fascinating to come across Kilmartin. You can park and wall from the museum to the Stone C

2. Kilmartin Museum

Kilmartin PA31 8RQ, Scotland Museums, Specialty Museums
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Kilmartin Museum

There are more than 800 prehistoric and historic monuments within 10 miles of Kilmartin Village. This extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the Kilmartin Glen as an area of outstanding archaeological importance. It is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Kilmartin Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigate and interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape and the artefacts that have been found here. There is an on site shop and an award winning cafe. To find out more, explore our web site and see what's on our Events Programme.

Reviewed By DavidMay1945 - Montrose, United KingdomMontrose, United Kingdom

Really fascinating museum

This museum is absolutely a must if you are in the area as it covers the history of the area and the artefacts are amazing.

3. Temple Wood Stone Circle

78 Lochgilphead, Kilmartin PA31 8QG, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Temple Wood Stone Circle

Reviewed By stinKiwi - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

Amazing standing stones

Wow these standing stones are fantastic we 1st started with a visit to the Killmartin museum where we were given s map of the standing stones a mile or do drive a wee walk and then stones lots of them . Amazing that you can walk up to them

4. Carnasserie Castle

2 miles north of Kilmartin of A816, Kilmartin, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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Carnasserie Castle

Reviewed By griff2810 - Harrogate, United KingdomHarrogate, United Kingdom

Stairway to the parapets

It's often difficult for me to get excited by some old ruins, but Carnasserie Castle, in the wintertime, was different. Firstly, no tourists, secondly no 'don't do this' or 'don't do that' signs and thirdly some amazing views from the parapets.Some work h

5. Kilmartin Church and Graveyard

Kilmartin Castle Argyll Street, Kilmartin PA31 8RQ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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Kilmartin Church and Graveyard

Reviewed By Lambretta101 - Gourock, United KingdomGourock, United Kingdom

Beautifully Fascinating Area Steeped in History

Have visited Kilmartin many times since reading about the possible connection with the Knights Templar. It still holds a spellbinding allure and whenever in the vicinity I can’t help pause.... and wonder. Did the Knights make Argyle their home after Frida

6. Nether Largie South Cairn

| 2km Line Running North–South Along the Valley Floor in Kilmartin Glen, Kilmartin, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas More
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Nether Largie South Cairn

Reviewed By Diane K - South Brunswick, New JerseySouth Brunswick, New Jersey

Large cairn that you could see into

The whole Kilmartin area was amazing and this Cairn was one of the largest. Easy to climb around the rocks and look inside. I'd heard that others could get into it but I'm not that flexible so I just peeked in. It was very impressive though.

7. Nether Largie North Cairn

| Kilmartin Valley, Kilmartin, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Cemeteries, Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues More
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Nether Largie North Cairn

Reviewed By hfulton32 - Paisley, United KingdomPaisley, United Kingdom

A fabulous Bronze Age Cairn

You enter the cairn through a stile, but the steps are shallow and there is a pole. Then you go through a gate. This site is really bumpy, and you have to skirt around sloping edges to get to see the cist on the other side. You can't get inside this one,

8. St Columba's

| Poltalloch Estate, Kilmartin PA31 8QF, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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Reviewed By hfulton32 - Paisley, United KingdomPaisley, United Kingdom

NB not open 24 hours but a lovely wee church & worth seeing

As noted this is NOT 24/7 but the system for adding a site would not let me say so - you need to book to visit if interested or it is pot luck if you will get in!Also it is on private land, but is a working church and thus open to the public. If you are r

9. Ri Cruin Cairn

| road off the A816, Kilmartin PA31 8QF, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Cemeteries
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Reviewed By hfulton32 - Paisley, United KingdomPaisley, United Kingdom

A Beautiful Surprise

When you visit Kilmartin Valley, you normally visit the more well known of the line of Bronze Age cairns, and perhaps Temple Wood Stones and the Netherlargie stones, all of which are in easy walking distance of Kilmartin and the fabulous heritage centre/m

10. Glebe Cairn

Kilmartin, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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Glebe Cairn

Reviewed By Cameron S - Canberra, AustraliaCanberra, Australia

Back to the Stone Age (and the Bronze Age)!

Glebe Cairn is the northern most in a linear cemetery of late Neolithic and Bronze Age cairns. All are worth a visit and the best place to start is Kilmartin House (reviewed seperately). Glebe cairn is really only visible as a large cairn of stones, but f

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