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Kilmartin Area

Sites in this group:

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Achanarnich Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
114 posts
Achnabreck Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Achnabreck Standing Stone / Menhir
10 posts
Achnabreck New 1 Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Allt Bealaich Ruaidh Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
2 posts
Anaskeog Cup Marked Stone
1 post
Anaskeog Cairn(s)
15 posts
Ardifuir Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
20 posts
Auchoish Chambered Cairn
2 posts
Badden Farm Cist
19 posts
Ballygowan Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
79 posts
2 sites
38 posts
Baluachraig Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
15 posts
Baroile Chambered Cairn
5 posts
Barsloisnoch Lodge Cist
7 posts
Blairbuie 2 Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
Bàrr a'Chuirn Cairn(s)
6 posts
Bruach na Cuirte Cist
53 posts
Cairnbaan Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
22 posts
1 site
Carnasserie Stone Row / Alignment
19 posts
Carn Ban Cairn(s)
13 posts
Carn Bàn Cairn(s)
4 posts
Carron Standing Stone / Menhir
22 posts
Clach an t-Sagairt Chambered Cairn
8 posts
1 site
Creagantairbh Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Creagantairbh Beag Standing Stone / Menhir
11 posts
Creag a' Chapuill Hillfort
5 posts
Crinan Moss Standing Stones
1 post
Crubageen Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
68 posts
Dunadd Sacred Hill
3 posts
Dunadd II Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Dunadd Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
3 sites
Dunamuck group
36 posts
Dunchraigaig Cairn Cairn(s)
15 posts
Dun Chonallaich Hillfort
4 posts
Dun Dubh Hillfort
10 posts
Dun Na Maraig Hillfort
10 posts
Dun Toiseach Hillfort
3 posts
Fincharn Cup Marked Stone
8 posts
Ford Standing Stones
Gariob Cairn(s)
12 posts
Gartnagreanoch Chambered Cairn
1 site
Glasvaar Cairn(s)
9 posts
Glenmoine Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
5 posts
2 sites
Glennan Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Kilbride Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
26 posts
Kilchoan of Poltalloch Cairn(s)
2 posts
Kilmartin Cup Marked Stone
36 posts
Kilmichael Glassary Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Kilneuair Church Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
51 posts
Kintraw Standing Stone / Menhir
10 posts
Leckuary Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Lochan Druim an Rathaid Cairn(s)
3 posts
Loch Ederline Crannog
1 post
Loch Michean Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Meall a'Braithain Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
1 post
Nether Largie Cup Marked Stone
4 posts
4 sites
Nether Largie Cairn Cemetery Cairn(s)
Oakfield Standing Stone / Menhir
42 posts
Ormaig Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
24 posts
Poltalloch Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
9 posts
Rhudil cairn Cairn(s)
3 posts
Rowanfield Standing Stone / Menhir
13 posts
Salachary Stones Standing Stones
6 posts
Slockavullin Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
6 posts
Stane Alane Standing Stone / Menhir
86 posts
Templewood Stone Circle
3 sites
Tigh a'Charnain Cairn(s)
27 posts
Torbhlaren Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Torran Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Torran Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
3 posts
Upper Largie Cists Cist
Upper Rhudil Chambered Cairn


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Argyll's Kilmartin museum gets lottery boost

Kilmartin Museum in Argyll is one step closer to a multi-million pound refurbishment.

The Heritage Lottery fund has endorsed an application for a £3.1m grant - as well as awarding £400,000 to develop the plans further... continues...
BigSweetie Posted by BigSweetie
6th August 2015ce

Kilmartin Museum project is next for Scots architects

Reiach and Hall, one of Scotland's leading contemporary architectural practices, has won the commission to design the £3 million museum housing some of the country's oldest known artefacts... continues...
moss Posted by moss
30th October 2013ce

Kilmartin art event 'Half-Life' - news story

News story in today's Herald newspaper has more details about this:
Posted by VickyD
28th August 2007ce
Edited 28th August 2007ce

'Half Life' events from 4-16th September

Thought provoking archaeological artiness at Kilmartin's Neolithic sites, with NVA
and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th August 2007ce

Kilmartin wins eleventh hour reprieve

From an article by Stephen Stewart of The Herald - 9th September 2004

One of Scotland's most important museums has been saved from closure by a £100,000 investment package. Frank McAveety, the culture minister, helped broker the deal which will save Kilmartin House Museum in Argyll... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
9th September 2004ce
Edited 9th September 2004ce

University looks back 15,000 years

by RHIANNION EDWARD of The Scotsman, Monday 5 July 2004

RESEARCHERS are hoping that a computer program will map all of Scotland and give a virtual impression of the landscape as far back as 15,000 years ago... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
5th July 2004ce

Kilmartin House Museum in Crisis

Kilmartin House Museum is an independent charitable institution established in Scotland in 1994... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
24th May 2004ce
Edited 24th May 2004ce

Mixed Ashes of Man and Animal Give Insight into Bronze Age

From The Herald 22 March 2004.

A birdwatcher who unearthed the 4000-year-old cremated remains of a young man has given archaeologists fresh insight into the close, superstitious bonds between humans and animals in prehistoric society... continues...
greywether Posted by greywether
22nd March 2004ce
Edited 25th March 2004ce

Ancient Scots Link To Stonehenge

'Ancient Scots may have enjoyed sophisticated economic, social and cultural links with the builders of one of the world's most mysterious ancient monuments, according to new research... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
18th November 2003ce
Edited 18th November 2003ce

3-D modelling of Kilmartin rock art

Computer age recreates prehistoric sites in search of answers to carvings mystery

From Scotsman... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st May 2003ce
Edited 9th May 2003ce

Sacred pool ringed by totem poles in Scotland's ritual glen

British Archaeology news
Issue 64, April 2002.

An early Bronze Age timber circle containing an inner ring of totem poles set around a deep, sacred pool is thought to have once stood at the head of the Kilmartin Valley in Argyll, site of one of Scotland's richest concentrations of prehistoric ritual monuments... continues...
Posted by phil
15th May 2002ce

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I think that one of the best ways to see the tombs and stones at the top end of the valley is to walk past the museum and down to the bottom of the road. Cross the field diagonally and you will find a stile onto a path which takes you to each of the cists and then onto Temple Wood and the great cross. wee_malky Posted by wee_malky
7th October 2002ce
Edited 9th June 2003ce

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Kintraw (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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18th December 2018ce

Auchoish (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

I'm sure Stephen Hawking - now of course occupying his rightful niche between Mr Newton and Mr Darwin in eternity (although why we have the remains of two exceptional atheists within Westminster Abbey is, er, rather puzzling) - would've been able to forward a convincing theory as to where the time goes... however it's 17 years since I first ventured forth into the verdant Kilmartin Glen, a more-or-less megalithic illiterate seduced into undertaking the nightmare-inducing drive from Essex by the siren call of Mr Cope's garishly coloured tome. A lot of water has flowed under both the allegorical bridge and that which connects my home island to the mainland in the interim; however one aspect of my life that has proved pretty constant is the compulsion to seek out new places associated with those pioneers responsible for laying the foundations of the - admittedly 'wobbly' - edifice we call civilisation.

So yes, while the great linear grouping of monuments gracing the glen will rightly take precedent for newcomers, the periphery exerts a far greater attraction for me nowadays. I mean, with time so limited why repeat oneself when there is so much more to discover? Such as the Auchoish chambered cairn where all but Greywethers fear to tread. It is therefore with a fair degree of irony that, following an overnighter beside the mighty Loch Awe, I note, upon perusing the map, that an approach to said chambered cairn will mean passing the tourist honeypot that constitutes the Achnabreck rock art panels. Hey, but while I'm here.... guess it would be pedantic, if not downright rude not to have a look. What can you do?

Furthermore it is doubly - nay, trebly - ironic that, despite consciously avoiding the goddam place for all these years, I duly find myself captivated by the beguiling, swirling, circular motifs and depressions carved into the naked rock. Touch, arguably that most sensual of senses, confirms the growing feeling that executing such designs must've been a very time consuming process indeed. And then some. A serious undertaking surely only justifiable by a correspondingly high accepted 'worth' of the finished 'product'. Hell, this art must've really meant something. OK, no doubt the (almost) complete absence of other punters this overcast, drizzly morning lent a positive cadence to the silent symphony playing out within my head... but even so, isn't it great to have such specific preconceptions proven so emphatically wrong in such an overwhelmingly affirmative manner? Yeah, I can handle that.

So.… moving on I pick up the forestry track heading east. Now stomping along such tracks - while not my favourite of pastimes - does have compensations, such as the clean scent of pine pervading the muggy, moist atmosphere; appealing enough in lieu of a fragrance of a more deciduous origin. Or Chanel No.5 in the nape of a woman's neck. Sadly the compensations do not extend to a chat with Keith Flint... well, seeing as a notice informs the traveller this is also the 'Twisted Fire Starter' mountain bike trail. But there you are. To be fair the unusually coiffured gentleman did appear rather athletic performing within the video back in the day; but then again we are all inexorably advancing in years, are we not? And 'Breathe' was by far a better tune. The route duly swings abruptly south before veering north (thankfully conflagrations are not in evidence), passing an old quarry prior to crossing the Auchoish Burn where one should select the left hand fork.

Unfortunately things now get a bit complicated (I won't say 'interesting' upon the assumption that disciples of Donatien Alphonse François tend not to favour seeking out Neolithic chambered cairns upon Scottish hillsides) the monument being located 'somewhere' upon the thickly afforested rise to the right. According to the 1:25K OS map matters should be straightforward enough; however the trees are so dense that an attempt to head straight to the tomb on a compass bearing is a non-starter. Consequently I head further along the track before making a very rough ascent to the highest ground in the locale and taking a bearing from there. This allows me to pick up the heavily overgrown run depicted upon the map and, knee deep in mud, systematically force my way through to the monument within its clearing. Brute force is not something to be admired. However sometimes needs must.

It is immediately apparent that all this effort is so, so worthwhile: the elongated 'Clyde' cairn is aligned on a SW/NE axis with the significant remains of a façade/forecourt to north-east... a number of the orthostats still standing before the hollow ghost of a chamber, albeit with traces of stone work also to be seen within the latter. For me, however, it is the relatively well preserved lateral chamber subsumed within the lower, south-western section of the substantial cairn that represents the structural pièce de résistance. Greywether reckons there could even be a rare 'porthole' stone in situ. Didn't realise at the time, but in retrospect I'm not going to disagree with the suggestion since there are definitely two segments here with curiously shaped dividing stones.

However at a fundamental level the primary motivation to visit sites such as Auchoish is surely the response to the question 'how does it make me feel to be here?' Hence the discerning Citizen Cairn'd will surely wish to make the effort to come for the - in my opinion - truly exceptional vibe further enhanced by the site's isolation from the general (relative) hubbub of the area. Yeah, unlike the arguably over manicured monuments within Kilmartin Glen itself the silence here is absolute, a serenity so total the atmosphere is electric. If you excuse the oxymoron.

Despite the drizzle-laden cloud sweeping, quite literally, through the treeline according optimum conditions for the midge - that wee awful woman aside - Scotland's most appalling inhabitant, I stay for approx three hours before retracing my steps. A diversion to the enigmatic, moss-clad remains of Dun Na Maraig ensures I reach the car in no fit state to do anything but sleep. To be fair a man can ask for no further reward from a day pottering around in the damp forest: obscure chambered cairn, hill fort and.... well …. how does one begin to describe, to attempt to decipher the meaning inherent in those symbols? Then again, perhaps it is best that we never do so. That we simply allow them to inspire that symphony in the head?
30th June 2018ce
Edited 3rd July 2018ce

Carn Bàn (Cairn(s)) — Images

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3rd June 2018ce

Dun Na Maraig (Hillfort) — Images

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3rd June 2018ce
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