Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

Facilities

 

Overview

Try to decipher the mysterious messages left in stone by Scotland’s prehistoric inhabitants.

Kilmartin Glen is full of prehistoric remains, and the decorations at Ballygowan, thought to be about 5,000 years old, may be among the oldest. The carvings here are dominated by more than 43 plain cup marks.

Ballygowan’s carvings are pleasingly simple, and the site offers excellent views.

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Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

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