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Britain’s most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks nestles in an idyllic setting at the head of Loch Etive, amidst Argyll woodland.
Seek out the unusual defences of the last great private stronghold built in Scotland, including its rare caponier or shooting gallery.
Contrast the peacefulness of the abbey with the conflict that the monks’ loyalty to Robert the Bruce attracted.
Visit the secluded spot where Mary Queen of Scots sheltered during her last hours in Scotland.
Cross Scotland’s only lake to reach the peaceful, wooded island chosen as a monastic sanctuary.
See in the remains of Sir Thomas MacLellan’s tower house how castle building had evolved by the late 1500s to favour comfort over cannons.
Contrast the beauty of this rediscovered treasure with the notoriety of its most famous noble resident.
Watch Archibald the Grim’s forbidding island fortress come into view as you cross the River Dee by boat.