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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Inner Hebrides listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
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- Armadale Castle is ruined stately home in Armadale on the Isle of Skye. The castle was built in 1815 in Scottish baronial style, more designed for show than defence. Part of the building was destroyed by fire in 1855 and a central wing was then rebuilt in its place. Owned originally by the MacDonald family, they abandoned Armadale Castle in 1925 and it has since fallen into ruin. Visitors, however, can tour round the magnificent 40 acres of castle gardens which are maintained by the Clan Donald Centre. There are also a number of woodland walks and nature trails which showcase the gardens’ beauty. The Armadale Castle gardens are open throughout the year and entry is free during the winter months. At the Clan Donald Centre you’ll find plentiful parking, a gift shop and a restaurant.
- Cairn na Burgh Beag is the smaller of the two “Carnburgs” at the northeastern end of the Treshnish Isles, with the other beingCairn na Burgh Mòr. Cairnburgh Castle, which guards the entrance to Loch Tuath on the west coast of Mull is primarily located on the larger of the pair. However, an unusual feature of the castle its that its defences straddle both islands, Cairn na Burgh Beag having a small guard-house and a well. These grassy islands are both remnants of ancient lava flows and have a distinctive profile: flat-topped and trimmed with cliffs.
- Gylen Castle is a ruined castle, or tower house, on a rocky ridge at the south end of the island of Kerrera. The castle was built in 1582 by the Clan MacDougall. The castle was only occupied for a relatively short time as it was besieged then burned by the Covenanters under General Leslie in 1647 during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
- Oronsay Priory was founded by the Augustinians in the early 14th century and it was dedicated to St. Columba. The priory became an important religious centre for the islands over the next few hundred years and it’s presence gave Oronsay much influence. The priory reins today are in relatively good condition giving you a good feel as to what this was like in its day. The site of the Oronsay Priory has two crosses. The little cross directly ahead when you enter the grounds, and the high cross to your left. The High Cross rises from a four-tiered foundation. From the inscription, it can be seen that the cross recalls the death of the prior Colin, who presided over the Oronsay monastery and probably dates from the year 1510, Colin’s dying year. On the westward side of the cross are scenes of the crucifixion of Jesus and on the east side are foliage motifs.
- Ardbeg Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery in Ardbeg on the south coast of the isle of Islay. The Ardbeg distillery has been producing whisky since 1798, and began commercial production in 1815. Come and learn more about our wonderful whisky and explore our beautiful Distillery on one of our fascinating tours.
- In AD563, Columba came to Iona from Ireland with twelve companions, and founded a monastery. The abbey was transformed into a Benedictine monastery in about 1200. Its buildings were restored in the 1900s and in 1938, the Iona Community was founded to revive its traditions of work, worship and teaching. The Abbey is well known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. In front of the Abbey stands the 9th century St Martin’s Cross, one of the best preserved Celtic crosses in the British Isles.
- The Museum of Islay Life is located in a former church in Port Charlotte on the Isle of Islay. The museum explores lofe on the Isle of Islay covering all ages from the Mesolithic, c.8000 BC, to the 1950s, with exhibits showing what it was like to live in a simple house as well as how the laird lived at the same time. A small shop sells books and pamphlets about Islay as well as a range of gifts.
- Torosay Castle was designed in the Scottish Baronial style by architect David Bryce for John Campbell of Possil, and completed in 1858. Torosay is surrounded by 12 acres (4.9 ha) of spectacular gardens including formal terraces laid out at the turn of the 20th century and attributed to Sir Robert Lorimer. The castle and gardens used to be open to the public.
- Colonsay House is a Georgian country house on the Isle of Colonsay, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. The house has a rhododendron and woodland garden covering 20 acres. The private inner gardens and Cafe are open to the public April to September on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In October, the gardens and cafe are open on Wednesdays from 2pm – 4.30pm (afternoon tea only). The Woodland Garden is open 7 days a week all year for no charge.