Argyll has a long and turbulent history, and that is evidenced in the number and variety of castles in the area. The earliest stone structures found in the area date back to the Iron Age in the 8th Century BC. Many of the castles were built to protect the important seaways and transport route through the glens. Exploring the area, visitors can find examples of every kind of castle, from 12th Century defensive structures, such as Castle Dunstaffnage, to later 16th and 17th Century tower houses.
Over 60 medieval castles and forts make the area a great destination for lovers of history.
Some of the buildings, particularly the modern mansions, have been kept in good condition, and are still accessible to the public; others make great sightseeing spots as majestic ruins giving a reminder of the regions past.
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