Kilmartin is one of the UK’s top prehistoric landscapes.
The fort is in the guardianship of Historic Scotland.
Among the visible remains are some of the internal structures. This formed part of a major regional centre c. AD 600.
The view from the top is more than rewarding looking out over Moine Mhôr towards the Crinan canal.
Ri Cruin Cairn is one of the Early Bronze Age burials in Kilmartin Glen. Although damaged by the construction of a lime kiln, it was the subject of a series of excavations, including one by V. Gordon Childe in 1936. The site is in state guardianship and now is in the care of Historic Scotland.
The photograph, dated to July 1985, shows the Ministry sign located on the edge of the cairn. (This is a scan of the print.) The sign has since been removed.
The 9 mile long Crinan Canal skirts the edge of the Kilmartin prehistoric landscape. It was constructed to avoid the long sea route round the Mull of Kintyre. The canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp to Crinan and the Sound of Jura. The canal was started in 1794, and opened in 1809, with further modifications by Thomas Telford.
The route of the canal is described in Sharon Webb’s In the Footsteps of Kings.
Dr Sharon Webb, Director and Curator of the Kilmartin Museum, has been honoured in the New Year’s Honours List 2016 for services to heritage and archaeology in Scotland. The museum sites in the heart of an archaeologically rich landscape with numerous prehistoric monuments (e.g. Dunchraigaig Cairn; Kilmichael Glassary Rock Art; Temple Wood) as well as medieval (e.g. Keills Chapel; Sculptured Stones) and industrial (e.g. Crinan Canal) features. Webb has written an instructive guide to the area, In the Footsteps of Kings.
Heritage Futures would like to congratulate Sharon and the team at Kilmartin for this well-deserved award.
Dunchraigaig Cairn lies within the prehistoric landscape of Kilmartin. It is situated on what appears to be a raised beach overlooking the main part of the glen. It contained at least three burial locations.
The cairn is now under the guardianship of Historic Scotland.
I have already commented on the changing name of the ‘inscribed rocks’ at Kilmichael Glassary. But here is a better image of the original sign.