Daycation in Dál Riata

A look back at one of Argyll’s best days out.

Adventures in the Mother Country

The landscape of Scotland just oozes history, and few places more so than in the west Highlands area known from ancient times as Dál Riata. It is Old Irish for “portion of Riata,” referring to a share of land ruled by a person named Riata who came from Ireland. The kingdom once encompassed what is now Argyll and Bute, Lochaber and County Antrim in Northern Ireland, but I think it can best be experienced in an area just south of Oban, easily seen on a day trip.

Picnic in tow and wellies donned, we headed first for Kilmartin Glen. At the heart of the charming village of the same name is the Kilmartin Church and graveyard. The church dates to the mid 1800’s, but there has been one on the site for much longer. Scattered throughout the yard, in an outbuilding and in the church itself is a striking collection of early…

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