There's always something happening in and around the area and in further Argyll. Here are some events of note:
Discover what makes the ancient landscape of Kilmartin Glen so unique by joining our knowledgable volunteer guides on a guided glen walk.
Walks are free, just sign up at the Museum shop on the day. Kilmartin Glen walk (grade Easy); meet at Kilmartin Museum at 1.30pm. Walks take approximately 2 1/2 hours and finish back at the Museum. Maximum 20 people. No dogs except guide dogs. More information can be found at http://www.kilmartin.org.
An exhibition celebrating the Museum's 20th Anniversary and the creative excellence of local artists is being held in the Kilmartin Museum Cafe during normal opening hours. Featuring art work from: Lucinda Hopkinson, Louise Oppenheimer, Fraser MacIver, Libby Anderson, Margaret Ker, Arthur Ker, Jane Walker, Alice Strange, Lesley Burr, Ann Thomas, Kirsty Brady, Alexander Hamilton, Kate MacDonald.
A percentage of the sale of any artwork will go towards Kilmartin Museum's Redevelopment Project.
The Kilmartin Glen Education team have been involved in curating this year's art trail at Taynish National Nature Reserve.
The "Art at the Mill" exhibition features Artmap Argyll artists; Jane Smith, Jane Walker, Kirsty Brady, Melanie Chmielewska, Margaret Ker, Louise Oppenheimer, Kate MacDonald & Alexander Hamilton. It also features two guest sculptors; Tom Allan and Pauline Muir.
Kilmartin Glen willbe participating in the festival with guided walks and Bronze Age pottery workshops. The Benderloch Urn, on display in the Museum gallery, will feature as one of the objects on the Festival Object Trail where there is a prize for visiting the most objects!
The Mid-Argyll Agricultural Show is a major event held annually on the second Saturday in August. Hundreds of exhibitors enter competitions in Baking, Produce, Crafts, Flowers and Vegetables as well as the Dog and Livestock classes.
A large crowd of spectators enjoy an excellent Show watching the judging of Cattle, Sheep, Dogs, Horses, Ponies and Poultry competitions. Other regular attractions are the display of vintage tractors and the delightful Pets section continue together with the Terrier Racing competitions. Also on the day there will be the digger challenge where the winner will receive a cash prize.
Every year, on the fourth Thursday in August, the people of Argyll gather with family and friends in their central town of Oban. In a land as vast and remote as this, it’s a rare chance to meet new people and socialise; but above all to celebrate the skill, strength and endurance of the Highlander.
As one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, world class challengers from across the globe flock to Oban to do battle; heavyweights with the caber, stone or hammer, lighter athletes on the track, field and hill. Amid the emotive skirl of the pipes and the flash of clan colours on kilts, the rich history and traditions of this noble people is told in Scottish dance and music.
Whether you’re a visitor, a kinsman or a competitor, The Argyllshire Gathering and its President, The Duke of Argyll, warmly welcomes you to join them in August, for the spectacular Oban Games.