Kilmartin Glen Rock Art

Argyll & Bute | Kilmartin | Rock art | ★★★

[Achnabreck Rock Art]

Evidence of Neolithic activity is found throughout Kilmartin Glen, most obviously in the form of huge burial cairns stretching in a line south from near Kilmartin village. But perhaps the most beautiful remains are the intriguing 5,000-year-old rock carvings found on a number of exposed outcrops throughout the glen. This prehistoric art usually takes the form of circular depressions (or "cup marks") sometimes surrounded by a number of rings. Cut directly into the rock, they must have taken a significant amount of time to create, and the same patterns exist elsewhere in Britain and beyond. Their purpose remains a mystery, but what is certain is that Kilmartin Glen has some of the most significant outcrops discovered to date, so you should visit at least one of them if you're passing through the area. What are (probably) the 4 best examples are listed below.

[Cairnbaan Rock Art]

📌 Achnabreck Rock Art ★★
Description: Kilmartin Glen's most impressive cup and ring maps, although perimeter fencing means you can't see the middle of the main outcrop.
Off the A816 a mile east of Cairnbaan, G.R.: NR 856907 ///wriggle.ferried.growth
Always open | Free

Anything else? Achnabreck Rock Art is signed from the A841 opposite the junction with Cairnbaan Lea. An unsurfaced track leads to the parking area at G.R.: NR 852908 ///face.otherwise.soldiers. From here it's a 10-min walk to the main outcrop on a wide but steep path, with further carvings a little further on.

📌 Baluachraig Rock Art 
Description: A small outcrop with a few cup and ring maps - not the most impressive in the area but the closest to the other main sites in Kilmartin Glen.
Close to the A816 a mile south of Kilmartin, G.R.: NR 831970 ///finely.overlooks.trip
Always open | Free

Anything else? Park as for Dunchraigaig Cairn at G.R.: NR 834968 ///sung.rules.unity. Baluachraig Rock Art is a few minutes away: carefully cross the road to the cairn, turn right and follow the path through trees then next to the road to the rock outcrop.

📌 Cairnbaan Rock Art 
Description: 5,000-year-old cup and ring marks split across three rock outcrops.
Off the B841 at Cairnbaan, G.R.: NR 840910 ///flaking.stall.pelt
Always open | Free

Anything else? Limited space to park on Cairnbaan Lea at G.R.: NR 841908 ///ages.dumplings.bucked. A woodland path with some steep sections leads uphill to Cairnbaan Rock Art from the B841 next to the Cairnbaan Hotel. The main outcrops are a 10-min walk, but the best art is a little further on along a boggier path.

📌 Kilmichael Glassary Rock Art 
Description: Cup, ring and unusual keyhole-shaped carvings in an easily-accessible roadside location.
Am Baille Mhor, Kilmichael Glassary, G.R.: NR 858935 ///honestly.titles.watch
Always open | Free

[Kilmichael Glassary Rock Art]

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