Knockdow House isn’t just the former residency of a Laird of Knockdow! This glorious property is located close to the town of Dunoon, and there is certainly no shortage of things to do in the region.
If you wish to travel beyond the surrounding area of Knockdow House and further afield around Argyll and Bute, there is plenty to do. If it’s museums you’re after, then you have a great deal to choose from!
Castle House Museum
In the heart of Dunoon lies Castle House Museum, with its fabulous grounds, gardens and views over the Clyde. Inside this historic building you will learn all about the history of Cowal and Dunoon through interactive exhibits, room sets and historic reconstructions. From Neolithic settlers to the Victorian expansion, there’s plenty of discover at Castle House Museum.
Further afield is Campbeltown Museum, located in Campbeltown, Argyll. This museum tells the story of Kintyre, a peninsula in western Scotland. It features a vast collection of archaeology, natural sciences and social history, including a necklace from the Bronze Age, a penny farthing and a Liverpool lamp from the Mull of Kintyre lighthouse.
This museum, located on the Isle of Bute, offers a deep insight into the history, archaeology and natural history of the island. The museum takes you back to days gone by, and even features first evidence of man in a collection of Mesolithic microliths that were found in the south of the island.
There is also a Natural History room featuring mammals and birds from a range of habitats, along with a collection of rock samples demonstrating Bute’s elaborate geology as a result of its position on the Highland Boundary Fault.
Oban War & Peace Museum
This museum features an enthralling collection of photographs and artefacts portraying the rich cultural history of Oban. Learn all about the railways, road transport and fishing and maritime industries. Learn all about the role that Oban played during the war years when the town was home to American, Australian and Canadian aircrew, RAF and Flying Boats, all of which operated from the bay. Here, you will also learn about the role that the locals played during WWII.
Easdale Island Folk Museum
Head over to Easdale Island near Oban in Argyll for a glimpse of what life used to be like on the island. From the slate industry to genealogy, there is a lot to see and learn here, with plenty of well-designed displays for adults and children alike.
No trip to Argyll would be complete without a visit to the Auchindrain Township. Located near Inveraray, deep in the hills of Argyll, discover this abandoned farming township with barns, houses and fields. Here, you will see how life used to be for the people that lived and worked in the Highlands from the medieval period right through to the 1960s. As you can see, there are plenty of museums to explore in Argyll, so venture away from Dunoon, home of Knockdow House, for a day of exploration and adventure!