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About Benderloch & Oban

Local Area and History

View of ElderberryThe village of Benderloch is shadowed by Lochnell Castle which overlooks Ardmucknish Bay. Barcaldine Castle, known locally as 'The Black Castle' lies a mile to the north. This was the Clan Campbell family stronghold.

An ancient medieval pictish fortress was discovered on Beregonium, a small hill that sits between the village and Tralee beach with various standing stones in the area prove that a settlement of people were here thousands of years ago with many burial cairns also scattered throughout the area.

More recently, in the early 1900s, the railways prevailed and Connel Bridge was opened in 1903. The Oban to Ballachulish Railway ran up up to 1968 when the popularity of road transportation sealed the railway's fate.

Glencoe lies 20 minutes drive north and has contributed a huge amount to Scotland's history. The scenic glens were used for many scenes in the Braveheart film.

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