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“A moving experience.” 5 of 5 stars
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Finlaggan
Eilean Mor | Loch Finlaggan, Port Askaig, Scotland
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“A moving experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Not only is the museum worthwhile but just walking on the island where the lords of the isles walked brought goosebumps. Try imagining the Islay chieftain Somerled leading 160 ships with thousands of warriors into Glasgow - all with pointed helmets and long swords. They ruled the sea kingdom of Scotland for hundreds of years and Findlaggan was their home. So moving.

Visited October 2013
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“Home of the Lord of the Isles!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It's not the typical setting for a clan stronghold (no craggy cliffs or crashing waves!), but the journey from the main road to Loch Finlaggan is well worth it. There is a small museum and visitor centre which lays out some of the history and the recent discoveries, but read a little before you go, and you will be well prepared if you turn up and the museum is closed. Fee/suggested donation for the museum, no fee to access the site itself , but ... the local Finlaggan Trust will appreciate any donation for ongoing support of the site.
Especially in rain, wind and mist you can really take in the landscape and imagine what it might have been like several hundred years ago when this was one of the most important sites in Scotland's history. From the car park and museum, the walk across the field to the Loch and on the raised walkway (boardwalk) to the islands is easily navigated, and the ruins are well marked and described. Surrounding you is this cradle of hills which makes it that much easier to absorb the atmosphere of the place. And it's also noteworthy that up until 20 or 30 years ago, the significance of this site wasn't widely known. Well worth the visit - in any weather!

Visited March 2013
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“Slightly disappointed, but still worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Site was smaller and much less well preserved than I expected.
Visitor centre closed so I can't comment on that.

Visited October 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“Superb history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Don't miss this very important feature on Islay. Unfortunately the museum was closed when we were there - rather too early in the season as there were others wanting to visit too. But a walk out to the islets was well worth it - even in the rain and wind.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane Australia
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“Very interesting museum and easy walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This was a very interesting little museum and the walk out to the remains of the small village was easy across boardwalks and paths. The landscape is very beautiful.

Visited September 2013
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