Dun Chonallaich hillfort, Argyll
Dun Chonallaich, "the fort of King Connal's people" is an important iron age hillfort second only in importance to Dunadd Hillfort in the nearby Kilmartin Glen, which Dun Chonallaich comprehensively controls the northern approach to.
There’s two ways to get up here. One is from the A816 Oban-Kilmartin roadside, where there is no parking on this fast road. The other is from Ford village, where there is limited parking with consideration on the track that leads up beside the Crown House Bed and Breakfast towards Maida's cottage. From here the footpath heads uphill over rough ground which is muddy even in dry summer months, until you come to the higher ground. The track and sight of the summit will then eventually repeatedly disappear as you climb the various hills and down into the surrounding marshy ground working your way ever upwards. I highly recommend using the Ordinance Survey App to keep you on track. Eventually the summit will remain in view as you climb to the top, appreciating this being far the easier route to the top.
Upon arriving at the top you will see there remains substantial stone walling and debris still in place, but do take care as you take in the spectacular paranamic views, as you make your way carefully across the loose stones. A walk round the summit you will quickly appreciate the impregnability and commanding location its builders had in mind when choosing where to build this important stronghold for their king.
A couple of dry stone structures stand out as being too complete to be true for such an ancient site open to the elements of two thousand years of wind and rain. This is because a film crew back in the 1980's decided to build their own circular enclosure and walling to 'enhance' their film set. The better news is that enough of the original structure remains to get a good understanding and feel of this fantastic hillfort. Well worth the climb with sensational views.