Old Photograph Youth Hostel Ardgartan Scotland

Old photographs of the Youth Hostel in Ardgartan on the Cowal Peninsula, Scotland. It is located on the shores of Loch Long, at the bottom of Glen Croe. Ardgartan House was originally a private mansion built by Campbell of Struchur. The Campbells of Strachur, also known as the MacArthur Campbells of Strachur, may be the oldest branch of the Clan Campbell. The family traces its descent from Sir Arthur Campbell, who is said to have been a son of Duncan Dubh, who in turn may have been an elder brother of Gilleasbaig, who was in turn the father of the patrilineal ancestor of the chiefs of Clan Campbell. The heads of the family were known in Gaelic as Mac Artairr, meaning " son of Arthur ", in reference to their alleged ancestry. The head of the family bears the Gaelic title MacArtair Strachuirr. The house was used as a youth hostel run by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association and operated for 70 years until it was closure in 2002.

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