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This secluded part of the UK has been named one of the world’s best places to visit

Kilmartin Glen, on the west coast of Scotland, was praised for its ‘majestic stone circles, burial cairns and rock carvings’

Written by
Faima Bakar

The UK has a lot to offer – even if us Brits don’t always feel like it does. In its latest ranking of 52 must-visit places for travellers, The New York Times has in fact included not one but two British destinations, and one of them might surprise you.

While London – the English capital – was a pretty obvious choice, few people will have heard of Kilmartin Glen, a secluded Scottish version of Stonehenge. 

The NYT lauded Kilmartin Glen, on the west coast of Scotland, for its ’majestic stone circles, standing slabs that jut from the earth, burial cairns and rock carvings of concentric rings, expanding like ripples from a drop of water’.

And if you’re wondering why the paper might have chosen this prehistoric part of the UK as a must-visit for 2023: the neighbouring Kilmartin Museum is set to reopen later this year. This complex houses ancient artefacts from across the Argyll region. In 2019, just over half of the 22,000 artefacts were awarded ‘Nationally Significant’ status by Museums Galleries Scotland and an independent panel of experts.

The new museum will give visitors the opportunity to see the artefacts close to the sites where they were discovered. It’ll be like going to Stonehenge... but hopefully nowhere near as crowded.

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