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Lochgilphead has grown over the last couple of centuries to become the hub of Argyll and Bute.
Argyll is such a large geographical area with Lorn to the north, the Kintyre and Cowal Peninsulas, the Isle of Bute and more than 20 other populated Hebridean islands, so Lochgilphead has been used historically as an administrative centre. It was a planned town, created in 1790 after the completion of the road from the Royal Burgh of Inveraray, home of the Duke of Argyll to Campbeltown.
The Crinan Canal, which starts at Ardrishaig and finishes at Crinan, passing through Cairnbaan on the way, soon followed and its position at the head of Loch Gilp, a branch of Loch Fyne, meant that it was at the heart of the land and sea routes.
Local government is centred here; the offices are based in Kilmory Castle in a woodland park with a noted collection of trees and plants and an Iron Age Fort, so you could say that local government in Lochgilphead is nothing new.
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