The Cowal Archaeological and Historical Society started in September 1961, growing out of an extra-mural group which was under the jurisdiction of Glasgow University. The Society started and succeeded with the aim of having lectures on Archaeological and Historical subjects each second Tuesday evening throughout the winter. Now over 600 lectures have been given by a multitude of professionals and expert amateurs from all areas of the country. Thus, the Society now, is well known in Scotland. After a few years a summer programme evolved and regular expeditions were organised, some residential, to visit sites of archaeological and historical interest.