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Argyll and The Isles


Travelling to Argyll gives the opportunity to enjoy some of Scotland’s most diverse scenery running up from the Clyde Coast into the Southern and Western Highlands. The sea-lochs of Loch Long and Loch Fyne run either side of the Cowal Peninsula and it is then just a short hop to the Kintyre Peninsula and on up the west coast to Oban, “The Gateway to the Isles”.

 
 

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Argyll and The Isles


Whilst travelling up the coast roads the blue water and bright green oakwoods of summer are sparklingly vivid and only found with the special West Highland quality of light. Inveraray is a good touring centre here, with its range of nearby attractions including Inveraray Castle, seat of the Campbell clan chief. Pre-dating even the Scottish clans, the ancient sites in Knapdale to the west hold endless fascination. Their story is told at the Kilmartin House Museum of Ancient Culture. Further north is the resort and ferry port of Oban, from where there are good links to the islands as well as day cruise options, making it easy to sample the Hebridean Islands.

Thanks to the mild climate of the west, gardens are a speciality, with Crarae Garden, south of Inveraray, Arduaine south of Oban and the magnificent Benmore Botanic Gardens near Dunoon just a few examples. This rugged, scenic area is well accustomed to welcoming visitors, from east to west, there is a good range of operators offering pony riding and trekking, bike hire, watersports equipment hire, as well as specialists in climbing and hillwalking.

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Inverawe Smokery & Fisheries. Taynuilt

Inverawe has something for everyone, be it fishing, finding out how salmon is smoked, exploring the many trails and tracks, feeding the fish, trying our new play area, browsing through the shop, or enjoying our delicious food in the Smokery Café. Set at the foot of Ben Cruachan, surrounded by beech and oak woods with spectacular views over the River Awe into Glen Lonan, it is the perfect location to unwind in West Scotland. They have some lovely parks and walks and it is not unusual to spy a roe deer though the trees. Or watch the resident red squirrels busy dashing up and down tree trunks up. In spring, when all the wild azaleas and rhodethndrons are out, it’s like walking through a massive exotic garden.

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Inverary Castle – Open April – 31st October

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Wander about in the recently opened gardens or enjoy a woodland walk then finish off with a visit to the traditional tearoom. For full attraction details please visit their website…

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Staffa National Nature Reserve

A beautiful island of distinctive rocks, magical caves and seabirds . This little island (0.5 miles long and 0.25 miles wide) off the west coast of Scotland looks like it may be from a different planet. Its hexagonal columns were formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions and a vast blanket of lava that spread into the Atlantic Ocean. Years of waves crashing against these columns created the magnificent Fingal’s Cave. Staffa was hardly known until 1772, when the botanist Joseph Banks highlighted the wild, natural beauty of the island. It soon became a must-see location. Famous visitors have included Queen Victoria, Lord Tennyson, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Keats; all fell under the island’s spell.

Why not visit for yourself!

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Glen Nat National Nature Reserve

Between Taynuilt and Kilchrenan.

Glen Nant is a special place. Amongst its lush Atlantic oakwoods you can find evidence of ancient settlements and industry, discover an array of lichens and mosses and spot impressive wood ant colonies and dancing butterflies. You can also enjoy a picnic beside a babbling burn or climb up through the glen for stunning mountain views.

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Suggested Walks & Hikes

Sutherlands Grove
A magical atmosphere, with soaring Douglas firs, a rocky gorge, waterfalls, stunning views and a troll – More Info

Fearnoch
This peaceful woodland near Taynuilt is ideal for a stroll, cycle or horse-ride. There are dramatic views to Ben Cruachan, Argyll’s highest mountain, from lofty picnic tables above the car park, which was once a quarry – More Info

Argyll Forest
Argyll Forest Park is a land of craggy peaks and hidden glens, peaceful sea lochs and rushing rivers. Established in 1935, it’s Britain’s oldest Forest Park – and some folk say it’s the best! The park stretches from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps. It owes its rugged scenery to being at one end of the Highland Boundary Fault, the great crack in the Earth’s surface that marks the line between Lowland and Highland Scotland – More Info

Below you will find links to some fabulous guides detailing even more walks and things to do in the area.

There are too many amazing trips for us to list, so have a browse and decide for yourself where to wander.

North Argyll

Mid Argyll and Kintrye Guide

Explore Argyll

 

 

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