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Western Scotland

We recommend Western Scotland for:

  • Explore the coastal scenery with breathtaking views of the isles and islands of the west coast
  • Look around some of Scotland’s most historically important castles
  • See Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK
  • Visit the Oban Scotch Whisky Distillery
  • Go whale watching
  • Taste fish like never before at Inveraray Smokery

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We offer 3 Bay Hotels in Western Scotland

Bay Caledonian Hotel , Fort William- from £69 ppps

customer rating:5 stars13 )

Front of the Bay Caledonian Hotel

Walking Gardens History

Hotel Features;

  • Fabulous position, rooms offer super views of Loch Linnhe
  • Perfect to explore the Highlands and Islands
  • Close to the Nevis Range Mountains
  • Cruises to Seal Island nearby

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Places to go and things to see;

  • Glenfinnan Monument
  • Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Mallig Fishing Village
  • Treasures of the Earth

2 nights stay at the Bay Caledonian Hotel from only £69 per person
per stay
Based on two guests

Bay Glenburn Hotel , Rothesay- from £69 ppps

customer rating:5 stars23 )

View of Bay Glenburn Hotel from across the water

Walking Gardens History

Hotel Features;

  • Set in an outstanding position on the Isle of Bute
  • Stunning views of Rothesay Bay and the Cowal Peninsula
  • Attractions include fishing, bowling, golf, Rothesay Pier and more
  • Leisure facilities include snooker and excellent entertainment

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Places to go and things to see;

  • Bute Museum
  • Mount Stuart House
  • Sea Loch Cruises
  • Rothesay Castle
  • Ardencraig Gardens

2 nights stay at the Bay Glenburn Hotel from only £69 per person
per stay
Based on two guests

Bay Great Western Hotel , Oban- from £84 ppps

customer rating:4 stars14 )

Walking

Hotel Features;

  • A pleasant walk from the shops and harbour
  • Magnificent views of the bay can be seen from the two large lounge areas, bar and front facing rooms
  • A myriad of sightseeing opportunities
  • A pleasant walk from the shops and harbour of popular Oban

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Places to go and things to see;

  • Boats to the Isle of Mull
  • Tiree and Colonsay
  • Fort William
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Kilchurn Castle

2 nights stay at the Bay Great Western Hotel from only £84 per person
per stay
Based on two guests

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About Western Scotland

Western Scotland is renowned for its expansive, rugged beauty. It’s a place where the mountains are high, the lochs are deep and the valleys are dramatic. The coastal scenery is fantastic too, with breathtaking landscapes created by the islands and isles that line the west coast. As you might expect, all that scenery makes Western Scotland a walker’s paradise.

Fort William is the largest town in The Highlands and one of the UK’s most popular outdoor adventure resorts. So if you feel like getting active, perhaps with a cycle along exciting forest tracks, a trek around the mountains or a spot of fishing, you’ll be in good company. And the beautiful glens, forests, beaches and Loch Morar (the deepest Loch in Scotland) will provide the perfect backdrop. You can also brush up on your golf swing on one of the four golf courses in Fort William.

Fort William is also home to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. At the foot of this impressive mountain you’ll find the Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery. Pop in for a tour and a mouthful of their tasty blend, The Dew of Ben Nevis. Whisky fans will also be delighted to know that the highly regarded Oban whisky is made in Western Scotland. The Oban Whisky Distillery is open for tours where you can learn about the heritage of one of Scotland’s oldest single malts.

You’ll also find the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban. Set in a spruce forest on the stunning shores of Loch Creran, it’s surely one of most picturesque aquariums of them all. You can explore over 30 marine habitats containing everything from starfish to sharks.

Eager to continue meeting the creatures of the sea? Then visit the Isle of Mull and join one of the daily whale watching boat trips. Minke whales, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks are all at home off the west coast and this is your chance to get close to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Magical. Just make sure you set aside a little time to visit Sgriob-ruadh Farm Dairy while you’re on the Isle of Mull. They’re the only dairy that make the famous and highly-rated Isle of Mull Cheddar. Visitors are welcome and you’ll be able to watch the cows being milked and inspect the cheeses as they mature in the underground cellar. If you’re lucky, you might get to take some cheddar away with you. Delicious.

Just a short journey from our hotel in Oban is the town of Inveraray, which is full of great little places to visit. Among the most popular is Inverary Jail and Courthouse, an authentic 19th century prison. Explore the ancient cells, watch trials taking place in the courthouse and meet the residents of the jail (played by actors) in the exercise yard. Inveraray Woollen Mill is also worth stopping at. This traditional mill offers the very best in Scottish knitwear and tartans. They also sell a selection of high quality local pottery, china and glass – perfect if you’re looking for a memento of your stay or a gift for someone special. Who knows? You might even want to pick up a kilt to take home!

Inveraray Smokery & Country Park is a traditional salmon smokery that will give you an eye-opening and lip-smacking insight into this age-old craft. It’s an absolute must for fish fans. We’re confident when we say that you’ll have never tasted fish like it. The country park surrounding the fishery encompasses unspoilt woodland and parkland on the banks of Loch Etive. It’s bustling with wildlife and makes for a lovely afternoon stroll.

Flower fans are in for a treat at Arduaine Garden, just south of Oban. Peculiarities in the weather combined with the shelter provided by the local geology means that the garden can support exotic plants from all over the temperate world. The gardens are set right in the middle of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too. It’s a delightful place to spend an afternoon.

Scotland’s turbulent history is well documented and the remnants of an embattled past are scattered all over the landscape. There are castles everywhere. Some are ruined, some are in spectacular condition. But they’re all great to explore if you fancy delving into Scotland’s fiery heritage. Catch a ferry across to the Isle of Mull to see the beautifully kept thirteenth century Duart Castle. You’ll have the chance to explore the grounds and look around ancient dungeons, state rooms and a banqueting hall. Inveraray Castle, meanwhile, is hard to match in terms of opulence; it’s a real fairy tale sight and still the main residence of the Duke of Argyll, head of the Campbell clan. Don’t worry. You can still look around.

Inverlochy Castle is a ruined medieval fortress on the banks of the River Lochy, just a short journey from Fort William. It was built in the thirteenth century and is one of Scotland’s earliest stone castles. Mount Stuart House & Gardens is another must see. Okay, it might not be a castle. But it’s just as spectacular. In fact, it’s regarded as one of Britain’s finest Victorian Gothic houses. The superb gardens are set in 300 acres of stunning woodland and feature the traditional kitchen garden, a rock garden and a Victorian pinetum. Beautiful. But then what else would expect? The gardens were largely established by the 3rd Earl of Bute, who also advised on the foundation of Kew Gardens.

It’s just one more of the many historical quirks that combine to make Western Scotland such a joy to visit.  

Western Scotland

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