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The Scottish region of Argyll and Bute encompasses a number of islands, part of the Trossachs National Park and a number of pretty rural villages and famous coastal towns. Impressive castles, lochs and canals create an incredible landscape dotted with attractions such as galleries, distilleries, museums and gardens, all of which are waiting for you to explore them.

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Your guide to Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute at a glance:
  • A region within the Trossachs National Park, with lovely towns and villages to explore.
  • Enjoy a beautiful landscape of lochs, canals, coasts and castles.
  • Experience authentic Scotland with visits to local galleries, gardens and distilleries.
  • Plan your visit to coincide with one of Argyll and Bute’s many music festivals.
  • Walk the Cowal Way.

The Argyll and Bute region in the west of Scotland is a scenic area with much to see and do. There are plenty of historic attractions to uncover, as well as a wealth of walking and cycling trails amongst the attractive countryside. The landscape is rich and varied, encompassing part of the Trossachs National Park as well as quaint villages, long stretches of coastline and a number of Scottish islands.

During your stay in Argyll and Bute you’re never far from something new and to discover and to enjoy. Regular ferry services make it easy to travel between the islands and the mainland and there is an ease to getting around Argyll and Bute that adds to the appeal of a getaway.

You’ll be grateful of this when you realise just how varied the region is, with a network of lochs, canals, hills and woodlands just waiting to be explored. Make sure that you pack your camera as you’ll see some spectacular views on your holiday that you’ll want to capture and share with your friends.

Anyone with an interest in history will be happy to note that there are some excellent castles in the area, perfect for fun family days out and for educational excursions. Kilchurn Castle is one of the most prominent, with impressive ruins and plenty of activities to keep the kids happy during your visit.

Scotland is known not only as being home to some of Britain’s best castles, but also the whisky industry and some of the finest golf courses in the world. Take the opportunity to visit one of the local distilleries, where you can learn all about the processes involved in making whiskies (and can try out some of the results), or step out onto scenic golf courses for an enjoyable round, with facilities to suit all levels of player from the casual to the enthusiast.

There are a number of festivals and events held throughout the year in Argyll and Bute, so be sure to consider these when planning your holiday. In particular the region has some excellent music festivals, spread over many of the local towns and villages and often showcasing a variety of local talent.

For weekend escapes or for something longer, book an Argyll and Bute hotel and you’ve the freedom to do as much or as little as you like. Surrounded by so many interesting towns and villages, you’ll be able to enjoy an active break or a far more relaxing experience.

What's nearby?
Local attractions
  • Cruachan Power Station
    Cruachan Power Station
  • McCaig's Tower
    McCaig's Tower
  • Oban Chocolate Company
    Oban Chocolate Company
  • Duart Castle
    Duart Castle

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    Bay Great Western Hotel

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    Bay Glenburn Hotel - A Partner Hotel

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