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Your guide to Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute at a glance:

  • Incredible scenery
  • A phenomenal variety of wildlife.
  • Fantastic walking, cycling and golf.
  • A region steeped in history.

Your guide to Argyll and Bute

The picture-perfect region of Argyll and Bute in Scotland combines parts of the Trossachs National Park with 32 beautiful islands, 23 of which are inhabited. With a huge variety of breathtaking landscapes, white sandy beaches and magnificent scenery, this tranquil area is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Whether your perfect holiday is lazing in the sun, strolling along the seafront or discovering secret places and hidden coves, Argyll and the Isles is a stunning destination for a relaxing break.

This coastal region offers visitors the very best of Scotland: serene lochs, rolling hills, soft sandy beaches, fairy-tale islands and deep, lush forests, with outstanding natural beauty at every turn. You can savour the taste of fresh seafood that's caught the very same day along the 3,723 kilometres of coastline, meet the locals and find out more about the people who call this wonderful part of Scotland their home or visit some of the 60 atmospheric medieval castles.

It's a great place to dust off your walking boots and head into the wild, along the network of lanes and paths that take you past the region’s most beautiful landmarks. The world-famous Three Lochs Way weaves through the landscape, while the Kintyre and Cowal Way offer jaw-dropping views of the sea. You will marvel at the astonishing variety of wildlife there is to enjoy. It's like no other part of the UK, with forests, hills and shores teeming with red squirrels, wild beavers, deer, eagles, otters, puffins, seals and basking sharks.

If you enjoy cycling, then hop on your bike as it's the perfect way to take advantage of the quiet county roads and view both the mainland and the islands. It's cheap too as the ferries will charge little or nothing for taking your bike. Discover the area’s incredible history through its castles, country houses and mystical standing stones that date back to the Bronze Age. Visit the Achnabreck Cup and Ring Marks, where rock carvings provide clues to the lives of our prehistoric ancestors, or discover some of the many fascinating chambered cairns that once served as burial monuments.

Bring along your clubs and take advantage of the region’s 30 spectacular golf courses, each set in their own unique landscape with awe-inspiring vistas at every tee. The Scots love their golf and a warm welcome awaits. There are courses for everyone from the complete beginner to the seasoned professional. After a round on the golf course, head to the 19th tee for a wee dram or venture out and visit the region’s 14 distilleries that make up what is affectionately known as the ‘whisky coast’ to learn more about Scotland’s most famous drink. You can find out about the wide variety of methods used to produce it and sample their finest malts.

For a peaceful afternoon, pick up one of the many boat tours and see Argyll at its very best, from the water. Cruising along the coastline is a wonderful way to experience the region's jaw-dropping scenery and phenomenal variety of marine wildlife. Basking sharks, seals, dolphins, porpoises and minke whales swim in these waters, while a sharp eye may spot the occasional whale close to the Northern Isles.

As the night draws to a close, gaze up at the stars at one of the region’s two Dark Skies Discovery Sites that allow clear views of the night sky, uninterrupted by light pollution. With some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe, Scotland offers its guests a dazzling array of glittering stars for a truly mesmerising experience.

For the perfect base while exploring this delightful region, book one of our comfortable hotels, where warm hospitality with a distinctly Scottish flavour awaits.

 
 

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Local Attractions

Oban Distillery

A trip to Oban wouldn’t be complete without visiting the distillery where the knowledgeable guides will take you on an immersive tour of the whisky-making process

Inveraray Castle

The spectacular fairy-tale castle of Inveraray is an iconic landmark on Scotland’s West Coast. Whilst a castle has stood on the site since the 1400s, the building that can be seen today was begun in 1746 and completed some 43 years later. Explore this historic building and its wonderful grounds before relaxing in the tearooms where homemade cakes, Arran ice creams and Mull cheddars are staples on the menu.

Puck's Glen

It may be just a short walk but this incredible route is a mystical experience like no other. The atmospheric trail takes you through enclosed woodland with pretty pools and fairy-tale waterfalls dotted along the way.

Arduaine Garden

Delighting its guests with wonderful colours and smells since 1898, the Arduaine Garden is crammed with unusual plants from across the globe that provide vibrant colour and dramatic displays all year-round.

Temple Wood Stone Circle

An unusual and mysterious site that's steeped in history, the Stone Circle dates back before 3000 BC and was used until around 1000 BC. Once a place for funerals and ritual ceremonies, the Circle is popular today for its 13 standing stones which fire the imagination.

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