Argyll stretches from the banks of Loch Lomond, through the mountains of Lorn to the islands of the Inner Hebrides and offers some of the wildest and most beautiful sights in Britain. Whether it is walking the highest hills, visiting its many islands, playing on its beaches, enjoying tea and cake Argyll offers it all. A prefect mix of mountain, sea and coast.
Argyll offers some of the best wildlife watching anywhere. Visit the Isle of Lunga and the puffins come so close you have to back away to get a photo. Seals are easy to view all around the coast and their a several boat trips that will provide and excellent change of viewing Sea Eagles, Britains largest birds. There is also fantastic hill walking.
The gardens of Argyll are at their best in spring and many a day can be spent lost in these beautiful old gardens and houses.. The islands of the coast are truly enchanted in the sunshine and most are easily accessible by day trip. But make sure you take time to visit the coastal towns around Argyll and relax in the many tea rooms available.
The Best Things to Do in Argyll
Rugged mountains, spectacular coastlines and historical castles; Argyll has something for everyone. Whether you’re into challenging sporting activities, gentle woodland walks or you just want to relax and enjoy the freshest seafood and a wee dram of the finest malt whisky, the choices for things to do are limitless.
Here’s just a small selection of what you can do in this beautiful part of Western Scotland.
Argyll Forest Park
Stretching from the Holy Loch to the Arrochar Alps, Britain’s oldest forest park is a spectacular example of the contrasts of nature, from bluebell-carpeted woodland and tranquil lochs and glens to majestic mountains and wild, tumbling rivers.
Argyll Forest Park offers a range of activities for all abilities: challenging rock climbs, mountain bike and horse riding trails, and gentle walking paths where you might spot a red squirrel or deer if you’re lucky.
Puck’s Glen is a delightfully easy walk for families. The dark and mysterious forest will lead you along a rocky gorge with plunging waterfalls, while the dense, mossy trees add to the fairytale atmosphere of this magical place.
For those fascinated by Scottish history, a visit to Inveraray Castle is a must. Originally built in the 1400s, Inveraray proudly sits on the shores of Loch Fyne and is the ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell Clan.
Explore the surrounding woodlands or take a tour of the main castle. The state dining room and the 18th century French-influenced tapestry drawing room are magnificent, while the old kitchen gives a wonderful insight into life below stairs in a grand Scottish castle.
Another Campbell Clan stronghold worth visiting is Kilchurn Castle at the head of Loch Awe. The now abandoned 5-storey castle, built in the 1400s, was a Campbell base for over 150 years. Set amongst spectacular and iconic Highland scenery, unchanged by the centuries, Kilchurn, the most photographed castle in Scotland, will transport you back to a time of bloodshed and rebellion.
The Whisky Coast
14 world-class distilleries make up the famous whisky coast of Argyll and Isles. A combination of history, landscape and pristine waters has gone in to creating the finest whiskies in the world. Two of the most popular distilleries to visit are:
- Springbank: Founded in 1828, it’s the oldest family-owned distillery in Scotland and the only place that still conducts the full production process from malting to bottling onsite.
- Bowmore: Founded in 1779, the distinctive flavour of their famous malt whisky is achieved by smoking the malt in a peat-fired kiln.
All distilleries offer guided tours that you can finish up with a dram or two of their fine tasting samples.
There are various boat tours available, giving you the chance to enjoy the spectacular, rugged Argyll coastline. Stop off and visit the neighbouring islands or take a marine wildlife tour to watch seals, otters, golden eagles, dolphins and minke whales.
Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation in Argyll, rest assured you’ll never be bored!