Why Argyll and the Isles?

Coastal and Highland scenery combine in Argyll & The Isles, alongside rich culture and heritage just waiting to be explored. Thrill-seekers can try a range of adventure sports while forest strolls are perfect for those looking for something a little gentler, and you can experience the tranquillity of island life. Explore charming towns and villages, look out for wildlife and enjoy clear waters and empty beaches.

History and Heritage

Argyll and the Isles are steeped in Highland heritage. As you travel through the region, you’ll discover a rich and colourful Scottish history from Dunadd Fort, the birthplace of the nation, to Mount Stuart, the fabulous gothic mansion on Bute. Visit ruined castles in impossibly romantic locations, marvel at historic houses and gaze in wonder at Bronze Age standing stones. The landscape of Argyll and the Isles is dotted with signs of the past, including chambered cairns and cup-and-ring marked rocks. Grab a map and take your own journey into the history of this fascinating part of Scotland.

Activities and Attractions

Fall in love with inspiring scenery, enthralling history and tranquil island escapes as you island hop around Argyll & The Isles. With a variety of things to see and do, this magnificent part of the world is renowned for its incredibly fresh seafood and is also home to many museums, monuments and fantastic outdoor activities. If it’s historical site you’re after then Argyll and the Isles has a wide range of places to visit from the remote and magical Kilchurn Castle to the island Abbey of Iona there are a range of magnificent historic sites to visit on a trip to Argyll and the Isles. If you wanted to get away from the bustling towns there are plenty of tranquil areas for a walk, cycle or picnic taking in the beautiful countryside views in Argyll and the Isles. Balloch Castle Country Park commands impressive views across 200 acres of gardens and nature trails. Alternatively head up to the mountains and visit Benmore Botanic Garden, an enchanting garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. With a range of other activities and attractions for every interest there is something for everyone in Argyll and the Isles.

Food and Drink

If you're looking for a culinary experience to remember, Argyll & The Isles has it all. The region is bursting with a fantastic range of food and drink from the freshest seafood to an unrivalled range of whiskies. Follow the west coast's Seafood Trail which features eight restaurants offering the very best seafood dishes from lobster and langoustines to mussels and scallops. You can also enjoy these sumptuous flavours on restaurant menus from across the area from Lochgilphead to Oban and Colonsay to Tobermory. It's a very picturesque region where you can soak up the atmosphere in bars, pubs, cafes and tearooms, all of which boast locally produced food and drink and a guaranteed warm welcome. As well as the delicious range of seafood on offer, the region is also known for its succulent venison and tender lamb which can be found on menus across the area.


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