– this is the place to be – within 1 hour from the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow – and you are here! The Highlands of Scotland in Argyll, one of the most beautiful and varied areas with lochs, sea-lochs, peninsulas, mountains, and islands ……. the west coast of Scotland is one of the richest coastal regions in Europe. More coastline than France – over 3,000 miles (4,800 kms)!!
Dramatic mountainous scenery
Ben Lomond, The Cobbler & Arrochar Alps, The Rest & Be Thankful mountain pass, Ben Cruachan and other Munros abound with some of the wildest and dramatic scenery you can imagine. No need to journey as far as Loch Ness!! Argyll boasts Loch Lomond (largest freshwater loch in mainland UK),Loch Awe, Loch Eck and large sea lochs such as Loch Fyne snaking past small villages to join The Atlantic coast.
Even more to excite the imagination
Argyll has 60 castles, 27 inhabited islands, 1,500 standing stones, archaeological sites, 15 + distilleries, 2 international golf courses + 49 others, some of the best sailing waters in the world, rugged coastline ……….
Wildlife & Marine life: Otters, seals, whales, sea eagles, golden eagles, herons, puffins, redshanks,
We have hundreds of islands on the west coast – 27 are inhabited!
Enjoy stimulating and romantic ferry and boat trips from the west coast to Dunoon & The Cowal Peninsula,The islands of Bute, Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Gigha, Coll, Kerrera, Mull, Iona, Staffa, Treshnish Islands and further away.
Secluded sea anchorages: Tarbert, Crinan, Dunstaffnage, Kerrera, Croabh Haven and Portavadie
Principal towns: Oban, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Inveraray
Golf courses: Championship links golf courses at Machrihanish (Campbeltown), Machrie (Islay)
Gardens: Crarae, Benmore, Ardkinglas, Arduaine – and many more
*There are 32 Clan seats in this area alone
Campbell, MacAlpine, MacDonald, MacIntyre, MacDougall, MacGregor, Maclean, Macnaughton, Macphail, MacTavish, Munro and Lamont to mention a few. Ideal for tracing your family history and genealogy
Castles & Historic Houses - Inveraray Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle, Duart Castle, Castle Sween, Ardkinglas House and Hill House (Charles Rennie Mackintosh)
For film buffs: Film Locations in or near the Argyll area - Braveheart; Rob Roy; Harry Potter; James Bond, Eye of the Needle, Highlander, My Life so Far, Eastenders" (2003);The Rocket Post" (2006);The WaterHorse;Max Manus the story of Norway's World War II hero and "This September" from the novel "September" by Rosamunde Pilcher.
Whisky (of course) – the many famous malt whisky distilleries on The Island of Islay; – 1 on Jura, Campbeltown, Tobermory, Oban, Arran, local beers and ale.
Last but not least for foodies - Food & Seafood: Argyll is now known as a European Food Region – Oban boasts the name of Seafood capital of the west.
Good restaurants, hotels and bars will offer you Oysters, queenies, scallops, cullen skink, mussels, salmon, smoked salmon, venison, hill & organic beef and lamb, venison and even haggis! Quaint little tea rooms and eateries will offer home-made soups, a variety of home baked scones & cakes and local chutneys & jams. Argyll producers pride themselves on using fresh, local produce bringing a taste of the West Coast of Scotland to you.
And ……. to finish off your memorable Scottish experience – I can plan your itinerary to include some special craft fairs, Highland Games, ‘ceilidhs’, traditional music concerts, festivals or sessions in a local pub. The west coast has produced some of the finest musicians in Scotland and is the home of the gaelic language. Pause, relax and visit the area during those events; meet the local people and enjoy real Scottish hospitality and customs.
For more information about Argyll, visit the Explore Argyll website