If you are looking to visit the beautiful region of Argyll then you will be treated to a huge array of stunning scenery and areas of great natural beauty; steeped in history with plenty of interesting and ancient landmarks and ruins. There is bound to be something to do or see to excite and entertain all the family.
Kilmartin Glen is a broad valley which extends from the South of the village of Kilmartin. The area is renowned for its extensive archaeological legacy with over 800 ancient monuments of differing types around the area including burial cairns, rock carvings and standing stones all waiting to be discovered by you and your tribe. Kilmartin Glen is also home to several castles with the pinnacle being the fortress of the Scots at Dunadd. Also worth a visit is the Kilmartin Museum, which provides visitors with a rich and detailed history of the area, and the beautiful Temple Wood, with its famous twin stone circles and intricate walks and picturesque fauna and wildlife.
Tayvallich is a small fishing village in Argyll, on the shores of Loch Sween. The town enjoys a warmer climate than you may imagine and the secluded and sheltered bay, lined with picturesque cottages, is the ideal place to really get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The town enjoys its fair share of tourism and there are often events running throughout the year to entertain visitors who don’t want to take advantage of the ideal yaughting conditions in the bay.
Jura & Islay
Take the Fast Rib from Tayvallich and find yourself exploring the beautiful isles of Jura and Islay. There is something for everyone on the stunning islands just off the coats. For the adults, why not visit the famous whiskey distilleries; there are 9 in total, 8 on the isle of Islay and one on Jura, all of which produce unique whiskeys which you can taste and take home. You can also enjoy a round of golf, a shooting expedition or a selection of water sports in the islands. Families can enjoy scenic walks or activities on the beaches, horse riding and bike tours. These islands may be small in size but they are big on adventure.
Boat trips to the Corryvreckan
Between the isles of Jura and Scarba lies The Gulf of Carryvrekan; the home of the third largest whirlpool in the world. The area is renowned for its strong tidal currents and standing waves and a boat trip out to see this natural phenomenon is a must as part of any trip to Argyll. Marvel at the strength of the sea and keep an eye out for basking sharks, the minke whale, seals and dolphins as well as an array of sea birds whilst on your trip.
Crinan and Crinan Canal
The Crinan Canal is one of the most beautiful waterways in Great Britain and offers uninterrupted views of some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes. The entire area of Crinan is bursting with breath-taking scenery and there is plenty of things to do. Explore the canal by boat, barge or even canoe or kayak. The gentle waterway is ideal for boating and is very popular with local fishermen who enjoy fly fishing here. The towpath is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists alike and there are plenty of walks and trails surrounding the canal to be explored too.
If tranquillity is what you seek then the tumbling waterfalls, serene gorge and awe-inspiring cliffs of the Himalayan-esque Crarae Gardens is the ideal day out during your visit to Argyle. Each season brings new blooms in this Edwardian natural museum so there is always something new to see and a different atmosphere whatever time of year you visit.
Nature Reserves- Taynish and Moine Mhor
Taynish Nature Reserve is packed with local wildlife and the entire area is home to enchanting forestry walks and ancient monument such as prehistoric standing stones and structures built by Thomas Telford. Moine Mhor offers a more rustic environment which is the feeding ground for reindeer and red deer and the snow topped ridge offers climbers a unique and challenging climb.
Kilmory Beach & Castle Sween
Castle Sween is thought to be the oldest stone castle in Scotland and it looks out onto the scenic and gentle Kilmory Beach. The area is tranquil and peaceful and there is a clearing designed to be a boat landing to the west of the castle. Take time out of your Argyll visit to just soak up the quiet and stillness as you enjoy a day at the beach.
Now a roofless ruin, Carnasserie Castle was once a residence of serious beauty. Built in the 16th Century, the castle is renowned for its unusual plan and Renaissance styling, the building was home of the Protestant Bishop of the Isles, Master John Carswell. The building hosts a five-story tower house as well as a hall range and you can still enjoy the view from the parapet of the Kilmartin Glen where the ancient stone circles can be seen.
Inveraray can be found on the western shore of Loch Fyne and was the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll. The town is full of historic attractions such as the turreted Inveraray Castle and the grisly 19th century Inveraray Jail. If history isn’t your thing, then the town itself hosts many high street and boutique shops as well as busting cafes and bars to be enjoyed.
On the banks of the Crinan Canal you will find the intriguing town of Lochgilphead. This quaint town is home to a selection of art galleries and boutique gift shops full of unique crafts that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are looking for a keepsake from your trip to Argyll then you are bound to find something in this beautiful town that is truly a one-off and will remind you of your trip to this memorable area.
With all these great places to visit, you won’t be short of things to do if you choose to visit Argyll.