Argyll and The Isles is a magnificent region on the west coast of Scotland boasting dramatic landscapes, rare wildlife, pristine beaches and delicious local produce. Today we are sharing some of our highlights to show why this must-visit area should be high on your bucket list.
1. Spectacular Castles
Argyll and The Isles has a rich history so there are many historic buildings to explore. Visit the immersive experience at the Inveraray Jail or the ruin of Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe.
2. Tobermory Fish Co.
Surrounded by so much water, it is no secret that this is one of the best places for seafood in the UK. If you are on the Isle of Mull head to the family run Tobermory Fish Company for their famous fresh smoked trout.
3. Water Sports
With a fresh water lochs, coastal waters and sea lochs there is no better place for all manner of water sports whether you are a beginner or bringing your own kit. If you are well practiced head to Tiree for wind and kite surfing or join a local wild swimming group who will take you to sheltered bays and beaches.
4. Beinn an Tuirc Distillery
For gin & whisky lovers there are plenty of distilleries perfect for tastings and tours. Try the Beinn an Tuirc Distillery who run their still on hydro-electric power and the botanics for their gin are foraged from the estate.
The area is great for more environmentally conscious travel with public transport well suited to equipment such as bikes. Routes such as the Kintyre 66 follow quieter roads around the peninsula offering breath-taking views.
There is an abundance of wildlife for all interests and it is great for bird-watching. Head to the coast for whales, basking sharks and seals or slightly inland there are deer and red squirrels – just make sure you bring a pair of binoculars.
7. Community & Giving back
For a trip that gives back Argyll offers the opportunity to meet with locals to learn about what life is like in the region and take part in activities such as beach cleans so that you know your travels are having a positive impact.