Things to do - Argyll

A holiday in Argyll will deliver some of the most stunning scenery you can imagine. Ancient Argyll is found on the West coast of Scotland and is not only a perfect holiday location but is also the gateway to some of the most breathtaking islands in the Firth of Clyde and beyond. Friendly and welcoming people and a wealth of exciting activities and attractions make a trip to Argyll the most memorable occasion.

An Ceardach Garden is just 3 miles north of Campbeltown and is well worth a visit. With five acres of stunning gardens that include views over Arran and Ayeshire, you can browse around and enjoy rhododendrons, camellias and when in season, beautiful orchids. There are paths to explore with seats, sculptures and fairy doors! There is no entrance fee at these lovely gardens but the owners ask for a small donation to charity. A great way to spend some quiet time whilst you are in Argyll.

Events in Argyll are very diverse. You can go to the traditional Highland Games at Inverary then visit the Inverary Jail which provides a unique experience amongst atmospheric historic buildings. Here you can see how a real trial was conducted and get a taste of what life was like for those who were locked up behind the prison bars. Experiences as different as songwriting festivals, the Scottish Island Peaks race and the Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival offer exciting and contrasting events that go towards making a holiday in Argyll so unique.

Golf enthusiasts visiting Argyll are well catered for by the Carradale Golf Club which lies on the East coast of Kintyre. With spectacular views across the Kilbrannon Sound to the Isle of Arran, the club has a tricky course but you can play nine holes for just GBP15. Children are welcome at Carradale and you can hire clubs and trolleys if you book in advance. Noted as the most sporting nine hole course in Scotland, the rolling fairways and greens are challenging but satisfying and at the end of the day you can go into the village for some well earned food and drink.

The famous town of Oban is a popular place to visit. Sitting in the Firth of Lorn, the almost perfect horseshoe bay is a stunning scenic backdrop to this pretty town. The Corrans Hall in Oban hosts touring companies like the Scottish Opera. A unique landmark is McCaig's Tower which dominates the town. The structure is based on the design for the Coliseum of Rome and was erected as a lasting monument to the family of John Stuart McCaig, a wealthy philanthropist and banker. From Oban you can take a ferry to the islands of Mull, Coll, Barra and Iona. Or, if you prefer you can fly to some of the islands from the new local airport.

A fantastic way to see more of Argyll is to take a trip with Glen 2 Glen Tours. Based at Kinlochleven, this is a unique tour company that has an accredited Scottish Tourist Guide who will design a tailor made tour to your own specific requirements. Blending history and folklore with superb landscapes, tours can encompass trips to the highlands, the islands and the lochs. You can go on a city tour or choose to see the Culloden Battlefield. A tour will give you a real insight into what makes Scotland so attractive and special.

The inland area of Argyll is perfect for a family holiday and lots of accommodation is pet friendly. Lying between the rugged mountains, the scenic and serene lochs offer breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings. If you want to go camping there are lots of sites many with activities such as cruising, fishing and horse riding. In addition, paint balling and crossbow shooting are just two more of the unusual events on offer in Argyll. Argyll is packed with enjoyment for all the family. But, it's not only for the energetic. There are plenty of beautiful and impressive beaches where you can enjoy some quiet solitude and then, in the evening, eat out at one of the many fine restaurants or cafe bistros.

Historic locations are abundant as is the diverse accommodation which includes pet friendly establishments. Argyll is beautiful, friendly and accommodating with literally something for everyone.