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Stretching north from the Mull of Kintyre almost to Glencoe and east to the shores of Loch Lomond, the region of Argyll marks the transition from Lowland to Highland. It's a region of great variety, containing all the ingredients of the classic Scottish holiday: peaceful wooded glens, heather-clad mountains full of deer, lovely wee fishing ports such as Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, romantic castles and beautiful lochs.

Argyll also has its own particular attractions in the shape of its numerous prehistoric sites. Much of the region was once part of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, established by the Irish Celts (known as the Scotti, hence Scotland) who settled here in the fifth century. Their capital was at Dunadd, near Lochgilphead, from where they gained ascendancy over the native Picts. Argyll has since been ruled by Norse invaders, then by Somerled, whose successors, the powerful MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, were in turn dislodged by the Campbells, allies of Robert the Bruce. They became the Dukes of Argyll, and even today are still one of the largest landowners in the region.


Popular Visitor Attractions

  • Oban Sea Life Centre

    The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary is set amidst the pine trees on the shores of picturesque Loch Creran, near Oban in Scotland. The Centre combines a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue and rehabilitation facility for both common and grey seal pups.
  • Inveraray Jail

    Restored Georgian jail and courthouse that is ideal for kids! Tons to see and het involved in. Interactive without any digital rubbish. Highly recommended.

  • Inveraray Maritime Museum

    Small maritime museum on the Pier with a couple of interesting vessels to wander around: the Arctic Penguin, and the old victualling ship, the Puffer. Grand excursion for the kids and anybody with a little interest in maritime history.

  • Argyll Adventure Inveraray

    Adventure centre south of Inveraray offering a tons of outdoor activities for age 4 and up. Kids can play paintball or laser tag from 6 and from 10 years. 

  • Loch Visions One Day Photography Experience

    1 day photography course experience in Highlands that is perfect for the newbie. Includes 1 hours tuition and then it's shutters away. Runs all year around Loch Awe