Argyll is a truly remarkable area in which to spend time exploring the
magnificent scenery and offshore islands of Scotland. Take a self-catering
holiday cottage for a break and enjoy all this area has to offer. The Gulf
Stream means the area enjoys warm winters and lush sub-tropical scenery. In
the summer months visitors can enjoy the area's spectacular gardens, which
are home to many exotic plants, some of which were brought back to Scotland
by Victorian Botanists.
Renting a holiday cottage near or in Fort William gives you access to much
of the highlands of Scotland. It lies at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's
highest mountain at 4405ft and well worth making the walk to the summit.
Children will love seeing the Glenfinnan rail viaduct used by the Hogwarts
Express (on the West Highland railway) and you can take a steam train from
Fort William to Mallaig (following the famous 'Road to the Isles'). There
is a daily service on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William - a
wonderful day's excursion from your holiday house. Some of the other scenes
in the Harry Potter films were shot in Glen Nevis, near Fort William, and in
Lochaber. Much of the latest Harry Potter film is being shot near Glencoe -
so you can show your children the highland scenery before they view the
film. Fort William is a popular holiday centre with lots of luxury holiday
cottages to rent.
Glencoe is a dramatic pass with high mountain peaks on either side. In fine
weather Glencoe is very beautiful but when the mist is down it has an
unmistakable air of gloom. In 1692 Macdonald of Glencoe gave hospitality to
Campbell of Glenlyon and his soldiers for several days; then the Campbells
(on English government orders) rose at dawn and massacred the Macdonalds as
they slept. Glencoe has a thriving ski centre and this is a good location
to rent a cottage for a skiing holiday in Scotland.
Oban, the second largest town in Argyll, is the largest ferry port on the
West Coast of Scotland, serving Mull and the Inner and Outer Hebrides
(Western Isles). Oban, is easily negotiated on foot and has many pubs, cafes
and restaurants, most of which can be found along George Street or along the
North Pier. The town's main landmark, McCaig's Tower, which was modelled on
Rome's Coliseum, dominates the skyline and after a 15-minute climb one can
enjoy stunning sea views from the walled garden.
Oban and its environs offer many children's attractions if you are spending
a holiday here with your children:
The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary - a good place for children to learn
about local sea life plus they must not miss the seals' feeding time!
Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park - Rare breeds of farm animals plus a
children's interactive pets' corner, a woodland walk as well as a tea room.
This farm is a Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star attraction.
Loch Etive Cruises - sail round this stunningly beautiful sea loch,
which extends to the mountains of Glencoe and enjoy birdwatching as well as
keeping and eye out for sea life.
Oban and the surrounding area are a truly great destination for a
short-break, which the whole family can enjoy at any time of the year. The
choice of holiday cottages is also as diverse as the attractions Oban has to
offer, which make it a must for any family wishing to explore this part of
The Cowal Peninsual is a very beautiful part of Argyll, popular with
climbers, sailors and those looking for a holiday in Scotland in a remote
part. Going west from Tarbert, through Glen Croe, is a spectacular drive on
a twisting, old military road. Stop at 'Rest and Be Thankful' to admire the
stunning views. There are excellent hills to climb in this area - The
Cobbler, Beinn Ime, Ben Van and Ben Vorlich are all munros. The Cowal
Peninsula stretches to the south, on either side are Loch Long and Loch
Fyne. If you rent a holiday cottage at Loch Fyne you will be able to visit
the famous and
sample the delicious Scottish seafood in the restaurant. This is possibly
the most beautiful part of Argyll and the Younger Botantic Gardens, near the
head of Holy Loch, are fabulous in early summer with the spectacular azaleas
Picture of Loch Fyne taken from Strachur
by the cottage owner of Strathlachlan Lodge, Loch Fyne, Near Inveraray
The main holiday town on the Cowal Peninsual is Dunoon. There is a great
range of holiday accommodation here - from luxury self-catering cottages to
caravan parks. Inveraray town is situated on the northwest shore of Loch
Fyne and is a classic example of Scottish Georgian architecture, built by
the Duke of Argyll in the eighteenth century. Situated on the banks of the
Loch Fyne, it is fine setting, with the white buildings reflecting in the
clear waters of the loch. Inverary has been the seat of the Duke of Argyll
since the 15th century and houses a magnificent display of over 1,000 pieces
of weaponry in the armoury hall, including Rob Roy's sporran and dirk
handle. Inveraray Jail ceased to function as the town's jail in the 1930s
but has been transformed into a very entertaining and informative museum
depicting prison life from medieval times. You can also sit in the
courthouse and hear the trial of a fraudster as well as experiencing life in
The Crinan Canal goes from
Ardrishaig in Loch Gilp to Crinan on the west coast - built at the end of
the 18th century and nine miles long with 15 locks, it cuts through the top
of the Kintyre Peninsula.
Campbeltown is the main town on Kintyre and has lots of bed and breakfasts
and self catering cottages if you want to explore this part of Argyll - as
does Macrihanish. The Mull of Kintyre is the southern tip of the peninsula
- a dramatic rocky extremity, made famous by Paul McCartney and Wings in the
The more southerly west coast islands include Cumbrae, Arran, Bute, and
Gigha. Colonsay, Coll and Tiree are also very popular holiday destinations
and all the islands offer a choice of - from luxury
cottages to simple isolated hideaways.
Picture from the Lighthouse at
by the cottage owner of Meadow Lodge, Strontian, Acharacle.
Ardnamurchan Peninsula is accessed via the village of Strontian, where lazy sheep and deer roam freely, making this area ideal for cyclists and hill walkers along with the many forest tracks. Children will love the unspoilt beaches or taking fishing and kayaking adventures on the sheltered Loch Sunart. Expert fishing advice will place you in casting distance of skate, conger, spurdogs and thornback ray.
There are also great places to visit if you are on holiday in Argyll. Take a trip to Mull and/or Iona via the Lochaline or Kilchoan ferries or cruise Loch Shiel. From Arisaig visit the Small Isles where whales and dolphins may be spotted. Sit at the most westerly point on the British mainland, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, which has the perfect vantage point for viewing the Western Isles.
The area is a birdwatcher's paradise - many species are either natives or visitors and you can expect to see oystercatchers, sandpipers, tawny owls and even a golden eagle. Outdoor pursuits are plentiful; walking, climbing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, diving, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, shooting, horse-riding or paragliding are all available.
closest island to Oban, a tiny island only six miles long, with a population
of approx fifty people. It is great day trip on a ferry from Oban, and many
people on cycling or walking holidays build a day
to Kerrera into their itinerary.
is accessible by an hour's car ferry ride from Oban, and is another small
Scottish island, just ten miles long. It provides an excellent day's
cycling for those on holiday near Oban - you can hire bicycles on the
is only a 40 minute ferry journey from Oban, and is beautiful with a
fantastic coastal shore 300 miles long. There are golf courses at Tobermory
Mull's holiday accommodation is very popular and there is a good selection
of Bed and Breakfast and self-catering holiday cottages for rent. Mull is
very popular with fisherman, who enjoy excellent sport, and with children,
looking for Balamory cottages in Tobermoray.
is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, it is a tiny holy
island - a place of Christian pilgrimage and worship for over 1400 years.
The abbey has been extensively rebuilt over time and is a very interesting,
magical and spiritual place to visit on a day trip.
Iona has lovely sandy beaches but gets quite busy with holiday-makers. There
are no cars on Iona, but a horse drawn carrage
can take you from the ferry pier to the Abbey.
is famous for its smokey malt whisky and there are seven whisky
distilleries on the island, which welcome visitors. It is the most
southerly of the Hebridean islands and is a popular holiday destination for
bird watchers and walkers.
is on the Whisky Trail - Isle of Jura Distillery in
a light malt whisky and they welcome visitors. The main tourist attractions
on Jura are the suberb wildlife - it is famous for its deer which can be
seen in abundance. Hill walkers flock to the Paps of Jura and the climate
can be very good. Sheltered bays even have tropical plants growing - amazing
for a Scottish island. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is in the strait between
Jura and Scarba and is notorious with sailors - many boats have been sucked
into it and lost.
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