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Embrace the best of arts and culture in Argyll & The Isles and soak up the creative atmosphere visiting the inspiring galleries and festivals of the region.

From legendary Highland games to Tarbert Music Festival, and from Tighnabruaich Gallery to quirky arts and crafts shops, delve into the rich heritage of this stunning region and find inspiration in the scenic landscape of Argyll & The Isles.

Visit the Caol Ruadh outdoor gallery on the shores of the Kyles of Bute at Colintraive, showcasing contemporary sculptures created in Scotland. Other arts and culture attractions in Argyll & The Isles include the 19th century Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart, and the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre which features an interactive exhibition and a 90-seat cinema.

Why not take a special piece of Argyll & The Isles home with you and go on a shopping trip for arts and crafts? Mull’s colourful capital, Tobermory, offers a variety of charming shops to browse.

A great way to experience Argyll & The Isles is to take in an exciting arts and culture event. Dunoon’s Cowal Highland Gathering is the biggest Highland games in the world, and music events such as the Islay Festival of Malt and Music and the Cantilena Festival offer the perfect opportunity to see local and international talent.

Argyll & The Isles also boasts many literary connections which you can explore at a variety of attractions across the region. Visit Inveraray to find out about the fascinating life of the writer Neil Munro, and discover where the very first Gaelic printed book to appear in Scotland was produced on a visit to Carnasserie Castle near Kilmartin.

  • Bjork performing at music festival, Argyll & The Isles
    Bjork performing at music festival
  • An artist painting at her easel at Ardminish Bay on Isle of Gigha, Argyll & The Isles
    An artist painting at her easel at Ardminish Bay, Isle of Gigha
  • Castle House Museum set in beautiful gardens in Dunoon, Argyll & The Isles
    Castle House Museum set in beautiful gardens in Dunoon
  • Looking throught the arches of the Cloisters to a sculpture in the restored Iona Abbey, Argyll & The Isles
    Looking throught the arches of the Cloisters to a sculpture in Iona Abbey
  • The Highland Dancing Competition at the Cowal Games in Dunoon, Argyll & The Isles
    The Highland Dancing Competition at the Cowal Games in Dunoon
A mirror reflection of a festival goer with a period style make up at Connect Music Festival in Inveraray, Argyll & The Isles

Music, dance and theatre events

Browse the diverse programme of music, dance and theatre events in Argyll & The Isles and experience true Scottish culture.

An artist painting at her easel at Ardminish Bay on Isle of Gigha, Argyll & The Isles

Galleries

Find inspiration in the range of fantastic art on display in the many galleries of Argyll & The Isles.

Looking to a historic building of Castle House Museum set in beautiful gardens in Dunoon, Argyll & The Isles

Museums

Uncover the fascinating exhibits and artefacts in the museums of Argyll & The Isles and absorb the region’s rich history.

A detail od an art installation - a wrought iron fish sign at the Calgary 'art in Nature' walk, Argyll & The Isles

Arts and culture attractions

Indulge your creative instincts and explore the numerous arts and culture attractions in Argyll & The Isles.

A lone piper photographed in the evening sunshine framed against blue skye

Arts and culture events

Indulge your creative instincts by visiting Argyll & The Isles' arts and culture events and explore the region's rich heritage.

Kintyre Crafts speciialised shop in campbeltown, Argyll & The Isles

Arts and crafts shopping

Bring the perfect present home from the fantastic range of arts and crafts shops in Argyll & The Isles.

Looking along a garden path to a doorway in to Inveraray Castle in Inveraray, Argyll & The Isles

Literary attractions

Discover the inspiring land of Argyll & The Isles following in the footsteps of famous poets and writers who immortalised the beauty of this region.