Nature and geography in Argyll & The Isles

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Explore the fantastic nature and geography in Argyll & The Isles and discover gentle rolling hills, challenging towering peaks, fascinating towns and islands and enchanting parks and gardens. You’re guaranteed to be inspired by the uniqueness and diversity of nature and geography of Argyll & The Isles and your memories will have you eager to return.

Steeped in history, beauty, archaeology and wildlife, Argyll & The Isles is a perfect destination for those looking to get off the beaten-track.

Breathe in the fresh air as you explore this beautiful region which extends across the western coastline of Scotland and out to small but unique islands.

From mighty towering mountain peaks to deep lochs and glorious gardens of the mainland, challenge yourself to reach the summits, walk through a carpet of bluebells, stroll up the gentle rolling hills and glens or simply take in the amazing views.

Discover beautiful woodlands and dense forests teeming with wildlife and interesting flora. This fantastic natural playground if great for outdoor activities and the many easily accessible trails and treks are suitable for all abilities and interests.

Visit the many quaint fishing towns and villages which are scattered around the coastline, learn about their past, soak up the arts and culture, or why not experience the fierce waters of the world’s third largest whirlpool near Jura?

To best experience the islands’ diversity, go island hopping and look out for the variety of curious creatures living on the land and around the water, including dolphins, red deer, eagles and otters.

Whether you're looking for pristine white sand beaches, challenging walks or a great environment for outdoor pursuits, Argyll & The Isles offers it all and more.

  • A boat trip to the Corryvreckan Whirpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan between the Island of Jura and Scarba, Argyll & The Isles
    A boat trip to the Corryvreckan Whirpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan
  • Looking across to the rown of colourful houses in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles
    A row of colourful houses in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull
  • An aerial view of Loch Awe, the third largest freshwater loch in Scotland, Argyll & The Isles
    An aerial view of Loch Awe
  • Looking across to a snow covered Beinn Dorain Munro between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy, Argyll & The Isles
    A view of a snow covered Beinn Dorain Munro between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy
  • The view down Glen Croe surrounded by large and rugged mountain towards The Cobbler, Argyll & The Isles
    The view down Glen Croe towards The Cobbler
A boat trip to the Corryvreckan Whirpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan between the Island of Jura and Scarba, Argyll & The Isles

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Explore Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the world’s third largest whirlpool in Argyll & The Isles and experience its wealth of wildlife.

Looking across to the rown of colourful houses in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles

Towns and villages

Explore the unique and fascinating towns and villages of Argyll & The Isles including Oban, Tarbert, Helensburgh and Inveraray.

A young girl reads a book amongst the bluebells

Forest and woodlands

Uncover the many forests and woodlands in Argyll & The Isles which make the region a perfect destination for outdoor adventures.

A couple walking on mountain path along the shore of Loch Long with Ben Lomond in the distance, Argyll & The Isles

Mountains and hills

Discover the magnificent mountains and hills of Argyll & The Isles and take in the stunning landscapes and rich wildlife.

Looking across to a footbridge across a stream at the Crarae Glen Gardens near Inveraray, Argyll & The Isles

Glens

Explore the wilderness of glens in Argyll & The Isles and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

Visitors look at the bright floral borders amongst the greenery of Achamore Gardens, Isle of Gigha

Gardens and parks

Experience the stunning views of gardens and parks in Argyll & The Isles, full of spectacular native and exotic plants.

A man admires the clear sea view as he sits on a rock ledge above a beach where he has left his kayak, Island of Inch Kenneth

Journey through Argyll and The Isles

Book an island hopping break to explore the Inner Hebrides and the geography and unique character that each island has to offer. From rural getaways to isles lying just off the mainland, Scotland’s west coast has an affordable and reliable ferry service.