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  • 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
  • Dunoon
    Dunoon
  • Looking across the illuminated Oban Bay at dusk with McCaig's Tower on top of the hill, Argyll & The Isles
    A view across Oban Bay at dusk with McCaig's Tower behind
  • Port Charlotte, Islay
    Port Charlotte, Islay
  • Tarbert on Loch Fyne
    Tarbert on Loch Fyne

Discover the unique and fascinating towns and villages of Argyll & The Isles and learn about their history, culture and heritage. From the harbour town of Oban to the colourful Tobermory on Mull and scenically located Inveraray and Tarbert on Loch Fyne, the towns and villages of Argyll & The Isles boast superb attractions, great accommodation and fantastic cafés, restaurants and more.

Oban is a bustling town known as the Gateway to the Isles with ferries departing for the Outer and Inner Hebrides. Lying in a crescent occupying the hills surrounding Oban Bay, the town provides a great range of accommodation, cafés and restaurants, and wide selection of activities and day trips.

Did you also know that Oban has a reputation for being the seafood capital of Scotland, or that it’s known as one of Scotland’s oldest source of single malt whisky, which you can sample for yourself at Oban Distillery?

Across the water from Oban, on Mull, is the picture-postcard town of Tobermory. Famed for the cheerful colours of the waterfront houses, the town was used in the popular children’s television series Balamory making it a fantastic place for a day out with the whole family.

Back on the mainland, overlooking the still waters of Loch Fyne, Inveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll. If you want to explore the region’s glorious gardens, Inveraray is home to a delightful garden at Crarae. Admire the national collection of southern beech trees and the fabulous views looking over Loch Fyne, and uncover the many great historic attractions, including spooky Inveraray Jail and the spectacular Inveraray Castle.

Built around two sheltered bays and home to a charming Victorian pier, visit the town of Dunoon, the main resort on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula. Stroll along the town’s attractive promenade and discover the fascinating selection of arts and crafts shops, galleries and museums, and should you be in the neighbourhood in August, make sure to attend the world-renowned Cowal Highland Gathering. These are the largest Highland games in the world, where you can see dancers compete or even take part in a ceilidh yourself.

Those looking for something a little quieter can explore the selection of charming hamlets and villages which lie across the Kyle of Bute, such as Tighnabruaich and Lochgilphead, or hop on board the classic Waverley Paddle Steamer which calls at various ports here.

Argyll & The Isles is home to 25 inhabited islands, each with their own character. Excellent inter-island ferries make island hopping an exhilarating way to explore some of the region's towns and villages.

Use the information listings to find out more on the towns and villages of Argyll & The Isles.

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  1. Tighnabruaich

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    Tighnabruaich

    Sitting on the shore of the beautiful Kyles of Bute, Tighnabruaich is a pretty little village on the west coast of Scotland.

  2. Port Bannatyne

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    Port Bannatyne

    Port Bannantyne is a resort village located on the east coast of the Isle of Bute.

  3. Colintraive

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    Colintraive

    On the eastern coast of the Cowal Peninsula lies Colintraive, a small village which sits at the narrowest point along the shores of the beautiful Kyles of Bute.

  4. Cairndow

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    Cairndow

    The village of Cairndow lies in an idyllic setting at the head of Loch Fyne, near the mouth of the River Kinglas.

  5. Ardgartan

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    Ardgartan

    The small village of Ardgartan is situated at the mouth of the Croe Water on the west shore of Loch Long.

  6. Rothesay

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    Rothesay

    Rothesay is a smart Victorian seaside resort and the main town on the east side of Isle of Bute out in the Firth of Clyde.

  7. Machrihanish

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    Machrihanish

    Machrihanish is a hidden gem on the south westerly part of Kintyre.

  8. Glendaruel

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    Glendaruel

    Glendaruel is a glen in the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll to the north of Loch Riddon.

  9. Appin

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    Appin

    Appin is a peaceful and secluded peninsula situated in the southern-most part of the district in the south of Lochaber between Oban and Ballachulish.

  10. Oban

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    Oban

    Standing unchallenged as the capital of the North Argyll, the busy town of Oban is informally known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’.

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