At every turn, the sea-fringed west Highland landscape of Mid Argyll is steeped in history, from the pre-historic sculptures of Kilmartin and Knapdale to the elegant ducal home of the once feared Clan Campbell.
Mid Argyll is famed for glorious gardens which thrive in the mild climate. Set in the grounds of Kilmory Castle, Kilmory Woodland Park is a magnificent location to begin exploring with a network of paths leading through the trees to a lochside picnic area, bird hide and archaeological interest points.
Inveraray is home to yet another delightful garden at Crarae, where you can admire the national collection of southern beech trees and the fabulous views looking over Loch Fyne. A number of historic attractions can be found in the town, including spooky Inveraray Jail, an award-winning museum detailing stories from medieval times. The spectacular Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and you can explore its fascinating rooms and wonderful surrounding gardens.
There are more than 800 ancient monuments near Kilmartin, including burial cairns, rock carvings and standing stones. Kilmartin Glen is home to the highest concentration of prehistoric rock art in Europe, and can be found close by the popular Fire Tower cycle trail, with a variety of gentle tracks and challenging climbs.
Crinan offers superb views out over Loch Crinan at the entrance of the well known Crinan Canal.