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  • Looking over golden forests and mist to the snow-capped summit of the mountain
    Ben Cruachan, north bank of Loch Awe, Argyll
  • flowery bushes border the grand drive up to the spledid, turreted castle
    Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll
  • A group of children look on as a criminal trail from the 19th century is renacted in the Inveraray Jail courtroom, Argyll
    The courtroom at Inveraray Jail, Argyll
  • Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, known as the mightiest conifer in Europe, Argyll & The Isles
    Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

If you’re looking for a great range of activities that the whole family can enjoy, then Argyll & The Isles is the perfect place to visit. Whether you fancy uncovering the history of ancient castles or soaking up the atmosphere of beautiful gardens you’ll find plenty things to see and do here.

Have you ever wondered what life was like for prisoners during the 19th century? The torturous past of Inveraray Jail is brought to life through a living museum and visitor attraction which includes an 1820s courtroom and the real sights and smells of the time.

For more history and a chance to explore fantastic fortresses, head for the many castles across Argyll & The Isles. From the ruins of Carnasserie Castle to the impressive Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, there are many castles which are guaranteed to inspire children of all ages.

There’s plenty activities to keep the children amused, come rain or shine. For something truly unique, head for Ben Cruachan where you’ll discover a power station one kilometre into the mountain. The massive cavern is high enough to house the Tower of London and the underground humid conditions mean that many subtropical plants thrive here. Discover how the huge turbines turn water into electricity.

Back in the great outdoors, explore Argyll & The Isles’ many beautiful gardens and green spaces which include Benmore Botanic Garden north of Dunoon, with its spectacular avenue of redwoods which greets visitors at the garden's entrance. The Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens at Cairndow is another beautiful garden and is home to one of Britain’s tallest trees.

There are also lots of opportunities to spot the region’s wildlife at nature centres and reserves.

Browse the listings for more great ideas of family days out across Argyll & The Isles.

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  1. Mull Museum

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    Tobermory & North Mull

    Mull Museum is a small on the Isle of Mull filled with interesting objects and displays of island life.

  2. Alice Strange: Artist

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Visit a working artist's studio - a large selection of artwork available to buy.

  3. Toward Castle

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    Castles

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    Dunoon

    Explore the ruins of the former seat of Clan Lamont, one of the most powerful families in the history of west Scotland.

  4. Dunoon Castle

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Dunoon

    Visit the site of this once powerful stronghold and former royal castle located on a peak overlooking the Firth of Clyde.

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    Port Askaig

    Persabus Pottery and Ceramic Cafe. Pottery for sale, pottery painting sessions and classes, afternoon teas, coffee, home baked cakes and scones and freshly prepared sandwiches.

  6. Inveraray Jail

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    Museums

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    Inveraray

    Inveraray Jail is a living museum and visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison.

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    2 Museum

    Campbeltown

    Learn about the fascinating life and times of Campbeltown at its superb local history museum.

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    Tarbert

    Welcome to Templar Arts and Leisure Centre – home to several arts and craft classes, creative digital media and music, the Tarbert Film Club and approx. 20 community groups. Watch out for weekend workshops and events!

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    3 Garden

    Cairndow

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees. The Gruffalo Trail will capture the children's imagination.

  10. Mount Stuart

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bute

    Mount Stuart is a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens on the Isle of Bute.

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