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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. Scottish Beaver Trial

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lochgilphead

    The Scottish Beaver Trial has been responsible for reintroducing beavers 400 years after being hunted to extinction.

  2. Gradings

    Strachur

    Strachur Smiddy Museum and Craft Shop is located in the small parish of Strachur in the west side of Cowal in Argyle.

  3. Castle Sween

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    Castles

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    Tayvallich

    Discover the impressive remains of this once great castle believed to be one of the oldest in Scotland.

  4. Ocean Explorer Centre

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    Marine Life Centres

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    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Oban

    Welcome to the new Ocean Explorer Centre! Let us take you on a journey of discovery into the sea to explore why author Arthur C Clark once said: 'How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.'

  5. Rothesay Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Rothesay

    Once a bulwark against invading Viking forces, the magnificent ruins of Rothesay Castle boast a long and close connection to the Stewart dynasty.

  6. Dunyvaig Castle

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    Castles

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    Bowmore

    Visit the atmospheric ruins of this former naval base where Earl Somerled, the ‘King of the Isles’, once launched his galleys.

  7. Bute Forest

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Bute

    Welcome to Bute Forest, a unique area of forest on the Isle of Bute with walks for all ages.

  8. Crarae Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Inveraray

    Crarae Garden lies 10 miles south of Inveraray in Argyll and is a Himalayan-style exotic garden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  9. Inveraray Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Inveraray

    Visit the romantic Inveraray Castle & Gardens on the shores of Loch Fyne and discover one of Scotland’s finest stately homes.

  10. Barguillean's "Angus Garden"

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Taynuilt

    Nine acre woodland garden around an eleven acre loch set in the Glen Lonan hills.

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