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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. Castle Lachlan

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Strachur

    Discover the remains of the former stronghold of the MacLachlans, one of Scotland’s oldest clans.

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    Luing

    Enjoy a new perspective on the Atlantic Islands of Argyll. Take the short 3 minute ferry crossing to the Island of Luing and explore this former slate island on foot, by bike or by car. Café / restaurant serving quality local produce.

  3. Staffa National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Mull

    Staffa is an island found 10 km west of the Isle of Mull.

  4. Blue Beyond

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    Galleries

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    Tiree

    Blue Beyond is a gallery on the Isle of Tiree selling the work of Colin and Susan Woodcock who produce paintings, textiles, raku pottery, cards and fine art prints inspired by the Hebrides.

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    • 3 Garden
    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.

  6. Kilchurn Castle

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    Castles

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    Lochawe

    Kilchurn Castle was built in the mid-1400s by Sir Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy.

  7. Geilston Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    A 200 year old garden with interesting features, including a 100 ft Wellingtonia that dominates the main lawn.

  8. Crarae Garden

    Type

    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. Gradings

    • 2 Museum
    2 Museum

    Campbeltown

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

  10. Wild Argyll

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    Kayaking

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    Tayvallich

    Bespoke trips by sea kayak and on foot to explore the nature and culture of this profoundly evocative part of the west of Scotland.

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