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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. RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Bridgend

    Loch Gruinart Reserve and Visitor Centre is open all year round with beautiful trails and hides. Guided walks Apr-Oct. See website for details of our events. Great for corncrake, chough, deer, breeding waders, & wintering geese

  2. Ardencraig Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Rothesay

    Ardencraig Gardens in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, originally formed part of a larger area designed for the owners of the nearby Ardencraig House.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Connel and North Connel

    Visit the mighty stronghold of the ‘Kings of the Isles’ where Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was believed to have been held in prisoner.

  4. Toward Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    Dunoon

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

  5. 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.

  6. Gradings

    Appin

    Welcome to Rosebank Garden Gallery and Loch Linnhe Tiles

  7. Crinan Hotel Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crinan

    The Crinan Hotel is situated on the banks of the Loch Crinan on the Argyll coast and its secret garden is located behind the hotel.

  8. 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.

  9. Juno Design Gallery

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    Galleries

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Browse an extensive range of contemporary arts and crafts in this small gallery located in Dunoon on the breathtaking Cowal Peninsula.

  10. The Bute Museum

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    Museums

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    Rothesay

    Enrich your experience of the island - explore the museum first! Experience the archaeology,history and natural history of the island with our extensive displays from every period of Bute's past.

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