Discover more about Argyll & The Isles with our handy brochure
Within Argyll & The Isles you'll discover main roads and delightful country lanes that offer picturesque routes through stunning landscapes. As an alternative to the main trunk roads, why not explore the Argyll Coastal Route, one of Scotland's National Tourist Routes? The route starts in Tarbet and continues for almost 150 miles (240 km) via Oban to Fort William.
In rural areas you may find single-track roads and will need to use passing places with care and courtesy to other road users. You may also encounter livestock by or on the roads themselves, so caution and slow speeds are always recommended. If you are planning to take your car to any of the islands by ferry, make sure that you read about travelling by ferry below.
Information on car parking in the region can be found on the Argyll and Bute Council site.
For information about all public transport in Scotland, the best place to check for information and timetables is with Traveline; you can also download their handy mobile app or call them on 0871 200 22 33.
Argyll and Bute Council offers detailed public transport guides which include local bus companies that operate across the region. Larger islands including Mull and Bute have regular bus services, whilst smaller islands are more likely to offer minibuses or taxis.
There are also a couple of Postbuses operating in the region, which provide a minibus service along rural postal routes.
Ferries are an important mode of transport in Argyll & The Isles, given the area's many islands and peninsulas.
From Troon, Cairnryan and the south west, you can either drive north into Argyll via Glasgow, or travel to Weymss Bay or Colintravie. From here you can take a ferry across to Bute with Caldonian MacBrayne, who also provides the main services to the Inner Hebrides.
CalMac offers passenger or car ferry services from Oban to many islands, including Mull, Tiree and Coll, and Iona. Some islands only allow residents to take their car, so it is advisable to check in advance. Gigha, Islay and Colonsay can also be reached from Oban as well as from Kennacraig in Kintyre. You can find out more about travel to Argyll & The Isles destinations with Caledonian MacBrayne.
There is so much to discover on a visit to Argyll & The Isles. Why not take a tour of the region to make the most out of what this beautiful area has to offer?