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If you want to get active in Scotland, this stunning land of dramatic contrasts is the perfect place to do it. Argyll & The Isles offers the perfect adventure playground for a range of outdoor activities. From walking and cycling to fishing, golf and a great choice of watersports, come and experience the great outdoors.

Down by the coast, watersports enthusiastics will love the wind-swept landscapes of Tiree with its challenging waves and waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. The exciting Tiree Wave Classic takes place every year on one of the sunniest isles in Britain.

World-class windsurfers come to brave the North Atlantic swell and compete in freestyle, wave jumping and supercross, whilst children also love the natural tidal paddling pools. The low-lying white sandy beaches here and on Coll are not to be missed. Argyll & The Isles is also popular with sea kayakers, as the fantastic coastal landscape and sheltered sea lochs, make it one of the best areas to enjoy the sport.

Back on the dry land, walkers will love exploring the region’s many waymarked routes and gentle, shorter walks can be found just outside pretty towns such as Oban, Lochgilphead and Campbeltown.

A short ferry trip from Tayinloan brings you to the beautiful Isle of Gigha where you can enjoy a relaxing 3 km stroll around the tiny island, taking in wide sandy beaches, great wildlife and the blazes of colour at Achamore Gardens.

Argyll Forest Park offers a variety of paths, perfect for walking, running, cycling and horse riding and the Isle of Bute is another excellent option where the West Island Way traverses 30 miles from north to south.

It's also a great area if you're looking for a more challenging hike, as you can scramble your way across the hills and Munros that rise up out of the islands and the mainland. Keen climbers will relish the rugged Munros of Ben Starav and Ben Cruachan, the highest peak in the region. If you're looking for another challenge, take the ferry to the islands of Colonsay and Oronsay to tackle the 22 MacPhies, which are mountains over 300 ft.

Come and enjoy great outdoor activities across Argyll & The Isles. 

  • A group of hill walkers climb the hillside beside Loch Tulla, near Bridge of Ochy, Argyll
    Hill walking beside Loch Tulla, near Bridge of Ochy, Argyll
  • Close up shot of an angler fishing from a pier on Loch Fyne
    Inveraray Pier on Loch Fyne
  • A surfer battles the waves at Gott Bay, Tiree
    Surfing at Gott Bay, Tiree
  • Cyclists travelling between Oban and Fort William passing Castle Stalker at Appin
    Cyclists travelling between Oban and Fort William passing Castle Stalker at Appin
  • A scenic view of the blue, turquoise seas, white sandy beach and woodlands surrounding Carradale Golf Club, Kintyre, Argyll
    Carradale Golf Club, Kintyre, Argyll
A group of hill walkers climb the hillside beside Loch Tulla, near Bridge of Ochy, Argyll.


Discover the spectacular coastlines, mountains, islands and forests of Argyll & The Isles when you lace up your hiking boots.

Surfing at Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree


There a lots of different watersports activities you can enjoy in the pristine coastal waters of Argyll & The Isles.

Cyclists travelling between Oban and Fort William passing Castle Stalker at Appin, Argyll


Get on your bike and explore the stunning scenery of Argyll & The Isles on one of the many cycle and mountain bike trails.

A fisherman walking along the banks of the River Orchy


Whether you’re fishing for hard fighting brown trout, huge ferox trout, mackerel, ling or haddock or want to take on a bigger challenge of a 200lb skate or giant 507lb porbeagle shark,

The Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, Machrihanish, Kintyre, Argyll


Make your way to Argyll & The Isles where you can enjoy a relaxing round of golf. Here you will find impressive hidden gems and the region offers golfers fantastic value for money.