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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. Gradings


    Visit the Story of Skerryvore Lighthouse exhibition to find out how the heroic engineers and keepers built and maintained Scotland's tallest lighthouse, Skerryvore, on one of Britain's most dangerous rocks, over 10 nautical miles out to sea.

  2. Ardchattan Priory


    Parks & Gardens



    Beautifully situated on the north side of Loch Etive.

  3. Gradings


    Welcome to Templar Arts and Leisure Centre – home to several arts and craft classes, creative digital media and music, the Tarbert Film Club and approx. 20 community groups. Watch out for weekend workshops and events!

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Tobermory & North Mull


  5. Ardkinglas House And Gardens


    Historic Buildings & Homes



    Ardkinglas Estate nestles at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll.

  6. Gradings


    Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre is situated on the Kintyre peninsula, in the west of Scotland.

  7. About Bute


    Guided Walks


    Port Bannatyne

    Welcome to About Bute - The One o' Clock Walk - Daily walking tour of Rothesay. Meet outside the Discovery Centre at 1pm Mon-Fri. The walk lasts for around one and a half hours. There is no charge as such, but donations are requested.

  8. Fyne Studios





    Fyne studios/the Hidden Gallery is not so much a gallery as a glimpse into the studios and lives of two of Argyll's top painters, Don McNeil DA and Jean Bell, at Newton on the shores of Loch Fyne.

  9. Arduaine Garden


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden


    Arduaine Garden is a beautiful green oasis, which lies 20 miles south of Oban in Argyll and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  10. Ascog Fernery


    Parks & Gardens


    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading


    A must see attraction for visitors to Rothesay and the Isle of Bute. We are open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm and request a fee £4 per visitor.


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