Attractions in Argyll & The Isles

Argyll & The Isles is bursting with historic monuments, fascinating museums and galleries and lush gardens, all just waiting to be explored. Gain a real sense of the culture, heritage and natural beauty of the region as you make your way across these inspirational landscapes.

Spend a fascinating day in Inveraray, where you can visit the imposing Inveraray Castle, a Clan Campbell stronghold since the time of King Robert the Bruce. Take a tour round Inveraray Jail, which brings an authentic 19th century jail gruesomely to life, before making your way up Loch Fyne to dine at the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar in Cairndow. Follow the Seafood Trail to savour more of the regions' flavours.

Head to Benmore Botanic Garden, situated in a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula, to wander round enchanting gardens which are steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.

Why not hop aboard a ferry to explore the astonishingly beautiful mansion of Mount Stuart, or head to Rothesay Castle to marvel at its magnificent circular design and architecture on the Isle of Bute?

Admire the remarkable landscapes of Lorn on a relaxing sea cruise along Loch Etive, before making your way round the jagged coast to admire the iconic Castle Stalker in its picturesque setting, overlooking Loch Linnhe. Visits must be made by appointment, but are more than worth the journey.

Unravel the mysteries of the deep with a visit to the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, situated amongst pine forestry on the banks of Loch Creran. See giant octopus, seals, starfish and sharks, get closer to rays and enjoy feeding demonstrations. This is a great destination for families with walking and watersports close-by.

The region is also famous for being the home to the Whisky Coast. Use the region’s excellent ferry service to visit some of Scotland’s best-known distilleries, including on Islay and Jura, and see the ancient processes involved in producing Scotland’s famous drink.

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A guided tour in the stillroom at Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown


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Cowal Games, Dunoon


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