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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. Heartfelt by Liz

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Dalmally

    Heartfelt Studio is a textile treasure trove set within a unique Victorian Station in the village of Dalmally . Its landscape is wild and beautiful and a lovely place to visit

  2. Kilchurn Castle

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    Castles

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    Lochawe

    Kilchurn Castle was built in the mid-1400s by Sir Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy.

  3. Castle Lachlan

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Strachur

    Discover the remains of the former stronghold of the MacLachlans, one of Scotland’s oldest clans.

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    Port Askaig

    Persabus Pottery and Ceramic Cafe. Pottery for sale, pottery painting sessions and classes, afternoon teas, coffee, home baked cakes and scones and freshly prepared sandwiches.

  5. Whitehouse Studio

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Whitehouse Studio - Art & Design Courses for all levels of ability

  6. Ardmaddy Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Oban

    Welcome to Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute

  7. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

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    Colintraive

    The Colintraive Community Garden and Heritage Centre are situated in the small village of Colintraive on Cowal peninsula.

  9. Gradings

    Tighnabruaich

    A beautiful contemporary gallery featuring original art by Scottish painters and a unique collection of jewellery, glass, sculpture, ceramics and textiles from high quality individual makers.

  10. Glen Nant

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Taynuilt

    Glen Nant is a nature reserve located 3 miles south of Taynuilt, in Argyll, on the B845.

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