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Argyll & The Isles

Combining stunning scenery and island paradises, Argyll & The Isles is the ideal area to escape amid awe-inspiring landscapes. The region is home to 23 inhabited islands, each offering tranquil beaches and their own unique island cultures, while the rugged vistas on the mainland are guaranteed to take your breath away. As if that wasn't enough, all of this is peppered with great attractions, fun events and more than a few world-famous distilleries.

See Scotland's star species

With seven National Nature Reserves (and many more parks, gardens and wild spaces in between), Argyll & The Isles is one of the best places in Scotland to see iconic wildlife, including golden eagles, red deer, otters, seals, puffins, red squirrels, porpoises and rare white tailed sea eagles.

Escape to your own island paradise

Enjoy the georgeous white sandy beaches of the Isle of Colonsay, go stargazing on the only Scottish Dark Sky Island, the Isle of Coll, or try out world-class watersports on the Isle of Tiree. Tour the Isle of Islay's eight world-famous whisky distilleries or explore the luxurious neo-gothic mansion of Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute. On the Isle of Jura, you can see wild red deer, while the Isle of Mull  - known as 'Eagle Island' - is one of the best places in Scotland to spot golden eagles and white tailed sea eagles.

Sample a dram of whisky (or two, or three!)

The distilleries in Argyll & The Isles fall into three of Scotland's five whisky producing regions - that's more than any other region in Scotland! Sample whiskies from Islay, Campbeltown and the Highlands on your visit to the area. Download our distillery guides  to find out more.

Wild about Argyll

Explore Scotland’s Adventure Coast and the natural wonders of Argyll & The Isles. Bag your first Munro (mountain over 3,000 ft) with a walk up Ben Starav at the head of Loch Etive. Explore miles of spectacular coastline along the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail or discover Argyll’s ‘secret coast’ on the stunning Cowal Way walking trail.

Glasgow & Argyll - The Heart & Soul of Scotland!

From West End to West Coast! Argyll & The Isles is located right on Glasgow's doorstep and offers a stunning coastline longer than France, 23 inhabited islands, 7,000 years of history and over 2000km of trails. Whether you want to play hard, be a cultured explorer or indulge in amazing food and drink, you can combine unique and authentic experiences in Glasgow and Argyll. Check out our Heart & Soul great itineraries!

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Bowmore is Islay's main town, situated on the shores of Loch Indaal.


Beautiful Bute is one of the most accessible Scottish islands, just a short ferry ride across the Firth of Clyde.


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The peaceful little town of Campbeltown situated on the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre is one of the largest towns in Argyll.


Situated between Mull and Islay, the Isle of Colonsay is the ideal destination for anyone seeking to get away from it all.


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Dunoon is the main resort on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula and the maritime gateway to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.


Gigha - pronounced 'geeya', with a hard 'g' - is a small, fertile island, just 3 miles off the west coast of Kintyre.


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Overlooking the still waters of Loch Fyne, Inveraray is a traditional county town of Argyll.


The great Clan Donald chose well when they made the Isle of Islay the centrepiece of their Lordship of the Isles.

Isle Of Iona

Iona is a small, fertile, crofting island, currently inhabited by around 130 people.

Isle Of Staffa

The uninhabited island of Staffa includes the famous Fingal's Cave.

Isle of Coll

The Isle of Coll is a small Hebridean island, very much off the beaten track with many beaches to explore.

Isle of Tiree

The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides, with a mild climate and white sand beaches.


The long and narrow island of Jura is one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides.


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Lochgilphead is situated at the apex of a short loch called Loch Gilp, an offshoot on the western shore of the much larger Loch Fyne.


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Lochgoilhead is a small village situated at the northern end of Loch Goil, a sea loch running into Loch Long.


Mull is the largest of the islands of Argyll and the third largest in Scotland, with 300 miles of coastline.


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The largest town in Argyll & The Isles, Oban is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ and the 'Seafood Capital of Scotland'.


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Rothesay is a smart Victorian seaside resort and the main town on the east side of Isle of Bute.


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Tarbert on Loch Fyne is an attractive village which for many visitors acts as the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre.

Tobermory & North Mull

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Tobermory is the main town on the island of Mull. The port with its colourful harbour-front buildings was the setting of children's TV show Balamory.

Bowmore iCentre

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Bowmore's iCentre is located in the Square in the centre of the Island of Islay. Information is available to make your stay on the Island the best it can be.

Craignure iCentre

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We are perfectly located directly opposite the ferry terminal from Oban and can therefore provide you with tailor-made information to help you make the most of your holiday right from the start.

Oban iCentre

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Oban iCentre is located on Oban's North Pier in the centre of the town.

Rothesay iCentre

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Open all year round we are located in the heart of Rothesay in the old Winter Gardens - a gem of late art Nouveau style made principally of steel and glass.

Discover the ancient Poltalloch Jet Necklace and Carved Footprint at Dunadd Hill Fort in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll. Or learn about St. Martin's Cross at Iona Abbey and Nunnery and more in the Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook!

Travel in Argyll & The Isles

Getting here

Argyll & The Isles is located in the west of Scotland. It stretches from the Isles of Coll and Tiree all the way down the mainland to Campbeltown, taking in islands such as Mull, Islay, Jura and Bute along the way.

Glasgow Airport is the closest airport for this region. You can fly from there to Campbeltown, Tiree and Islay or head into Glasgow city centre (about 20 minutes away) and travel to the region by bus or train. Glasgow is also a great location to hire a car.

You can also catch the ferry from the following ports:

  • Gourock (near Glasgow) - Dunoon
  • Wemyss Bay (near Glasgow) - Isle of Bute
  • Ardrossan (near Ayr) - Campbeltown
  • Isle of Arran - Claonaig

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Getting around

Travel through the area by bus, train or car and catch a ferry to explore the area's idyllic islands. You can also fly from Oban to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay.

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