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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. Located on the west coast of Scotland, 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. 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 and more.

Explore gorgeous white sandy beaches, stargaze at the night sky, try out world-class watersports, taste delicious single malt whiskies, explore Scotland's Adventure Coast, and many more fascinating experiences await you across the region. Uncover miles of spectacular coastline along the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, or explore the area's 'secret coast' on the stunning Cowal Way walking trail.

Map of Argyll

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Bowmore

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

Bute

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

Campbeltown

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

Colonsay

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

Dunoon

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

Gigha

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

Inveraray

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

Islay

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

Isle Of Iona

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

Isle Of Staffa

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

Isle of Coll

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

Isle of Tiree

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

Jura

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

Lochgilphead

Towns & Villages
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.

Lochgoilhead

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

Mull

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

Oban

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

Rothesay

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

Tarbert

Towns & Villages
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

Towns & Villages
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

VisitScotland iCentres
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

VisitScotland iCentres
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

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

Rothesay iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
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.

Travel in Argyll & The Isles

How to Get to Argyll & The Isles 

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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How to get around Argyll & The Isles

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.

Bus

Why not venture around the island by bus or coach? West Coast Motors provides services across the region, including Campbeltown, Oban, Mull, and Isle of Bute. West Coast Tours also offers day trips on some of the islands.

Car Hire

You can hire a car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car at Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport. There are also several services on some of the islands too, such as Isle of Mull Camper Vans and Kintyre Hire.

Ferry

You can reach the regions' many islands by ferry - CalMac Ferries, Argyll Ferries, Western Ferries and Kintyre Express all operate services that cater for cars and other vehicles too.

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