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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 white sandy beaches and world-class watersports on the Isle of Tiree, tour the Isle of Islay's eight world-famous whisky distilleries or visit the Isle of Bute and explore the luxurious interiors of Mount Stuart. 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.

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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