All Water

Water is a big part of the Heart of Argyll

Sheltered waters, remote beaches, outstanding scenery and idyllic anchorages make the Heart of Argyll a fantastic short break or holiday destination for every type of watersports enthusiast. From sailing to power boating, kayaking and wind surfing, wildlife adventure boat trips and exceptional fishing, this unique coastline is there for you to explore.

The Crinan Canal, described as “Britain’s prettiest short cut”, links Loch Fyne to the Sound of Jura, providing easy access to the intricate coastline and the beautiful sea lochs and bays surrounding Knapdale.

There is an excellent choice of marina, chandlery and boat yard facilities throughout the Heart of Argyll as well as yacht charterers, making it perfect for family boating holidays.

Visiting the world famous Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool, which lies between the islands of Jura and Scarba, on a boat trip is a must, while one of the loveliest fresh water lochs in Scotland at Loch Awe is also easily accessible.

  • Andy Craven Outdoors and Training

    Local wildlife activities with adventure attitude We offer outdoor adventure activities in and around mid-Argyll. Whether visiting as a tourist, local individual or family we can introduce you to a variety of activities and mini-adventures while exploring the beauty of the local area. Andy has over 30 years of experience Read more [...]

  • Ardfern Yacht Centre

    Ardfern Yacht Centre is located at the head of Loch Craignish, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and sheltered sea lochs. Fully serviced pontoon berths and swinging moorings are available, with full workshop facilities and a boat brokerage service. Comprehensively stocked chandleries at Ardfern and Tarbert, offer a full range of Read more [...]

  • Beaches on the Kilberry Road

    Thirty miles of scenic single track road hug the coast on the Knapdale peninsula between Tarbert and Lochgilphead where you’ll find deserted beaches, hidden coves and a fascinating array of wildlife. If you’re feeling energetic, the B8024 is a challenging cycle route (SUSTRANS RN 78) but your effort will be Read more [...]

  • Craignish Cruises

    WHIRLPOOLS : WHALES : WILDLIFE : We operate from Ardfern, Argyll, running daily trips to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool while taking in the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the area. Skipper/wildlife guide, Lindsay Johnston first started running trips from Ardfern in 1977 so has considerable knowledge of the area, its Read more [...]

  • Crinan Canal

    Sail, walk, jog, kayak or cycle along the Crinan Canal The story of “the most beautiful shortcut in the world” began in 1771 when James Watt surveyed the district to find a course for the canal, originally planned by John Rennie. Only 9 miles in length, the Crinan Canal was Read more [...]

  • Crinan Ferry Beach

    A sheltered sandy bay at the mouth of the River Add with lovely views across to Duntrune Castle. A great spot for children to play. There is a car park 100m before the beach. A few metres beyond the car park look for some easily missed steps down to the Read more [...]

  • Kilmory Beach

    A single track road takes you to this wonderful sandy bay, where you can relax and unwind on the beach, swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy views out across the Sound of Jura.

  • Loch Fyne Dive Charter

    The unspoilt waters surrounding the Heart of Argyll are very popular with divers, whether for recreation or to catch some fresh scallops for dinner! Loch Fyne Dive Charters has been operating out of Tarbert, Loch Fyne since July 2003. They take parties of divers out into the unspoiled waters of Read more [...]

  • Loch Lomond Seaplanes

    Taking off from Loch Lomond or Glasgow City Centre the pilot’s preferred route heads west down the Clyde to the Isle of Bute. See Arran, Kintyre and Islay and Jura before heading up over Tighnabruich towards the Crinan canal. Follow Loch Fyne and all its dramatic castles towards the Arrochar Read more [...]

  • MacPool

    Mid Argyll Community Pool (MACPool) is a social enterprise, owned & operated by Mid Argyll Community Enterprise Ltd (MACEL), and is a Registered Charity in Scotland. The swimming pool opened in March 1996 after extensive fundraising for many years by the local community, spearheaded by John MacLean. Argyll has a Read more [...]

  • Portavadie, Loch Fyne

    Award winning Portavadie is a very special destination, it’s just a two hour scenic drive from Glasgow or a short ferry ride across Loch Fyne from the pretty fishing village of Tarbert 0n the Kintyre Peninsula. ACCOMMODATION TO SUIT YOU From luxury apartments to cosy cottages, studio apartments to an Read more [...]

  • Sealife Adventures

    Experience a whale search and wildlife watching boat trip around the Firth of Lorne Special Area of Conservation, including the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool. Cruises depart from the mainland near Oban – All ages welcome! The local Special Area of Conservation is one of the best protected areas in Scotland and Read more [...]

  • Venture West

    Welcome to Venture West – based in one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland – Loch Sween and the Sound of Jura. Offering unforgettable boat trips around the West coast of Scotland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may encounter Osprey, Minke Whales, Seals, Porpoises, Dolphins Read more [...]

  • Westport Beach

    Head south from Tarbert on the A83 towards Campbeltown and you’ll reach one of the finest beaches on the West Coast of Scotland. Stretching for over six miles to the golfing mecca of Machrihanish, Westport Beach is a favourite with families, surfers and dog walkers. Huge sand dunes provide shelter Read more [...]

  • White Shore Tarbert

    A short woodland walk along the northern side of Tarbert harbour takes you to the White Shore. When the tide is out, the pebble beach gives way to beautiful white sands. There’s a picnic table close to the shore and along one of the other paths, a bird watchers’ hide Read more [...]

  • Wild Argyll

    Nature, People and Inspiration. Explore one of Europe’s most fascinating and dramatic landscapes on a bespoke adventure. Our journeys by kayak or on foot can be quite short but our journeys of the mind go far and wide. Discover extraordinary natural and cultural worlds and enjoy freedom, fresh air, fun Read more [...]