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Where to Go in the Heart of Argyll Scotland

Energetic walks, exciting bike rides and tours, or boat trips for hours, days, weekends and weeks. Here are just some of the places you can go to make the most of your short break or family holiday in the Heart of Argyll. There’s so much to see and do, we hope you’ll come back time and again to delve deeper…
Take a day to discover the ancient area of Kilmartin, including Carnasserie Castle, Kilmartin House Museum and the standing stones of Kilmartin Glen. Go on to discover Dunadd Fort where ancient Kings of Scotland were once crowned – does your foot fit in the stone footprint?
Visit Mhoine Mhor nature reserve to watch Hen Harriers in their natural habitat. Take a woodland walk at Achnabreac near Cairnbaan to examine the cup and ring markings or simply amble or cycle alongside the Crinan Canal – ‘Britain’s prettiest short cut’ – to arrive at the quaint village of Crinan.
Explore beautiful Knapdale and follow the beaver trail along a path and boardwalk that skirts the Dubh Loch and Loch Coille Bharr. Take a stroll around the lovely village of Tayvallich and retire to Carsaig bay for a relaxing picnic on a quiet beach.
Enjoy some retail therapy in the lovely gift shops and art galleries in Lochgilphead and Tarbert, before heading off for a coffee at a relaxing café with a sea view. Take time to wander up around the remains of Robert the Bruce’s castle in Tarbert and watch the fishing boats land their catch of langoustine, scallops and fresh crab at the quay.
Or how about doing a little island hopping and visiting a whisky distillery on Jura or Arran? You can get to the island of Jura for the day on one of the high speed passenger boats out of Tayvallich, Ardfern or Loch Sween. There’s also a regular short ferry service from Claonaig near Tarbert to Lochranza on Arran– and the distillery is just a short walk from the jetty.
There are beautiful walks to be enjoyed throughout the area from Kilmichael Forest, to those at Port Ann and Dunardry and up over the hill from the stony beach at Crinan Ferry from where you can look out over Jura and north towards Mull. In Tarbert, the Millennium Walk follows a circular route up the hill from the castle and takes in the start of the Kintyre Way, while a walk to the White Shore affords some great bird watching overlooking an island heronry.
There are old Duns and Bronze Age stones to be explored on walks at Torinturk on the scenic B8024 Kilberry Road. Further west on the Craignish peninsula at Loch Na Cille is Keills Chapel and the nearby chapel at Kilmory in Knapdale is also well worth a visit. Take a picnic and wander down to the beautiful sandy beach at Kilmory. To the east of Lochgilphead are Crarae Gardens, where excellent tree and plant collections are on display including an abundance of rhododendrons and azaleas.
Take a look at the ‘Explore for a day’ leaflet on the Downloads page for some classic destinations to visit in the Heart of Argyll.
  • Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve

    Moine Mhor is an amazing place, full of natural history interest, at the heart of historic Kilmartin Glen. Such an unspoilt area of wild wetland habitat is full of life. Mosses abound, and 242 species of lichens have been recorded. The bog surface is home to many flowering plants, including Read more [...]

  • Scottish Wildlife Trust Knapdale Reserve

    Steep, rocky ridges – or ‘knaps’ – cloaked in woodland, separated by narrow, often flooded ‘dales’, create a landscape unique in Scotland where land juts out into the sea at Loch Sween. The site is owned by Forestry Commission Scotland. Knapdale is home to the Scottish Beaver Trial, a unique Read more [...]

  • Skipness Castle

    Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula, near the village of Skipness, just a short drive from Tarbert, Loch Fyne in the Heart of Argyll. The castle is a favourite among historical enthusiasts and families alike as you can explore inside the building and climb up Read more [...]

  • Tarbert Castle

    Tarbert Castle is a scheduled monument of national importance because of the major roll which Robert the Bruce King of Scotland played in its reinforcement and enlargement in C 1325. The castle is now owned by Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust who with their volunteer organisation Tarbert Conservation Initiative have Read more [...]

  • Taynish National Nature Reserve

    Taynish, where the ancient oakwoods sweep down to the shore, where lichens and mosses form nature’s carpet and bog myrtle and heather grow together like old friends. The remnants of the past are still visible today, each holding their stories of the past as the otters and deer, the woodpeckers 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 [...]

  • Woodland Trust – Crinan Wood

    Crinan Wood it is often described as a remnant of Scotland’s own rainforest. It is home to a vast variety of ferns and lichens and 24 species of bird. Spectacular views west to the Isle of Jura, east across the River Add estuary and the Moine Mhor and north to Read more [...]