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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.
  • Inveraray

    Although within the Heart of Argyll, Inveraray has its own marketing group. Welcome to Inveraray & district where you will find the very best of Scotland. It is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his Read more [...]

  • Argyll’s Secret Coast

    Argyll’s Secret Coast is a gem of a place just waiting to be explored. Tucked away in a small corner of Argyll, most visitors to Scotland and even the Scots themselves, are yet to discover it. You won’t find crowds of tourists here. What you will find is wildlife, tranquillity Read more [...]

  • Carnasserie Castle

    If you are on holiday or taking a short break in the Heart of Argyll, Carnasserie Castle is well worth a visit. Easily accessible from the A816, there is a large car park from where you walk up a farm track to access the castle grounds. Carnasserie Castle, which was Read more [...]

  • Castle Dounie

    Castle Dounie is an Iron Age Fort on a high hilltop above Crinan. There are terrific views from here towards Jura and Mull. Nearby, along the shore from Crinan is Sailor’s Grave. The sailor died aboard his yacht of Cholera in the 19th century off Ardnoe Point. To reach Castle 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 [...]

  • Dalriada Heritage Trail

    The Dalriada Heritage Trail was created in 2010. It links Carnasserie Castle through Kilmartin Glen and the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve to Dunadd Fort and on through ancient Atlantic oak woodlands to the Crinan Canal and Achnabreac cup and ring marked rocks. Free video trails can be downloaded here Read more [...]

  • Explore Argyll

    3,175 miles of coastline, 60 castles, 25 inhabited islands, 14 world-class distilleries Argyll and the Isles is a glorious coastal region of glittering sea lochs, islands, hills and glens just waiting to be explored. It’s divided into eight areas, each with a distinctive character and offering a unique experience. Get Read more [...]

  • Explore for a Day Itineraries

    Scottish Natural Heritage has worked with the Heart of Argyll to create a few itineraries to help you make the most of your holiday or short break in Argyll. Click here to download their latest ‘Explore for a Day’ visitor information leaflet.

  • Heart Of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

    Visit us at Barrandaimh Wildlife Visitor Centre and let us show you the fantastic variety of wildlife the Mid Argyll area has to offer. We provide an Environmental Interpretation Officer (Ranger) service within Knapdale and its surrounding area offering wildlife guided walks and themed events throughout the season. We want Read more [...]

  • Inveraray Castle

    Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Browse around our website to find out more about the Castle and it’s history and take a trip around our beautiful grounds Read more [...]

  • Inveraray Jail

    Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trials, talk to the prisoners, meet the Warder, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison Read more [...]

  • Islay and Jura

    The Inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura are the perfect destinations for a relaxing break. Islay, the most southerly of the Inner Hebrides, is famed for its smoky, single malt whiskies, wintering geese, miles of sandy beaches and friendly locals. Jura, which takes its name from Old Norse dyr-a Read more [...]

  • Keills Chapel

    A small West Highland chapel. What sets it apart is what it contains: a sculptural feast of almost 40 carved stones, ranging in date from the 8th to the 16th century. Pre-eminent among them is the 8th-century Keills Cross. Keills Chapel is 6 miles south west of Tayvallich off the Read more [...]

  • Kilmartin Glen

    Kilmartin Glen has one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. The best place to start your exploration is from Kilmartin Museum. Click here to listen to archaeologist Neil Oliver’s walking tour of the glen.

  • Kilmartin Museum

    Kilmartin Glen, in the heart of Mid Argyll, is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Over 800 historic monuments, cairns, standing stones, stone circles and rock art dating back over 5000 years have been recorded within this area. Kilmartin Museum collects and cares for all of the archaeological objects that Read more [...]

  • Kilmory Knap Chapel

    Kilmory Knap Chapel was built in the early 1200s. By the late 1200s it was a dependency of the parish church of Knapdale at Keills. But judging by the early Christian carved stones found here, this was also the site of a much older church.  Within the chapel are nearly Read more [...]

  • Kintyre and Gigha

    Explore Kintyre With its pristine natural setting, unique coastal character and rich history, you ‘ll never run out of things to do in Argyll and the Isles. Dine on the freshest seafood and savour some of the world’s most famous Scotch whiskies. Be spellbound by the region’s magnificent birdlife, be Read more [...]

  • Kintyre Way

    More island than mainland, the wonderfully unexplored Kintyre peninsula boasts hidden coves, deserted beaches along the wild Atlantic coast, tiny fishing communities, gentle hills, fabulous local produce and a welcoming friendly people.   Perhaps you’ve experienced some of it – a walk along Westport beach as the Atlantic surf crashes Read more [...]

  • Knapdale Wildlife Reserve

    Steep, rocky ridges – or ‘knaps’ – cloaked in woodland and 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 and was home to the Scottish Beaver Trial, a Read more [...]

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