Attractions

Inveraray Castle

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Inveraray Castle home of the Duke of Argyll is a remarkable and unique piece of architecture incorporating Baroque, Palladian and Gothic. This unmistakable Scottish Castle was the first of its size and type to be built in an remote part of Scotland.

Inveraray Jail

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Real people portray life in this award winning 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trials, talk to the prisoners, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the prison artefacts, then make your escape.

Cruachan Power Station

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A short car drive from Inveraray, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the southern Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground. At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London!

Auchindrain Museum

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Auchindrain Museum brings a historic Victorian farming village back to life. Visitors step back in time to witness how a local community lived, worked and played. Today it is far and away the best remaining example of a of settlement that was once common

Dukes Tower

The striking outline of All Saints Bell Tower can be seen for miles along Loch Fyne, dominating the town of Inveraray. Open July-Sep when you can climb the 176 steps to the top.

Ardkinglas House

Designed by Robert Lorimer and built in 1907 it is still occupied as a family home and has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years. Open occasionally or by appointment.

Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin Glen, 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.

Carnasserie Castle

Built by reforming churchman John Carswell, Rector of Kilmartin. Following the 9th Earl's failed uprising against James VII in 1685, the castle was blown up by Royalist forces.

Ocean Explorer Centre

Become a marine scientist for a visit and explore how the marine environment works! Part of Scotland's premier independent marine research organisation.

Inverawe Visitor Centre

View the smokery at work, browse round out smokery shop and tearomm or simply enjoy the many walks with flora and fauna of this beautiful corner of Argyll.

Screen Machine

The Screen Machine is the UK’s only 80-seat, air conditioned mobile digital cinema. It stops in lochgilphead on its eight week tours of the highlands. Super experience.

Oban Sea Life Sanctuary

See seals, otters and native salt water animals up close without getting wet at Oban's top attraction! Explore the Terry Nutkins Nature trail and see animals in their natural habitat.

Activities

Argyll Adventure

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Trip Advisor's #1 rated activity in Inveraray. Eight fantastic activities on offer at this 5 star centre including Horse Riding, Pony Rides, Paintball, Paintball Range, Laser Storm Arena, Crossbow Shooting, Bungee Trampolines and Climbing Walls.

Loch Awe Boats

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Fishing or sightseeing, Motor/Row boats and canoes for hire. Explore the ruined castles and enchanted islands. Loch Awe is renowned for large stocks of Wild Brown Trout (British Record), Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Char, Roach, Perch and Monster Pike.

MOTO Scotland

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Open to anyone with a full motorbike license, MotoScotland.com offers you a world of motorbiking pleasure – whether it is an off road experience or a tour of the Highlands, incredible scenery, seascapes, wildlife, people and hospitality!

Fishinguide

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Fishinguide specialises in tailored, guided fly fishing holidays for anglers of any level. From the complete beginner to the seasoned pro, they have a package that will help you experience the best of fishing in Argyll & The Isles.

Stramash

Stramash provide amazing outdoor experiences in and around Oban. They specialise in sea kayaking, canoeing, gorge scrambling, climbing & abseiling.

Craignish Cruises

Guided wildlife boat trips and private charters from Ardfern to Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Jura, Scarba and the Garvellach Islands on purpose built catamaran Sea Leopard II.

Fire Tower

The Fire Tower mountain bike Trail is a compact, red and black-graded trail that has it all! Flowing singletrack, drop-off slabs, downhill rushes through berms.

Vertical Descents

Total beginner or an extreme adrenaline junkie how about White Water Rafting, Canyoning or Coasteering. Both family and extreme trips! Ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor!

Seafari Adventures

Scotland's Foremost Sealife Adventure Boating Specialists. Exhilarating and exciting wildlife trips including the World's Third Largest Whirlpool the Corryvreckan.

National Kayak School

Based in the centre of Oban so easy to get to from Glasgow and Edinburgh by Bus and Train, but only 50 metres from the sea. Very flexible so we can arrange what you want.

Basking Shark

From May to September during migration, one to three day long boat based and in-water swimming experience with basking sharks, snorkelling and diving.

Quadmania

Provide a range of outdoor activities including Quad Biking, Archery and Clay Shooting, gorge walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and sailing.

Other Activities

Golf

There are 25 golf courses within Argyll & the Isles, many of them charming little 9-hole tracks, where green fees are left in an honesty box placed near the first tee. Others are set hard against the Atlantic Ocean on Scotland’s west coast like Machrihanish Dunes.

Fishing

Argyll coastline is larger than that of France, with many sea lochs penetrating far inland and with hundreds of islands, large and small, it has to be one of the most picturesque areas in the world. And amidst this beautiful backdrop some fine fishing can be found.

Walking

There are many well established walks within Mid-Argyll. A good selection of walks (20mins - 8hours) to keep you busy are listed below with full descriptions, difficulty and photos. There is also many miles of maintained forestry track available for strolling.

Hill Walking

There are many Munros (over 3000 ft) and Corbetts (2500 - 3000ft) to be bagged in the area, and the Arrochar Alps at the head of Loch Long is a short drive. Glencoe and Glen Etive is an hour in the other direction where a further 26 Munros can be found.

Glorious Gardens

Crarae Gardens

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A spectacular 50-acre woodland garden in a dramatic setting. Crarae Gardens has a wonderful collection of woody plants centred on the Crarae Burn, which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a rocky gorge.

Ardkinglas

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Open all year, the Garden is famous for the mature champion trees (including the tallest tree in Britain and the mightiest conifer in Europe), exceptional collection of rhododendron and a thriving population of red squirrels.

Arduaine Garden

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Twenty acres of woodland plants include not only a major rhododendron species collection with a leaning towards the more tender, but also all the usual spring-flowering favourites such as camellia, azalea and magnolia.

Glorious Gardens

 

There are 18 gardens in the glorious gardens group dating from the 13th to the 20th century. There are many outstanding plants to be discovered including species rhododendrons, magnolias and fine specimens of conifer.