Loch Melfort is situated in the Heart of Argyll, an area renowned for its natural, historical and archeological treasures. There is so much to see you could spend weeks (or at least a few weekends) treating yourself exploring the area. And there is plenty to do all year round, with autumn and winter trails and adventure awaiting nearby.
Argyll is a treasure trove of historical and natural sights. The nearby Kilmartin Museum and its surroundings are an absolute must for anyone who wants to experience archeology first hand and understand some of the human influence on the landscape: Kilmartin Museum is based in the middle of over 800 archeological sites, many of which you can visit, including standing stones and stone circles and rock art. You can also walk into and visit a number of cairns, heading back to the museum to view the artefacts retrieved from them over the years.
For something a little different, Wild Argyll offer kayaking or walking tours allowing you to discover the region’s natural and archeological landmarks with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Wildlife spotting will mix in with historical commentary, making for a quite unique take on Argyll.
You don’t have to venture far out of our grounds to stretch your legs. There are plenty of nearby walks around the local hills and the coastline for those looking for a gentle wander.
For walks slightly further afield, Argyll is quite literally covered in trails, through forests, down lochs and up a few Bens, if you fancy “bagging a Munro”. Take your pick from easy walks of under an hour to more arduous day-long treks on the Walk Highlands website with helpful downloadable maps and route notes. And come and have a lovely dessert back at Loch Melfort Hotel afterwards to reward yourself for all the effort.
One lovely way to take in the scenery from a different viewpoint is to go on a pony trek. Local stables such as Lunga Riding Stables offer trail rides for both experienced riders and beginners. You can chose to ride by the shore, through forestry tracks or up local hills. If you are not an experienced rider and are wondering whether to try horse riding in winter, you might be pleased to hear that horses are warm animals who pass on their heat to you, keeping nice and toasty on the way. It exercises your leg muscles too. A great added bonus for what is a fantastic and natural way to visit the area.
You are not short on bike treks in the area. The Scottish Forestry Service provides excellent signposts and maps to a range of lovely forestry bike trails through Argyll Forestry Park, taking in some varying landscapes and sights. This is the perfect excuse to enjoy the scrumptious food at Loch Melfort which you can then burn off whilst getting to know our beautiful region.