Oban, Argyll and the Isles will provide you with a warm welcome and plenty to do.
You won’t be short of things to do in our beautiful part of Scotland. We had a little trouble picking out our favourites ourselves so have come with a few must-sees in the area:
- Mull is one of the best places in Europe to enjoy unique and spectacular views of white tailed sea eagles and other birds of prey.
- Jura is one of Scotland’s last wildernesses and there are over 200 people living on the same island as over 5000 deer.
- Mount Stuart on Bute, with its extensive gardens and incredible collection of exotic and native flora, is actually one of the world’s great houses.
- The NCR 78 cycle route connection Connel to Ballachullish in North Argyll is arguably one of the most scenic and rewarding cycle tours on the west coast.
- Bonawe in north east Argyll is the most intact charcoal fuelled furnace in the UK and used to churn out cannon balls during the Napoleonic wars.
- If you climb to the top of Deer Hill near Carradale you won’t just have a panoramic view of Ireland and Ayrshire but may actually hear voices from across Kilbrannan Sound on Arran.
- The view of the Kyles of Bute from A8003 near Tignabruaich is one of Scotland’s iconic coastal views.
- The Three Lochs Way provides a unique walk across the highland Boundary Fault from the gentle pastoral landscapes around Balloch to the scenic drama of mountain, crag and sea loch.
- Puck’s Glen in Argyll Forest Park is often cited as an all-time favourite gorge walk and is only a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Benmore Botanic Gardens.
We can’t talk about Argyll and the Isles without talking about whisky. This area is known as the ‘whisky coast‘ with no less than 14 world-class distilleries doted along the coastline. There are plenty of tours and guides to help you discover some of the best distilleries around. Many distillery tours include the full process from malting of the barley to bottling.
You may in particular want to visit the tiny Isle of Jura, which boasts no less than nine distilleries. Nearby Oban also has its own distillery in the heart of the town and offers an excellent guided tour.
Local town and amenities
The nearby village of Kilmelford at the head of Loch Melfort is the centre of a thriving community and your first stop for local amenities. The post office and general store provide essentials, or drop into the Quaich Café for some home baking or snacks for a picnic. Also be sure to visit local artists and craftspeople including Karen Liversedge and Pip Weaser at The Old Smithy Studio or the Horse Park Kilmeford by appointment on 01852 200260. For the latest village news visit the Kilmelford community website.
Oban, just 12 miles away, is a thriving seaside town and is nicknamed the “Gateway to the Isles”. It is also well known for its incredible seafood. It offers panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and islands as well as plenty places to eat and drink and an array of traditional and more modern shops and galleries.
For more inspiration on what to do and where to go in Argyll, visit www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk, the guide to Scotland’s Adventure Coast.