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Argyll & the Isles

Discover the magic of the west: sea-lochs and mossy, lush woodlands, long views to a horizon where the sun sinks behind the islands. This is a beguiling and romantic kind of place with a special heritage as the first Kingdom of the Scots.


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Historic Attractions Historic Attractions »

Once Argyll’s biggest employer, Bonawe furnace kept 600 people employed making charcoal in the surrounding oakwoods. In use for over a hundred years, the furnace smelted great quantities of pig iron – some of which was made into cannonballs.

Machrihanish Golf Course © Copyright Doug Small; Golf Courses of Argyll »

Well known for the two 'Big Macs', The Machrie and Machrihanish, this region has many lesser known but equally charming courses.

Arduaine Gardens Gardens & Nurseries »

With warm largely frost-free winters, Argyll is famous for its gardens with their superb azaleas, rhododendrons, and magnolias. April to June is the best time to visit.

Puffin Fratercula Arctica, © RSPB Images Wildlife of Argyll »

Some of the best whale-watching in Britain, with puffins close-up, sea eagles and choughs, flower filled machair and calling corncrakes.

Ferry from Oban to the Islands Island-Hopping »

Island-hopping is an essential part of the Argyll experience and good ferry links (and air links to Islay & Tiree) give plenty of tour permutations.

Iona Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. Iona »

The peaceful Isle of Iona, with its gleaming white beaches, old abbey and nunnery has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 1500 years.

Slate Islands © Robert J Rae Slate Islands »

The great storm of November 1881 was the death knell for the slate industry on the islands of Seil and Easdale south of Oban. The deep quarries were flooded by the sea and many jobs lost.

Local Area Information Local Area Information »

There are some excellent local websites for Argyll and the Isles. Check them out to find the latest information on each area, local events and things to see and do in and around Argyll.