Visit Argyll and The Isles
This area covers Argyll and takes in all the islands outwith the Outer Hebrides. Mull, Arran, Bute, Colonsay, Jura, Seil, Islay, Eigg, Rum – they all feature amongst others.
Mull can be reached from Oban (or Kilchoan) where you land in the colourful Tobermory. There is a wonderful selection of shops and the fish and chip van on the Pier has a well deserved reputation.
As you explore the island you will again be travelling mainly on single track roads, but there are ample opportunities to stop and see the sights. Some of which would include Calgary beach and gallery, Duart Castle, highland cows and the Treshnish Isles.
The Isle of Iona is a short trip from the Ross of Mull and worth the trip.
The Isle of Ulva is a car-less, small island just off Mull (1 minute by passenger “ferry”) and the café serves locally caught seafood. There is a black house museum and lots of walking on an island that has been left to develop naturally.
Oban is a very popular seaside town and as well as being a destination for tourists is the gateway to the Isles. If staying on the mainland, you can take day trips to Islands such as Lismore, Kerrera, Gigha and larger ones such as Mull and Islay.
Water sports feature highly in this region with some of the best coastline in Britain for kayaking and coasteering.
Loch Awe makes a great day out, being surrounded by forest walks and picnic areas and is a very well-known trout fishing loch. You will find St Conans Kirk on the lochside, which is a church befitting any fairy tale.
Argyll has its own fair share of history with attractions such as Inverary Jail and the prehistoric area of Kilmartin. The Mull of Kintyre has a more leisurely pace and golfers amongst you will be familiar with the Machrihanish Golf Course, whilst the waters surrounding the southern tip are popular with surfers, due to their excellent waves.
A number of islands are included in this area, and each have their own draw. Islay is perhaps the most famous whisky island with 8 working distilleries, with the week-long Islay Festival of Music and Malt taking place in May each year.
Arran offers a little bit of everything in one place. From the impressive peak of Goat Fell in the north to the sandy beaches of the south, it’s easy to take in all the Island has to offer, with little effort. Golf, whisky, restaurants, walking, castles, crafts and culture are all on offer and the 6th century Holy Isle welcomes day trippers.
Bute is the easiest to reach from the central belt and is well known for its beautiful gardens and historic buildings. It is very popular with weekend visitors and has a huge amount to do, packed into its 15 by 4 miles area! Then there’s Colonsay with its history and white sand beaches….
Island visits, particularly in peak season, require planning. Timetables are often weather dependent and we recommend keeping the Calmac timetable to hand!