In & Around Argyll and The Isles Guide | June/July 2021

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In this guide you will find a huge range of different destinations, activities, attractions as well as the best places to sample the area’s world class food and drink. Argyll and The Isles is a unique collection of rural, wild, and unspoilt destinations sprinkled with some larger towns that together make up one of the very best visitor locations within Scotland and indeed the wider UK. From deserted beaches to cosy cabins to luxury resorts, from unique wild life on land, loch and sea to adventurous outdoor activities to slow paced leisurely relaxation, from cook at

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ELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen. An elegant town, with streets laid out in a grid pattern many of which are tree-lined, the most notable ones with Japanese Cherry. Helensburgh has an outstanding collection of houses designed by famous architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Leiper and Honeyman. Mackintosh’s Hill House is the most well known and sits high above the Clyde commanding fine views over the estuary. Other famous local connections include Henry Bell who pioneered the steamship “Comet”, whose maiden voyage was from Helensburgh to Greenock. The original fly-wheel memorial can be seen on the east seafront esplanade. John Logie Baird, the inventor of television was born here, and a memorial to him can be found on the seafront.

HELENSBURGH OUTDOOR MUSEUM Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square is host to the award winning Outdoor Museum which takes advantage of the fact that over one hundred granite bollards have been placed around the Square. So far around 15 plinths now have artefacts or artworks on them Those on display to date are a very diverse collection and include a puppet’s head used by John Logie Baird in his first television experiments, the ship’s bell from Henry Bell’s paddle steamer “Comet”, miniature shoes and butter pats (for shaping butter). The plinths themselves have been engraved with both a description of the items and QR codes which to scan for more information.


PADRONE PIZZA 01436 – 674252 Padrone combines freshly prepared artisan pizza with a state-of-the-art real wood fired pizza oven that produces the best pizza this side of Milan. Choose from a wide range of fresh, local ingredients or classic favourites or combine with a home-made pasta dish.

LA BARCA 01436 268518 Multiple award winning restuarant, La Barca is a beautiful, authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant serving a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes made using the finest local produce. A true taste of the Mediterranean

As well as being steeped in history and culture, Helensburgh is now rated as one of Scotlands best “Foodie” destinations where dining delights of all genres can be found in plentiful supply

MASALA TWIST 01436 676665 Sumptuous Indian cuisine with a mixture of both classic Indian dishes and others using the best local produce such as venison and haggis. A popular restaurant serving great food in warm, friendly surroundings.

THE RUBY 01436 674080 One of Helensburgh’s oldest and best loved Chinese restaurants. The Ruby offers a wide range of freshly prepared Cantonese and Peking cuisine served in in a delightfully refurbished upstairs restaurant with stunning sea views, especially at night.

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THE MACKINTOSH CLUB 01436 674375 Designed in 1894 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his first complete commission, Mackintosh Club at 40 Sinclair Street, is Helensburgh’s Creative Hub for Architecture, Art, Design and Music. A Gallery and Arts Venue that celebrate the’ Glasgow Four’ with both permanent and visiting exhibitions. Pop Up Events, Music and Art Workshops.

COMMODORE 01436 676924 The Commodore is a Vintage Inns country pub oozing charm character. Its seafront position provides the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines. Enjoy the sea front beer garden.

SONI SPICE 01436 676746 Award winning Indian food delivered to your location or collected from their premises in Helensburgh. Freshly prepared to order, the chef is widely known for his great authentic regional dishes and amazing flavours. Also on the Just Eat delivery app. Open six days.

EDEN CHILDREN’S CLOTHING 01436 67701 Eden is a delightful space full of beautiful outfits and gifts for the little people in your life. Specialising in ethical, organic and Fairtrade garments, Eden stocks great names such as Kite, Lanka Kade, Little Green Radicals, Rachel Ellen Designs and more. There is a lovely selection of children’s gifts, perfect for birthdays and parties!

RIVA 01436 677796 Helensburgh’s new Italian themed restaurant and bar offers a partnership between classic Italian flavours and strong Mediterranean influences matched with carefully crafted cocktails and wonderful Italian wines. Wine Tastings, Aperitivo Nights & Theme Nights.

SCOTTISH SUBMARINE MUSEUM 01436 645006 The Scottish Submarine Centre pays tribute to the Royal Navy’s submarine service with a Cold War mini submarine, historical displays and images. Opening times listed as Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

CATTLE & CREEL 01436 269278 Sumptious seafood and prime aged steaks is what makes cattle & Creel such a hit! This seafood and steak restaurant offers incredible locally sourced food, fine wines and unbeatable service. The open plan cooking area offers diners a real theatrical experience as the chefs create their magic in full view.

HELENSBURGH HERITAGE TRUST 01436 675484 The Trust can arrange guided tours through the town centre which has an interesting history and some fascinating architecture and monuments including Henry Bell and the famous steamship Comet. John Logie Baird, inventor of television was born here.

LA JUPE 01436 268819 La Jupe is one of Helensburgh’s new and exciting venues. A nod to the little backstreet Paris wine bars the vibe in La Jupe is relaxed and friendly with a wine list to envy and food to delight. Try their wonderful range of assiettes matched with one of their superb wines to get a real taste of France.

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SUGAR BOAT KITCHEN SHOP 01436 647522 Located within the outstanding Sugar Boat bistro the shop let’s you browse and choose beautiful items for your home or gifts for friends from a selection of famous kitchenware brands. Take some time to visit and browse. Everything you want but nothing you need!




01436 647552 Recently awarded an AA Award as Scotland’s Best Restaurant, this welcoming and highly acclaimed bistro, bar and café on Colquhoun Sq in the heart of Helensburgh serves breakfast and morning coofee from 9am each morning, continuing with lunch, afternoon cream teas and a seasonally inspired a la carte menu in the evening.

01436 670721 The Rowan Gallery is located on the western end of Helensburgh’s sea front and features regular exhibitions and work from some of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists including Alison Cowan and Gordon Wilson. The gallery is a warm and welcoming space where you can take time to browse with helpful and knowledgeable advice on hand.

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Parking Kidston Park, 62 spaces, FREE

TWEEDIE 07904 111397 Tweedie presents a collection of unique tweed and leather gifts and accessories, created by a small group of design led British brands, hand-picked for the Tweedie shop in Helensburgh. The shop features the most comprehensive offering from the awardwinning Leather Guild Design Studio, also based in Helensburgh. Visit Tweedie for unique gifts & accessories made from rare Islay tweed and leather


Places of note 1 The Hill House 12 Golf Course 2 Upper Station 13 Victoria Hall 3 Hermitage Park 14 Rugby & Cricket Club 4 Central Station 15 Submarine Centre & 5 Henry Bell Monument 15 Tower Cinema 6 John Logie Baird Bust 16 HighGreen Bowling Club 7 Mackintosk Club 17 Colgrain Bowling Club 8 Pier 18 Craignedoran Station 9 Comet Flywheel 19 Kidston Park 10 East King Street Park 20 Helensburgh Sailing Club 11 Swimming Pool and Gym 21 Helensburgh Ibrary 12 Outdoor Museum

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THE SCANDINAVIAN SHOP 07748541720 Interesting gifts, jewellery, cards and unique household accessories with a Nordic twist. The Scandinavian Shop has been delighting Helensburgh for many years with its collections of products from around Scandinavia as well as Scottish products and is well worth a viit at all times of the year for gifts, souvenirs or just a special treat for yourself.

552 spaces, part pay & Display, bottom section FREE, 2 Pier, disabled spaces Colquhoun Sq, 82 spaces, pay & display, two hours FREE, ANNAYAS 13 disabled spaces 01436 – 670001 4 Hermitage Park/Victoria Hall 28 spaces, disabled spaces Multi award wiining Indian cuisine with 5 Central Station, 86 spaces, disabled spaces a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes including a daily Specials Menu specialising 6 Maitland St, 32 spaces, disabled spaces, FREE in authentic regional favourites of the chef. 7 Maitland St, on-street parking, restricted to two hours, FREE Annayas has been raved about since opening in Helensburgh and has won numerous office parking, public use available Monday-Friday 8 Council evenings and weekends, FREE awards including Restaurant of the Year On-street parking restricted to one or two hours, look out for notices with specific details for each area. Be careful to park within studded spaces.

17 18 HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB 01436 675505 Fancy golf while visiting Helensburgh? A warm welcome awaits you at Helensburgh GC with a fabulous moorland 18 hole course suitable for all levels. To check availability & to book simply contact Fraser at the pro shop who will be glad to assist.

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ANNE OF LOUDOUNVILLE JEWELLERS 01436 671575 Anne of Loudounville Jewellers situated in Colquhoun Square offers an eclectic range of fine gold and silver jewellery. Stunning collections from leading Scottish designers Sheila Fleet and Ortak are showcased beside exceptional diamonds, carefully selected precious coloured stones, engagement and wedding rings, pearls and more. Moorcroft pottery is a speciality too. Anne and Morag look forward to welcoming you to their beautiful boutique store.

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Helensburgh Above: Hill House under construction: Right the famous Hill House Box HELENSBURGH’S Hill House ‘Box’ is in contention to be named the best architectural project in Europe. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building, which has been shrouded in a steel mesh frame since June 2019 to protect it against the elements, has been nominated for the 2022 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture previously known as the Mies van der


Rohe Award. The biennial prize, postponed until next year due to the coronavirus crisis, highlights outstanding architectural works built across the continent, with a main prize of €60,000 being awarded. It is awarded to single architectural works “demonstrating excellence in conceptual, social, cultural and technical terms,” while it also “raises awareness of

quality architecture and its contribution to the well-being of citizens and the sustainable development of European cities, towns and villages”. Previous winners, in 2019, were the architects behind an innovative renovation of three huge apartment buildings in Bordeaux, France, transforming 530 dwellings to provide improved living spaces.

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08444 932208 Since it was built, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1904 domestic masterpiece the Hill House in Helensburgh has been absorbing the rain, putting the building and its unique interiors at risk. To protect the Hill House, The National Trust for Scotland has embarked on a pioneering conservation programme. The first stage has seen the construction of the Hill House Box, a protective steel frame wrapped in the world’s largest chainmail structure, to protect the house from the rain. The semi-permanent enclosure will provide shelter to The Hill House, letting it dry out allowing further conservation work. As well as protecting the building from the weather, the ‘Box’ will give visitors the chance to get a new perspective on the Hill House from elevated walkways looping around the building, and see conservation work in action.

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THE ARDENCAPLE HOTEL 01436 820200 The recently refurbished Ardencaple Hotel offers great value pub food and a well stocked bar within easy reach of both Rhu and Helensburgh. Accommodation is also offered. Open all year.

01436 821048 Rhu Inn is a traditional Scottish inn (circa 1648), set on the shores of the Gareloch offering log fires, fine ales, live Scottish music. The Rhu Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation and is located in the centre of the village.



01436 820493 Glenarn is a private garden, largely created and made famous for its collection of species rhododendrons by the Gibson family. This garden was established in the 1920s and 30s, overlaid on the original Victorian layout, with some remaining trees and rhododendrons from the 19th century. Glenarn is celebrating 75 years of opening for Scotland’s Gardens this year - it first opened to the public in 1939 and has been open every year apart from a couple of years when the current owners took over in the ‘80s. During the war years, tea was served but visitors were asked to bring their own sugar!



01436 820238 Rhu Marina is found as you enter the village of Rhu. It is a great place to photograph Rhu Bay and there are many facilities that you can enjoy which include a well stocked chandlery with some unique gift ideas and Café Rhu.

YOU & SEA 01436 820238 The RYA Marine Training Centre in the West of Scotland is based at Rhu Marina. Based in the safe and naturally beautiful environment of the Gareloch, they cater to the needs of beginners and also offer challenges to those with more advanced knowledge.

CAFE RHU 01436 821179 Cafe Rhu is a small cosy cafe situated in Rhu Marina which is open to all. With only 20 covers the cafe offers a very friendly personal service entirely homemade food from fresh soup daily to scrumptious apple pie. They are well known for their fish and chips.

ROSSLEA HALL HOTEL 01436 439955 Located in the heart of picturesque Rhu next to the beach overlooking The Gareloch, the Rosslea is a small but intimate boutique hotel offering quality accommodation with a friendly welcome. There is a well stocked bar and restaurant to cater for your every need.

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Gareloch head & Peninsula

Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula ... ROSNEATH CASTLE PARK 01436 831208 Rosneath Castle Park is the perfect destination for soaking up the beautiful scenery of Argyll and Scotland’s west coast. Located on the banks of The Gareloch, and with Long Loch and Loch Lomond close by, there is a whole host of watery activities on offer including cruises, sailing and sea fishing as well as Royal Yachting Association sailing courses in July and August. There is plenty for the little ones to enjoy, including a large adventure playground, zip lines and indoor soft play area. For tasty pub grub and a cosy evening atmosphere head to the Castle Isle bar and restaurant.

THREE LOCHS HOSTEL 01436 810307 The Hostel is based in The Centre 81 Community Centre and can accommodate up to 45 persons with dormitory style accommodation. Tea, coffee and toast making facilities provided. Sheets and kitchen facilities for self catering incuded but please bring your own towels. All Centre 81 facilities are available during normal opening times.


House 01436 842283 Situated on the banks of Loch Long, we invite you to stay at Knockderry House Hotel where a warm Scottish country house welcome, comfortable rooms, extraordinary service, charming decor, and delicious culinary experiences await. With multiple awards for hospitality and food, we offer a relaxing environment from which to explore the stunning area near Loch Lomond.


On the hillside near the head of the Gareloch is a small sandstone monument near the B833. Along a signposted track created by Ghurkas in 1992, and located next to a picnic table, it is inscribed only: “Here Isabella Campbell was wont to pray”. Isabella and her sister Mary lived in Fernicarry House. Isabella was believed by many to be a saint and Mary considered herself a prophet.

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The Arrochar Alps

The Arrochar Alps ... (Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardgarten)


ith an abundance of natural beauty, outdoor activities, fresh water and sea lochs as well as the famous Arrochar Alps Mountain Range yet only 45 minutes from Glasgow airport, it is easy to see why this part of Argyll is fast becoming a real destination.

Boasting five Munros, eight Corbetts, eight Glens and six Lochs, and being in the Lomond and Trussachs National Park, it has become a must for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the beauty and wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Cycle paths, hiking, climbing, camping, diving, wild swimming, water sports, sailing and mooring access, shops, accommodations, from Award Winning four star Gold to camping, restaurants, fresh local food, drink (newly launched Arrochar Alps Gin, area ales) and music, history and heritage, yet still unspoiled!

VILLAGE INN 01301 702279 A traditional Scottish pub with welcoming accommodation set right on the shores of Loch Long and very close to Loch Lomond itself. The restaurant serves freshly prepared, seasonal produce in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

With great train and bus links, boat and bike hire, (even a sleeper train from London direct to Arrochar and Tarbet station and direct bus from Glasgow airport) accessibility has never been easier. Destination Arrochar Alps. Come, eat, sleep, breathe, explore.


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It is a well-equipped village with places to stay, to eat, food and drink outlets, various shops, a petrol station and newsagents. Gateway to the Argyll Forest Park, Arrochar is the natural base for numerous easy to medium grade, as well as more demanding, walks.

The Arrochar Alps

THE picturesque highland village of Arrochar is nestled in the shadow of the Cobbler, beneath the peaks of the Arrochar Alps, at the head of Loch Long.

The Arrochar Alps include four Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft), as well as the famous Cobbler, ideal for the more adventurous hill walker.

VILLAGE INN 01301 702279 A traditional Scottish pub with welcoming accommodation set right on the shores of Loch Long and very close to Loch Lomond itself. The restaurant serves freshly prepared, seasonal produce in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

SLANJ 01301 702172 Facebook Slanj, in a beautiful converted church on the road between Arrochar and tarbet, is a familyrun and owned restaurant & bar. From homemade steak pie and burgers to fresh Argyll mussels and full Scottish breakfast, food at Slanj (home of Arrochar Alps Gin) is all cooked to order. There is a lively bar offering lots of Argyll whiskies, gins, ales and live traditional music and they also offer an extensive take away menu and free overnight parking for campervans and motorhomes. TARBET is a very popular stop on the West Highland Railway line for walkers, climbers and cyclists. Day trippers can relax down near the pier where there is a large picnic area and visitor centre. Cruise Loch Lomond’s numerous cruises depart regularly from here throughout the year and a seasonal Visit Scotland information centre is situated within easy reach of the village. Down by the pier you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks along with spectacular views of the loch from Café Lochan

MANSEFIELD STUDIOS 01301 702 956 A contemporary craft gallery showcasing the work of some of the most exciting independent designers and makers from Scotland: Harris Tweed features prominently with cushions, lampshades, homeware and gifts; complemented with lambswool and merino hats, scarves and accessories; textiles, candles, ceramics, jewellery, prints and other traditional crafts, all carefully sourced and co-ordinated to sit as one overall collection. We also offer sensational locally-sourced coffee and other hot drinks to go, served by trained baristas.


07811 123943 Campbell Bike Workshop is a combination of two of proprietor Ali’s skills, graphic design and fixing bikes. Part maintenance space, part bicycle lifestyle boutique, bike tools and parts sit alongside a range of Campbell Bike Workshop designed graphic tee shirts, wall prints, hats, stickers and accessories. A mix of other products complement the range, including books, one-off publications, postcards and gifts. And hey, keep an eye out for the ice cream bike!

CRUISE LOCH LOMOND 01301 702356 CLL provide a full year round schedule of cruises and ferry crossings sailing from Tarbet and Inveruglass. Experience the serenity of the Northern end of the loch from one of the company’s comfortable craft and be amazed by the scenery all around you!

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The Arrochar Alps


Woodland walk with panoramic detour Follow this sheltered walk through mixed woodland and conifers. Keep an eye open for both red and grey squirrels, as well as the elusive pine marten. Park by the restaurant and follow the path under the railway at Arrochar and Tarbet station, turning right as you emerge at the T-junction. After climbing steeply and crossing a burn, watch for a marker post for the detour to the summit of Cruach Tairbeirt (415m). If you choose this detour, follow the path to the summit, offering spectacular views of Loch Lomond and Loch Long, as well as the dam at Loch Sloy, then return the same way to rejoin the circular path. Continue around the loop, with glimpses of the loch through the trees.



THE HIDDEN HERITAGE TRAIL Arrochar to Tarbet Circular

A circular walk between Arrochar and Tarbet follows in the footsteps of Vikings who, in 1263, dragged their boats across the isthmus of land from Loch Long to raid settlements on Loch Lomond. For further information download the Hidden Heritage Trail leaflet or app from: The trail can be accessed at several points along its route, including Arrochar and Tarbet station. Start by the café at Arrochar’s Three Villages Hall and follow the Hidden Heritage and Three Lochs Way markers south along the lochside, then up the hill behind the church. Pass under the railway line then turn left. After about a mile, look out for the Hidden Heritage information panel, then shortly turn left to cross the A82 opposite Ballyhennan Crescent Access the forest path by the station, heading west to enjoy stunning views of the famous Arrochar Alps, before turning left to descend back into Arrochar.

Forest walk with mountain and loch views


This short circular walk through mixed woodland starts just north of Tarbet. Take care along the busy A82 if you walk from Tarbet, or park at the start of the walk opposite Tarbet Isle, known locally as ‘Honeymoon Isle’ because newlyweds were reputedly sent here. If they were still on good terms by the end of the week, it was deemed a sign that the marriage would last! The loop can be walked in either direction. Heading clockwise, the path climbs to the left before dipping down into the trees and continuing through deciduous woodland look out for the colourful jays, especially in the autumn when the acorns are ripe! The walk circles back, passing a local café and car park.

These gentle paths wind their way through mixed woodland along the River Croe and the shore of Loch Long. The Forestry Commission marks two trails, Cat Craig and Peninsula Circuit both starting at the small car park at Ardgartan, beside the carved wooden eagle. Looking up, you can see the south peak of The Cobbler. Look out for red squirrels in the trees, and bobbing dippers fishing for insects in the river, and you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an elusive otter near the shore. In addition to these pleasant walks, Ardgartan provides a base for accessing many other walks towards Lochgoilhead and the Rest-and-be-Thankful.

Riverside and Boathouse Trails


Arrochar to Ardgartan above Loch Long Park at the head of Loch Long and climb the path marked by a carved wooden fox. Turn left at the T-junction, with views over Arrochar and Loch Long, and across to Ben Lomond. Continue to a fork in the path, then either head left to Ardgartan or right to Honeymoon Bridge. The latter path contours around the hillside, ending in a small parking area beside the road, while the left path descends gradually and emerges from the trees above Ardgartan. Take care crossing the busy A83, then follow the path by the river to the car park and picnic area. You can extend this walk by following the trails in Route 9. This is a one-way walk, but both Arrochar and Ardgartan are on bus routes.

SUCCOTH TO COIREGROGAIN CIRCULAR Glen and forest walk with spectacular scenery Follow Route 5 until you meet the tarmacked road to Loch Sloy. Turn left for about 0.5 km, then take the track left over a bridge into Coiregrogain. Ignoring a rough track to Ben Vane on the right, continue west below the dramatic peaks of Ben Vane, Ben Ime, Ben Narnain, and A’Chrois, finally descending and crossing the burn, just before a small dam. Take care after heavy rain or snow melt! The track heads back down the opposite side of Glen Loin, with views of Ben Lomond and down Loch Long to the Clyde. As the track passes above the houses at Succoth, either turn sharp left to descend to the glen, turning right out of the trees and following the road through Succoth to the head of Loch Long, or continue and turn left down the ‘zig-zag’ path to the A83 and the ‘Cobbler’ car park.

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The Arrochar Alps


Climb Ben Arthur The iconic peak of Ben Arthur (884 m), better known as The Cobbler because of its distinctive outline, dominates the view from Arrochar. Although a popular climb, the terrain is steep and difficult, and the weather notoriously changeable - proper clothing and footwear are essential. Only a brief description is provided here, and you should use the appropriate OS map to plan your route. Park at the head of Loch Long (small charge), cross the road, and climb the path marked by a carved wooden fox. Turn left at the T-junction, then shortly right, soon following a stream. Ignore a path to the right and continue to the famous Narnain Boulders. Keep right at the next fork to reach a small lochan, then left to ascend stone steps to the ridge. Of the three peaks of The Cobbler, the central peak is the highest, but some scrambling and a head for heights are needed to scale the rock pinnacle!


Starting from the car park at the head of Loch Long (small charge) follow the track to the right of the River Loin and then the sign for the ‘Stronafyne Loop Walk’. Turn left up the glen, with spectacular views of Loch Long to the south. At the head of the glen, cross the wooden bridge over Inveruglas Water by the ruined settlement of Coiregrogain. Turn right on the tarmac road to descend to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond (approx 2 miles/ 3.2 km); or turn left for a detour to the Sloy Dam and reservoir, built for the hydroelectric scheme in the mid-1940s and still in use today. This is a one-way walk, but parking and buses are available at Loch Long and Inveruglas.


The Old Road

A pretty one-way walk along a quiet disused road hugging the shore of Loch Lomond, past pebbled beaches with spectacular views across the water to iconic Ben Lomond. Keep an eye out for ospreys! Starting by Tarbet Pier, this walk follows the A82 pavement for about a mile (1.6 km), but soon cuts down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond along a now-disused road. Arrive at Firkin Point with picnic benches and a great skimmingstone beach. The walk ends at Inverbeg caravan site. This is a one-way walk, but there are bus stops and parking at either end.

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Clyde Sea Lochs Trail To discuss Post-Covid marketing opportunities call Frank Willoughby on 07743 989089 or Email : • Web :


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Clyde Sea Lochs Trail

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West Highland Way

West Highland Way ... T he West Highland Way celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Officially opened on October 6, 1980, the Way is the most established and best-loved of Scotland’s long distance walking routes, attracting a growing number of UK and overseas visitors.

The virtual exhibition will cover the 96 mile route, looking at milestone moments over the last 40 years.

Forty years of memories and stories from Scotland’s most popular long-distance walking route from Milngavie to Fort William are being celebrated in an online anniversary exhibition.

There will be memories from those who walked the route in the early 1980s and adventurers who have tried to beat time and speed records right through to children as young as seven who have walked it this year.

The 40th anniversary owas marked with the launch of this specially created online exhibition as part of a wider project drawing in investment to support the future of the route for years to come. The route is completed by over 40,000 walkers every year and the figure is more than doubled by those that also enjoy walking short sections.

Walkers, runners, cyclists, charity fundraisers and the route’s fans from across the world have contributed their stories.

Inversnaid Falls - by Vlad Turculet

Folk singer Jimmie Macgregor, now in his 90th year and who inspired many people to walk the West Highland Way through his radio and TV programmes, plus spin-off books, during the 1980s and 1990s has given an exclusive interview and provides the welcome to the exhibition.

To celebrate its milestone birthday, the public has been contributing to the content of the exhibition by sending in stories, photos, videos and heart-felt moments from their time spent on Scotland’s most popular long-distance route.

Rob Roy’S Cave - by Lorie K Risner

Milarochy Bay, Loch Lomond - by John Thow


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West Highland Way

Top of the Devil’s Staircase

Black Rock Cottage, Rannoch Moor by Clark Hamilton

North of Crianlarich by Maree Glasson

Sore Feet Statue - Fort William

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Three Lochs Way

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Stoneymollan Road, a delightful ancient route linking Balloch and Cardross


The stunning view over Loch Lomond when you cross the Highland Boundary Fault at Goukhill Muir.


Helensburgh’s beautiful tree lined streets, especially colourful in Spring and Autumn.


Charles Rennie Macintosh’s elegant domestic architectural masterpiece, “The Hill House”.


Peaceful Glen Fruin (but not in 1603 when 300 MacGregors routed a much larger force of Colquhouns in a major clan battle at the head of the glen).

6 Great views north of Garelochhead over

Loch Long to the knobbly skyline of ‘Argyll’s Bowling Green’ and the ‘Arrochar Alps’.


The craggy ‘Cobbler’, the area’s finest mountain and a must climb ‘Corbet’.


Delightful Glen Loin Woodlands, Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to red squirrels.

9 The impressive Sloy hydro electricity

installations, built at the end of WWII with help from German POWs.

10 A traverse of the fine Munro, Ben Vorlich,

from Loch Sloy over to Ardlui makes a great way to top off your Three Lochs Way experience.


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he Three Lochs Way is one of Scotland’s “Great Trails” which means that it is properly waymarked throughout and navigational information is readily available.


are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and loch as the route crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands.

Rarely rising above 250 metres, the route’s 55 kilometres (34 miles) can easily be walked in three to four days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers plenty of options for shorter day walks. Total ascent is approximately 1,500 metres.

Loch Lomond, the Gareloch and Loch Long are recurrent scenic backdrops along a route which charts a fascinating journey through place and time linking a necklace of coastal communities strung along the Clyde Sea Lochs fringe of Scotland’s first national park.

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As the Three Lochs Way heads north and west from its starting point in Balloch, gentle landscapes

An illustrated guidebook packed with informatio n can be purchased on the Three Lochs Way website at k/

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Golf in Argylle & the Isles

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cotland is the home of golf so if you're a golfer and you're staying anywhere in Argyll and Bute you are within a short outt of a golf course. Argyll and Bute offers an unbeatable variety of golf courses which will provide wonder and challenge for golfer regerdless of their expertise. There are links courses, heathland courses, hillside courses, tiny ones on tiny islands and major courses recognised as worldclass. One thing that is constant however, is the warm welcome that awaits you wherever you choose to play. Check out our listings here and plan a dream golfing holkiday you will never forget. Regardless of where you play, you can say that you have played golf in The Home Of Golf!


01369 840676 James Braid designed Blairmore and Strone Golf Club in 1896. The course is set on the hillside above Strone and in consequence is hilly and undulating with large areas of deep rough bordering most fairways. From the tees of the 6th, 7th, and 8th holes wonderful views of Clyde Estuary can be enjoyed by players.




07765864038 Close to the sands of Stravannan Bay on Bute’s west coast, Bute Golf Club is a nine-hole course that enjoys a delightful location in a rural setting, with the dramatic mountains of Arran providing a stirring and memorable backdrop. The course, although only nine holes, offers an array of challenges, a wonderful little tester of a course amid stunning surroundings.

01389 841754 www. Being less than six miles from the worldrenowned Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with stunning views over the river Clyde and only 25 minutes from Glasgow Airport, makes Cardross not only easily accessible but a must on any golfing holiday.

07751691966 Carradale lies on the east coast of Kintyre and 30 minutes drive north of Campbelltown. It’s a gem of a course and the views of the western profile of Arran unfold as soon as you step on the first tee.The course is characterised by tiny, hard-to-hit greens and rolling terrain and has been described as the most sporting nine-hole course in Scotland.


01951 200182 For one of the truest and most natural links experiences you are every likely to enjoy, head for Colonsay Golf Club in the Inner Hebrides. The island is located north of Islay and south of Mull and has an area of just over 16sq/m. Fortunately, however, they’ve managed to fit in a golf course which, although measuring under 5,000 yards from the first tee to the 18th pin, is still a thoroughly enjoyable test of golf.


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01369 705673 Cowal overlooks the Firth of Clyde in the Cowal Peninsula at Kirn, Dunoon. From there you can enjoy magnificent views down the Firth of Clyde to the Isles of Bute and Arran, and, in the distance, the gannet Ailsa Craig rising out of the sea off the Ayrshire coast at Turnberry.

07778 021367 The course is a newly laid out nine hole nine tee setup. There are some challenging risk and reward holes, especially the seventh and the ninth. The rough can be penal and, at times, nesting terns can make navigating the second fairway exhilarating! However, the course is one of the most scenic you are ever likely to play and with the sun on your back there are not many better places to be.


01586 830677 Dunaverty is a stunning, scenic undulating, 200 year-old Scottish links course offering great views of Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre. Known for its small well-maintained greens, it is a pleasure to play throughout the year. You may also see dolphins leaping out of the water in Brunerican Bay.

01583 505242 The Isle of Gigha Golf Club is a nine-hole course half a mile from the ferry terminal. It is an equally enjoyable test of golf for the keen or occasional golfer. The course is parkland with generous fairways, occasional bunkers and reasonably sized greens.

01436 675505 Golfers have been enjoying our beautiful moorland course above Helensburgh since 1893. The course is in a relaxing and tranquil setting with stunning views over the Clyde Estuary to the South and over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the North. The gently undulating terrain and varied layout is playable for all but a challenge for the best.


07527 929 843 Inveraray is a nine-hole course with a total length of 5, 598-yards.The course is set on the shore of Loch Fyne with splendid views of the course and surrounding countryside, so if you happen to run into a bit of bother during your round, then just take refuge in the surrounding panorama

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As you leave the ferry, turn left and follow the road past Martyrs Bay and Traigh Mor. Walk up the hill for ¾ of a mile until a gate is reached. Go through the gate and in front is a magnificent stretch of machair which doubles as Iona Golf Course. The grass is kept clipped by the cattle and sheep that graze on the machair and the course is free of charge. You can buy a scorecard and course map from the post office, and the inn across the street has clubs for rent.


01369 830242 Innellan is an undulating hilltop course situated above the village thus granting fine views over the Firth of Clyde and beyond. It is a testing course for the high handicapper as it is not too easy to break par. Innellan is well worth the green fee alone just for the views.

01631 720802 The Isle of Eriska’s Howard Swan designed golfing centre offers a practice academy, driving range and emerging golf course. At just 1, 500 yards with a par of 22 it is, indeed, smaller that most courses yet still provides for an enjoyable afternoon’s golf. It is situated on the idyllic shores of Loch Linnhe, with stunning views of Morvern and Lismore.

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01852 300348 Isle of Seil, thirteen miles south of Oban, is a challenging little nine-hole adventure that opened for play in 1996. Water hazards are a common feature here and you play around Balvicar Bay and slate quarries, so the surroundings are anything but mundane. The scenic views of Seil Sound and the surrounding hills are also on show and complete a wonderful day’s golf.


01700 811237 This is a hilly moorland course consisting of nine intriguing holes all with magnificent views of the Kyles of Bute, Arran and Loch Fyne. There are no bunkers, but there are burns, punitive rough, and long carries over heather, whin and blind holes to keep you on your toes.


01496 302310 Website The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, on the quaint and picturesque Isle of Islay, is one of Scotland’s oldest and most traditional links courses. In fact, in 1901 it hosted its very own Open Championship where a trio by the name of Harry Vardon, John Taylor and James Braid competed for a £100 first prize.

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01546 602340 Lochgilphead Golf Course is a picturesque nine-hole course set in the hills of Mid Argyle. If you choose to play the full 18 holes then the yardage is a respectable 4, 518-yards. The course was designed by Dr I.McCamond and boasts a par of 64. It offers a variety of challenges and as such is an excellent test of golf for all players.


01586 810058 Set hard against the Atlantic Ocean on Scotland’s west coast, the award-winning Machrihanish Dunes, a “new” course designed by David McLay Kidd, encourages thought, creativity, and imagination.It is part of the Luxury Machrihanish Dunes Resort.


03454 596 412 Lochgoilhead info Lochgoilhead is a scenic nine-hole course following the head of the loch before crossing over the River Goil. It is not a course for big hitters but plenty of problems await those who stray wide off the tee. It is a pleasant course in beautiful surroundings and is part of the Drimsynie Estates Leisure Centre.


01586 810213 It may be remote - Campbeltown, after all, is not the easiest place in the world to travel to by land - but it’s not difficult to understand why so many people make that journey to play here. It’s a true golfing treasure and the opening hole - a 423-yard par-4 where the drive requires a carry over the Atlantic Ocean - is among the finest in the world. “The Almighty had golf in his eye when he created this place,” remarked Old Tom Morris before re-designing the course in 1880. It was subsequently altered by J H Taylor, the three-times Open champion, in 1914 and little had changed to this day.

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01475 530306 This heathland course on the Isle of Cumbrae is beautifully situated above the town of Millport and enjoys some quite wonderful surroundings. The course commands panoramic views over the Firth including Ailsa Craig to the south, the Mull of Kintyre, Isle of Bute and Arran. The course demands a full repertoire of shot making.


01700 503554 Rothesay is situated on the Isle of Bute, a beautiful island in the Firth of Clyde. The course, designed by Ben Sayers and James Braid, is one of Scotland’s most scenic island courses with beautiful views over the Clyde, to the north and to the south.

01866 822429 Situated in a scenic and majestic location, Taynuilt Golf Club is surrounded by mountains and overlooks the picturesque Loch Etive. Dominated by Ben Cruachan at 3, 695 feet, this challenging nine-hole course of undulating parkland was founded in 1987 and was officially opened in 1991.

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01631 562868/01631 564115 Glencruitten, also known as Oban Golf Club, is a short, hilly scenic course set in the beautiful Glencruitten Glen. It is situated approximately 1 1/2 miles from the centre of Oban to the south east and is open to visitors all year round. The course provides for an enjoyable round to all levels of player with a mix of tough approaches and hard to hit fairways. Full catering is available in the clubhouse and there is a fully stocked pro-shop also on site.


01546 606896 Tarbert is a short yet stunning moorland nine holer, with well-maintained undulating fairways and even better greens. Tarbert is particularly picturesque in parts with a number of holes serving up views of the local countryside, including West Loch Tarbert. Although relatively short in length, this course will require you to be reasonably straight from the tee. Indeed, it is a great challenge for the novice as it is the more seasoned player.


01700 504544/01700 501999 Port Bannatyne is on the Island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Founded in 1912, Port Bannatyne is almost unique in having 13 holes, with the first five holes being played again before a separate 18th. It can claim to be among the most scenic in Scotland, looking over the Kames Bay to the Cowal Hills and the mouth of the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven.

01688 302037 Situated in a scenic and majestic location, This nine-hole golf course enjoys a wonderful location on a headland overlooking the Sound of Mull towards the mainland of Scotland. The Tobermory Golf Club was founded in 1896. The present heath and heather course was designed by David Adams and built in 1935.


07879408088 The Isle of Tiree is famous for windsurfing and corncakes, one of Britain’s rarest birds, but there is also the unique Vaul Golf looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. As with most Scottish island courses the setting is remote, but that is part of its appeal. Interestingly, there are no trees and no water hazards, just your own ability to contend with.

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Holy Loch Marina PA23 8FE 07593 088 816 / 01369 703 477 www. Based in the Holy Loch near the seaside town of Dunoon, Wreckspeditions offer scuba diving charters to historic shipwreck & scenic sites throughout the Firth of Clyde with dive expeditions also available throughout Scotland's south west corner. Some of our popular destinations include the Mull of Kintyre, Troon, Ailsa Craig, Arran, and Islay/Jura & Gigha.

We also provide powerboat trips to some incredible Clyde landmarks including lighthouses, castles and shipwrecks. We have some beautiful Lochs and Islands to visit including the picturesque Loch Long & Goil, plus the Isles of Bute and Little Cumbrae, where the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland stands. Keep your eyes peeled for the Clyde wildlife too with porpoise, seals, eagles and gannets often spotted out on the water. Our trips currently run all year round from Holy Loch Marina.

58 Victoria Parade, PA23 7HU, Tel 01369 704 820 JON AND KATIA would like to welcome you to your intimate getaway to Dunoon, a perfect stopover on your way to discover Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. Located on the scenic and quiet West Bay beach, The St Ives is beautifully refurbished, with all modern amenities and just a short stroll away from the town centre. Start your day with our famous breakfast while enjoying the stunning sea views across to the neighbouring Isles. Get 10% off of your booking by quoting ‘CITYMAP2020’ on our website or by phone.

ROSSCAIRN GROUP ACCOMMODATION The Rosscairn Group Accommodation provider, based in Kirn, Dunoon, can sleep up to 24 across 10 bedrooms with 12 bathrooms. Private off street parking and private lawned gardens. Three relaxing period lounges, dining room seating 24, kitchen & laundry rooms. Email: Also on Facebook @RosscairnGA

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he hotel at Ardlui was originally built by the Colquhoun family estate in the early 1800s as a hunting lodge, becoming a hotel in 1886 with extensions added before 1905. The very popular and scenic holiday park is next to the hotel. The Ardlui Hotel with its bar, restaurant, loch-side beer garden makes a fabulous place to stay. But if you prefer self-catering the Ardlui holiday park offers lodges with sauna and hot tub and glamping pods. There are plenty of options for enjoying Loch Lomond with

speedboat tours, watersports, including SUPs and kayaks, and fishing trips. Great ideas for a day trip include taking the train to Ardlui from Glasgow, having a spot of lunch in the hotel or dining alfresco on the covered deck with views of the loch before enjoying a speedboat tour of the loch from top to bottom to catch the train back to Glasgow from Balloch. Or you could spend the day in Ardlui learning how to wakeboard, wake-surf or water-ski or take a stand-up paddle board for a few hours to a deserted beach for a picnic.

ARDLUI HOTEL, MARINA & HOLIDAY PARK 01301 704243 The Ardlui Hotel is a small, intimate hotel on the northern banks of Loch Lomond, offering good food served all day using fresh local produce. The Terrace Restaurant, outside heated decking area and beer garden all have fantastic views overlooking the loch. The Lomond Bar with pool table, sky sports and a cosy log burning stove is an alternative if the weather decides to turn a bit chilly!

LOCH LOMOND WAKEBOARD Ardlui Hotel & Marina - 07545 561360 Loch Lomond Wakeboard is Scotland’s first purpose built wakeskate & wakeboard school and will guarantee you the ride of your life. Based on the shores of Loch Lomond next to The Ardlui Hotel this activity is fantastic fun for boarders and skaters of all ages and levels set in simply stunning surroundings.

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LOCH SLOY POWER STATION AND DAM The Loch Sloy Dam was built in 1945 by 2,000 men (some were German prisoners). It is 56m high and 357m long and it’s still the largest conventional hydroelectric power plant in the UK. Its water runs in the tunnels cut through mountain Ben Vorlich, to power the station located below. The Loch Sloy Power Station is located across the road from Inveruglas Visitor Centre.

ARDLUI MARINA The Ardlui marina is the ideal location from which to explore the real Loch Lomond. With all the facilities you would expect from a premiere marina, there are swinging moorings, floating pontoons, and a well resourced out of water dock facility with travel hoist, slipway and storage.

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nveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his new dwelling, Inveraray Castle. Much of the town, including the church, was designed and built by the


Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne between 1772 and 1800. There is a lot to do and see in Inveraray, the gateway to the Highlands and Islands. It offers access to national parks, mountains, glorious gardens and beautiful islands.

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01499 302203 Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. An Inveraray Castle has been standing on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, although the impressive castle of today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in the 1700s. A fire in 1877 resulted in the addition of the third floor and distinctive fairytale castle conical roofs on the corner towers.

01499 302381 Come and experience one of the finest and best preserved Jail and Courtroom complexes in the world. Explore this unique collection of historic buildings brought to life by real characters from the Jail’s past and free audio guides available in six languages. Step back in time and experience the true stories of what life was like for the men, women and children – some as young as seven – who were tried and locked up here all those years ago.



The Watch Tower on the hill behind the castle is a folly built by the Duke of Argyll in 1748. It has always been a popular place to visit. Today a circular track leads up to the tower from the castle grounds

01499 302111 The George has always had an enviable reputation for ambience, friendliness and its cuisine. With its original solid stone flagstoned floors and four roaring log and peat fires, the George is a lively haunt for both local characters and visitors alike with a wide choice of real ales, 100 malt whiskies and an extensive wine list.Food is served all day from noon to 9pm

BRAMBLES 01499 302 252 Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, Brambles has traditional Scottish charm mixed with everything you would expect from a city boutique hotel. As well as our famous full Scottish breakfast, Brambles Bistro offers a choice of dining options all sourced locally.

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Wesst Coast Waters

Immerse your senses in the sights, sounds,

WEST COAST WATERS has been created to encourage people from all areas to celebrate the stunning west coast of Scotland by getting on the water, in the water or near the water, sea water or fresh water! It ties in beautifully with visit Scotland's Year of Coast & Waters 2021, but specifically recognises the diverse landscapes and variety of activities the west coast has to offer.

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By sharing your favourite sunset photo with WCW, you can help create a breathtaking West Coast Waters Sunset Trail! We will have a prize draw to win west coast gin, whisky or beers * every fortnight. Share @WCWScotland Tag #WCWSunsets and location of pic With different prize every fortnight from west coast distilleries and breweries. * competition entrants must be age 18 or over. T&Cs apply.

Outer Hebrides ... tap for more info THE Outer Hebrides are scotland's Atlantic islands. a whole chain of a dozen individual, but inter-connected, islands surrounded by ocean and sharing big landscapes, white beaches, strong traditions and a warm Gaelic welcome. Each of the islands have their own unique personality and distinctive landscape from Vatersay and Barra in the South, up through South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris, Lewis and across to St Kilda. With some of the planet’s most stunning beaches, fresh seafood shacks, distillery tours as well as captivating seals and dolphins, create an action-packed West Coast Waters itinerary jam-packed with ever-lasting memories, or simply leave the beaten track far behind, following your senses wherever they take you.

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SKYE is the largest and northern most of the major islands of scotland, connected by the iconic Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. Skye celebrates all the natural elements of scotland from powerful landscapes to serene tranquility. Skye offers the time to unwind, switch off and let the uniqueness of the island quicken your spirit and refresh your soul. Forget trying to see everything in an afternoon, let the rhythm of our island be your guide, discover the joy of simple things, the excitement of patience rewarded and make time for surprises that others have yet to discover Lochalsh is a stunning coastal region with the majestic sight of Eilean Donan Castle ready to welcome you, and an amazing choice of West Coast Waters experiences awaiting you. As we say in Skye ‘Thig, Fuirich, Faic, Tuig’ - Come, stay, look, learn.

Loch Lomond, Firth of Clyde & Clyde Islands ... tap for more info LOCH lomond, Firth of Clyde & Clyde Islands is a hugely scenic area packed with opportunity for outdoor fun. it’s proximity to Glasgow and excellent transport links means you can seek out west coast water adventures for a day, a weekend or much, much longer – there’s so much to see and experience here. With the option of a short train journey and direct ferry connections from Glasgow, you can visit the isles of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae and the Cowal Peninsula. Or explore the Clyde coast and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park at your own pace. Festivals and events take place throughout the year and don’t miss the wonderful historic gardens and stately homes dotted along the coastline and the exceptional choice of cafés, pubs and restaurants that are packed with coastal character.

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tastes, textures and aromas of Scotland’s West Coast Waters Lochaber ... tap for more info

LOCHABER is a vast, diverse destination in the Scottish Highlands reaching out from the Great Glen to the most westerly point of the British mainland. this diversity of landscape offers you a wealth of coastal and in land water experiences. Experience the natural wonders and adventure of Lochaber – sublime and serene with the most spectacular scenery Enjoy the majestic glens, breathe the fresh mountain air, marvel at the stunning landscapes, admire the sandy beaches and be mesmerised by the magnificent sunsets, as well as the vibrant music scene . What better way to immerse all of your senses, than by standing on the very edge of the mainland as it juts out into the Atlantic Ocean

Argyll & the Inner Hebrides ... tap for more info ARGYLL & the Inner Hebrides is as diverse as it is beautiful. it is home to Scotland’s seafood capital, the heart of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada and a collection of individual islands with their own story to tell. With over 20 inhabited islands and the longest coastline of Scotland, you are simply spoilt for choice on where to go, what to do and for how long. This region is home to 15 whisky distilleries and a growing number of gin distilleries, countless medieval castles and prehistoric monuments, a network of long-distance walking and cycling trails and the densest collection of ancient rock art in Europe. The light, the colours and the clean air are mesmerising giving constant inspiration to our many artists and makers. Throughout the year you’ll be treated to incredible sunsets and dark starry skies. You’ll also discover incredible wildlife on land and sea, a rich Highland history and an abundance of fabulous local food and drink.

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WESTER ROSS is home to some of Scotland’s most dominating landscapes, from sea to mountain and beyond to the vast open skies. your senses will be tickled by the activities you can enjoy, and calmed by the serenity surrounding you. Spanning from the shores Loch Carron taking in the splendour of Applecross and Torridon, up to Gairloch and beyond to Ullapool, you can plan a variety of water and coastal experiences to enjoy as a solo adventure or to create memories with your friends and family. A warm and traditional Highland welcome awaits you, from the friendly locals and cultural heritage experiences, through to the welcome of the sea, and all that it offers. Get immersed in endless waters, savour the coastal food and drink or seek out the wildlife to bring you closer to nature.

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he Kintyre 66 will help you discover one of Scotland’s most scenic regions, and what so inspired Sir Paul McCartney all those years ago. With its pristine natural setting, unique coastal character and rich history, you ‘ll never run out of things to do in Kintyre and Gigha. Dine on the freshest seafood and savour some of the world’s most famous Scotch whiskies. Be spellbound by the region’s magnificent wildlife. Sail into secluded anchorages and watch the night sky glitter. Kayak in turquoise waters and walk in the wilderness. Marvel at early standing stones and visit castles of the famous clans. The Kintyre 66 follows a 66 mile loop around Kintyre on the A83 and B842 public roads, with 6 spurs allowing you to venture even further. Take the Atlantic road south with stunning views to Islay and Jura, and then up the edge of the Kilbrannan Sound overlooking Arran, or why not travel in the other direction, taking time to enjoy all the area has to offer the choice is yours!



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GIGHA Gigha, community owned since 2002, is a 20 minute ferry trip from Kintyre. A truly breathtaking island with silver beaches and beautiful bays, crystal clear seas, stunning views, amazing sunsets, lochs and gently sloping hillsides, as well as a huge variety of wildlife.

Places to visit: Killean Church & Graveyard Ballochroy Standing Stones Westport Beach Kintyre Way Bellochantuy Beach Ronachan Port Dun Skeig A’Chleit Beach & Church Clachan Church Grave Slabs Beacharr Standing Stone - Killean

MACHRIHANISH & SOUTHEND From Saint Columba’s footstep and clam massacres inthe south to a championship golf course and surfers’ paradise in the west, this area includes the two small villages o Southend and Machrihanish - don’t miss a trip to the iconic Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse!

Places to visit: Machrihanish Bird Observatory Machrihanish Golf Course Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course Machrihanish beach The Gauldrons Bay Gauldrons Walk Dunaverty Golf Course Dunaverty Rock and Castle Dunaverty Beach Kiel Caves St Columba's Chapel & Kiel Cemetery St Columba's Footstep St Columba's Well Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse Carskley Beach

Places to visit: Gigha Activity Centre Achamore Gardens Gigha Golf Course Gigha Pontoons Gigha Coast & Countryside group Gigha Twin beaches Kilchattan Chapel Standing Stones

EAST KINTYRE Follow the road along the rugged east coast of Kintyre and enjoy the small villages of Peninver, Carradale, Saddell and Grogport, and all the area has to offer in between, with spectacular views to Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Ayrshire coast beyond!

Places to visit: Saddell Bay Antony Gormley Sculpture at Saddell Carradale Bay Carradale Golf Course Kildonan Dun Kilchousland Church & Burial Ground Carradale Heritage Centre Vitrified Fort at Carradale Point Peninver Beach


Towards the southern end of Kintyre and overlooking the famous Campbeltown Loch, The Wee Toon offers a myriad of activities including famous 10k races, live music and festivals, world famous malt whiskies, an island that you can walk to, and Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema!

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WEST KINTYRE Enjoy the Atlantic coast of Kintyre, with thundering waves and unmissable sunsets over the islands of Gigha, Cara, Jura and Islay, not to mention glimpses of Ireland to the south. Historic sites, beautiful beaches and places to eat, take your time and enjoy!

Places to visit: Davaar Island & Cave Painting Linda McCartney Memorial Garden Campbeltown Museum Aqualibrium Leisure Centre & Library Community Centre & Soft Play Area Heritage Trail Walks Stronvaar (Campbeltown) Bowling Green Campbeltown Tennis Club Argyll Bowling Club Campbeltown Cross Sir William MacKinnon Statue Ceol Campbeltown, live venue Campbeltown Putting Green Campbeltown Canoe Club

TARBERT & SKIPNESS Tarbert, the gateway to Kintyre, is a beautiful harbour village with a rich history of Scottish Kings and Vikings. To the south is the picturesque village of Skipness and the nearby ferry to Arran. These two settlements offer a wealth of history, culture and, of course, seafood!

Places to visit: Tarbert Castle Tarbert Castle – Forestry and Land Scotland Trails Shell Beach Tarbert Life Start of Kintyre Way Tarbert Golf Course Tarbert Harbour Skipness Castle St Brendan’s (Skipness) Chapel White Shore walk and Bird Hide Tarbert Bowling Green (in season)s

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ying in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William is the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and the main town in Lochaber. As one of the major resorts of the Highlands, Fort William commands an important position and is easily accessible from Glasgow and the central belt. Fort William’s setting is dramatic, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, and under the mighty hulk of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. There is a footpath to the top of the mountain starting close to the town. Just a few minutes from the town is Glen Nevis, one of Scotland’s most picturesque Highland glens. The glen is formed from the flank of Ben Nevis and two other mountains and has the River Nevis flowing through it. The Nevis Range ski, snowboard and

mountain biking centre on Aonach Mor is one of the town’s major attractions. A gondola takes visitors 2,000 ft up the mountain for amazing views and access to the ski slopes. The centre hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in June every year. The surrounding area has some of the most stunning scenery in Britain. Experience the natural wonders and adventure of Lochaber. You could explore the wilds of Ardnamurchan, the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe or the romantic Road to The Isles. Enjoy the majestic glens, breathe the fresh mountain air and marvel at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

LOCHABER GEOPARK Lochaber Geopark Association 55A High Street, Fort William 01397 705314 The Lochaber Geopark is home to some of the most breath-taking and awe-inspiring scenery in the world. The magnificent scenery of Lochaber is a product of its geology. The Geopark is recognised for its outstanding and unique geological heritage. Explore mountains, lochs, rivers, coasts, cliffs and sandy beaches, look out for some wonderful wildlife, and learn how our landscape has been shaped over many millions of years. The Geopark stretches from Rannoch Moor in the south to Glen Garry in the north, and from Loch Laggan in the east to the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna in the west.


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01397 705 825 With skiing up to 1190 metres (3,900 feet) Nevis Range reaches high on to the mountain of Aonach Mor and offers skiing and boarding. The base of the snowsports area is accessed by the UK’s only Mountain Gondola taking visitors from the car park to 650 metres (2,150 feet). The beginner’s area is a stone’s throw

BEN NEVIS DISTILLERY 01397 702476 The Ben Nevis Distillery has been crafting whisky beneath Britain’s highest mountain in Fort William since 1825 It is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland and is home to The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre built into an old distillery warehouse.

THE WEST HIGHLAND MUSEUM Cameron Square, Fortwilliam 01397 702169 Visit the West Highland Museum, is world famous for its Jacobite exhibits but also for housing an excellent local history collection from archaeology to the present day. This independent museum with FREE admission is situated in the High Street in the heart of Fort William.

away from the Snowgoose Restaurant at the Top Station, with a variety of easy green and blue graded runs. An artificial slope also provides skiing opportunities when snow is lean. Further up the mountain is an extensive network of red and black runs, as well as the terrain park. Nevis Range also has a wide range of alternative winter activities to offer, from sledging to snowshoeing.

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In a specially commissioned audiovisual presentation, visitors will meet Hector McDram, a mythical giant who will reveal the secret Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis. Following this, guests will receive a conducted tour of the production areas by a trained guide and a complementary tasting. Sample delicious home cooking in the on-sight coffee shop and restaurant and visit the shop for a large selection of gifts, treats and whisky. It holds a nationally important collection telling the turbulent history of the West Highlands with eight rooms packed with fascinating objects, from Rob Roy’s sporran and treasure from a shipwrecked Spanish Armada galleon, to the bagpipes played at Bannockburn in 1314. They also have a new Commando exhibition telling the story of the Commandos training in Lochaber, a shop with a wide range of Scottish books, fine Jacobite glassware, silver jewellery, games, toys and other gifts.

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Heart of Argyll

The Heart of Argyll ...

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ith our outstanding national nature reserves, abundant wildlife, prehistoric landscape, stunning coastal landscapes, Loch Fyne and Loch Awe the longest sea and freshwater Lochs in Scotland; plus, the famous Crinan Canal, we have it all. Stretching from the picturesque fishing village of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, in the South to Kilmelford and villages of Loch Awe in the North, over to Kilberry, Knapdale, Tayvallich, Crinan and Ardfern in the West, across to Inveraray in the East; with Kilmartin Glen in its midst, the Heart of Argyll boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. “If only we’d known how much there is to see and do, we wish had planned a longer trip”


Why not stay a while longer and explore? Meander along routes off the beaten track discover Castles, Chapels, ancient gravestones, abandoned villages, stunning coastal views, secret beaches and rock pools. Take a boat trip to the Correyvreckan Whirlpool and spot our amazing marine life. Wildlife highlights include beavers, red squirrels, pine martens, ospreys and eagles. A fabulous array of eateries from cafes to fine dining, with amazing seafood, fresh local produce and home-baking. Enjoy Art and Craft Galleries and specialist independent shopping. There is something for everyone. Visit to unlock the secrets of a welcoming place to stay, fabulous food and amazing things to do and see. Whether you intend to explore by car, by bike, to sail, kayak or just to wander, there is an adventure waiting. A week is not long enough!

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Heart of Argyll

The Heart of Argyll is a walkers paradise, from easy strolls on flat, well-made surfaces, through forest, woodland or coastal meanders on paths and trails, to strenuous hikes with astounding hilltop or coastal views. Enjoying the outdoors that the Heart of Argyll has to offer also provides the perfect opportunity to discover astounding, diverse wildlife and experience the beauty of their habitats for yourselves. Let our pristine environment melt away the stresses of everyday life.

DALRIADA HERITAGE TRAIL 01546 602518 The Dalriada Heritage Trail was created in 2010. It links Carnasserie Castle through Kilmartin Glen and the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve to Dunadd Fort and on through ancient Atlantic oak woodlands to the Crinan Canal and Achnabreac cup and ring marked rocks. Please note much of the Dalriada Heritage Trail from Carnasserie to the Crinan Canal is operable only thanks to the support of livestock farmers. Please keep dogs under very close control in livestock fields, preferably on a short lead.

CRARAE GARDENS Crarae is one the finest examples of Himalayan-style woodland gardens in Britain. The 50 acre site is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland. Crarae Garden was created in 1912 by Lady Grace Campbell, the aunt of intrepid plant hunter Reginald Farrer, who sourced trees and shrubs from China, Nepal and Tibet.

HEATHERY HEIGHTS Heathery a Heights offers the full range of outdoor experiences, from beginner to advanced,so whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your level of expertise. They offer a range of options,highlighting those that are dog-friendly and suitable for families with children. Browse their upcoming outdoor experiences and book your next adventure or discovery.

ARGYLL BEAVER CENTRE 01546 810279/810218 or 07827 965010 Visit us at the Argyll Beaver Centre and let us show you the fantastic variety of wildlife our area has to offer. We provide a Ranger service within Knapdale and its surrounding area offering wildlife guided walks and themed events throughout the season. We want to share our passion for the natural beauty, wildlife and biodiversity of Mid Argyll and to help conserve it for future generations. Visitor Centre Open Days 10 am – 5pm

EXPERIENCE OUR COASTAL WATERS AND MARINE LIFE What better way to enjoy the Heart of Agryll’s stunning coast than safely aboard with one of the four fabulous boat operators in our area. Departing from Crinan Harbour (www., Crinan Basin (www., Ardfern (www. or the Isle of Seil near Oban ( there is a trip to suit you! The world’s third largest whirlpool the incredible Corryvreckan, wildlife, whales, sea-eagles, island hopping, distillery tours, puffins, rugged landscapes, epic adventures. Just remember to take a camera for those unforgettable moments.

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 5,000 years have been recorded within this area.

AUCHINDRAIN HIGHLAND FARM TOWNSHIP 01499 500235 A visit to Auchindrain is a chance to see a forgotten way of Highland life. Auchindrain is the last surviving and best-preserved Highland Farm Township, a type of settlement found across the region from the Middle Ages until the late 18th century. Social and economic change arising from industrialisation and new ways of farming then saw most townships improved out of existence, but Auchindrain survived until the 1960s as the last of its kind. The site is now run as a museum and visitors can explore the buildings and land of the township with the assistance of our interactive Guide-Tablets.

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Argyll’s Secret Coast

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Hidden away in the heart of Argyll is a magical place where everyone can find something to make their heart sing. A place where those who are moved by wind and wave can find a world of sparkling waters, safe harbours and anchorages, sheltered beaches and plenty of top class shore

facilities for boats, kayaks and of course crew. For those more earth-bound ancient forest gives way to rolling hills and towering summits in a rugged landscape steeped in history where walkers, cyclists and hill climbers can test their skills and reclaim their souls. This is a land that has inspired, writer, poet and artist for millennia and today is no exception. Beauty abounds in galleries and studios nurtured by a thriving art scene hard to match anywhere. We could also tell you all about the ancient sites, breathtaking scenery, glorious dark sky star shows, fabulous accommodation options for romantic retreats or family holidays offering unbeatable seafood, locally sourced ingredients and welcoming pubs.

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Portavadie PA21 2DA 01700 811075 From the superb infinity pool and hydro pools to the tranquil treatment and relaxation spaces, Portavadie offers the ultimate in luxury and reward for their guests. Beautifully designed two and three bedroomed holiday apartments sleeping from four up to six . Cottages, studio appartments.the Lodge, Couples Retreats. Weddings, corporate events, meetings and private parties and of course the Marina and all facilities that all make Portavdie a destination of choice.

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On the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, Otter Ferry commands specular views across the loch. Take a stroll from the old pier, and along the pebbly beach, to the Otter Spit, and watch seabirds reel over the water, whilst seals pops their heads above the surface, to spy on you from the depths. If you’ve worked up an appetite after your walk, head back to the local pub. The Oystercatcher, and enjoy great, locally sourced food, and perhaps a drink or two, whilst you ● GLENAN WOOD watch the sun set over the beach as yachts drop Glenan Wood is 146 hectares of ancient anchor in the bay. woodland some of which are marked on maps dating 1750 and 1860. The unique habitat is ● KYLES VIEWPOINT rich in flora and fauna. Adders, otters, bats, deer, An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Kyles pine martens and water voles all make their of Bute is a narrow stretch of water separating homes here, as do night jars, cuckoos, wood Bute from Argyll. To the north of Tighnabruaich warblers and owls. Rare lichens, moss, ferns and a viewpoint overlooks Loch Riddon and the wild flowers thrive. A circular route takes you Kyles of Bute. with unforgettable vistas looking through Glenan Wood to Glenan Bay and you down the Kyles. Isle of Bute is on the right with can carry on up the path to a haunting deserted the mainland on the left. The closest point to village that dates back to 1309. the mainland is served by a ferry.


This collection of nine sculptured stones, set in a churchyard burial aisle all come from a graveyard surrounding St Modan’s Church in the village of Clachan of Glendaruel. There are nine late-medieval West Highland grave slabs and one post-Reformation grave slab from 1636. Well worth a visit.

THE COWAL WAY The Cowal Way (now the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way) is a waymarked footpath through the Cowal peninsula, in Argyll and Bute, between Portavadie on Cowal and Inveruglas on Loch Lomond side. It runs for 57 miles (92 km and is known as ‘Scotland in 57 miles’. In those 57 miles you’ll get a tantalising taste of everything the Highlands has to offer. The route makes use of existing footpaths, forestry tracks, hillsides, quiet roads and rights of way and is suitble for mountain bikers and walkers with some stretches also accessible for expreienced horse riders.

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Is a circular cycle route, may be only 30 miles but it’s for fit cyclists only. It includes the frighteningly steep, and undeniably challenging Bealach Maim the second toughest climb in Scotland with sections at 20%. Begin your ride from the Royal an Lochan in Tighnabruaich. It’s a convenient spot from which to depart as there’s a public car park and shops nearby,


Ostel Bay is simply stunning. This crescentshaped sweep of sand is the jewel in the crown of Argyll’s Secret Coast. Walk over the dunes and the beach stretches out ahead of you with Arran on the horizon. On a sunny day it’s the perfect place to send the day, paddling, sunbathing and swimming and there are plenty of opportunities for beach combing.

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Oban ...

The View

34 George Street, Oban, PA34 5NL 01631 569599 www. The View is Oban’s lively licensed venue, with incredible views of the ‘Gateway to the Isles.’ A versatile live entertainment venue with a capacity of over 500 for live music, the View also provides meeting spaces or a function room that , can accommodate uren Fair a L y b to o Ph 200 guests for p ra g to o h p corporate gatherings laurenfair or wedding dances.


OUTSIDE EDGE Macgregor Court PA34 4DJ 01631 566617 If you are planning to anything energetic while in the Oban area you would do well to stop here. Outside Edge is a specialist outdoor shop run by enthusiasts who can help find you everything to make sure you enjoy your outdoor experience in comfort and safety.

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Oban Pier, Oban, PA34 5PZ 01631 565833 Making the islands and lochs of the west coast of Scotland more accessible than ever before. See the wildlife, anything from the harbour seals to basking sharks, minke whales, porpoise, otters, dolphins and bird life. Their services range from commercial exercises to scenic tours of the Western Isles as well as private charters.

2 Queens Park Place, Oban, PA34 5RS 01631 562071 The Iona Shop is one of the most respected names in Scottish Jewellery and Gifts. A 3rd generation family business established in 1947 which specilises in quality Scottish Jewellery and Gifts, seeking out the finest products from sometimes the smallest of workshops. They have built up a reputation for their product range, which includes their Celtic Wedding and Engagement Ring Collection. Their range is forever being added to, but always with the same care and attention to customer service that has made their name.

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ban is known as the gateway to the isles primarily as it's where ferries to island destinations start and finish. However, the town itself is an excellent destination packed with a wide variety of things to see and do including as a starting point the classic Victorian terraces, the photogenic waterfront and the magnificent McCaig's Tower from where a superb vista of Oban Bay can be had. Heading west along the esplanade you will find St.Columba's Cathredral, the War Memorial before arriving at the 15th century ruins of Dunollie Castle, the former but now historic stronghold of the clan MacDougall which is now a popular visitor attraction that includes a cafe, walks and clan museum. Oban is also a cultural and artistic hub so you will find many interesting a spaces and performance venues throughout the town. Weekends especially bring a great range of live music in many of the bars and what better way to enjoy than to combine with a visit to one of the many restaurants DUNOLLIE MUSEUM, CASTLE & and bars serving locally sourced GROUNDS seafood that varies by the season. Ganavan Road. PA34 5TT With Oban being recognised as the 01631 570550 seafood capital of Scotland, where Discover the fascinating heritage of of Dunollie better to enjoy than in the very Castle and Ground, seat of the Clan MacDougal heart of the town. for over 1000’years and steeped in history.

BASKING SHARK SCOTLAND Cearban Ltd., Cluaran, Crannaig-a-Mhinister, Oban, PA34 4LX 07975 723140 Basking Shark Scotland is an innovative wildlife tour business based in Oban. Their main focus is wildlife tours, running seasonally to encounter iconic species alongside dedicated staff qualified in marine science and professional diving. Basking Shark Scotland are members of Wild Scotland, a nature tourism body for Scotland and they use their standards and guidelines for all their operations around Scotland’s wildlife.

Experience the stunning views towards Kerrera and beyond or simply explore the castle ruin, stop for a coffee or continue the woodland trail and find the Faerie Garden, Raven knoll! Willow Hall and World of trees. There is usually piping at the castle at 2.30pm and children’s activities and special events happen throughout the year.

ORSAY 2 Stevenson Street, Oban, PA34 5NA 01631 569988 Orsay is a bright contemporary gift gallery offering handcrafted pieces made by local and UK based designers and artists. Orsay opened in 2005 and now stocks the work over 100 British designers. They were nominated as a finalist in The Great Gift Retailer of the Year 2019 Scotland, the equivalent of the Oscars for gift shops!

SEAFARI ADVENTURE Easdale, Oban. PA34 4TB 01852 3000003 Seafari Adventures offer marine wildlife boat trips from their base at Easdale near Oban. Carefully selected ranges of tours include close encounters with Scotland’s nature. Whales, dolphins, seals, otters, eagles, gannets and much much more. Visit the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the world’s Third Largest Whirlpool. All trips are operated on fast cabin and open RIBs operated by fully trained and licensed staff.

OBAN DISTILLERY & VISITOR CENTRE Stafford Street. PA34 5NH 01631 572004 One of Scotland’s smallest whisky makers in Scotland but what it lacks in size it makes up for in pure quality and character. Situated right in the heart of town opposite the North Pier it is easy to walk to and is a must visit and one to add to your list of whisky locations and a truly intimate visitor experience.

OBAN WALKING TOURS Railway Station PA34 5RU 01631 566809 Join STGA trained and qualified guides on a walking tour around Oban. Learn about the town’s history and heritage, the Victorian entrepreneurs who shaped the town, Oban’s Stone Age past and the myths and legends of ancient Argyll. Tours generally last about 90 minutes and depart from outside the Visit Scotland iCentre near North Pier.

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Islay & Jura

THE ISLANDS These priceless pearls, set in silvered seas, Known to mere mortals as The Hebrides. (From: Where Sea and Sky Hold Sway by Peter Rees)


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he islands of Islay and Jura have something to offer everyone. Whether its their famous whisky, spectacular wildlife, peace and tranquility, music, beaches or heritage. You are certain to find something special that will bring you back time and time again. You’ll find a huge range of fabulous places to stay and eat in Islay and Jura, many in stunning coastal locations. The accommodation options are diverse and plentiful. From five-star hotels, luxuary bed and breakfast accommodation to remote selfcatering holiday homes, there’s something for every taste and budget. Whether you’d like to base yourself in a bustling seaside village or get away from it all on a secluded beach, there’s a fantastic selection of holiday cottages, lodges, hotels and B&Bs on offer in Islay and Jura. Islay and Jura are fascinating islands with complex geology and a wide range of plant and animal species, some at either the northern or southern limits of their ranges. While rightly well known for bird watching, Islay and Jura have much more to offer. This island group is one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the UK. An unusually compact habitat mosaic of wet grassland, moorland, machair, blanket bog, lochs, intertidal areas and shoreline supports internationally significant populations of priority bird species, rare plants, beautiful butterflies and iconic west-coast animals such as otter, seals and red deer.





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Islay & Jura The untamed island of Jura is one of the wildest places in Scotland. Located off the mainland's west coast, the long and narrow island is known for its soaring mountains, delectable whisky, swirling whirlpool and local population of just 200 people (who are outnumbered hugely by over 5,000 wild deer). One of the most famous writers of the 20th century once called Jura home. George Orwell travelled here to find the peace and quiet he needed to complete his most famous work, 1984.


Craighouse, Isle of Jura 01496 820231 The Jura Community Shop is owned and managed by its community. It is the only shop and post office on the island and offers a wide range of fresh and frozen foods, store cupboard essentials, household goods, essential Post Office services and newspapers. It is also the perfect spot for a blether and to catch up on island news. The shop is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and, with the support of its customers, became fully independent and sustainable by 2017. As a community shop, all profits will go back into supporting and developing the shop and other community projects.



The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is situated off the west coast of Scotland between the islands of Jura and Scarba. It is one of the largest permanent whirlpools on earth and one of the most dangerous stretches of water around the British Isles. It is said that at certain times the roar is so loud that it can be heard ten miles away. At full strength the currents can reach over 10 knots and produce waves over nine metres high. Visitors will find a number of tour operators in the area offering boat trips to the whirlpool and its surrounding waters, known as the Gulf of Corryvreckan


Dominating the view of Jura from almost any direction are the three, distinctive and easily recognised, Paps of Jura found in the southern half of the island. The highest of the three is Beinn an Oir, the Mountain of Gold, is 785m/2576 ft is the only Corbett, a mountain in Scotland between 2500 and 3000 ft. Beinn Shiantaidh, the Sacred Mountain, is 757m/2477 ft and stands to the east of Beinn an Oir, while Beinn a’ Chaolais, the Mountain of the Sound, stands to the south-west and is the smallest of the three at 734m/2407 ft.

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The Cottage, Ballygrant, Isle of Islay 01496 840644 Finlaggan is an island settlement in the secluded Loch Finlaggan in the north-east corner of Islay. It’s an enormously important place in the history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Archaeological excavations have demonstrated that Finlaggan has been occupied since very early times, but it achieved most fame in the 14th and 15th centuries when it formed the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles. The site is well maintained by the Finlaggan Trust, with timber walkways and good information panels. There’s also a fascinating Information Centre.


Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay 01496 850358 10,000 years of Islay history is on display in the former Free Church in Port Charlotte. Founded in 1977, the museum has built up an extensive collection of objects, books and photographs reflecting the variety of life on Islay from Mesolithic flint tools to an illicit still, Victorian toys to sporting trophies, old crofting tools to household objects, shipwrecks to dairy equipment. The library is available for research. The shop offers a range of books and attractive gifts.


01496 302310 Website The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, on the quaint and picturesque Isle of Islay, is one of Scotland’s oldest and most traditional links courses. In fact, in 1901 it hosted its very own Open Championship where a trio by the name of Harry Vardon, John Taylor and James Braid competed for a £100 first prize.

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Mull & Iona

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f wildlife is your thing, there are beasts in abundance. If you like history, we have castles, standing stones and an ancient abbey. Then there's the ever-changing land and seascapes - wild and beautiful at every turn. Each area has its own distinct landscape and geology providing a variety of outdoor activities, cultural attractions and close encounters with rare wildlife. The rugged north of Mull and the mountainous centre are a complete contrast to the shell-sand coastlines and dramatic sea lochs of the south west of Mull and the Isle of Iona located at its tip. There are amazing things to do on the Isle of Mull and the Isle of Iona. You could spend the day at the pristine Calgary beach, browse the varied and colourful shops in Tobermory, or perhaps take a boat tour of the Treshnish Isles and go wildlife-watching – Mull and Iona are full of walks, tours, art and landmarks aplenty. Stay in a traditional Scottish castle, or perhaps camp beside the wild and windswept Atlantic Ocean. You will discover just about any accommodation in between to suit your taste and budget. Choose from a selection of cosy bed and breakfasts, hotels, and guesthouses, or well-appointed and comfortable self-catering properties. Alternatively, bunkhouses, hostels, and campsites are waiting to offer you a warm island welcome.



nr Salen, Isle of Mull Once one of the most important sites on Mull, Aros Castle is a ruined hall house near Salen. The castle was protected by a steep drop to the beach, and a ditch on the landward side, with a drawbridge. Built by the MacDougalls in the 13th century, the castle passed to the MacDonald Lords of the Isles at the beginning of the 14th century before being acquired by the MacLeans of Duart in 1493. In 1674 the Campbell Earl of Argyll occupied Aros (and Duart) with 2,000 men to punish the MacLeans of Duart, resulting in much bloodshed. The lands later passed to the Campbells, but in the 18th century Aros lost importance in favour of Tobermory, with its more sheltered harbour. It is possible to walk around the ruins of the castle at your own risk.


nr Dervaig An absolute must-see, the long sweep of Calgary is the largest and most accessible beach in North Mull. Calgary is located about five miles to the west of Dervaig. It is backed by machair, found only on the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland, where calcium rich sandy soils create a unique habitat rich in flower species and grasses. Calgary is also home to ‘Art in Nature’ a woodland area with walks that meander amongst various sculptures, carvings and art installations between the beach and the Carthouse Gallery and Tearoom on the hill above. Robin’s Boat sells local Mull ice creams at the beach from a quirky shop built in part from the proprietor’s grandfather’s upturned boat.


Ledaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull 01688 302876 Europe’s first catch and release aquarium where the creatures stay for a maximum of four weeks before being returned to the sea. Not only does this minimise the impact ln the environment with means that the aquarium displays are different every month. They can be squishy, slimey or spikey, and some even squirt water. Touch and feel the amazing creatures that live just below the water in Tobermory Bay. Great for younger ones and the young at heart, it’s the ‘plaice’ to be!


Mull Theatre 01688 302459 : An Tobar 01688 302211 An Tobar & Mull Theatre are multi-arts organisations that produce, present and develop creative work. They support and connect artists and audiences across Mull, Iona and beyond and seek meaningful ways to inspire, inform and shape their communities through culture and creativity. Mull Theatre’s productions have appeared at all the major Scottish theatres, and its production of Peter Arnott’s Cyprus had a four-week run at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.

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Mull & Iona IONA ABBEY

01681 700 512 Website Founded by St Columba, Iona Abbey is noted for its peaceful location, beautiful granite buildings , unique cloister carvings and Celtic crosses. This beautiful & imposing building stands alone and can be seen as you look to the right from the ferry as you cross the Sound of Iona. Given the population now & size of Iona itself it seems amazing that such a building came to be here but it gives an idea of the importance of Iona as a religious centre when sea travel was the motorway of its time. There has been a vibrant Christian Worship on Iona for 1450 years up to the current day. Nowadays the ‘Iona Community’, founded by George MacLeod in the late 1930s, occupies the Abbey. This ecumenical Christian group works for peace and social justice in communities in Glasgow and beyond. Since 600AD pilgrims have come to pray and receive a blessing at St Columba’s shrine and Iona continues to attract visitors and worshipers for rest and renewal.


01681 700404 Stroll up towards the Abbey and visit the Welcome Centre for books, crafts, gifts and locally-made cards, candles and jewellery. The friendly staff will greet you warmly and help you choose from their range of Celtic jewellery, clothing, pilgrimage guides, maps, pottery, cards, books, crafts and gifts. Their book range includes the Iona Abbey Worship Book, Wild Goose Publications (and music), Scottish history, geography and literature, and children’s books. Coffee, tea and cold drinks are also available. Their products are sourced wherever possible from small familyrun businesses, both local and further afield, and fair trade organisations.


01681700127 Rustic retail space in a converted steading, showcasing the work of local designer- makers. This co-operative was established in 2003 by a diverse group of makers who all live and work on the Isle of Iona. The shop enables the members to showcase their beautiful, locally made crafts, including weaving, crocheting, candles, prints, cards, glasswork, felting and Iona greenstone gifts.


Check before You Go! Book in Advance! Each year from April to September, Mull Eagle Watch offer ranger-guided visits to view Britain’s most impressive bird of prey, the white-tailed eagle. White-tailed eagles are magnificent birds of prey, with a wingspan of over two metres when adult. They became extinct in Britain in the early 1900s but were reintroduced in the 70s. The first successful breeding of the reintroduced white-tailed eagles occurred on Mull in 1985. Together with the golden eagle, these birds are the reason Mull is often called ‘Eagle Island’.

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As you leave the ferry, turn left and follow the road past Martyrs Bay and Traigh Mor. Walk up the hill for ¾ of a mile until a gate is reached. Go through the gate and in front is a magnificent stretch of machair which doubles as Iona Golf Course. The grass is kept clipped by the cattle and sheep that graze on the machair and the course is free of charge. You can buy a scorecard and course map from the post office, and the inn across the street has clubs for rent.

Craignure, Isle of Mull 01680 812544 Website Crerar Hotels’ newly renovated Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa is now open, perfect for wellness, nature and spa breaks. This 4-star hotel has 75 redeveloped luxury bedrooms and bathrooms and new generously proportioned sea view suites to complement the venue’s extensive spa offering & 17-metre sea view swimming pool. Local produce is showcased at Òran na Mara, Gaelic for ‘Song of the Sea’ the bistro is inspired by the array of fresh seafood from the waters around Mull. The secluded location, minutes away from Craignure Bay offers travellers and guests one of the best places to stay on Mull. This is a dog friendly hotel with easily accessible beach walks.


01688 302037 Situated in a scenic and majestic location, This nine-hole golf course enjoys a wonderful location on a headland overlooking the Sound of Mull towards the mainland of Scotland. The Tobermory Golf Club was founded in 1896. The present heath and heather course was designed by David Adams and built in 1935.

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Coll ... the Hebridean island for all seasons


rom the pristine beaches, machair, fields of rare wild flowers, wildlife from land, sea and sky, Coll is an unspoilt gem where you can find your own special place. Regular events and ceilidhs happen on Coll throughout the summer, with Cosmos courses and bird festival in the less busy months, visitors are actively encouraged to join in and become part of the success of these events. They include the Coll Show, half-marathon, fishing competition and community fundraising activities. With Coll’s accommodation, restaurant and bar staying


fully open all year round, (subject to govt restrictions) it’s the perfect escape at any time. All of Coll’s serviced accommodation is in the village of Arinagour, there also a wide choice of high quality self catering accommodation in and out of the village. For a full listing please go to The island has two creel fishing boats working out of Arinagour catching lobster, brown crab and langoustines. They supply the island’s restaurant businesses and also sell direct the folk wishing to cook this amazing ingredient themselves.

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01879 230301 The Isle of Coll RSPB reserve is great place to see wildlife all year round. In early spring there are displaying Lapwing, snipe and Redshank buzzing over the marshes. If you are on Coll from Late April to early May you have the best chance of seeing a Corncrake at the Totronald Information Centre. In summer the dunes are alive with buzzing insects feeding on the dune and machair flowers. A walk on the many beaches is often rewarded with great views of Basking shark, and if you are lucky Otters. During winter the reserve has internationally important numbers of Barnacle Geese, feeding. White fronted Geese and flocks of Twite.


01879 230334 The Coll hotel has a string of awards recognising the continuous strive for quality hospitality and service on the island. Open all year, the hotel is an important part of island life and its community. The restaurant is focused on Coll and Argyll’s rich larder from the land and sea, with ever changing menus to reflect the seasons and availability. A warm welcome awaits.


01879 230329 Within Coll Post Office you will find An Acarsaid gift shop. Here you can purchase anything from OS maps, postcards, books about Coll, Hebridean wool knitwear, throws and sheepskins from our own flock. Buckets and spades to fishing tackle plus a wide selection of Coll specific gifts plus a wide range of postal general services.


07867 804573 Facebook IsleGo offers a wide range of services from whale watching days trips to charters for travel and leisure. Based on the Isle of Coll, we are centrally positioned to easily access the islands of Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, the Isles of Muck and Canna, the Cairns of Coll, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and many more destinations. The sea around Coll boasts some of the best concentrations of Whale, Porpoise and Dolphin as well as Basking Sharks to be seen on the West Coast of Scotland. A family run business, aiming to provide a very personal service, offering customised trips and planned routes, IsleGo’s boat, Stormbringer II, is a purpose built Red Bay Rib, comfortably accommodating up to seven guests in the cabin and up to three on deck. With a cruise speed of up to 20 knots, Tobermory is a mere 50 minutes and the Isle of Lunga, with it’s Puffin colony, just over 30 minutes away.

AN CRIDHE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND BUNKHOUSE 01879 230000 01879 230217 The Isle of Coll Community Centre, An Cridhe, makes a great venue for weddings, events and workshops throughout the year. It’s also a great venue for playing sport, relaxing and shopping for local produce. Coll Bunkhouse is a five star hostel, currently adapted to three studio-style rooms with private facilities to keep you safe during Covid. It’s a great base from which to explore the beautiful Isle of Coll..


01879 230240 Ross and Chloe create iconic images, gifts and clothing inspired by the Hebridean Isle of Coll. They have a wee shop area at their home in Arinagour, where they sell Cards, T-shirts, hoodies, aprons, hats, prints and much more. They also pop up at An Cridhe’s Saturday market every week in the Summer months. Check out their latest designs and opening times on their website.

TIGH NA MARA GUESTHOUSE 01879 230354 Set in beautiful gardens, with uninterrupted views of Mull and the Treshnish Isles, ensuring our guests make the most of their experience of Coll and Tigh na Mara is our priority. Having achieved Eviivo’s shortlist for “Tastiest Breakfast”, we’re expanding our offerings to takeaway picnic lunches and evening meals from May 2021, menus reflecting the best local ingredients we can source at the time. Coll is a beautiful island all year round, but don’t just take our word for it, come and experience our warm Hebridean Island welcome for yourself.

COLL’S DARK SKY After many years of hard work, Coll is proud to be recognised as one of very few dark sky islands in the world. Although Cosmos courses are run in the Autumn and Spring (see Coll and the Cosmos) to really admire and enjoy our sky all you need is a clear night, warm clothes and a little bit of patience. Binoculars are handy but not essential, with your bare eyes our sky will blow your mind.

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iree is an idyllic Hebridean Island, perfect for outdoor pursuits, wildlife enthusiasts, and those yet to experience the total tranquillity of stunning white beaches and crystal clear seas.It is the outermost of the Inner Hebrides, an island with undulating but almost treeless landscape, lochs and a wealth of natural flora, bird life and mesmerising marine life in the surrounding seas. History and culture are abound on the island with museums, family dances and plenty of music on in July when Tiree hosts its own music festival. There is a beach to suit any

MANNAL HOUSE 07741489959 info@ Situated on the edge the picturesque village of Mannal with direct access to the beach and spectacular views to Mull and Iona, Mannal House is a perfect place to enjoy a break at any time of the year.


1A West Hynish PA77 6UF 07591005871 | www.tireewhiskycompany. com Tyree Gin truly reflects the landscape in which it is distilled. Kelp harvested from the icy waters provides sweetness as well as coastal salty flavours and floral, grassy and vanilla notes are achieved using a range of botanicals from the machair ground inland from the shore. Combined with juniper, water-mint and angelica, this is a fresh, pure island spirit.


01879220505 / 07825655135 www.facebook. com/scoopsmarineemporium Stocking a wide range of ropes, marine hardwear and fishing accessories, all the essentials for fishing and boating. Also sells and deliver local fish and shellfish straight off the boat.

TIREE TEA Tiree Tea is a range of high quality, unique tea blends inspired by the nature, stories and culture of the Scottish Hebrides - particularly Tiree. Labelled, packed and shipped from Tiree, you can enjoy a wee taste of Hebridean magic no matter where in the world you are!

wind direction on Tiree too and so water sporting is enjoyed by many. It also is host to the popular Tiree half and Tiree ultramarathons. Tiree is home to a wealth of talent and it comes in many forms. Keep your eyes open for pop up galleries or visit the local shops and workshops. The island has a mild climate with the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the British Isles. It benefits from the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream, ensuring that frost in winter is rare, and evenings in midsummer are warm.

BLACKHOUSE WATERSPORTS Balevullin Beach Hut 07736330829 The Blackhouse Watersports team love to surf and love to teach surfing to others. They offer lessons for all ages and abilities - complete beginners through to advanced. The Isle of Tiree is an incredible place to surf; pristine quiet beaches, crystal clear water and consistent surf make it a paradise for anybody who loves the outdoors and watersports. For more information on surf lessons, kitesurfing lessons or accommodation please get in touch with Iona or Marti.

TIREE MUSIC FESTIVAL For years, Tiree local and musician with the band Skerryvore Daniel Gillespie found himself performing at festivals around the world thinking how great it would be to have a similar event back home. Until one day, he and fellow Tiree local Stewart MacLennan decided to create exactly that. That was back in 2010. TMF has grown in capacity each year until 2016 where the event reached the target max capacity of 2000 – a number that will not increase so that TMF can remain what makes it so special. Small and intimate. TMF will be back next year on July 9-11.

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AISLING’S KITCHEN AT THE COBBLED COW 07557510330 Find us on Facebook We’re really passionate about delicious food & even better service. Our country style kitchen offering has an honest, fresh and wholesome food approach with strong focus on ethically and locally sourced produce,(from croft & creel), whilst ensuring that customer satisfaction is at the heart of what we do.

07765422831 Known as “The Land Below the Waves”, the Isle of Tiree is a great base from which to explore the best marine life Argyll has to offer. Experience the joy of getting away from it all as you jump aboard the Aurora and go on an adventure with Tiree Sea Tours. Follow us on Facebook @Tiree Sea Tours

TIREE FITNESS Sandaig 07867304640 At Tiree Fitness we provide a quality bike hire service to help you enjoy your visit to the island. We also have a gym, group classes and offer massage therapy throughout the year. Get in touch and we can help you plan your holiday.

SHONA JOHNSTON ART 0775794650 I am an artist native to and working on Tiree. I am attracted to the many idiosyncrasies around the island which often go unnoticed until they are presented as a complete image. I alternate between canvas and board with overlays of acrylics, charcoal drawing which retains the working process and oftimes collage. Commissions undertaken and cards and prints available.


07833031764 Imagine horse riding on an unspoilt Hebridean beach with clear turquoise water lapping the sand. At Tiree Trekking this dream can become a reality. Join us and see the wonderful coastal landscape of Tiree from the saddle! Call Julie for more information.

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Argyll and Glasgow





lasgow is the beating heart of Scotland. It has the culture, the people and the nightlife. Argyll and the Isles – Scotland’s Adventure Coast – has the coastline, the wildlife and the heritage. Combine them in a short

stay and you have the Heart & Soul of Scotland. Whether you like to play hard, immerse yourself in culture or have a foodie experience, here are ten unforgettable Argyll day trips from Glasgow – that will leave you wanting more!



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rom nightlife to wildlife! Experience the city lights of Glasgow and indulge your passion for the great outdoors. #1 Loch Lomond Jump on a train in Glasgow and in less than an hour you’ll be exploring the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. How about bagging ‘The Cobbler’ before heading back to Glasgow for some celebratory drinks? #2 Cowal Cowal has towering Munros, sea lochs and huge tracts of forest to

explore. Hop on the train from Glasgow to Gourock and catch the ferry to Dunoon. #3 Oban Catch an early train from Glasgow and you can spend the day in Oban, Scotland’s Seafood Capital. Hire a kayak or go on a fast RIB ride. #4 Tiree Tiree has incredible beaches and worldclass surfing. The twice daily Loganair flight from Glasgow to Tiree will have you there in an hour.

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f you are driven by taste and sensation, then don’t miss the chance to explore the epicurean delights of Scotland’s Adventure Coast. #5 The Clyde Sea lochs Helensburgh is just 45-minutes by rail from Glasgow. Loads of restaurants have opened up recently, and there are fabulous cultural attractions too. #6 Mull & Iona Follow the Mull & Iona

Food Trail and you’ll find fresh seafood and an abundance of eateries. Catch the train to Oban and join West Coast Tours for a ferry and bus tour. #7 Kintyre & Gigha Fly from Glasgow to Campbeltown on Kintyre with Loganair. Campbeltown has three working whisky distilleries. In the summer you can return by ferry to Ardrossan and train back to the city.



lasgow’s cultural scene is second to none. Just over an hour away there are equally fascinating cultural adventures to be had in Argyll and the Isles. #8 Isle of Bute Catch the train from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay and hop on the ferry to Bute. This island is packed with cultural experiences, from Rothesay Castle to Mount Stuart. #9 Heart of Argyll Take the bus from Glasgow and spend the day exploring Inveraray’s

shops, cafés and attractions, including Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Take some extra time to catch a bus south to Lochgilphead explore the Crinan Canal and historic Kilmartin Glen #10 Islay and Jura Hop on an early morning Loganair flight from Glasgow to Islay to discover historic distilleries and enjoy a peaty dram. There is abundant wildlife and prehistoric sites and medieval castles to explore.

'The Heart & Soul of Scotland' campaign is a partnership between Wild About Argyll and People Make Glasgow supported by partners: Visit Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Love Loch Lomond, ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Loganair, Enterprise rent-a-car and West Coast Motors

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West Highland Line

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he world famous West Highland Line with its quaint Swiss chalet stations was voted the World’s Best Railway Journey by readers of the Wanderlust travel magazine ... and not without reason.

The World’s best train journey

The route from Glasgow to Mallaig and Fortwilliam snakes its way through stunning countryside and across breathtaking ravines spanned by stunning concrete structures which were record breaking and revolutionary when they were built. Borrodale Burn bridge became the world’s longest concrete span at 127 feet, and Glenfinnan Viaduct was a huge structure in concrete at 416 yards long with 21 arches. This historic route combines the romance of the Scottish Highlands with the breathtaking beauty of the rural countryside and adds a little bit of Harry Potter magic along the way. This is one train journey you will never forget whether you travel on newly-refurbished, regular ScotRail trains or the Jacobite Steam Train

Glasgow to Crianlarich


rom Glasgow Queen Street station the train travels uphill towards the Kilpatrick hills, providing impressive views of the Erskine Bridge and down the Clyde Estuary towards the Firth of Clyde. Pass through the small villages and towns on the Clyde – such as Bowling, Dumbarton (with its celebrated castle), Cardross (where Robert the Bruce lived) and Garelochhead – you will be treated to your first glimpse of the ‘Arrochar Alps’. At Garelochhead station you get stunning panoramic views of the Gare Loch, with Loch Long just starting to come into view. The jetty below is Finnart deep-water terminal, built by the US Navy during the Second World


War. Tankers discharge their oil here to be pumped by pipeline to Grangemouth, 60 miles away to the east.

& Tarbet station, the world-renowned bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond appear on the right.

Approaching Arrochar, look left for great views of the celebrated ‘Arrochar Alps’, including such craggy peaks as the Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and the well-loved Cobbler. Shortly after departing Arrochar

Across the loch, dominated by the towering presence of Ben Lomond, this area was once home to Rob Roy MacGregor, legendary warrior, robber and folk hero. He used to question captives in a nearby cave – and wasn’t averse to dipping them in the loch to extract information! Enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding Loch Lomond before arriving in Crianlarich. Here the train line divides, with the western route turning towards Oban, and the north continuing up to Fort William and Mallaig.

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West Highland Line

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Crianlarich to Fort William/ Mallaig


ust beyond Upper Tyndrum, the northbound fork of the West Highland Line navigates the massive sentinels of Beinn Odhar and Beinn Dorain in the unique Horseshoe Curve. Next stop is Bridge of Orchy - well known to walkers and climbers alike as a landmark hamlet on the West Highland Way – where nearby you’ll find the ruin of Achallader Castle. Passing Loch Tulla on the left, the line starts to cross the wild Rannoch Moor, a vast wilderness, where the railway ‘floats’ on top of the moor on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood, earth and ashes. Arriving at Corrour, you are now 1350 feet above sea level - the highest mainline station in the UK. The station is one of the most remote in Britain (the nearest road is 10 miles away) and is also famous for appearing in the hit film ‘Trainspotting’ (and the sequel) starring Ewan McGregor. After passing through Tulloch and shortly before arriving in Roy Bridge, look out for the foaming waters of Monessie Gorge on the left. Once you have passed through Spean Bridge, just before the train pulls into Fort William, the massive bulk of the Nevis Range comes into full view. At just over 4,400ft, Ben Nevis is not only

Britain’s highest mountain but covers a huge land area with a base circumference of 24 miles. From Fort William you’ll soon be heading off on the final section of the Line, en route to Mallaig. Almost as soon as your journey begins the line crosses part of the Caledonian Canal, Britain’s longest inland waterway, which links Fort William with Inverness. To the right is Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight canal locks. The curve of the 100ft-high Glenfinnan Viaduct sweeps you past the head of Loch Shiel and the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie, marking where he landed and unfurled his standard in 1745 to start the Jacobite Rebellion.

After passing through the beautiful lochs and hills surrounding Lochailort and Beasdale, you arrive in Arisaig – a popular tourist spot with due to its spectacular views over Loch Nan Ceall where you can see the islands of Rum and Eigg. Less than 10 minutes later you’ll see the spectacular silver sands of Morar, made famous in the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Capaldi. You’ll also cross Scotland’s shortest river, which runs out of our deepest loch - Loch Morar. As you approach Mallaig take in the breathtaking jagged peaks of Skye.

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West Highland Line

Crianlarich to Oban


he Oban line passes through Tyndrum Lower and takes you through beautiful Glen Lochy to Dalmally; and just beyond stands the ruin of Kilchurn Castle, ancient stronghold of Clan Campbell.

Around the head of Loch Awe is the Pass of Brander, which skirts the towering bulk of Ben Cruachan – the Hollow Mountain – which conceals a fascinating secret; the mountain caverns house an innovative hydro power scheme inside. To the left is the River Awe, setting for Sir Walter Scott’s romance ‘The Highland Widow’. Nearing Oban now and approaching Connel Ferry, you can see the Falls of Lora, a tidal race at the narrow entrance to Loch Etive. This natural occurrence, caused by a fast-moving tide, produces white rapids that can last for up to five days. Your final stop on this section of the Line, Oban, is a popular tourist destination, well-known for its many seafood restaurants.

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