Argyll stretches from Ayrshire in the South along the Western seaboard with Greater Glasgow to the East and the Fort William area to the North. Theoretically, Argyll includes the Western Isles, but the Islands are often separated because of their different cultural identity. Much of the area has been developed in the past by Glasgow merchants, who built houses overlooking the entrance to the Clyde. It is wonderfully diverse area of industrial and natural heritage with efficient ferries connecting the various peninsulas and islands and many festivals staged throughout the year.
As Argyll strictly speaking includes much of the Western seaboard and Inner Hebridrean islands of Scotland, there are no shortage of beauty spots. However to narrow the area, we have seperated out Benderloch and Appin in the North, the islands, Kintyre in the South and the Cowal penninsular. As well as the beauty spots linked below, Private House Stays also recommends Achray Forest, Inverliever Forest Walks, Ardgartan Forest Walks, Corrychurrachan, Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk, Eas Na Circe, Ettrick Bay Trail, Fearnoch Forest, Glasdrum Wood National Nature reserve, Knapdale Forest Walks, Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve and Tighnabruaich.
In addition to the Museums linked below, Private House Stays also is prepared to list the following for your consideration: The Arctic Penguin Maritime Heritage Centre, Kildonan Museum and Heritage Centre, and The Sandaig Museum.
In our opinion the most significant heritage site in Argyll is the considerable area around Kilmartin Glen, which is considered to have as interesting a collection of ancient archeological tombs, stone circles and other ancient cultural relics as can be found anywhere in Scotland. Other heritage sites recommended by Private House Stays include: Dunadd Fort, Nether Largie Cairns and The Kempock Stone.
Argyll is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from some ancient and barely remembered clan feud. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addition to those with links below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Inveraray Castle, Castle Sween, Dunollie Castle, Gylen Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Kilmartin Castle and Tarbert Castle.
Due to the influence of the gulf stream, Argyll is famous for some beautiful gardens. In addition to those with links below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Kilmun arboretum, Stonefield castle gardens and Strone House gardens.
As you would expect from the varied coast line and gulf stream influence, Argyll has quite a few opportunities to be taken out on the sea or the lochs to explore. In addition to those with links below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: The Corryvreckan Whirlpool which can be experienced by using the Sea Fari service linked below (it is highly recommended to see this at the high tide points) and The Loch Awe Steam Packet.
Argylls highlights are mainly natural, but we do recommend 2 attractions suitable for entertaining children with links below.