Argyll, Kintyre & Inner Isles
The sea and coastal landscapes feature highly in this region. Mainland Argyll and Kintyre an undulating rural land-scape interspersed with sea lochs. The islands of Mull, Islay and the tiny Iona are all quite different but offer a wealth of wildlife, breathtaking scenery and historic sites which reflect the region once governed by the infamous Gaels who were instrumental in the creation of Alba. (Scotland).
Stunning Landscapes and Views with the ‘Wow’ Factor
- Glencoe Pass - A narrow mountain pass enclosed by ‘The Three Sisters’ and ‘Aonach Eagach’, offers scenery that will certainly demand your attention. Ossian’s Cave is visible high up on ‘Aonach Dubh'.
- Rest and Be Thankful - A winding mountain road, through the ‘Arrochar Alps’ that climbs to a viewpoint with long views back down the pass. An experience that demonstrates the significance of its name.
- Loch Fyne - An endless seawater loch renowned for its oyster beds. Overlooked by various castles including Inveraray Castle and connected to the Crinnan Canal it is one of Scotland’s busier waterways.
- Isle of Mull - Separated from the mainland by the Firth of Lorne, Mull is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife, white tailed sea eagles and otters. Commands amazing views out over the Atlantic Ocean.
- Glen Etive - A single track road that meanders endlessly between the mountains to what seems its distant destination, Loch Etive but presents interesting views all the way. Magical splashes of colourful shrubs.
Some Attraction Ideas
- Gardens - The temperate climate of the west coast nurtures some of Scotland’s most vibrant gardens - Eas Mhor - Seil, Crinan Hotel Gardens - Crinan, Arduine Garden - Oban, Armaddy Castle - Oban.
- Castles - This region tends to associate with several Clans - Inveraray Castle (Clan Campbell), Castle Stalker (Clan Stewart), Duart Castle, Isle of Mull (Clan Maclean), Dunollie Castle (Clan MacDougall).
- The Isle of Iona - A sacred island with beautiful sandy beaches, the abbey, marble quarry, and home to the corncrake and other rare, secretive birds. A peaceful, serene island free from vehicle traffic.
- The Isle of Mull - Mull has fantastic scenery, eagles and sea eagles, otters, seals and whale watching.
- The Isle of Islay - An historical island but better known for its 10 whisky distilleries, some of Scotland’s best beaches and site of several famous shipwrecks, two commemorated by The American Monument.
A Small Selection of Historical Sites
- Iona Abbey - The sacred place where St Columba first lived in 6th Century when he brought Christianity to Scotland. The burial place of up to possibly 48 Scottish Kings and the source of the ‘Book of Kells'.
- Glencoe, Valley of the Weeping - Site of the massacre of 38 members of Clan McDonald by English Government troops commanded by Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon. An eerie and foreboding place.
- Kilmartin Glen - The centre of over 800 prehistoric and ancient sites, standing stones, rock carvings, burial cairns and the site of Dunadd Hill Fort where the Kings of Scotland were inaugurated up to 900AD.
- Cruachan Power Station - Built in the early 1960’s a hydro power generation station deep inside the mountain Ben Cruachan. Visit the cavernous generating hall for a unique experience.
- Various Dairiata Sites on Isle of Mull - 9th century Stone circle (Loch Buie), Aros Castle (ruins from 1437), Ardtonish Castle (ruins from 1400’s)
- Fingal’s Cave - A boat trip away to the uninhabited Island of Staffa, known to the Vikings as the ‘Island of Pillars’. Walk inside this natural rock cathedral and experience acoustics, and sights like nowhere else.
Some Sleepy Sporran Off Grid Secrets
- Ardchattan Priory and Gardens, Benderloch - Beautiful sanctuary above the shores of Loch Etive
- Saint Conan’s KIrk, Loch Awe - An unusual and elaborate family church built on the side of Loch Awe.
- Finlaggan, Islay - Once the capital of the Gael Kingdom of Malcolm I, the ‘Lord of the Isles’ in 640AD.
- Duntrune Castle - Perched on a cliff above Crinan Loch the birthplace of the West Highland Terrier.
- The Falls of Lora - A rare sea cataract that creates whirlpools and standing waves when the freshwater of Loch Etive bumps into the saltwater of Loch Linnhe near Connel.