Activities.


There is a huge variety of 'things to do' in Argyll and the Islands, too numerous to list. Activities that will appeal to all ages and diverse enough to attract visitors with  wide scope of interests.


We have all manner of Castles, Forts, Ruins and Historic sites from pre-historic monuments in Kilmartin, Dunadd Fort, the site of the inauguration of the Gaelic Kings to the ancestral seat of the Duke of Argyll,  Chief of Clan Campbell.


Glorious gardens. Protected by the soft air created by the Gulf stream a wide choice of gardens and sheltered ancient woodlands including Arduaine on the west coast near Oban to Crarae on the shores of Loch Fyne.


The Whisky Coast. We boast that the best Whisky in the world is produced here on either the mainland or on the Islands. Take the time to savour the taste and the process on one of the many distillery tours. 


Island Hopping. No trip would be complete without taking a ferry to at least one of the Islands of the Inner Hebrides. Islay, home to 8 working distilleries, Mull to see the white tailed eagles, mysterious Iona, or dramatic Jura. Ferry crossings are widely available.


The Cowal and Kintyre Peninsular, hidden parts of Scotland with quiet roads, white sand beaches, secluded glens and secluded coastal walks.


Golf at the internationally famous Machrihanish Golf Club, described by 'old' Tom Morris  as "specifically designed by the Almighty Himself" and home to the recently voted 'finest opening hole in world golf'.


Sea Safaris. Whale, basking shark,  porpoise and seal watching, to say nothing of birdlife, Fingal's cave and Corryvreckan Whirlpool.


Crinan Canal. Linking the major west coast ports to the islands in the 19th Century, now very much a recreational waterway noted for abundant wildlife. 


Festivals Galore. Seafood, Whisky Music, Dance Festivals, town and Country Shows & Rally's, Highland Games and even the world stone skimming championships, take place throughout the year. 


Wildlife opportunities and stunning scenery.  It is without exaggeration to say that if you are patient and lucky enough that you may well encounter species of wildlife that you are unlikely to see  in other parts of the UK. Sea life, Eagles and other  birds, mammals such as Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Otter, Beaver are all seen reasonably frequently and there are many sites specifically geared up for your visit. 


Walking & Cycling. Many miles of routes are available with a diverse selection for all abilities, indeed  NCR Route 78 (Oban to Campbeltown) runs behind us in the woods above us.


This is a small selection of things to do, I could go on and mention Horse Riding, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Field Sports of all sorts, Star Gazing in the dark skies, Forest ParksSegways, Kayaking, Mountaineering  and of course doing nothing .


Argyll and Bute & surrounding area


Ardrishaig..............................1/4 Mile(s).

Lochgilphead..........................2 

Oban....................................40 

Campbeltown.......................47 

Inveraray.............................27 

Glasgow...............................90

Glasgow Airport...................81 

Edinburgh............................136

Edinburgh Airport................128

Fort William.........................83 

Inverness..............................147 

Mallaig................................ 125


Ferries 


Islay: Kennacraig to Port Ellen/Port Askaig

Arran: Tarbert to Lochranza

Jura:Kennacraig to Port Askaig/Feolin

Mull: Oban to Craignure

Colonsay: From Oban, Kennacraig and Islay.

Gigha: Tayinloan to Ardminish.


Many of the ferries are seasonal. For timetables and route information call Caledonian Macbrayne.0800 066 5000 www.calmac.co.uk 





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Shopping,Food & Drink.

In some ways it goes without saying that in Scotland you can obtain some of the finest examples of fine food and drink in the world. Here in Lochgilphead and within an hour or so's drive you can find some of the best examples of Smoked Salmon, Kippers, Haddock, Trout, Oysters Langoustines, Prawns and Whisky to name some of the more obvious. 


Local shopping provides mainly day to day needs but there are some specialist shops with arts and crafts, fresh and smoked products, fishing tackle and outdoor clothing as well as traditional and novelty gifts and postcards.


Oban is about an hour away with a mainline railway station. Glasgow with all the facilities you would expect of a major City is 2 hours away and is served by all transport links including an International airport.