Travel Guide Argyll and Bute

  • Kilchurn Castle
    Kilchurn Castle Photo: Neil Williamson, CC BY-SA,
  • Loch Lomond
    Loch Lomond Photo: CC0,
  • Isle of Mull at Oban
    Isle of Mull at Oban Photo: dun_deagh, CC BY-SA,
  • Scottish Highlands -Loch Etive Photo: Rab Lawrance, CC BY,
  • Ben Cruachan Photo: John Mason, CC BY,

Argyll and Bute

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Argyll and Bute is a fascinating archipelago region. The land seems to be equally crossed between saltwater and freshwater. It is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy both the highest altitudes and the coolest of waters and want to spend some adventurous active breaks. The island peaks offer breathtaking panoramic views of the area and kayaking allows you to explore each bay in detail from up close.
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From Island to Island

The Isle of Mull is one of the most popular excursion destinations due to its extremely beautiful and varied landscape - it is highly recommended to book your accommodation well in advance to be able to explore the highlights of the island in detail. On foot or by bike most of the tours are along the coast, or how about a tour up the Ben More?

Right next to the Isle of Mull lies the small island of Iona - a mystical emerald on which not only the ground shines in bright green. Those who visit the island should stay overnight, because, with a little luck, the mysterious green northern lights shimmer in the cloudless starry sky. Between us: even without the northern lights, the stars above Iona enchant in a very special way.

Isle of Mull
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From Loch to Loch

From loch to lochWhether Daniel Craig is the best James Bond is debatable. Unquestionable is that he roams the most beautiful landscapes. This is also true in Skyfall - the setting here is the beautiful Loch Etive. The lake is ideal for kayaking, but the mountain landscape around it also offers plenty of opportunities for active pursuits. Routes lasting several days are no problem here, as wild camping is allowed in the area, but please do not leave any traces behind, just like everywhere else.

Loch Awe is the largest freshwater lake in the whole of Scotland and has the typical elongated shape of an ice age lake. On the shore are the remains of Kilchurn Castle, which was struck by lightning in the 18th century and severely damaged. From Ben Cruachan, which can be reached over the Pass of Braner, we have an exceptional view of the castle and the lake.

Loch Awe
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Contributions from the Community

Review of Ardgartan Forsest Walk by Hester
Yesterday · Community
I was disappointed with this route as the vast majority is on wide vehicle tracks (tarmac or similar). Towards the end there is apparently a narrow footpath diversion towards the loch, seen on the information board in the carpark. We didn't realise till afterwards but this walk, as mapped, takes the road (and this section has lots of vehicles going to and from a hotel). Unless it's the height of summer you'll get very little sunlight on this walk.
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