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12 Attractions to enjoy with the Family this Autumn

Those golden Autumn colours are starting to appear and there's a breeze in the air. The school holidays are coming and there's so much for families to get up to in Argyll.

We've picked out 12 of our favourites...

3 Oct 2019

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Ardkinglas Estate

1 – Ardkinglas Estate

The fabulous Ardkinglas House is considered to be Sir Robert Lorimer’s masterpiece, and although the house itself is closed for the season, there are plenty of opportunities for exploring in the stunning woodland surroundings.  The Gruffalo & Fairy Trails are popular with families and the golden Autumn colours make for the perfect group photo – there’s also an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the “Mightiest Conifer in Europe”.

Argyll Adventure

2 – Argyll Adventure

A short drive from Inveraray, Argyll Adventure offers a wide range of family activities for all ages this Autumn including Horse Riding, Crossbows and Laser Storm – a purpose-built zombie laser game inside a converted shed – great fun!  There’s also an on-site café and picnic area.

Auchindrain Township

3 – Auchindrain Township

Auchindrain was the last of Scotland’s Farming Township’s and now remains an important example of the country’s history. Enjoy a stroll around the settlement or browse a range of local crafts and souvenirs. The Tearoom serves fresh home-made baking, snacks and soup to warm you up. Open until end of October.

Benmore Gardens

4 – Benmore Botanic Gardens

Just 6 miles from Dunoon, Benmore is an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery, with the colours arguably at their finest during the Autumn months. The Café offers an excellent range of Fair-trade Coffees and Teas, home-baking, snacks or meals, whilst the Shop offers a wide selection of books, plants and gifts – perfect for those stocking fillers. Open until end of October.

Dunollie Castle

5 – Dunollie Castle & Museum

As the ancestral home of the Clan MacDougall, Dunollie holds over 1000 years of fascinating history. Visit the 1745 House Museum, ancient castle ruin, enchanting woodland spaces and 19th Century working loom, whilst enjoying incredible views out over Oban Bay. Locally sourced handmade gifts are available in the shop along with delicious homemaking. Guided Tours are available daily throughout Autumn.

Fyne Ales

6 – Fyne Ales

The award-winning Fyne Ales micro-brewery is situated in Cairndow, just off the A83. As well as an on-site shop selling outstanding Fyne Ales amongst a range of gifts and souvenirs, they offer guided tours and tutored tasting sessions.  Adults can enjoy the wide variety of local beers while the kids indulge a soft drink – oh and we’d recommend sampling the delicious steak pie, made with beef from local highland cattle.

Inveraray Castle

7 – Inveraray Castle

The ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Inveraray Castle is an icon on the local landscape and a must-see visitor attraction this Autumn. Explore the stunning building and its grounds, visit the gift shop or sample the local Scottish menu, home baking, drinks and ice creams in the traditional tearoom. Open until end of October.

Inveraray Jail

8 – Inveraray Jail

Just a short walk from the Castle sits Inveraray Old Town Jail – An essential visit during any trip to Argyll. The jail itself is a living museum where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed characters, watch courtroom trials, talk to prisoners, meet the Warden, go to jail and witness cell life, sample the punishments, browse the exhibition of prison artefacts, then make your escape.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

9 – Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Located at Lomond Shores, the Bird of Prey Centre offers the chance to spend time with over 30 birds of prey from more than 20 species, such as the Little Owl, Hawks, Falcons and “Orla”, the Golden Eagle. Brand new for 2019 – Visitors can catch these amazing creatures in full flight in the newly built flying area.

Cruise Loch Lomond

10 – Loch Lomond Cruises

Cruise Loch Lomond (Tarbet, Inveruglas & Luss) and Sweeney’s Cruises (Balloch) both offer the opportunity to experience the serenity of the ‘bonnie banks’ this Autumn from none other the loch itself. They provide a full schedule of with various routes available. Cycle hire is also available from Cruise Loch Lomond; ideal for day trippers, holiday makers and families looking for an outdoor adventure.

Sea Life Centre

11 – Sea Life Centre

Situated on Loch Lomond Shores, the Sea Life Centre is the perfect chance to explore an amazing underwater world, get close to over 1500 creatures (including Scotland’s largest selection of sharks) and hold creatures such as Starfish and Crabs. With fun talks, animal feeds & special events there’s something for everyone.

TreeZone

12 – TreeZone

Loch Lomond Treezone course has all the makings of a fantastic treetop adventure, with arguably, one of the best views in the country from the final zip wire. As you make your way from the reception area into the forest, the excitement will build as you see what lays ahead. Suitable for age 7+.

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