Argyll Scenic Gems you will Love
Argyll is renowned for its scenic splendour, rolling hills, gorgeous glens, and highland lochs. It is home to a number of beautiful places and scenic gems. Complemented by an exquisite array of wildlife, from deer, red squirrels, and dolphins, to seals, porpoise, and herons. We have highlighted some of our favourite spots we think you might enjoy exploring - It’s places like these that make Argyll the perfect holiday destination.
1. Puck’s Glen – Close to Hunters Quay Holiday Village
Puck’s Glen is just outside Dunoon and 1 mile south of Benmore Botanic Gardens. The walk is known for its local lore and is a popular route with a mystical atmosphere! You can follow the magical trail that winds along a Victorian walkway up the dramatic rocky gorge that is said to be home to mischievous spirits. Pass several waterfalls beneath the towering Douglas firs. During your visit, keep a sharp eye out and you might just spot the mystical Ghillie Dhu!
2. Falls of Falloch – Close to Loch Lomond Holiday Park
The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond are famous for their beauty. The loch is the largest in Scotland and probably the most famous after Loch Ness. Why not walk along its shores and visit the Falls of Falloch? The Falls of Falloch are a beautiful waterfall and a popular spot for lunch! Standing at 30 feet high, the falls are an abrupt step in the passage of the River Falloch as it makes its way down Glen Falloch towards Loch Lomond at Ardlui. A truly beautiful feature of the already scenic loch. We have teamed up with several local businesses to give our guests discounted access to explore the loch. Loch Lomond Leisure offer visitors the chance to explore Loch Lomond by a number of options; Water-skiing, Kayaking, Wakeboarding, Guided Canoe Tours, Pedal Boats, Speedboat Tours, Banana Boats, Ringo Rides, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Bike Hire and much more! If you prefer a more relaxing day out – As guests of Argyll Holidays, you are entitled to a discount with Sweeney's Cruises and can enjoy the splendour of a sunset on Loch Lomond from the comfort of one of their fleet.
3. Hidden Heritage Trail – Close to Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village
The Hidden Heritage Trail begins and ends at the Three Villages Hall in Arrochar, but can be accessed at several other points. It follows the Three Lochs Way. The popular walk is at a beginner level and takes and average of 1 to 2 hours to complete. The route takes you through the site of the Battle of Largs, when the Vikings pulled 60 ships out of Loch Long at Arrochar and dragged them across the land to Loch Lomond, from where they sailed south to raid the inland settlements! A historic gem hidden within the rolling hills and crashing waterfalls of Argyll.
4. Fingal’s Cave, Staffa – Close to Loch Awe Holiday Park
Formed over 50 million years ago, Fingal's Cave is located on the uninhabited island of Staffa and is part of a bigger vast sea cave network. The cave is famous for its unique acoustics and for being carved from the same lava flow that shaped the Giants Causeway. You can book a boat out to see Fingal’s Cave, most people also visit either the Treshnish Isles or Iona as well. On route you will see spectacular coastal views, breath-taking mountain scenery and the rich wildlife that the Scottish Islands has to offer.
5. Inveraray - Close to Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village
Inveraray is a traditional town and a perfect gateway to the Highlands & Islands. The town is filled with history and interesting walks, one of which rises over 800 feet to the tower atop Dun Na Cuaiche from where there is a spectacular view over the castle, town and loch. Inveraray is also home to Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Both popular tourist spots that Argyll Holidays guests can enjoy discounted access to through our Friends of Argyll partnership. A great place to spend the day out with the family.
6. The Cobbler – Close to Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village
The Cobbler, also known as Ben Arthur, is a mountain at the head of Loch Lomond. The mountain itself is known for its rock climbing, considered some of the best in the Southern Highlands with three peaks for adventurers to explore. The mountain path is popular and is nick named the cobbler due to its distinctive, large rocky summit features which are supposed to represent a cobbler bending over his last. The most common route starts from the village of Succoth, at the head of Loch Long, and the view from the top is most rewarding!
7. Benmore Botanic Gardens - Close to Stratheck Holiday Park
Benmore's 120 acres feature a world-famous collection of plants from the Orient and the Himalaya to North and South America. Guests can enjoy an ascent to a spectacular viewpoint at 137 metres (450 ft) to enjoy views of Holy Loch and the neighbouring mountains. Relax and enjoy a Fairtrade cuppa at the Benmore Café after a stroll through their stunning gardens. As a plus, Argyll Holidays guests are entitled to exclusive discounted access to the grounds through our Friends of Argyll Scheme.
8. St Conan’s Kirk - Close to Loch Awe Holiday Park
St Conan’s Kirk is a beautiful and fascinating Kirk in the village of Lochawe, just a short drive from our Loch Awe Holiday Park. It was designed and built by Walter Campbell to save his mother travelling six miles to the nearest church! From the road the Kirk gives few clues about the amazing architecture both inside and out. It is exceptional both in style and surroundings, making for a well-deserved visit!
9. Crarae Gardens - Close to Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village
Crarae Gardens is a Himalayan-style glen, set in the gentle hills of Argyll. As a Friend of Argyll partner, our guests can enjoy exclusive discounted access to these beautiful gardens, boasting plants from as far as China, Nepal and Tibet. Take a stroll through this exotic hidden gem and enjoy its crashing waterfalls in stunning surroundings.
Argyll is full of hidden gems like these, and with eight stunning parks, Argyll Holidays has a space for everyone to explore them from!