Ten reasons to choose Argyll for your Scottish staycation
It’s the summer holidays, but should you go abroad, or should you stay at home? (well, not literally at your home, where would be the fun in that?)
To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled ten benefits of escaping to Argyll during the holidays.
Whether it be the rocky sea cliffs, or the acres of lochs, mountains and glens that fade into the distance, the west coast of Scotland is unbeatable when it comes to scenery – There are ample opportunities for exploring new places or for taking that perfect snap. And don’t forget the incredible road trip routes.
Okay, it’s not often you hear Scotland and lovely weather in the same sentence, but we’ve had the warmest summer for years, and the sun is expected to make a return in the coming weeks, culminating in a glorious end to the season. Many of the Argyll beaches are world-class, with crystal blue sea and golden sand - anyone for a trip to Ostel Bay?
The Things to do
So, we’ve mentioned the beaches already. Honestly – you can’t beat an afternoon down the glorious Argyll shores, or a dip in the sea. But there’s so much more you can get up to. Adrenaline type? Get out on the water with a rib ride, some wakeboarding or a kayaking trip. Oh, you’re more into relaxation? Chill out in an outdoor infinity pool, explore local gardens, or treat yourself to a spa offering – you deserve it.
The Food and Drink
There’s a delicious range of food & drink producers on our doorstep, from locally reared venison and Scottish Atlantic halibut, to cheeses, jams and home ground coffee. Food from Argyll brings together suppliers from across the area, and their pier café in Oban is simply unmissable during a trip to Scotland’s west coast.
The Friendly Wildlife
Sheep, badgers, cattle, deer, squirrels, seals…The list of local wildlife is endless, and that’s before even thinking about the birdlife. Get up close to our hairy highland friends - adorable ‘Heilan coos’ can be spotted throughout the area and are often the highlight of many visitors’ trip. Click here to find out more about highland cattle.
Argyll is so accessible from central Scotland, that you can just pack up and set off for a short break without any planning. It’s hard to believe that Argyll starts just 30 miles from Glasgow, so it’s ideal even for a daytrip (though we do recommend spending more time here!) Car hire is available from the main airports and train stations, so even if you’re travelling from outwith Scotland, you won’t be left stranded.
Scotland is well known for its friendly, welcoming hospitality, and that is no different in Argyll. Enjoy a refreshment in a local bar, and socialise with the locals, or strip the willow at a traditional ceilidh dance. It’s also worth taking the time to attend a local highland games, and soak in the fabulous hospitality and culture on offer.
The local area offers a variety of different accommodation types to suit all budgets. From B&B’s and hostels, to cosy cottages, luxury caravans and deluxe hot tub lodges, you won’t be short for somewhere to stay, but we urge you to book in advance, especially during peak periods. Here at Argyll Holidays, we still have availability for the remainder of the holidays, with breaks from just £324.
You can take the Dog
Let’s face it, our four-legged friends are one of the family, and a holiday is just not the same without them. Luckily, we’re fond of dogs here in Argyll, with 95% of our accommodation being pet-friendly. We’ve also committed to making a donation to the SSPCA for every pet staying at one of our holiday parks during the next 12 months – we’ll donate a minimum of £2,000!
The Stars love it
Argyll is no stranger to fame, with stars known to escape to the area for a break – Andy Murray, Billy Connolly, Scarlett Johanssen & Liz Turley have all been known to visit in recent years, whilst actress Emma Thomson actually has a holiday home in Argyll. More recently, a film cast including Craig Ferguson & Kathie Lee Gifford hailed the location as phenomenal, during a stay at Drimsynie Estate. More info.