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There’s no need to travel to the other side of the world for a unique and stunning holiday. If you’re looking for a truly special family holiday location you must visit Argyllshire this year. The region is deeply cut with sea lochs and divided into peninsulas and small, scattered islands stretching out into the Atlantic. The twenty three inhabited islands it’s home to each have their own unique identity for you and your family to discover. You’ll traverse the 3,723 km of coastline of the area, including tranquil beaches on the islands and rugged vistas on the mainland.

Argyll Landscape
 

Prepare for your breath to be taken away by the landscape of Argyllshire, carved from rock and cloaked with trees it’s truly unlike any other. Satisfy your thirst for adventure and follow forest trails leading to thundering waterfalls, stunning viewpoints and incredible archeological features. Argyllshire is home to extraordinary heritage trees including the tallest tree in the UK and some of Europe’s most significant ancient oakwoods. These ‘temperate rainforests’ drip with mosses and lichens. You’ll also discover magical woodland gardens filled with different species as thanks to its mild climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream, Argyll and the Isles provides the perfect growing conditions for an explosion of both native and exotic plants.

Argyllshire is lucky enough to be one of the few remaining places in the United Kingdom where wildlife still has free reign. The region boasts an incredible 7 National Nature Reserves as well as wildlife centres and woods. It’s also home to Scotland’s only wild beaver population. When you explore the forests, shores and seas of Argyllshire you may be fortunate enough to spot otters, red squirrels, seals, puffins, deer, porpoise, even basking sharks! Look to the skies and you might just see some of Scotland’s incredible bird population including rare choughs, golden and sea eagles. There’s also a huge population of wading birds in the area, lapwing, redshank, curlews and drumming snipe. Head out to sea and take a boat from one of the region’s many harbours to spot minke whales, porpoises, risso's, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins in the wild.
 

stag on a Scottish landscape
 

Argyllshire has a significant place in the historical landscape of Scotland. The name Argyll dates back to ancient times and means ‘Borderland of the Gael.’ Across Kilmartin valley’s rich prehistoric landscape you’ll find cairns, standing stones and other impressive remains which have dotted the landscape from around 3000 B.C. Many of the remnants, remainders and monuments of the prehistoric occupations are still visible and some accessible to the public. Argyll formed a key role as cradle of the new Scottish nation and of its Christian faith through the arrival of the ‘Scotti’ who came from Ireland to form the Kingdom of Dalriada in Argyll from around 500 A.D. The hill fort at Dunadd in Mid Argyll was initially their capital. They enlarged their political and spiritual kingdom with the assistance of St.Columbia and the infant Celtic church until in 843 A.D. the Dalriadan king, Kenneth MacAlpine became the King of Scots (and Scotland). Take the opportunity to explore the rich history of the area. Choose from over sixty castles, explore fairytale locations and learn about the remnants from prehistoric occupations. You could visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery, one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. It’s located on the very small Isle of Iona just off the Isle of Mull. Founded by St.Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563, it’s a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage. Or take a trip to Inverarary Jail, a living museum and top visitor attraction where you can interact with the costumed characters and learn about what life was like for the men, women and children who were imprisoned there.

Explore the region by foot, bike or even on horseback! Or if you’re looking for a nautical adventure take a cruise and enjoy a breathtaking journey through the crystal clear waters, islands, inlets, beaches and coves of the area. Confident swimmers can try their hand at some of the many watersports the area has to offer. Argyll is well known amongst sport diving enthusiasts as it boasts some of the clearest waters in Scotland along with incredible diving sites. There are a variety of well-established dive operators and schools in the area suited to any level of expertise. Or perhaps sea-kayaking floats your boat? The Argyll Sea Kayak trail is 150km long and offers some of the best sea kayaking in Europe! You might be aware that the region of Argyllshire is renowned as a country sports destination. Whether you’re a passionate professional or a keen amateur the region offers fantastic professionally managed hunting, shooting & fishing experiences.

argyll on horseback
 

If after all that adventure you fancy a drink you can sample a dram of whisky in one of the fourteen world class distilleries in the area. The distilleries in Argyllshire fall into three of Scotland’s five whisky producing regions, that’s more than any other area in Scotland. You can try whiskies from Islay, Campbeltown and Highlands during your holiday. Why not take a guided tour of a distillery? It’s an amazing way to discover how the history, culture and landscape of the area have helped to shape the distinctive whiskies.

If you choose to fly the closest airport for this region is Glasgow. From there you can choose to fly to Campbeltown, Tiree and Islay or head into Glasgow city centre and travel to the region either by bus, train or hire car.

If you decide to travel by ferry instead you can catch it from the following ports:
Gourock (near Glasgow) - Dunoon
Wemyss Bay (near Glasgow) - Isle of Bute
Ardrossan (near Ayr) - Campbeltown
Isle of Arran - Claonaig
 

Once you’re in Argyllshire you can explore the area by bus or car. Catch small ferries to explore the area’s idyllic islands. There’s also a plane that could fly you from Oban to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay.

Stay in one of our six holiday parks in Argyllshire. Experience spectacular panoramic views across Loch Goil and the Arrochar Alps when you stay at Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village. It’s actually located below the mountains, within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and is the perfect family holiday destination. The kids will love our all weather leisure complex, full go active activity range regular live entertainment, fun centre with arcade machines and soft play, 9 hole golf course and on site restaurant and takeaway.

If you’re after some family fun on the banks of the Holy Loch you can’t go wrong with Hunters Quay Holiday Village. Situated just outside of the town of Dunoon, it offers spectacular panoramic views across the Holy Loch and Argyllshire Mountains. It boasts an all weather activity centre with two heated pools, sauna, steam & Jacuzzi; fitness centre & dance studio; massage & treatment rooms. You can also enjoy our full go activity range, live entertainment, fun centre and bar and grill restaurant.

Stratheck holiday park, just a few miles north of Dunoon is a beautifully landscaped park, snuggled amongst the glorious landscape of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The tranquil riverside location is perfect fishing, cycling and exploring.You can also make use of the licensed club house, the outdoor children’s play area or Hunter’s Quay leisure facilities.

Loch Lomond Holiday Park is the ideal location to relax in the splendour of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the the panoramic views across the ‘Bonnie Banks.’ In the park itself you’ll find a lounge complete with Sky sports TV and a pool table, a private jetty, an outdoor children’s play area and even a small shop where you can purchase holiday essentials. Situated just off the A82 it’s a fantastic base to explore everything that Argyllshire has to offer, especially fishing, cycling and walking.

Just a short drive from the coastal town of Oban you’ll find Loch Awe Holiday Park. Bordered by the River Awe, the great water lochs attract anglers while beautiful scenery and mountainous landscape attracts walkers and cyclists. If you have any spare time you can always enjoy the games room or outdoor children’s play area.

If you fancy a more tranquil holiday Loch Eck country lodges is an exclusive development of holiday right on the shores of Loch Eck. You’ll still have free access to the leisure centre at Hunters Quay which is only a ten minute drive away. All of our parks are pet friendly so there’s no need for your four legged friend to miss out on your Scottish adventure!

Loch Eck country lodges view

This summer, why not discover the natural beauty of Argyllshire on the family holiday of a lifetime and stay at one of our stunning Loch locations?

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