The best family-friendly resorts in Argyll & the Isles

Are you planning a trip with the whole family to Scotland’s West Coast? With an abundance of mountains, coastline and family-friendly adventure, Argyll & the Isles is the perfect destination for your next Scotland holiday. A crucial part of every family getaway is your accommodation - and it sometimes can be a bit of a challenge to find the perfect base for your adventure. Luckily, Argyll & the Isles is also home to some fantastic family-friendly resorts that offer a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

In this article, we'll explore seven of the best family-friendly resorts in Argyll & the Isles, each with its own unique interpretation of adventure yet all designed for families looking to create unforgettable memories.

The Machrie

Nestled on the picturesque Isle of Islay, The Machrie offers families a luxurious retreat surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Their self-catering lodges are the ideal base for families looking to combine adventure with a bit of luxury. Overlooking the iconic Machrie golf course, the lodges sleep up to 4 people and are equipped with all the amenities you need to relax and unwind after a day of exploring Islay. 

Families can enjoy a wide range of activities, from golfing on the renowned Machrie Links course to exploring the island's rugged coastline and many outdoor activities (including kayaking, fat biking and wild swimming). The resort’s ‘Wee Course’ is the perfect spot for children to enjoy their first taste of links golf. Whilst the kids are out playing golf, why not treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment followed by a wee drink on the panoramic outdoor terrace?

A family getaway to the Machrie on Isaly will most definitely leave you relaxed and recharged!


Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne, Portavadie is a premier waterfront resort that caters to families seeking relaxation and adventure. The resort offers a variety of accommodations, including luxury apartments, cottages, and self-catering lodges. Their holiday cottages in particular are ideal for larger families to rent out together. Each lodge sleeps up to 4 people in 2 bedrooms and comes with its own outdoor seating area. All cottage reservations include access to our Leisure Experience and a full Scottish Breakfast served in the Marina Restaurant. Dogs are welcome to stay in the cottages as well!

During your stay at Portavadie, there’s plenty to discover! Spend an afternoon at the on-site spa, dine at the award-winning restaurants, or take part in outdoor activities such as kayaking, biking, and hiking.

Located near the popular towns of Dunoon and Inveraray, Portavadie is the perfect base for your family getaway on Scotland's west coast.

Melfort Village

Tucked away in the tranquil countryside near Oban, Melfort Village is a hidden gem for families seeking a peaceful escape and reconnect with nature – or in other words, experience  “Melfort Magic”! The resort features charming 4* self-catering cottages set amidst lush gardens and woodlands. Some of the cottages are dog-friendly as well.

Melfort Village is all about embracing the simple pleasures in life. So, whether it’s marvelling at a breathtaking sunset, exploring rock pools and skimming stones on the beach, taking long woodland walks with your family and four-legged friend or relaxing in the Restaurant after a wonderful meal, the possibilities are endless. The resort also organises guided outdoor activities, including fishing trips and tennis tournaments. On a rainy day, you can spend time in the family games room or relax in the indoor heated swimming pool.

With its relaxed atmosphere and scenic surroundings, Melfort Village is the perfect getaway for families with younger children looking to make some lifelong memories.

Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village

Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village is the ultimate mountain retreat for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nestled amongst the Arrochar Alps at the head of Loch Goil, the resort offers a variety of accommodations, including caravans, unique glamping pods, and hot tub lodges – some of them pet-friendly as well.  

The resort has something to offer for the whole family - but especially the wee ones will love it here, with a fabulous pool and funhouse as well as a range of brilliant guided outdoor activities. Outdoor activities include paddleboarding, gorge walking and climbing/abseiling, provided by the resort’s in-house GoCove adventure team. And don’t worry parents, the resort also offers easy eating options, a gym and a spa for you to relax.

So, one thing is obvious: Spending a family holiday at Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village will not get boring!

Portsonachan Hotel

Perched on the shores of Loch Awe - Scotland’s longest loch - Portsonachan Hotel offers families a warm Scottish welcome in a stunning lakeside setting. The resort’s self-catering woodland log cabins are the perfect idyllic retreat for the whole family. Sleeping up to 6 people, each cabin comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful outdoor terrace. Some of the lodges even come with the added luxury of a hot tub and sauna, allowing you to unwind in style when the children are in bed. 

Located near the charming town of Dalmally and only a short drive from Oban, Portsonachan Hotel is a great base for your West Coast adventure. The Cruachan Restaurant next to the hotel offers fresh local and seasonal produce and truly mouth-watering dishes.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to Portsonachan Hotel for your next family getaway!

Cameron House Resort 

Set amidst 400 acres of picturesque countryside on the shores of Loch Lomond, Cameron House Resort is the perfect luxury family retreat. The resort offers a selection of one, two, three and four-bedroom self-catering lodges. Dotted near the renowned hotel, each lodge comes with resort views and is within easy walking distance of the restaurants, Wee Demon golf course and The Leisure Club. 

Cameron House offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including an indoor swimming pool, cinema and adventure playground. Families can also enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, and water sports, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Bays & Bens Caravans

If you’re seeking a more budget-friendly option or are travelling with your campervan, Bays & Bens Caravan is an excellent choice. Located in Airds Bay near Oban, the resort offers a selection of self-catering log cabins as well as an on-site motorhome site (aires). Surrounded by fantastic alpine and sea views, the pet-friendly lodges are the perfect spot for families that enjoy the outdoors. Simply step out of your door and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling or a stroll at the beach. 

Argyll & the Isles is home to some of Scotland's best family-friendly resorts. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, these resorts offer something for everyone. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on an unforgettable family holiday to Argyll & the Isles. Book directly to secure the best rates!