Dust down those walking boots! Argyll and the Isles offers unbeatable hill walking and climbing. The region has a wealth of magnificent mountains, from Ben Lui in the Southern Highlands to Ben More on the island of Mull. Here are some classic Scottish hill walks in Argyll to tick off your hillwalking list!
The Arrochar Alps
The peaks of the Arrochar Alps provide some of the best climbing in Scotland. And all this is just an hour away from Glasgow! They include the famous ‘Cobbler’, one of Scotland’s most iconic – and best loved – peaks. At 884 metres (2,900ft) in height it's only a Corbett, but the views from the top are stunning. If you’re bagging Munros (Scotland’s mountains over 3,000 feet) then you’ll find a good few peaks to tick off your list near Arrochar, including Ben Ime, the highest mountain in this mountain range, Ben Narnain, Ben Vane, Ben Vorlich, Ben Lomond and Ben Bhuidhe.
Ben Lui, which sits at the head of Glen Fyne, is widely regarded as one of the most elegant mountains in the Southern Highlands and is designated a National Nature Reserve. The shortest route to it is from Glen Lochy, and from here you can access neighbouring Ben a'Chleibh.
Catch a ferry to Mull to climb the highest mountain and only munro on the island. In fact Ben More is the highest peak in the Inner Hebrides apart from those on the Isle of Skye. The mountain is situated in the south of the island, above the shores of Loch na Keal.
The Paps of Jura
Head to the beautiful Hebridean island of Jura for one of Scotland’s most memorable hill walks. The Paps of Jura – three cone-shaped scree-clad mountains on the west of the island - dominate the island landscape and can be seen from much of the surrounding area. The Paps of Jura offer fantastic, if challenging, walking. The full round is about 16km, but give yourself a good nine to ten hours to complete it. Walking the Paps is tough going, with steep mountain terrain, loose scree and boulders and no continuous paths or way-marking.
The MacPhies of Colonsay and Oronsay
If towering crags aren’t your bag, then why not take on the MacPhies of Colonsay and Oronsay instead? A MacPhie is defined as a point over 300ft on the islands and there are 22 of them which can be bagged in a single 20-mile walk, making it possible to complete the challenge in a day.