Immerse yourself in Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Amid the stunning scenery of Inveraray and the Heart of Argyll, including Knapdale, Kilmartin, Tarbert and Crinan, you’ll find opportunities galore to delve deeper into Scotland’s past. Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Within six miles of Kilmartin village there are over 800 ancient monuments. The wild and remote western coastline of Knapdale offers empty beaches and tranquility. 

Knapdale Forest spreads from coast to coast and it’s here that beavers have been reintroduced into Scotland. Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ – the Crinan Canal. It’s tow path makes for a wonderful walk or cycle. Inveraray is home to Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Visit local Heart of Argyll website

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Everything there is to see and do in Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

A short forest walk will take you to the Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks, the most extensive prehistoric rock carvings in the UK.

Ardfern Yacht Centre

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Sailing and boating

Ardfern Yacht Centre is located at the head of Loch Craignish, one of Scotland's most beautiful and sheltered sea lochs.

Argyll Adventure

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Adventure

Argyll Adventure offers ten fantastic activities, including horse riding, paintballing, laser storm, crossbows, climbing and bungee trampolines.

Arduaine Garden

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Gardens

The wonderful coastal garden of Arduaine lies 20 miles south of Oban and is an oasis of green.

Auchindrain Highland Township

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Auchindrain is the most complete surviving example of a Highland farm township.

Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

Castle Sween

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Located on the eastern shore of Loch Sween, this imposing ruin is thought to be one of the earliest stone castles built in Scotland.

Castle Dounie Circuit

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Walking and climbing

This lovely 6.5 kilometre walk climbs high through the forest above the sea at Crinan to give stunning views.

Corrywreckan Whirlpool

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Sailing and boating

Take a boat trip to the Gulf of Corryvreckan and its famous whirlpool – the third largest in the world!

Craignish Cruises

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Tours, trips and trails

Whirlpools, whales and wildlife! Join Skipper/wildlife guide, Lindsay Johnston, on board 'Venturer' for a memorable boat trip.

Crarae Garden

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Gardens

This beautiful 50-acre woodland garden in Minard near Inveraray is well worth a visit.

Crinan Canal and Crinan Wood

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Craobh Marina

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Sailing and boating

The 250-berth Craobh Marina is located on the northern shore of the Craignish peninsula just south of Oban.

Cruachan - the hollow mountain

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Cruachan Power Station lies at the heart of Ben Cruachan - one kilometre inside.

Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve is a surviving remnant of raised bog and is home to dragonflies, hen harriers, curlews and other moorland and wetland species.

Dalriada Heritage Trail

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

History and heritage

This seven-mile walk starts at Carnasserie Castle and takes you through Kilmartin Glen to the Crinan Canal.

Dunadd Fort

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Rising dramatically from Moine Mhor, the great moss, Dunadd appears as a rocky outcrop.

Dunardry Near To Nature

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

There are a number of walks at Dunardry near Crinan. The picnic spot at the start of the Dunardry trails is a great vantage point above the Crinan Canal.

Fire Tower Trails

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Cycling and mountain biking

Fire Tower Trails on the outskirts of Lochgilphead offer a fantastic mountain biking experience.

Fishinguide

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Fishing and country sports

Fishinguide specialises in tailored, guided fly fishing holidays for anglers of any level.

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

Visit the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation at its new visitor centre at Barr an Daimh and find out about the fantastic variety of wildlife the Mid Argyll area has to offer.

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell.

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th-century prison.

Inveraray Golf Club

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Golf

Inveraray Golf Club is a challenging nine-hole parkland course with spectacular views over Loch Fyne and the surrounding hills.

Inverawe Fisheries & Country Park

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Fishing and country sports

Inverawe Fisheries & Country Park is a great family day out in Argyll. Learn how to fish, find out how salmon is smoked and explore the many trails and tracks.

Jenny Wren Boat Charters

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Tours, trips and trails

Jenny Wren is berthed in Craobh Haven Marina and can offer wildlife boat trips for 4 to 8 people.

Kayak Majik

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Kayaking and canoeing

Join a Kayak Majik trip from West Loch Shores near Tarbert.

Keills Chapel

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Keills Chapel is a small West Highland chapel housing a stunning collection of 12th-century grave slabs and early medieval sculpture.

Kilberry Stones

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

This fine collection of late-medieval sculptured stones gathered from the Kilberry estate is well worth a visit.

Kilchurn Castle

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

This four-storey tower built in the mid-15th century must be one of Scotland's most scenic castles.

Kilmartin Glen

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

There are more than 800 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin and many of them are are prehistoric.

Kilmartin Museum

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

See the artefacts found in Kilmartin Glen then step outside into the landscape to enjoy the sites and monuments where they were found.

Kilmory Knap Chapel and Beach

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

The chapel of St Mary at Kilmory Knap is on the east side of Loch Sween.

Lochgilphead Golf Club

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Golf

Set in the heart of Argyll, Lochgilphead Golf Club is an ideal stop off for golfers heading to Machrihanish from Glasgow or Oban.

St Columba's Cave

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

History and heritage

On the west coast of Loch Caolisport, south of Ellary, in the heart of Argyll, you'll find a ruined 12-century chapel and caves.

Argyll's iconic wildlife

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

Follow this journey through Argyll to discover some of Scotland’s iconic wildlife, including golden eagles, otters and red squirrels. A

Heart of Argyll Food Trail

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Food and drink

This food trail winds through some of Argyll’s most stunning landscape, taking in Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan.

St Columba Journey

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

History and heritage

Follow in the footsteps of St Columba, the Irish abbot and missionary who introduced Christianity to Scotland.

Sealife Adventures

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Tours, trips and trails

Located on the mainland near Oban, Sealife Adventures is a 4-star wildlife experience operating in a whale, dolphin, eagle and seal hotspot.

Taynish National Nature Reserve

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

The oak woodlands of Taynish are interspersed with grassland, heath, saltmarsh and shoreline to give a truly amazing variety of wildlife.

Venture West

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Tours, trips and trails

Venture West offers boat trips around the west coast of Scotland, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's based on Loch Sween overlooking the Sound of Jura - one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland.

Wild Argyll

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Wildlife and nature

Wild Argyll guides are specialists in natural history, cultural exchange, bespoke kayak trips and wildlife photography

Carnasserie Castle

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Loch Fyne Oysters

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Food and drink

Loch Fyne started with one inspirational idea; to grow oysters in the clear, fertile waters of Loch Fyne . We have developed into a cluster of businesses whose success is built on an honest approach to superb quality food.

The Real Mackay Stovie Co.

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Food and drink

Traditional Scottish food, all home made and famously good. Our home roasted lamb stovies are made from our own blackface lambs which are born and reared on Stronmagachan Farm, a 2400 acre hill farm in Argyll.

Fyne Ales

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Food and drink

Fyne Ales is all about making great beers in a great location. Come visit and take a tour with one of our expert brewers to see how our beers are made then learn about our beers through a tutored tasting. Afterwards, sit in the courtyard and enjoy the sun with a pint of your favourite beer and a steak pie made with beef from our own herd of highland cattle.

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Distilleries and breweries

Loch Fyne Whiskies is a tiny shop in the royal borough of Inveraray, Scotland, with a huge knowledge of whisky. It's that knowledge, gained from talking with our customers over the last 22 years, that makes us different.

Fyne Preserves

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Food and drink

All handmade in Argyll, the preserves use locally sourced ingredients where possible (often from my garden in Argyll), and seasonal flavours to create an ever evolving range of taste-bud tantalising treats.

The Archives Records Office

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

The Archives (Records Office) holds and preserves the official records of Argyll and Bute Council and also the records of the organisations whose functions the Council inherited.

Carnasserie Castle (1)

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

History and heritage

Carnasserie Castle is a roofless ruin today, but it was once a fashionable residence incorporating many of the latest Renaissance influences. It was the home of the first Protestant Bishop of the Isles, Master John Carswell, and its design is befitting of a man of his stature.

Craignish Village Hall

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

A GREAT SPACE FOR ANY EVENT...LARGE OR SMALL... Functions, parties, exhibitions, meetings, seminars, ceilidhs, cafes, auctions, craft fairs, markets, workshops, classes, theatre, music, dancing, eating, singing, playing, painting, cooking, exercising...

Dunadd Fort (1)

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Landmarks and attractions

Dunadd Fort rises proudly from Moine Mhor – the ‘great moss’ – an expanse of bog that carpets the southern end of Kilmartin Glen. It was home to a fort 2,000 years ago, and a royal power centre of Gaelic kings in the 500s to 800s AD.

Loch Fyne Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

We are an independent gift shop & art gallery located in a bright & spacious Victorian building overlooking the working fish quay in the West Coast fishing village of Tarbert. We concentrate on offering our customers a personal shopping experience with a wide selection of high quality goods at great value prices. Come in and enjoy some time browsing our selection of gifts, art prints, books, jewellery, toiletries, stationery & greetings cards to find the perfect memory of your visit to Argyll & Kintyre, or a beautifully wrapped gift for someone special.

Arthur Ker

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

For most of my professional career I have been involved in the practice, and the teaching, of graphic design, illustration, animation and interactive design. Now free from full time employment I want to concentrate on the creative arts in a more personal way, exploring different media, techniques and subject matter.

Bole the Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Bole displays work by Award winning wood artist Richard Kennedy and other Argyll based artists.

Colin Woolf Fine Art

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Colin Woolf is one of the leading wildlife artists in the UK. his exclusive oil paintings capture the majestic beauty and atmosphere that Britain has to offer

Starfish Restaurant and Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, we specialise in locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish, prepared with simplicity and care - served in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Stuart Herd Art Studio

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Stuart Herd is inspired by the varied and dramatically changing landscape of his country – Scotland. He was born in Scotland in 1971, and after growing up in England and briefly attending Amersham College of Art he started a career in photography in the South East whilst regularly travelling north to Scotland to explore and capture the landscapes.

The Archway Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

The Archway is an art gallery, gift shop, picture framing service and art supply shop.

Whitehouse Studio Art Holidays

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Residential Courses in art & design run by artist and designer Karen Beauchamp at her eclectic arts and crafts studio on the west coast of Argyll

Tarbert Life

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

History and heritage

Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust are now occupying the vacated VisitScotland premises on Harbour Street, Tarbert and are busy establishing a Heritage Display and Local Information Point known as Tarbert Life. The Heritage Display will celebrate not only the rich history of the Harbour, the Fishing Industry and the Castle but the life of the village itself. The What’s On area concentrates on what local facilities, organisations, businesses and activities are available.

Dochas Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

The Gallery was the result of a huge rise of community generosity towards the Dochas Fund’s hope to create a centre where carers of all conditions can be given support, information and guidance to help them and the person they care for.

Hazel Made It

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

I am an artisan felter, designer maker. Home is in Argyll, Scotland on a small peninsula approx 2.5 hours west of Glasgow. Living on the coast in the lower highlands, my daily view is one of sea, hill, heather, fern, highland cattle, bracken, sheep, sky and sunset

Jane Walker Studio

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

I am an artist who works in both dimensions - 2D & 3D. 2D is practiced in the studio at home. Sculptural 3D forms are created outdoors in a garden setting (or in a public space). The studio is awash with drawing, painting, digital prints, acrylic, pastel & mixed media work. The garden is often filled with willow (or wire) sculpture. I also tutor/mentor individuals & art groups locally.

Keills Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

My artistic practice is informed by deep research into place achieved by living and working in the same environment. I am inspired by the wildness, heritage and sense of place from my home on the Keills Peninsula and West Coast of Scotland.

Lesley Burr

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Artist making symbolic landscape paintings. Recently selected as 2019 Friends of SPRI / One Oceans Expedition artists in the Arctic Programme

Loch Visions

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Philip (founder of Loch Visions and your guide) has over a decade of experience in doing and teaching wildlife photography in the locations he is taking you to. When he is running workshops he does not take photographs so all his attention and experience is focused on you having a fantastic wildlife encounter and learning lots of great wildlife photography techniques.

The Harbour Gallery

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Situated on Harbour St in the West coast fishing village of Tarbert, Argyll. tarbert is also where Stuart Herd has his studio.

Kelpies Maquettes

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

The Kelpies canter to Crinan! Scale models of The Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures are being much admired from their current home at Ardrishaig on the Crinan Canal as part of Wander Argyll. They are situated next to The Steamer Terminal at Ardrishaig Harbour, a brand new tourism hub and café located on the edge of the Crinan Canal. Pop along and see them soon.

Louise Oppenheimer

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

I make hand woven tapestries and run short workshops for those keen to learn simple techniques in hand weaving. Visitors are more than welcome to have a look where they will find work in progress along with many finished hangings, framed tapestries, drawings, prints and cards.

Love Dove Studio

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Our studio/gallery in Colchester Square, Lochgilphead, Argyll features paintings by Gill and George Stewart as well as flower creations by Gill.

Margaret Ker

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

I am an artist working in a range of disciplines including painting, mosaics and silver jewellery. I also create mixed media installations in the landscape. I am currently exploring ideas linking Labyrinths with Prehistoric Rock Art.

Past Tracks

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Past-Tracks Heritage and Walking is a small company based in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland offering walking instruction and guided walks

Selkie Crafts

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

Stunning Accessories to wear with confidence & integrity. Bespoke designs hand crafted in the breathtaking Scottish countryside. Even the beautiful gift boxes are carefully designed & hand crafted in house. Everyone expresses their own personal style through fashion. We want women to feel confident wearing our lovely items that express their unique style with beautifully crafted, stunning pieces. Hand crafted is special. Buying handmade supports real people & local businesses. We pride ourselves in working ethically & with an Eco concience.

Sound of Jura Seaweeds

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

For twenty years I have been snorkelling and swimming in the beautiful Sound of Jura. Fascinated by the realm of seaweed beneath me I see it as secret and unexpected treasure – underwater kelp forests and sea meadows gracefully riding the ebb and flow of the tides and currents. Diving for eye-catching specimens, I then collage, arrange and press them into artwork to capture their exquisite colour and diverse and extraordinary forms.

Susan Berry Paintings

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Music, art and culture

I have been painting the wildlife and landscapes of Argyll for over 30 years. Visitors are welcome to my studio and gallery to see recent paintings and prints.

Tarbert Music Festival

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Dalmally Show

Oban and Lorn

Artmap Argyll Open Studios

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Mid Argyll Show

Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival

Kintyre and Gigha

West Highland Yachting Week

Oban and Lorn