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Glasgow & Argyll

Glasgow is a cultural powerhouse of music, art, architecture, design and innovative food and drink experiences. It’s vibrant and dynamic, and has been voted the world's friendliest city. 

Argyll & the Isles, known as Scotland’s Adventure Coast, has a coastline longer than France, 23 inhabited islands and over 2000km of trails. There's also 7000 years of history and some of Scotland's best food and drink to discover.

How many other cities have such incredible landscapes and experiences within striking distance? 

City & Coast

Whether you want to play hard, be a cultured explorer or indulge in amazing food and drink, we have unique and authentic experiences just for you.

Enjoy each of our itineraries, which pair amazing city and coastal experiences across Glasgow and Argyll with hot tips on places to stay, where – and what – to eat, evening entertainment and top tips on travel. Base yourself in one, with overnight stays or days out in the other. 

Glasgow & Argyll – the Heart & Soul of Scotland.

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Argyll & the Isles

Glasgow & Argyll

The Heart & Soul of Scotland

Argyll & the Isles

Bute

This compact island has it all: splendid architecture, glorious gardens, wildlife and great beaches to boot.

29 working artists
3 golf courses
3 glorious gardens
1 gin distillery
Mount Stuart - The Royal House of Stuart
Scotland's most accessible island
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Coll and Tiree

The most westerly of the Inner Hebridean islands, Tiree and Coll sit far out in the Atlantic Ocean.

2 island airports
1 RSPB reserve
World class water activities
Highest levels of sunshine in UK
Tiree - Hawaii of the north
Coll - Official dark sky island
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Dunoon and Cowal

Flanked by Loch Long and Loch Fyne, the Cowal peninsula offers a tantalising taste of the Highlands.

50 working artists
9 medieval castles
2 glorious gardens
UK's first forest park
Long distance walking trails
Maritime gateway to Scotland's first national park
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Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

This ancient coastal kingdom brims with natural and historic wonders.

800 prehistoric monuments
5 marinas
2 national nature reserves
Corryvreckan - Third largest whirlpool in world
Crinan Canal - UKs most beautiful shortcut
Inveraray - Clan Seat of the Campbells
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Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Big skies, soaring eagles, red deer and peaty malts: visit the Atlantic islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

14 distilleries
5 medieval castles
3 links golf courses
3 RSPB reserves
One of Scotland's National Scenic Areas
Seat of the Lord of the Isles
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Kintyre and Gigha

Wild Atlantic coastline and ancient woodland: Kintyre and Gigha feels like another world.

9 medieval castles
6 golf courses
4 distilleries
4 fishing harbours
Long distance walking and cycling trails
Kintyre - Scotland's mainland island
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Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs

An hour from Glasgow, Loch Lomond marks the first rise of the Highlands.

5 long distance walking, cycling and kayaking trails
4 golf courses
3 glorious gardens
Scotland's first national park
Glasgow's playground featuring the Arrochar Alps
Mackintosh's Hill House
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Mull and Iona

Sandy bays and picture-postcard villages: the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona are strikingly beautiful.

5 medieval castles
2 distilleries
Scotland's whale watching island
Home to the sea eagles
Duart Castle - Clan seat of Macleans
Iona - Birthplace of christianity
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Oban and Lorn

Castles, whisky and miles of coastline: the ancient region of Lorn is packed with things to see and do.

13 medieval castles
6 glorious gardens
6 inhabited islands
5 marinas
2 national nature reserves
Scotland's seafood capital
Argyll & the Isles

Argyll's Secret Coast

Travel

Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, and Argyll & the Isles are located on each other’s doorstep on the west coast of Scotland. Visiting couldn't be easier, as both destinations are served by international and regional airports, well connected by trains from across the UK, and accessible by bus, car and bike on Scotland's extensive road, rail and ferry connections.

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Getting Here

Getting Around

Glasgow - the Gateway to Scotland

Things to See & Do in Argyll

Partnership

'The Heart & Soul of Scotland' campaign is a partnership between Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative and Glasgow Life, supported by partners: Visit Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Love Loch Lomond, ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Loganair, Enterprise rent-a-car and West Coast Motors.