Coastlines & Skylines

Heart & Soul of Scotland

Combine Glasgow & Argyll for your next short break and enjoy everything from rugged coastlines to epic skylines.

With over 3,700km of coastline and 23 inhabited islands, you could spend a lifetime exploring Argyll’s shores, discovering beaches, glittering sea lochs and secluded coves. There’s a choice of great long-distance walking routes that take in some of Argyll’s loveliest shorelines, including the West Island Way, the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way and the Kintyre Way.

Or how about following the coastline on the water by following Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, which starts at Oban and goes all the way to Helensburgh?

Another great way to discover Argyll’s coastline while getting up close and personal with the wildlife is to take a boat trip. Seafari Adventures, based on Easdale, has a fleet of powerful RIBs. Its Corryvreckan Wildlife Trip is a brilliant way to experience the famous whirlpool and watch the sealife that feeds here.

Or how about heading out to Staffa, a wild and uninhabited island that lies five miles southwest of Mull? This dramatic place is best known for its magnificent basalt columns and spectacular sea caves. Go ashore to see the famous Fingal’s Cave which inspired Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.


Go island hopping and you’ll see stunning seascapes and coastlines as you travel from island to island. From the Hebridean islands of Mull, Iona, Tiree and Coll in the far north west of Argyll to Bute in the south, Argyll’s islands are stunning.

Make sure you visit some of Argyll’s beaches – they are some of the most beautiful in Scotland. Some, like Calgary Bay on Mull with its shallow turquoise water and sugary sand, provide sheltered oases, while others are pounded by Atlantic rollers and make for world-class surfing.

Back in Glasgow, you should always look up! The city’s mix of Victorian architecture, Mackintosh-designed buildings and modern masterpieces makes for an impressive skyline. Take a guided tour around the University of Glasgow, enjoy the Gothic Glasgow Cathedral to the modern Riverside Museum, Glasgow’s architecture is as diverse as it is inspiring.

Look out for Kelvingrove ranked the top art museum in the UK, the Mitchell Library and GOMA, which are all real gems. The former Glasgow Herald building, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, makes a brilliant home for The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design. Make your way to the viewing platform for immense views of Glasgow’s skyline.

Discover coastlines and skylines in Glasgow & Argyll – the Heart & Soul of Scotland.