Travel from Glasgow
Argyll & the Isles is located in the west of Scotland, close to Glasgow. It stretches from the Isles of Coll and Tiree all the way down the mainland to Campbeltown, taking in islands such as Mull, Islay, Jura and Bute along the way.
This compact island has it all: splendid architecture, glorious gardens, wildlife and great beaches to boot.
Coll and Tiree
The most westerly of the Inner Hebridean islands, Tiree and Coll sit far out in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dunoon and Cowal
Flanked by Loch Long and Loch Fyne, the Cowal peninsula offers a tantalising taste of the Highlands.
Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan
This ancient coastal kingdom brims with natural and historic wonders.
Islay, Jura and Colonsay
Big skies, soaring eagles, red deer and peaty malts: visit the Atlantic islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay.
Kintyre and Gigha
Wild Atlantic coastline and ancient woodland: Kintyre and Gigha feels like another world.
Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs
An hour from Glasgow, Loch Lomond marks the first rise of the Highlands.
Mull and Iona
Sandy bays and picture-postcard villages: the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona are strikingly beautiful.
Oban and Lorn
Castles, whisky and miles of coastline: the ancient region of Lorn is packed with things to see and do.
Argyll's Secret Coast
Start Your Adventure
Your adventure begins with a journey to Argyll and the Isles. Whatever your mode of transport; plane, train, boat, bus, car or bike - your journey will include wonderful scenery - an essential part of the experience.
Visiting Argyll & the Isles couldn't be easier for UK and international travellers. There are excellent connections from Glasgow Airport including flights to Highlands and Islands Airports at Campbeltown, Islay and Tiree.
Twice daily flights from Glasgow are provided by Loganair, with connections to and from London.
Highlands & Islands Airports
Loganair is a Scottish regional airline, proudly serving Campbeltown, Islay and Tiree from Glasgow Airport. However, if you are already in Argyll, you can also reach the islands of Islay, Colonsay or Coll and Tiree by air with Hebridean Air Services. There are regular scheduled flights from Oban & The Isles Airport and on a clear day the views are simply marvellous.
Scotland looks beautiful from a train window. Leaving from Glasgow and delving deep into Argyll & the Isles, you must look out or consider stopping for;
- Mackintosh’s Hill House and the Submarine Museum in Helensburgh
- Arrochar & Tarbet – for Loch Lomond cruises or views of the Cobbler, with its unmistakable rocky pinnacle
- Ardlui at the tip of Loch Lomond – for challenging hill walks and unbeatable scenery
- Crianlarich or Tyndrum – to join the West Highland Way
- Loch Awe to visit Kilchurn Castle and St Conan’s Kirk
- Falls of Cruachan – for a tour of the hydro-electric power station inside Ben Cruachan, the ‘Hollow Mountain'
- Connel Ferry – to view the Falls of Lora
West Highland Line
The West Highland Line - is considered by many to be one of the great scenic rail journeys in the world. Leaving from Glasgow heading west along the Clyde to Helensburgh, the train passes through deep forests, towering mountains and mirrored lochs to Crianlarich. It then sweeps along the edge of Loch Awe, in the shadow of Ben Cruachan, where you will see Kilchurn Castle.
Rail & Sail
The train pushes on to Oban – the Seafood Capital of Scotland and Gateway to the Isles, where it connects with Calmac ferries for onward journeys to Mull, Iona and the Outer Hebrides.
Book your train tickets online or you can purchase from ticket offices at staffed stations, by phone on 0344 811 0141 or on-train where no booking facilities are available.
Foot passengers can buy their tickets at the port and just jump aboard. Bikes go free on ferries, so simply turn up and pay the same as a foot passenger. It is advised that car travel be booked in advance.
Exploring Argyll & the Isles is much easier than you might think and the journey is most definitely part of the experience.
For crossing the Clyde, Western Ferries operate car and passenger ferries sailing between Hunter's Quay, Dunoon and McInroy's Point, Gourock.
West Coast Motors also operates the Kintyre Express, a fast passenger ferry service that opens up Scotland and Northern Ireland with regular services from March to September that link Campbeltown in Kintyre, Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay and Ballycastle on the Antrim Coast.
West Coast Motors
With ever changing scenery included in their fares, West Coast Motors provides bus services across the West Coast of Scotland. As well as operating buses on Citylink routes between Glasgow and Oban or Campbeltown, the company has a range of tickets for local travel stops such as Lochgilphead, Tarbert, Kennacraig plus Dunoon and Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
West Coast Tours
With West Coast Tours you can enjoy a range of great days out across Argyll & the Isles. One of the most spectacular tours in Scotland – The Three Isles Tour - takes in the Isle's of Mull, Iona, Staffa and the legendary Fingal's cave.
Enterprise rent-a-car branches can even be found at Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport, making car hire simple and convenient if you plan on flying into the country.
When on the road, take time to absorb stunning mountain landscapes and glittering loch views as you travel through the majestic west coast scenery.
Scenic Driving Routes
There’s something cinematic about driving through Argyll’s wild scenery. Once you take to the road you’ll soon be heading round lochs and making regular pit stops to take in the stunning scenery, key visitor attractions or cafes and restaurants serving high quality local produce.