Immerse yourself in the Heart of Argyll

Amid the stunning scenery of Inveraray and the Heart of Argyll, including Knapdale, Kilmartin, Tarbert, Tayvallich and Crinan, you’ll find opportunities galore to delve deeper into Scotland’s past. Kilmartin Museum provides eye-opening learning experiences of the ancient culture and landscape that was before us. Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes, with over 5000 years of history. Within six miles of Kilmartin village, there are over 800 ancient monuments, 150 of which are prehistoric.  The wild and remote western coastline of Knapdale offers empty beaches and tranquillity, making it the perfect area to capture a glimpse of the wildlife. Visit the national nature reserves within The Heart of Argyll, each offering unique experiences plus some beautiful easy walking and picnic spot options. 

Knapdale Forest spreads from coast to coast and it’s here that beavers have been reintroduced into protected areas, lochs and wetlands in Scotland. Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ – the Crinan Canal. Its towpath makes for a wonderful walk or cycle. Beautiful Inveraray is a traditional county town of Argyll and the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll. The new town was founded in 1745 on the site of an old fishing village where Loch Fyne meets Loch Shira. It is of course home to Inveraray Castle and Castle Sween, the oldest castle on the Scottish mainland and Inveraray Jail, which makes for a fun-packed family day out, be sure to take to the waters, to see Corryvreckan whirlpool, the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world and to travel up to Loch Awe, Scotland's longest fresh-water loch!

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Planning your journey

Travel to Inveraray and onwards to Kilmartin and Knapdale by car or bus via the A82 and then the A83. Alternatively, travel via the A85 and then south after Dalmally to Inveraray, or go as far as Oban and then follow the A816 southwards to Kilmartin.

Or catch the ferry connection from Arran or Cowal to Kintyre and northwards to the Heart of Argyll.

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