Get booking! Nine Argyll events that you can’t miss this year

Argyll plays host to all sorts of fabulous events and festivals, with the region’s beaches, mountains and coastline providing the perfect settings. 2020 is set to be a bumper year, with a whole array of brilliant events planned across Argyll. From magical music festivals to brilliant book festivals, there are amazing experiences to be had throughout the year.  But you’ll need to be quick! Many of these events sell out fast. The Tiree Music Festival 2020 is already sold out! Here are nine Argyll events that you can’t miss.

Write By The Sea

Kick off the year with Write By The Sea, a brand new book festival on Argyll’s Secret Coast. Held in and around the village of Tighnabruaich, this small festival celebrates writing that’s shaped by the sea, the sky and the land. There are some great names lined up. Participating writers include Kate Davis, Malachy Tallack, Daniel Smith and Mandy Haggith. There will also be sea shanties, a literary pub quiz, speciality coffee tasting, puppets on the pier and more. 14th & 15th March

Write By The Sea poster

Colonsay Book Festival

The Colonsay Book Festival must be one of the most remote literary events in the UK! It’s held on the beautiful island of Colonsay every spring and attracts some big names from the Scottish literary scene. Last year Anne Cleeves, Sarah Maine and Robin A Crawford, author of Into The Peatlands, all took part.  25th to 26th April 2020.

Colonsay Book Festival


Held in beautiful Ardkinglas on Loch Fyne, Scapafest is a fantastic weekend of yoga and more. Over 20 experts will lead 130+ yoga and adventure workshops and there will be talks and performances inspired by the natural world for all ages and levels. 1st to 3rd May


Jura Fell Race 

The Jura Fell Race is one of the toughest challenges in British hill racing, but boy is it a good one. Taking place on the wild Hebridean island of Jura, the race is 28 km long and involves seven mountain summits, including the famous Paps of Jura. Entry is open from 1st January to 31st January. In your application you’ll need to prove your competence in mountain running. In other words – earn your fell running stripes before you even consider entering! 23rd May 

Paps of Jura

Mull Sportive

If you’re a cyclist, this fantastic cycling event on the island of Mull should be top of your list. The Mull Sportive – voted one of the top 16 cycling sportives in the UK by Cycling Weekly - circumnavigates the Hebridean isle on 87 miles of quiet roads, climbing 2000m as you pass through mile after mile of spectacularly scenic Scottish countryside. 7th June

Mull Sportive

Coll Half Marathon

For a scenic island run with something for all the family, you can’t beat the Coll Half Marathon. As well as the Half Marathon, there's a 10k, 5k and 1k kids’ run. The views on the route are glorious and you’ll experience island hospitality at the evening ceilidh. After a good night’s sleep, you can tuck into a cooked breakfast at An Cridhe before catching the Sunday ferry back to the mainland. 15th August

Coll Half Marathon

Kyles 10 Miles 

Take part in the Kyles 10 Miles is Scotland's most scenic 10-mile road run on Argyll's Secret Coast. It's a great route for seasoned veterans and novices alike. Rise to the challenge of a course that combines inclines, descents, long flat straights and spectacular scenery. Rolling hills, superb views of the Clyde and beyond, welcome descents, woodland copses and secluded beaches, this run has it all. Plus there’s a great BBQ to look forward to at the end. 12th September

Kyles 10 Miles

Colonsay Folk Festival

The tiny island of Colonsay hosts the Colonsay Folk Festival. You’ll be treated to fantastic traditional music amid truly beautiful scenery. Every year the festival attracts some of the biggest names in the Scottish folk scene. All festivals to date have been sell-outs. The local hotel also acts as the ‘Festival Club’, with live sessions until the small hours. 17th to 20th September


Dunoon Ultra

Take part in Dunoon Ultra Marathon. It could be the most scenic ultra in Scotland! Starting at the famous Benmore Botanical Gardens and will take you through some of the area’s top beauty spots. Climb up the gorge path through magical Pucks Glen and then race along the forestry trail and climb high above Loch Eck. You’ll be treated to fantastic views. You can sign up as an individual or do it as a relay ream of three. 3rd October

Dunoon Pier


Find more Argyll events in the Events Diary