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Places to Visit and Eat


The area has a good mix of fire eating places which will tempt and cater for all palettes. See below, most pride themselves on using local produce with the fresh sea food a particular attraction. (Times listed are by car)

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Ardcastle Woods & Knapdale Forest

Walking, picnic sites and cycle trails situated to allow access to a variety of habitats. Walks suited to all abilities in a mixed and varied woodland with a number of archaeological and wildlife sites. See beavers in Knapdale Forest with their reintroduction after 400 years away from Scotland!

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Crarae Gardens

A spectacular 50 acre woodland garden in a dramatic setting. Crarae has a wonderful collection of woody plants centred on the Crarae Burn which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a rocky gorge in a series of cascades. (10 mins)

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Ardkinglass Woodland Garden

Spectacularly situated overlooking Loch Fyne, the garden contains many champion trees including one of Britain’s tallest trees and the “Mightiest Conifer in Europe” (40 mins) coloured pixel divider

Kilmory Castle

Offers a network of woodlands walks linking a loch side picnic area, a birdhide, superb view points and archaeological sites A garden full of stately views, of borders, beds and shrubberies; and lawns and avenues. (10 mins)

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Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal starts at Ardishaig on Loch Fyne, and ends nine miles away at Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It was designed to provide a quick link between the west coast and islands at one end and the Clyde Estuary at the other, and so avoid the long voyage around the south end of the Kintyre Peninsula. Revelling in the title “Britain’s most beautiful shortcut” you would be hard pressed to find a more picturesque stretch of water than the Crinan Canal, (10 mins)

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Kilmartin Glen

The extraordinary concentration and diversity of 350 ancient monuments within 6 miles of Kilmartin distinguishes the Kilmartin Glen as an area of archaeological importance.They include burial cairns, rock carvings, standing stones, as well as the remains of the fortress of the Scots at Dunadd. (25mins)

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Tarbert is an idyllic Scottish village with castle, harbour and the freshest seafood. Tarbert is a pleasant fishing town popular with the yachting fraternity. As you approach, your first sight is of the distinctive tower of the church, then the sweep of the attractive and busy bay, backed by rocky hills. (30 mins)

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Auchindrain Folk Museum

An extraordinary attraction bringing historic family village back to life.The Township of Auchindrain is considered to be of national importance in the study of agriculture in Scotland, because it was never “improved”; it did change, at a workaday level, from a joint tenancy farm township in the 1700’s to a single tenant farm in the 20th century. (10mins) coloured pixel divider


Many reasons to visit Inverary including castle, bell tower, jail, maritime museum. Inverary enjoys a picturesque setting on the shores of Loch Fyne, where it meets Loch Shira. It was built on the site of an earlier fishing village in the mid 1700’s by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, Chief of the powerful Clan Campbell. He demolished the original village to give his rebuilt castle more space, and rehoused the population in a new town that is one of the most attractive in Scotland. (20mins)

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Oban the commercial and holiday port lies some 45 miles to the north. There are many fine eating establishments and a large supermarket. In addition boat trips can be taken to the islands by ferry to Mull, Tiree, Colonsay and may other destinations. There is a 2 hourly boat taxi to Kerrera Island which is home to Oban marina a café and great walking. Sea trips and safaris can also be booked

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Scottish sealife sanctuary

Nestling amidst the pine trees on the shores of picturesque Loch Creran, the Centre combines a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue and rehabilitation facility for both common and grey seal pups.

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Columba's Cave

At Knapdale, south of Lochgilphead on the upper reaches of Loch Caolisport lies Columba’s Cave which was initially thought to have been used by the famous saint of his sixth century crusade from Ireland as evidenced by an altar on a rock shelf, carved crosses and a large font shaped basin.

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