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Visitor Attractions in Argyll and Bute


Kinlochlaich Gardens & Garden Centre, Appin

Kinlochlaich Gardens & Garden Centre    Appin

The old walled garden, built circa 1790 by John Campbell, sits hidden against the Highland landscape. Like many gardens in the Highlands, the mild climate of the Gulf Stream allows many different plants to thrive.

We have developed the Garden Plant Centre within the ornamental gardens since 1975, and it has become one of the leading plant nurseries in Scotland. We are pleased that an historic garden is once again in full production and offering employment. It is unlikely that such gardens will ever be built again in any number or on such a scale.

Oban Distillery

Oban Distillery

Nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt scotch whisky is but a stone's throw from the sea. Oban distillery is physically and spiritually at the heart of Oban - the "Gateway to the Isles". In effect,the town grew up around the distillery and since its foundation in 1794 it has played an important role in local life.

Excellent tours are available everyday in the summer and weekdays in winter except January. Every visit to the distillery is a truly memorable experience.

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle

Ancestral home to the Dukes of Argyll- chiefs of Clan Campbell - the contents of Inveraray Castle span many generations. The castle is a remarkable and unique piece of architecture incorporating Baroque, Palladian and Gothic.

A large part of the Castle is open to the public and it has become one of the most important visitor attractions in the region

Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon

Benmore Botanic Garden    near Dunoon

Benmore is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens and is a beautiful 120 acre site in Cowal, just north of Dunoon.

The gardens feature over 300 species of rhododendron, over 7 miles of paths, a grand avenue of giant redwoods and much more for the enthusiastic gardener, families, and even those allergic to gardening to enjoy. There is a cafe and shop on site and a visit can easily be combined with a great walk along Puck's Glen nearby

DC Marine - Boat Trips, Tighnabruaich

DC Marine - Boat Trips    Tighnabruaich

The Morag can accommodate 10 passengers and the trips invariably capture the spectacular views of the area from the sea, and give fantastic close up opportunities to see seals, porpoises, and many sea birds that inhabit the Kyles of Bute.

Trips of over one hour include the opportunity to try your hand at fishing for Mackerel, Pollock, Saithe, Cod and Codling. All the necessary fishing gear is carried on board. Enthusiastic anglers can charter the boat purely for fishing expeditions and visit the best fishing grounds in the area. There are regular set departures times or you can book to charter the whole boat for periods of one hour.

Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden covers 25 acres of hillside lying in a naturally sheltered pocket near the mouth of the River Kinglas but surrounded by wild Highland scenery. Paths throughout the garden offer a variety of walks to suit all abilities. The focus is on mature trees (including the mightiest conifer in Europe) and our exceptional collection of rhododendron species. A woodland lochan, ancient mill, scriptorium and a very visible and thriving population of rare Red Squirrels add to the attractions at Ardkinglas.

Carradale Gold Foundry, Carradale

Carradale Gold Foundry    Carradale

Wallis Hunter is a small jewellery manufacturing company selling to both the public and trade customers and is based in the Scottish Highlands village of Carradale, Kintyre. Started some 30 years ago, it is still run by Mike and Trish Hurst with a handful of very handy hands, and of course Ruaridh the dog. Visit our manufacturing workshop and wee shop 'The Carradale Gold Foundry' which is a huge attraction over the summer months.

Sea.fari - Oban

Sea.fari - Oban

Sea.fari Adventures are Oban's only VisitScotland Quality Assured 4* Wildlife Experience We specialise in offering a unique combination of high adventure and pure exhilaration with the thrill of close encounters with Scotland's magnificent sealife and beautiful scenery.

Our carefully chosen range of marine eco-tours include visits to the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the World's Third Largest Whirlpool, whale and dolphin watching, a short boat trip to the nearest seal colony or a full day boat tour to the Garvellach Islands or Colonsay.

Kilmartin House Museum

Kilmartin House Museum

Kilmartin House Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigage and interpret the internationally important archaeological landscape of Kilmartin Glen, and the artefacts that have been found here. At this unique and vibrant centre you can also see 'The Valley of Ghosts' audio-visual- a time travelling experience with breath taking imagery and haunting music. There is an on site shop and an award winning cafe. To find out more, explore our web site, wander through our interactive map and see what's on our Events Programme.

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

A Prison for All - men, women, children, babies, even lunatics. No Exceptions! The same rule applies today - we even allow dogs.

A superb visitor attraction with interest and excitement for all ages, Inveraray Jail is a place where you can tour at your own leisure and offers great family deals and concessions to seniors and groups.

Dunstaffnage Castle, near Dunbeg

Dunstaffnage Castle    near Dunbeg

Dunstaffnage Castle is one of Scotland's oldest stone castle and it set in a fabulous and strategic position overlooking the Firth of Lorne just north of Oban. Built around 1220 at a time when Scotland and Norway were vying for control of the Hebrides, the castle has had a turbulent past. Flora Macdonald was imprisoned here in 1746 on her way to the Tower of London after helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to Skye. The castle is in good condition for its age and the grounds are beautiful and good for picnics.


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