Inveraray is a fine planned town on the shores of Loch Fyne, and a popular destination. It is the largest town in Central Argyll, which takes in most of the shores of saltwater Loch Fyne and freshwater Loch Awe. This is a gentler landscape than further north, with more rounded hills, graceful lochs and vast areas of forestry.
Further south is the Kilmartin Glen. Nowhere in Scotland (or perhaps even Europe) is there a greater concentration of prehistoric remains, from chambered cairns, standing stones and circles to the intriguing cup and ring carvings on rocks. The main town in this area is Lochgilphead on the shores of Loch Fyne. This is the gateway to Knapdale, a very beautiful area of coastal oakwoods and a Caledonian Forest reserve.
|Moine Mhòr and Dunadd||1.2km||45 minutes each|
|Achnabreck Cup and Ring carvings, Cairnbaan||1.75km||45 mins - 1 hour|
|Arichonan Clearance Village||2km||45 minutes|
|Barnluasgan Oakwood, Beaver trial site||2.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Craignish Point, near Ardfern||3km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Crinan Woodland and Canal circuit||3km||1 hour|
|39 Steps, Ardrishaig||3.25km||1 hour|
|Tall Trees Trail, near Dalavich||3.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Loch Ardlaraich circular, Ardfern||3.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Inverinan Trail, Loch Awe||4km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Dunardry, near Cairnbaan||4.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Loch Coille-Bharr and the Beavers||5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Barnaline Oakwoods and Avich Falls, near Dalavich||5.25km||2 hours|
|Kilmartin Glen||5.75km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Ardcastle Point, Loch Fyne||7.5km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Craobh Haven to Ardfern out-and-back||8.5km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Inveraray Forest circuit||10km||2 - 3 hours|
|Crinan Canal: Crinan to Ardrishaig||14km||3 - 4 hours|
|Dùn na Cuaiche, Inveraray||4.75km||1.5 - 2.5 hours|
|Rubha na Cille and Keills Chapel||4.75km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Castle Dounie and the Crinan Trail||6.5km||2 - 3 hours|
|Leacainn Walk, Furnace||8.5km||3 - 4 hours|
|Taynish National Nature Reserve, near Tayvallich||9.5km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Beinn Bhuidhe, via Glen Fyne||21.5km||7 - 8 hours|
David Lintern makes an amphibious journey to the wild woods of Knapdale, on the trail of a real amphibian – the Eurasian beaver.
"We arrived late and set up our not so stealthy camp in the dark, a little too close to the single-track road. No matter, we’d be gone early in the morning. The waters of Caol Scotnish were absolutely flat calm..."