A little further afield

Most people who come to Argyll are surprised by the scale of the place. It can take a long time to get from one town to another. For example- here are a few rough journey times from Dunoon-

Inveraray- 45 mins
Helensburgh- 1 hour 20 mins
Lochgilphead- 1 hour 30 mins
Oban- 2 hours
Fort William- 2 hours 30 mins

But the journey is worth the hard miles in these parts. Here are some of the places to which we love to travel- they are all reachable for a long day out. Again, we have avoided the obvious, and focused on what is special to us.

Kilmartin Glen. Go to Lochgilphead, turn right- and after a half hour or so, you will find yourself in the middle of the largest concentration of neolithic sites in the whole of Europe. Standing stones, chambered cairns, cup marks, ancient hill forts. It is a landscape that is saturated in history.

The Hill House, Helensburgh- Michaela loves it! And arts and crafts house preserved by the National Trust- designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Arisaig Bay. A long three hour drive- but just look at the photographs. Take a Sea Kayak tour of the bay- the most lovely place it is possible to imagine.

A host of small islands- Argyll is blessed with hundreds of them, so we are rather spoiled for choice in our recommendation of one particular one. How about Ghiga, or Iona? Or perhaps some of those that are harder to reach- take a journey with Craignish cruises or Venture West out to the Garvellachs, Jura or the McCormaig Isles. Take in the awe inspiring Corryvrekan whirlpool on the way.

And whilst we are talking about islands- it is worth mentioning Loch Lomond- famous for its bonnie banks, but less so for its countless islands. Islands with castles, islands with wild wallabies (honest) and islands with a dark and murderous history. Take a trip out to Inchcailloch from lovely Balamaha, and you are in another world.

And then there is Oban itself- a bustling busy transportation hub. We used to hate it- with it’s tartan tat shops and screaming seagulls chasing chip papers. But these days a day out in Oban is a real treat. Lots of things to visit, the ferries busy in the bay, good restaurants, scurrying from shop to shop between rain showers.

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