Argyll and the Isles has a truly magnificent coastline, from stunning sea lochs, glens and island to mountainous hills. It is divided into eight areas, each with its own unique character and all offering an individual experience. The islands include Mull, Iona, Coll, Tiree, Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay.
You can also discover in Argyll Inverary, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan. Knapdale offers secluded beaches and tranquillity whereas Kilmartin is proud of its natural and historic wonders. You also have ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ the Crinan Canal. Over to the east you will discover a traditional county town called Inverary and ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll.
If you are into activities, beaches, gardens or food and drink then the Firth of Clyde is your stop. There you can visit the stunning beautiful islands of Arran, Bute, Cowal, Cumbrae and Kintyre.
If on the other hand whisky is your tipple, then the Southern Hebrides is your destination with Islay’s eight distilleries. Although, a trip to Achamore Gardens on Gigha is a must see also with its exotic greenery.
The Inner Hebrides is the perfect location if you are seeking tranquility and natural beauty. It has everything from Gaelic history to ancient castles. Scotland’s seafood capital Oban is where you would start your journey for the Inner Hebrides. A boat trip would guarantee you meet the local wildlife from seals, puffins to basking sharks.
Skye, Raasay and the Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Muck and Eigg are a must see also. On Skye you can visit the Clan Donald estate with its historic gardens and wildlife. Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum is definitely worth a visit while Canna has the beautiful ‘Garden of the Hebrides’.
The Outer Hebrides or the Western Isles is the most northern of all the Isles, stretching from Barra to Lewis. This chain of islands is full of history, Gaelic culture and fascinating wildlife.
Lochaber is a truly stunning and beautiful region and it sits right in the heart of the West Highlands of Scotland. It has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands. Lochaber is also renowned for its wildlife. Whether you travel by foot, bike, car or boat there are great opportunities to spot wildlife, from osprey, golden eagles, otters and pine martens to red squirrels.
Ardnamurchan is famous for its remoteness and breathtaking landscapes and ruggedness. The regions also include the Ardnamurchan Peninsula as well as the surrounding areas of Moidart, Sunart, Ardgour and Morvern. Ardnamurchan Point lighthouse is the most westerly point on the British mainland and is a place that is a must see.
Lochalsh and Wester Ross is renowned for their stunning beaches. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful getaway, then this is definitely your destination. It is said to be the most breathtaking and outstanding part of the West Coast of Scotland. North of Lochalsh you will discover Wester Ross and the beautiful Applecross Peninsula. After that you have the mountainous hills of Torridon. If you enjoy walking, fishing and watching wildlife you will be in your element.
So don’t leave it too late, visit a Scottish Island now and you will not leave disappointed.