Argyll & The Isles
The sheer diversity of Argyll & The Isles is breathtaking, from a quiet solitude in the smaller isles of Iona, Colonsay, Coll and Tiree, to the glorious gardens of Mid Argyll, and the mighty mountain peaks and deep lochs of the Cowal Peninsula.
Birthplace of Scotlandís nation and the origins of Christianity, this is a region steeped in history and archaeological remains.
Ancient castles guard the coastline with Duart, the ancestral home of Clan MacLean , standing proudly on a clifftop overlooking the Sound of Mull. Kilchurn Castle sits on the banks of Loch Awe while the royal Castle of Rothesay was built to a unique circular design.
Grand stately homes provide more glimpses into the past. Mount Stuart, on the Isle of Bute, is a Victorian Gothic mansion that was created by the illustrious 3rd Marquess of Bute, whose wide ranging interests are captured in the magnificent rooms. Take a behind the scenes tour for a real insight into the art and architecture.
For those who love to explore, there are standing stones, burial cairns and stone circles all dating back to prehistoric times and local churchyards boast burial slabs with remains of intricate crosses.
Heritage is not the only allure of Argyll & The Isles. It boasts wildlife in abundance with seals, basking sharks, dolphins, osprey and deer. The Isle of Mull is a great destination for spotting unusual species. Loch Frisa is one of the best destinations in Europe to see white-tailed sea eagles. Watch these magnificent birds of prey soaring through the skies from the specially built hide, or hop aboard a boat trip for another great way to enjoy these spectacular creatures in their natural habitats?