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Argyll - The Region with a Bit of Everything
I've never quite understood why Argyll doesn't get a lot more hype when travellers are pondering the best of Scotland over a dram or a cuppa. Abundant in world class hiking, genre-defining castles, coastal magnificence and some of the best roadtrips in the continent, it seems almost unfair to have all of this within 2 hours of my Glasgow base. I tend not to complain though.The Walks
From the epic ascents of Ben Arthur and Ben Cruachan to gentle wanders like Dun na Cuaiche at Inveraray, I can't imagine anyone in the car complaining. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) is a particular favourite amongst us west coasters and little Arrochar is stormed year-round by enthusiastic climbers desperate to rack up one of Scotland's most distinctive peaks. The Castles
The variety on offer is total. Kilchurn dominates one end of the spectrum and is the definition of atmospheric ruin. Set, ridiculously, on the banks of Loch Awe and surrounded by rolling hills (and not much else) it has had photographers and artists in a frenzy since forever. Pretty relics like Castle Stalker have the middle ground and Inveraray Casle claims the throne for aesthetics. Opulent and extravagant, it belongs firmly in a fairytale. Looking past castles, you can go even further back in time with a stretch down at Kilmartin Glen. Standing stones abound. I defy any history lover not to be absolutely beside themselves in Argyll. The Coast
As if Argyll's various Lochs were not enough (and you've not sufficiently stuffed your face with oysters at Loch Fyne) then head to Oban
. The only real hub in the area, 'The Gateway to the Isles' has everything you'd hope for in a coastal town, and more. Fish and chips, top drawer seafood, a distillery, a bizarre piece of architecture and a constant buzz of workers and folk excitedly getting ready for their holidays. Be sure to take in the views from McCaig's Tower over the town and the glorious views west.
Kerrera and Seil also beckon just a stone's throw across the water. But I'll leave the islands for another day.....
Read more about my Argyll adventures
as I continue to explore this summer and let me know your favourite spots!