Established in 1975, Argyll and Bute encompasses two historic counties on the west coast of Scotland. It’s home to the largest loch in the country and the Victorian resort town of Oban, as well as the ruggedly beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides.
Things to do in Argyll and Bute
With its breathtaking natural areas, centuries-old castles and picturesque towns, Argyll and Bute is one of Scotland’s most captivating destinations.
Explore Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Marking the eastern border of Argyll and Bute is Loch Lomond, which together with the surrounding glens and hills is protected as a national park. It provides a spectacular setting for kayaking and hiking, with Scotland’s first long-distance footpath, the West Highland Way, traversing the park. You can cruise Loch Lomond in a historic steamship and visit the gravestone of Rob Roy or spend your days spotting Scottish wildcats, red deer and peregrine falcons.
Relax in Oban. One of Scotland’s most popular resort towns, Oban overlooks a sheltered bay on the west coast of Argyll and Bute. Admire the Isle of Kerrera while strolling along the Corran Esplanade or climb to McCaig's Tower for elevated views across the town. Oban serves as a gateway for visiting the islands of Staffa and Iona, as well as having ferry connections to the Outer Hebrides.
Visit Inveraray Castle. Set on the shores of Loch Fyne, Inveraray Castle was built in a Gothic Revival style by the Earl of Ilay in the mid-18th century. Now heritage-listed, many of its Neoclassical rooms are open to the public, with a fascinating collection of muskets, swords and pikes on display. Inveraray Castle is surrounded by sprawling gardens planted with seasonal displays of roses, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Getting around Argyll and Bute
Glasgow Airport is the main aviation gateway to Argyll and Bute and has flights to destinations across Europe, North America and the Middle East. The West Highland Line passes through Argyll and Bute en route between Glasgow and Oban, from where ferries depart for the Hebrides. Buses travel throughout the area and connect most of its attractions.