Background on Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute is the main administrative center for its council area? which is the second largest in Scotland. Scenes from the James Bond movie, “From Russia with Love,” were filmed at the lochs of Argyll and Bute.
The Argyll Forest Park provides ample outdoor fun and photo opportunities with its majestic countryside setting. The Gare Loch sits in what is called the Rosenthal Peninsula and offers sailing, fishing, and ship wreck sightseeing. The Old Castle Lachlan keeps history alive dating back to the 15th century and is protected with a category A scheduled monument classification. For real adventurers, the Fingal’s Cave on the abandoned island of Staffa is a natural treasure. The Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means “the melodious cave” because of its echoing acoustical properties.
The Argyll and Bute area is chock full of charming islands which can be accessed by local ferries. The main ferry operator in Argyll and Bute is Caledonian MacBrayne which services Bute, Tiree, Coll, Gigha, and Islay. Islay is the fifth largest island in Scotland and has a rich history after being invaded and conquered by the Norse and English. The island offers bird watching, fishing and world famous whisky distilleries. Tiree is regionally known as “the land of corn.” It was home to many monks in the 6th century and once had numerous monasteries. There are still sites with the trademark stone cross slabs which were a trademark of the monastic lineage.
The Argyll Hotel offers pleasant traditional Scottish architecture with a family run atmosphere making it a mainstay of the area. The Argyll Hotel caters excellent food and amazing vistas with its Kintyre Peninsula location.
An award winning hotel experience awaits at the Abbot’s Brae Hotel. This wonderful hotel is situated on a woodland garden property and boasts breathtaking hillside views. For the backpacking traveler there are plenty of hostels to choose from.
Oban Youth Hostel is centered between many sites making it easy to get out and explore. The Tobermory Youth Hostel takes the journey away from the mainland with its woodland walking trail on the Isle of Mull.