Argyll & The Isles

Travel to Argyll by train, and catch a ferry to some of the country's most stunning islands.

Saints and kings once trod here, and the dewy glens conceal traces of Scotland's rich prehistoric past. It's hardly surprising that Argyll & The Isles is considered to be the birthplace of the nation.

These lands are now explored by thrill seekers craving adventure along thousands of miles of rugged coastline, or by visitors trying to catch a glimpse of rare wildlife. This unique region marries unforgettable landscapes with mouth-watering local produce, outdoor activities and a hallowed heritage.

Travel on the stunning West Highland Line to arrive at Oban, the final stop on the line in these remote parts, and the seafood capital of Scotland. Upon embarking at the harbourside station you're within strolling distance of the town's many excellent seafood restaurants, cafes and fish 'n' chip shops.

From here there are more than 3,000 miles of coast in the region waiting to be explored by sea, including Jura, Islay and Mull, the latter one of the best places to spot the magnificent white-tailed sea eagle.

Or, to reach the southern end of Argyle, head 40 minutes out of Glasgow to Ayrshire and step aboard the ferry service from Ardrossan Harbour (the town's third station after Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan Town), for a short sail to Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula.

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