Argyll and the Isles

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  • 1. Auchindrain Museum

    Historic District/Site

    Step a few centuries back in time at this open-air museum, a rare surviving example of an 18th-century communal-tenancy farm. About 250 years...Read More

  • 2. Bonawe Iron Furnace

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Seemingly out of place in this near-wilderness setting, Bonawe is a fascinating relic from the dawn of Britain's Industrial Revolution. In the...Read More

  • 3. Bowmore Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Bowmore is the grand old lady of Islay's distilleries, and a tour is a must for any visitor. In business since 1779, the distillery, like all...Read More

  • 4. Bunnahabhain Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Established in 1881, the Bunnahabhain (pronounced Boon -a- ha -bin) Distillery sits on the shore, with dramatic views across to the Paps of...Read More

  • 5. Duart Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The 13th-century Duart Castle stands dramatically atop a cliff overlooking the Sound of Mull. The ancient seat of the Macleans, it was ruined...Read More

  • 6. Finlaggan

    Historic District/Site

    A half mile after Ballygrant on the A486, a sign points left to Finlaggan, and a short drive around a farm road leads to the head of the atmospheric...Read More

  • 7. Iona Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Overseen by St. Columba, who traveled here from Ireland, Iona was the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland in the 6th century. It survived...Read More

  • 8. Isle of Arran Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The open aspect and closeness to the sea explains the taste of Arran's well-respected single malt, light and airy and with the scent of sea...Read More

  • 9. Lochranza Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Perched above the bay, Lochranza is Arran's most picturesque ruin and occupies a special place in Scotland's history. It was here that Robert...Read More

  • 10. Tobermory Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Tobermory's cute little distillery has been making distinctive malts (the peaty Ledaig and the unpeated, lighter-tasting Tobermory) since 1798...Read More

  • 11. Whale Watch With Us

    Tour–Sight

    High-speed boats carrying 12 passengers leave from Tobermory's harbor on scenic cruises, wildlife sea safaris, and whale-watching trips lasting...Read More

  • 12. Achamore House Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Visit Achamore House Garden in late spring to see its azaleas and its prize collection of rhododendrons ablaze with color. The island's mellow...Read More

  • 13. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    Rambling over 12,000 acres, one of Britain's finest collections of conifers is set off by rhododendron blossoms in early summer. You can find...Read More

  • 14. Brodick Castle and Country Park

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    On the north side of Brodick Bay, this red sandstone mansion with typical Scottish-baronial features was built in the 16th century and was the...Read More

  • 15. Carnasserie Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The tower house of Carnasserie Castle is all that remains of this Renaissance structure. It has the distinction of having belonged to the writer...Read More

  • 16. Castle Sween

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The oldest stone castle on the Scottish mainland, this 12th-century structure sits on a rocky bit of coast about 12 miles south of Crinan. From...Read More

  • 17. Coll

    Island

    Unlike their neighbors in nearby Tiree, Coll's residents were not forced to leave the island in the 19th century. Today half of the island's...Read More

  • 18. Colonsay

    Island

    The beautiful beach at Kiloran Bay on Colonsay is an utterly peaceful place even at the height of summer. The standing stones at Kilchattan...Read More

  • 19. Crarae Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    Exotic Himalayan plants flourish in the gentle microclimate of this 100-acre garden, where the Crarae Burn, a small stream, cascades through...Read More

  • 20. Crinan Canal

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This canal opened in 1801 to let fishing vessels reach Hebridean fishing grounds without making the long haul south around the Kintyre Peninsula...Read More

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