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Ideas for an active weekend in Argyll and Bute

When you look at Argyll and Bute on a map, you might think it’s remote, with vast swathes of mountains and valleys to discover, all carpeted in green forest and purple heather. You might picture deep, dramatic lochs and long, winding trails through untouched landscapes... and you’d be right.

If you are after a weekend of excitement, action, entertainment, and discovery, all in a beautiful landscape – Argyll and Bute has everything you are looking for.

Forest Holidays, Ardgartan Argyll

Our cabins at Ardgartan Argyll, with views across Loch Long, and stunning pine-covered mountains as a backdrop, form the perfect base for a weekend of exploring. So, where to start?

Hike your way to stunning views

There are plenty of options when it comes to walking around Argyll and Bute. If you’re a keen hiker you’re probably more prepared for a challenge; try Beinn Bhreac. Climbing to 681m high, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views which take in the nearby Arrochar Alps, as well as Loch Long and Loch Lomond.

Arrochar Alps with view of cabins at Forest Holidays, Ardgartan Argyll

You don’t have to head skywards for great scenery though. Head down towards Cowal and Dunoon, the peninsula between Loch Fyne and Loch Long, and discover something quite special – Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Puck's Glen path

Make sure you stop at Dunoon for a gentler, but magical walk through to Puck’s Glen. This tumbling, twisting gorge has bridges, stone staircases, and marked trails, leading you to the rumbling waterfall.

Have a look at our Walking and Hiking page for more great trails.

Ancient history in Scotland

Amidst the hills and mountains, you’ll find a number of fabulous castles to explore. Visit the ruins of Rothesay Castle, once the proud defender against the ferocious Viking invaders. Rothesay Castle is unique in Scotland for its immense circular curtain wall, and has a long history as a royal residence.

Rothesay Castle

The turreted towers of Inveraray Castle provide a more fairy-tale backdrop to the magnificent gardens and sumptuous rooms, and have been used as a location for an episode of Downton Abbey. Once you’ve explored the grounds, stop by the tea rooms for a bite of Scottish salmon.

Kilmartin Glen

Old as they are, the castles of Argyll and Bute are still young compared to the ancient monuments of Kilmartin Glen. Explore the standing stones, henge monument, cairns, and cists of this Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape – one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

Beaches and bays

Argyll and Bute is the perfect destination for dramatic coastlines and perfect beaches. Head over to Oban, gateway to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Here you’ll discover Ganavan Sands, a lovely sandy beach for a family day out.

Oban view

You don’t have to go to the outer edges of the west coast of Scotland for sandy beaches though; the shores of Loch Long offer some lovely beaches. Try Ardentinny Bay for a family picnic. If you keep a watchful eye, you may even see otters at play!

Activity and exploration

If you’re looking for action, then Argyll and Bute is the place to be. With miles of mountains, forests, and lochs, where would you start?

The trails around Ardgartan Argyll, in the Argyll Forest Park, offer plenty to test the skills of any mountain biker, although there are, of course, family friendly trails as well. There are so many beautiful trails to explore, you will never tire of them. Head over to our Cycling page for more inspiration.

Argyll forest park

Dive down to explore the wrecks that scatter the floor of Loch Long, or look at the nearby Trossachs National Park for gorge walking, canoeing, river sledging, and a gentle loch cruise.

Trossachs National Park

Book a cabin in Argyll and Bute for your adventure holiday

The scenery is epic, and so is the action to be found in this stunning area of Scotland. Book your forest getaway at Ardgartan Argyll in Argyll and Bute now, and pre-book some of your adventures too. It’s time to discover your adventurous side in Scotland!

Cabin at Forest Holidays, Ardgartan Argyll