Ardgartan Argyll is the perfect base for a Scottish walking holiday, fromÂ a gentle lochside strollÂ which begins at your cabin door to more strenuous hikes within theÂ Argyll Forest Park. Surrounding our cabins are the Arrochar Alps, a glorious mountain range where you can bag as many as 5 munros. Further afield, exploreÂ Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with wonderful walks and more challenging climbs.Â
There are miles and miles of cycling routes surrounding our cabins at Ardgartan Argyll. Cycle round lochs, through woods and on mountains. Enjoy long pleasurable trips, with a picnic or a pub stop, or take your mountain bike, up and down glens, with arduous climbs and sweeping descents.
Take a day out to the elegant seaside resort ofÂ HelensburghÂ and visitÂ The Hill House, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh masterpiece. For history of another kind, the kids will love the famousÂ Inveraray JailÂ for a taste of life â€œinsideâ€ in the 19th Century andÂ Inveraray CastleÂ for an insight into Scotlandâ€™s clans and their colourful, often bloodthirsty, history. More up to date fun can be found atÂ Go ApeÂ in Aberfoyle or theÂ Sealife SanctuaryÂ at Loch Lomond.
No stay in Argyll would be complete without visitingÂ InverarayÂ and its stunning castle. The ancestral seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, the castle is still the familyâ€™s home today. Visit too, the nearbyÂ Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, set on the shores of Loch Fyne against a spectacular mountain backdrop. ExploreÂ AuchindrainÂ â€“ the most well-preserved example of a Highland Farm township or head further afield to Dunoon, for a fascinating day out at theÂ Castle House Museum.Â
Our local is the Village Inn at Arrochar, where you can enjoy freshly cooked food, local ales and a large garden for those sunny days. For a more refined treat, head north to the Loch Fyne Restaurant and Oyster Bar, where you will be eating oysters fresh from the loch that the restaurant overlooks.
InverarayÂ is not to be missed; climb Dun Na Cuaiche for the spellbinding vista of the village and castle below. For a seaside trip, visitÂ Helensburgh, which has great shopping andÂ The Hill House, an architectural gem by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the finest private houses ever built. Closer to your cabin, spend a lazy afternoon village-hopping around the lochs, discoveringÂ Ardentinny, tucked away on the edge of Loch Long orÂ Lochgoilhead,Â with its spectacular mountain and loch views. The pretty conservation village ofÂ LussÂ is also under 20 minutes away.
At Ardgartan Argyll you are in the heart ofÂ Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 720 square miles of lochs, mountains and forests. Spot rare wildlife, discover stunning views and enjoy outdoor adventures. Put your boots on and explore the wild and ruggedÂ Argyll Forest ParkÂ or enjoy the views in a more leisurely manner on theÂ West Highland Railway Line, voted the Greatest Railway Journey in the World by readers of travel magazine, Wanderlust.
If the rain makes an appearance - and in Scotland itâ€™s always a possibility - take a drive up to Oban, where you can while away a couple of hours at theÂ Oban DistilleryÂ before getting close to nature at theÂ Sealife Sanctuary. A little closer to your cabin,Â Inveraray CastleÂ andÂ Inveraray JailÂ are also great rainy day activities. If retail therapy is more appealing, head forÂ Loch Lomond Shores, where there is also anotherÂ Sealife SanctuaryÂ to keep the children enthralled.
Ardgartan Argyll sits on the shore of Loch Long, a Scottish sea loch where you can fish, canoe or collect mussels for supper. A short drive away is Loch Lomond, Scotlandâ€™s largest freshwater loch, best enjoyed from the deck of aÂ Loch Lomond cruise boat. For a peaceful afternoon that gives you a unique view of the Scottish landscape, take a boat out onÂ Loch LomondÂ orÂ Loch Goil. Head north to Loch Fyne, for spectacular views, Inveraray town and castle, and local oysters. This is just a tiny selection of the lochs you can enjoy in this rugged landscape.