Overlooking the still waters of Loch Fyne, Inveraray is a traditional county town in Argyll. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is an absolute set piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. Key buildings that are worth visiting include the neoclassical church, and Inveraray Jail and courthouse, now an award-winning museum that graphically recounts prison conditions from medieval times up until the 19th century. A short walk north of the New Town, the neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle remains the family home of the Dukes of Argyll. There are also the usual choice of great shops, bars and restaurants to explore and maybe enjoy a ‘wee dram’?
Oban’s name derives from the Gaelic language and means ‘little bay’. Surrounded by miles of dramatic coast and beautiful countryside, the seaside town is also known as the Gateway to the Isles. Oban itself is compact and easy to get round on foot. There are plenty of small galleries and independent stores to browse through, as well as the centrally-located local distillery, chocolate shop, and museum. Wander along the seafront to the ruined Dunollie Castle and the sandy beaches beyond.
Two of the 5 lochs we will pass by in combination with Inverary:
Loch Fyne is Scotland’s longest sea loch extending from just above Inveraray , past Portavadie and then out to the Kyles of Bute. Known as ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’ this area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and wildlife . A drive around Loch Fyne offers you ever changing views with some of Scotland’s most spectacular and unspoilt scenery
Loch Awe is a large loch, dotted with small islands and a handful of quaint villages surrounded by imposing countryside.