Things to Do in Argyll, the Isles and Stirlingshire
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This is very special short circular walk. Clach Thoull is part of the limestone seam that continues on the Isle of Lismore, so has cliffs, caves and a spectacular limestone arch near the point. There are wide views up and down Loch Linnhe. Stop at the Pierhouse on the the way back for tea or a beer!
On a hill overlooking the town, this granite tower inspired by Rome's Coliseum is most visible from the sea. It's worth the walk via Oban's winding, steep and narrow streets above George Street for the views alone. Go at sunset and look out over the firth of Lorne and the Inner Hebridean islands.
Ocean Explorer Centre
This is a new exhibition of the marine world designed and run by SAMS - the Scottish Association for Marine Science, which is next door. It is full of interest for those interested in the sea and what it's like under the sea and under the oceans.
One of the highlights of our visits north, at any time of year, is the trip out of Easdale in these high speed RIB's, with the vast array of wildlife all around - whales, porpoises, Golden and Sea Eagles, seals and otters, Mountain goats... Well worth the trip just south of Oban for all ages.
Otters at Craobh Haven
Take a walk along the breakwater in Craobh Haven at dusk and if you’re luck’s in, you may see a family of otters playing in the seaweed at the water’s edge. They are wild creatures, so very unpredictable, but well worth looking out for!
Medieval Church and Bishopric
A short stroll from Cologin Farm across a well laid field path bordering a burn will take you to the splendid ruins of Kilbride church, currently the focus of academic research. Current owner Liam Griffin's knowledge and enthusiasm for the Clan MacDougall are unequalled!
Reach out & uncover the many treasures that this region has to offer:
- Clickable Regional Map for ASVA attractions (Association of Scottish Attractions)
- Stirling Castle
- Wallace monument
- Bannockburn Battlefield and Heritage Centre
- Loch Lomond National Park
- Rob Roy Centre in Callander
- Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle
- Castle Stalker near Oban
- Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe
- Kilmartin House Museum of Ancient Culture
Inner Island things to do:
- Many distilleries such as the Isle of Jura
- The Museum of Islay life in Port Charlotte
- Islay Marine Charters
- The Islay Woolen Mill
- The Island of Staffa
- Iona Abbey
- Torosay Castle and Gardens
- Island of Ulva
- Scottish Yacht Charter
- Wildlife watching on Jura