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Why it has to be Argyll for Easter breaks!

Why it has to be Argyll for Easter breaks!
Easter, in many people’s minds, is associated with chocolate, bunnies and an Easter break. Whereas last year Easter came early on March 27, this year the big day is April 16. By then, here in Argyll and the Isles spring will be in full swing making it a wonderful time to get out and enjoy all that the region has to offer. Escape with a long weekend break from Good Friday to Easter Monday or treat the family to a break in Argyll during the Easter holiday.

There are plenty of ways to get out and about over Easter in Argyll. If you’re coming from Glasgow the Arrochar Alps offer fantastic walking and are incredibly accessible whether by car, bus or train. These magnificent mountains have drawn generations of Glaswegians and for many kicked of their love affair with hill walking in the Highlands. Mark Beaumont said The Cobbler, the most iconic hill in the range, was one of the highlights of his Wild About Argyll adventure. For something a little less daunting – in terms of height at least – what about bagging the McPhies of Colonsay and Oronsay? These hills are all less than 300 ft, but when strung together they make for a decent challenge over the course of a day or two. A stroll or cycle along the Crinan Canal is another delightful thing to do at Easter.

If taking to the water is more your thing – and remember, Argyll and the Isles has thousands of miles of coastline – then you’re spoilt for choice. Kayakers can enjoy the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail. It’s 150km long and offers some of the best sea kayaking in Europe. Rich in wildlife, naturally diverse coastline, sheltered waters, islands, sandy beaches, caves and much more, it is everything you want from a paddling destination.

For families a Canadian style canoe is an easier option for getting out on the water without too much fuss. Argyll Voyageur Canoes based in Lochgoilhead offer unique guided canoe trips and a chance to explore the stunning scenery of Loch Goil from the water. With breath-taking views and an abundance of wildlife, this adventure cannot be surpassed for its beauty and serenity. The canoe can take up to 10 people and is accessible to all ages making it great for families who all paddle together as a team! Take a look at the Wild About Argyll website for more active inspiration!

You don’t have to get all active to enjoy Easter in Argyll and the Isles. Many of the Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute open for the season at Easter. Enjoy magnificent displays of spring flowers in stunning settings. The gardens at Mount Stuart on the island of Bute look particularly gorgeous at this time of year, as does Benmore Botanic Garden near Dunoon. Or how about heading to one of Argyll’s historic attractions? Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail make for a great day out as does Duart Castle on the island of Mull.

And for the ultimate in relaxation, perhaps this is a good time to sample some Argyll made chocolate courtesy of a number of artisan makers. The Oban Chocolate Company shop on Oban’s Esplanade is a chocaholic’s dream. On Mull, Tobermory Chocolates makes sublime artisan chocolates using the finest ingredients. Visit Arlene's Coffee Shop, also on Mull, for a fabulous selection of hand-made chocolates. Caramiche Chocolaterie in Dunoon offers an exquisite range of luxury chocolates. CocoaMo handcrafts chocolates in Helensburgh, taking inspiration from Argyll’s natural larder. On Tiree, Chocolates & Charms is a unique shop selling delicious chocolates made on the island.

Of course there will be lots of local, traditional Easter activities taking place in towns and villages throughout Argyll and the Isles, so if it’s a spot of egg rolling or an Easter egg hunt you’re looking for then you shouldn’t be disappointed!

If you’re planning to extend the Easter break in Argyll, then how about heading over to the Inner Hebrides the week before to participate in the Walk Islay annual walking event which runs from April 9 – 14? Taking place across Islay, Jura and Colonsay, the walks vary from easy to challenging and take in the beautiful island scenery, from beaches and lochs to mountains and moors. Wildlife abounds in all corners with a chance to see eagles, otters, deer, goats and chough. If you want to elongate the holiday post Easter, and you’re a competent rider, then you might fancy a five-day equestrian adventure with Wilder Ways. Dubbed the Cowal Cavaliers’ Week, this point to point ride will take you through some of Cowal’s most stunning landscapes. The ride takes place from April 17 to 23.

So whether you’re looking for an active outdoor break this Easter, or a weekend of chocolate indulgence, it has to be Argyll for your Easter break!

Header photo: Spring flowers at Mount Stuart
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