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Mothers’ Day: 6 ways to treat your mum in Argyll

Mothers’ Day: 6 ways to treat your mum in Argyll
Mothers’ Day is nearly here! Whether you want to give your mum a special gift, treat her to a lovely lunch or share a unique experience with her, we’ve got Mothers’ Day covered in Argyll. Here are six ways to celebrate Mothers’ Day in Argyll & The Isles.

Spa time
You'll find sensational spas in Argyll where your mum can relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings. Portavadie on Loch Fyne is the perfect place for some Mother’s Day pampering. The tranquil spa area is simply stunning and there’s a huge range of treatments and therapies on offer. Your mum will love the views from the outdoor infinity pool. For an island spa escape head to the Isle of Eriska, a 300-acre paradise with luxurious spa facilities. The Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa in Inveraray and the Oban Bay Hotel and Spa in Oban are both run by Crerar Hotels and offer a range of spa packages and holidays.

Delicious dining
Where to start? Argyll is packed with great places to eat. Whether you want to treat your mum to a fabulous seafood platter at a loch-side eatery or enjoy a lazy lunch in a gastro pub, you’re spoilt for choice. The region is famed for its seafood. Try the world famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, which sits at the head of Loch Fyne just an hour’s drive from Glasgow. Or how about catching the train to Oban, ‘Scotland’s Seafood Capital’ for a huge choice of seafood restaurants? The recently opened Luss Seafood Bar is another great option close to Glasgow. Head Chef David Hetherington has devised a delicious lunch menu for Mothers’ Day. Make a trip to Argyll’s Secret Coast for Sunday lunch at Botanica in beautiful Tighnabruaich. Expect lots of local produce on the menu, including pork from Auchinbreck Farm. Make sure to reserve your table!

Woodland walks and glorious gardens
Get out and about this Mother’s Day and discover Argyll’s magical woodlands and glorious gardens. Shian Wood on the southern shore of Loch Creran near Benderloch has a delightful short circular walk and is fabulous for spring flowers. Or how about a stroll in Crinan Wood, just a few minutes’ walk from the Crinan Canal basin? This ancient Atlantic oakwood is a magical place, full of ferns, moss, lichen and gnarled oak and birch. Read about more wonderful Argyll woodlands. If your mum loves gardening then she’ll love the Glorious Gardens of Argyll & Bute, a group of 20 gardens in stunning locations across Argyll & The Isles. Many are easily accessible from Glasgow. Do check the opening times before you travel.

Historic highlights
Take your mum on a journey into Argyll’s fascinating past. Visit a ruined castle, marvel at a historic house and gaze in wonder at Bronze Age standing stones. Kilmartin Glen in the Heart of Argyll is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Within six miles of Kilmartin village there are over 350 ancient monuments, including cairns, standing stones and stones circles. Kilmartin Museum, which has a lovely café, is open from 1st March. Rothesay Castle on Bute is another good option for Mothers’ Day. Explore this fascinating castle, which dates back to the early 13th century, and then enjoy lunch in one of Rothesay’s many eateries. Or how about visiting Hill House in Helensburgh, universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation? Some of the stately homes and castles, such as Mount Stuart on Bute and Duart Castle on Mull, don’t open their doors until the end of March, but you’re welcome to walk in the grounds.

Tempting treats
Does your mum enjoy a wee dram? Argyll has 14 world-class distilleries dotting its coastline and you could treat her to a whisky tasting experience. If gin is her tipple of choice, treat her to a bottle of Kintyre Gin, Tyree Gin, Lussa Gin or Botanist by Bruichladdich. If she prefers a sweet treat, check out some of Argyll’s artisan chocolatiers including Oban Chocolate Company and Tobermory Chocolates.

Awesome adventures
If your mum is an adrenalin junkie who loves nothing better than going wild in the great outdoors, then Argyll is the ideal place for a Mothers’ Day surprise. Argyll has unique adventure experiences to offer, many of them within an hour’s drive of Glasgow. Go on a quadbiking trek with Quadmania near Dunoon, go mountain biking in Argyll Forest Park or simply take a walk on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Take a look at Wild About Argyll for more inspiration.

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