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Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin and Crinan

This ancient coastal kingdom, known as the Heart of Argyll, is brimming with natural and historic wonders. Amid the stunning scenery, you’ll find opportunities galore to delve deeper into Scotland’s past. The Bronze Age and Neolithic remains in Kilmartin Glen are one of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland, while the Iron Age Dunadd Fort, where Fergus, King of Dalriada, established his royal seat, is an enthralling place to visit.

The wild and remote western coastline of Knapdale offers empty beaches and tranquillity. The lovely Kilberry Peninsula affords beautiful views of Islay and Jura. Knapdale Forest spreads from coast to coast and it’s here that beavers have been reintroduced into Scotland – dusk and dawn offer the best chance to see these elusive creatures.

Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ – the Crinan Canal. Opening in 1801, it linked Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the Sound of Jura, cutting out the long and treacherous journey around the Mull of Kintyre. Today, its tow path makes for a wonderful walk or cycle. Refresh yourself with a drink at the Crinan Hotel and watch the sun set over the myriad islets.

Over to the east, Inveraray is a handsome Georgian town in a truly memorable setting on Loch Fyne’s shores. It’s home to Inveraray Castle, the seat of Clan Campbell, and Inveraray Jail, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.
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