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Passing through Argyll

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People often bypass Argyll and the Isles as they motor north on the well-beaten Highland tourist trail. But in doing so they’re overlooking a vast Highland region and missing out on some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery. If you’re planning a trip north, why not stop off in Argyll and take a proper look? You’ll be treated to glorious views, castles, world-class distilleries, wildlife galore and much more.

If you’re heading to some of the more popular Highland destinations, take our advice and choose one of these alternative routes through Argyll. We reckon they’ll make your journey north a treat rather than a chore.

Alternative route from Glasgow to Oban
1. Alternative route from Glasgow to Oban
Rather than taking the A82 and A85 directly to Oban, take a detour via Argyll’s Secret Coast and The Heart of Argyll. Catch the ferry from Gourock to Dunoon and then enjoy a magnificent drive along the B836 through Glen Lean and the A8003 to Tighnabruaich, a wonderful coastal road that affords magnificent views of the Kyles of Bute. From here, drive to Portavadie on Loch Fyne where you can hop on a ferry to the pretty fishing village of Tarbert. Then follow the A83 north to Lochgilphead and onto Oban via Kilmartin on the A816, stopping to visit the Crinan Canal, Kilmartin House Museum and Scotland’s only wild beaver population along the way.
Alternative route from Glasgow to Fort William
2. Alternative route from Glasgow to Fort William
Rather than follow the A82 north at Tarbet (not to be confused with Tarbert) to Fort William, take the A83 west to Arrochar and enjoy stunning views of The Cobbler before negotiating the spectacular Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass. At Inveraray stop and visit Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle and then pick up the A819 to Dalmally, passing Loch Awe on the way. Now head west on the A85 and turn north at Connel onto the A828 before following this stunning coastal road to Ballachulish and Fort William.
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