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Walking & climbing

Dust down those walking boots! Argyll and the Isles offers unbeatable walking and climbing – from gentle strolls through ancient woodland to bracing walks along windswept beaches to epic hikes among hills and lochs. Marvel at the Scottish scenery, lose yourself in the Highland wilderness, be enchanted by the wildlife and discover ruined castles, ancient sites and pretty villages along the way.

The landscape is criss-crossed by a network of ancient paths and drove roads, while one of Scotland’s world-famous Great Trails, the Three Lochs Way, passes through the region. And there are dozens of other well-marked long-distance routes traversing the awe-inspiring landscape. For a spectacular coastal trek try the Kintyre or Cowal Way (or join the two together), and for an island adventure you can’t beat the West Island Way on Bute.

The region has a wealth of magnificent munros, from the elegance of Ben Lui in the Southern Highlands to the mighty splendour of Ben More on Mull. Many are surprisingly accessible. The peaks of the Arrochar Alps provide some of the best climbing in Scotland.

Don’t forget that wild camping in Scotland is legal and well accepted – as long as you do it responsibly. A walking and wild-camping adventure is a great way to experience the remoter parts of Argyll and the Isles.

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About Argyll Walking Holidays
About Argyll Walking Holidays
High-quality, personal walking holidays and hiking tours in beautiful but undiscovered parts of Argyll & the Isles and beyond. About Argyll will take you to quiet,...
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Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks
Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks
A short forest walk will take you to the Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks, the most extensive prehistoric rock carvings in the UK. It’s an easy circular route that...
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Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre will help you have an active, create and unforgettable holiday in Kintyre. They can organise actvities and events and take you to magical places in...
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Ardardan Estate and Ardmore Point
Ardardan Estate and Ardmore Point
Ardardan Estate features a farm shop, garden nursery and tearoom, all set in a restored walled garden on the banks of the River Clyde between Cardross and Helensburgh....
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Ardentinny Beach and Forest Walks
Ardentinny Beach and Forest Walks
Ardentinny Beach is a lovely picnic spot, and popular with families. There are interesting shells and coloured pebbles to collect and wildlife to look out for including...
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Ardgartan Forest Walks and Trails
Ardgartan Forest Walks and Trails
Ardgartan is part of the Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent stretch of rugged hill country that was established in 1935 as the first Forest Park for public use in...
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Ardkinglas House
Ardkinglas House
Ardkinglas House on the shores of Loch Fyne was built by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1907 for Sir Andrew Noble whose descendants still live there. It is a rare example of...
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Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens & Gruffalo Trail
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens & Gruffalo Trail
Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens is a lovely place to walk and explore. It's...
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Argyll Adventure
Argyll Adventure
Argyll Adventure offers ten fantastic activities, including horse riding, paintballing, laser storm, crossbows, climbing and bungee trampolines. Located in the...
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Argyll Forest Park
Argyll Forest Park
Stretching from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps, Argyll Forest Park is a great place to walk and cycle....
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Aros Park
Aros Park
Aros Park, the former estate woodlands for Aros House, is a great place to walk, play and explore. It offers fantastic views over Tobermory Bay towards Loch Sunart and...
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Arrochar Alps & Cobbler
Arrochar Alps & Cobbler
The Arrochar Alps is by far the most spectacular mountain range in the southern Highlands. The most popular hill within this group is Ben Arthur, commonly known as The...
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Ballachuan Hazelwood
Ballachuan Hazelwood
Ballachuan Hazelwood on the Island of Seil cloaks a low ridge overlooking Cuan Sound and supports an exceptionally large number of lichen, mosses and fungal species. The...
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Balloch Castle Country Park
Balloch Castle Country Park
Balloch Castle Country Park sits on the southeast shores of Loch Lomond, and offers lovely walking and great play parks for kids. Loch Lomond’s only country park,...
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Balnakailly Loop
Balnakailly Loop
This lovely short walk in Bute Forest passes through oak woodland to a stunning viewpoint at the most northern part of the island. It's a great spot to enjoy a...
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Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan is a lovely spot, offering a mix of easy walking trails, a cycling trail, peaceful lochs and wonderful wildlife. The highlight has to be the resident...
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Beinn Ghuilean Walks and Cycle Routes
Beinn Ghuilean Walks and Cycle Routes
Campbeltown is overlooked by Beinn Ghuilean, where there are some great mountain bike trails and walks. The 2.7km Blue Trail is an unsurfaced forest track, with easy...
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Beinn Lora Forest Walks and Viewpoint
Beinn Lora Forest Walks and Viewpoint
It’s well worth the climb through the woods at the foot of Beinn Lora for a stunning panorama of coast, islands and mountains. Picnic tables at vantage points give...
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Ben Hoch
Ben Hoch
Ben Hogh - though only 106m high - is the highest hill on Coll. It’s a short walk to the summit and well worth it for the views out towards the Outer Hebrides....
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Ben Lui National Nature Reserve
Ben Lui National Nature Reserve
Discover snowy peaks and rocky crags at Ben Lui, one of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. The four munros of this reserve attract both walkers and naturalists....
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