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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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Ben More, Mull
Ben More, Mull
Ben More is the only Munro on the inner Hebrides. Situated in the south of the island, above the shores of Loch na Keal, it's a grand, rocky mountain and a...
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Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore with its magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold. Its 49 Hectares/120 acres boast a world-famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs including...
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Bute Forest
Bute Forest
Community-owned Rhubodach Forest is an area of ancient woodland, commercial forest, moorland and coast on the Isle of Bute. The West Island Way runs through the forest...
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Calgary Woods Art in Nature
Calgary Woods Art in Nature
Calgary Farmhouse is home to a fantastic café and an art gallery. It's also the start of a sculpture trail that winds through the woods. Follow the trail to...
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Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park, opened in 2012 by Karen Scotland and Anne Edmonds, is an outdoor gallery tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s Secret Coast....
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Carrick Castle
Carrick Castle
Set in a striking location on a rocky outcrop on the west shore of Loch Goil, Carrick Castle is well worth a visit. This 15th-century tower house was once in a state of...
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Carsaig Arches
Carsaig Arches
This fantastic coastal walk to the impressive sea arches at Carsaig is well worth the effort. It's a tough route over very rocky ground, but the views are stunning...
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Castle Dounie Circuit
Castle Dounie Circuit
This lovely 6.5 kilometre walk climbs high through the forest above the sea at Crinan to give stunning views of Jura, Scarba and the Argyll coastline. Starting from...
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Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan
Castle Lachlan lies on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, near Newton. The original castle dates back to the 13th century but was replaced in the 15th century with the keep...
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Coll RSPB Reserve
Coll RSPB Reserve
This beautiful RSPB reserve on the south west end of the Island of Coll is 1075 ha of white beaches, sand dunes, machair grassland and moorland. The reserve is a key...
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Cormonachan Woodlands
Cormonachan Woodlands
The Cormonachan Woodlands sit on the west shore of Loch Goil half way between Lochgoilhead and Carrick Castle in the Argyll Forest Park. These lovely community-managed...
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Cowal Way
Cowal Way
Flanked by Loch Long and Loch Fyne, the Cowal peninsula is a rich landscape of contrasts, ranging from the dramatic peaks of the north to the mellow scenery of the...
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Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
The Crinan Canal is a 9-mile waterway steeped in history. Opened in 1801, it's one of Scotland’s most enduring feats of engineering. It started its life as an...
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Crinan Wood
Crinan Wood
A small remnant of the Atlantic oakwoods that once covered the western fringes of Britain, Crinan Wood is as close as you’ll come to temperate rainforest in the...
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Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Set within the greenbelt of Helensburgh, Duchess Wood is a rich and diverse woodland with a variety of different plant and animal species. Known locally as...
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Duke's Path
Duke's Path
Duke's Path is a strenous 11.4 mile walk that links Lochgoilhead with Ardgartan and on to Arrochar. It's a wonderful all-day outing along an old drove road....
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Dunans Castle Woodland Walks
Dunans Castle Woodland Walks
Dunans Castle sits at the head of Glendaruel. The seat of the Clan Fletcher, the historic structure was shown on maps as far back as 1590. The castle is set in 16 acres...
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Dunardry Near to Nature Trail
Dunardry Near to Nature Trail
There are a number of walks at Dunardry near Crinan. The picnic spot at the start of the Dunardry trails is a great vantage point above the Crinan Canal. Sit back, enjoy...
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Fearnoch Forest
Fearnoch Forest
Fearnoch is a lovely, quiet woodland near Taynuilt and is ideal for a stroll, cycle or horse-ride. Enjoy the dramatic views to Ben Cruachan from picnic tables above the...
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Firkin Point Picnic Area and Walk
Firkin Point Picnic Area and Walk
Firkin Point can be found on the west bank of Loch Lomond about halfway between Inverbeg and Tarbet. Starting the walk from the car park and picnic site, it's...
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