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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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Geocaching
Geocaching
Geocaching is a great way to get out exploring and have a real world adventure anywhere, anytime. And with geocaches hidden all over Argyll and the Isles there’s...
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Glen Donich Trail
Glen Donich Trail
The Glen Donich Trail is a 2.5 mile circular Forestry Commission route at Lochgoilhead. This fantastic trail leads you along the edge of the Ardgoil forest to the top of...
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Glen Nant Woodlands National Nature Reserve
Glen Nant Woodlands National Nature Reserve
This rich woodland of native trees blankets the slopes of Glen Nant near Taynuilt. One of Scotland's National Nature Reserves, it's a fine example of Atlantic...
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Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre
Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre
Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre is situated in the picturesque village of Glenbarr on the west side of the Kintyre peninsula.Glenbarr Abbey itself...
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Glenbranter Forest
Glenbranter Forest
Glenbranter Forest 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...
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Gouk Hill Muir Viewpoint on the John Muir Way
Gouk Hill Muir Viewpoint on the John Muir Way
The first (or last) leg of the John Muir Way takes you from Helensburgh to Balloch. It's nine-miles long, can be walked or cycled and takes you though stunning...
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Gruffalo Trail, Ardkinglas
Gruffalo Trail, Ardkinglas
The Gruffalo Trail, set within Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Cairndow, is fantastic fun for kids of all ages. After a five minute walk from the car park, a metalwork...
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Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation
Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation
Visit the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation at its new visitor centre at Barr an Daimh (opening April 2017) and find out about the fantastic variety of wildlife the...
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Inverawe Fisheries & Country Park
Inverawe Fisheries & Country Park
Inverawe Fisheries & Country Park is a great family day out in Argyll. Learn how to fish, find out how salmon is smoked, explore the many trails and tracks, feed the...
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John Muir Way
John Muir Way
The John Muir Way, which opened in 2014, is a fabulous long-distance route running through central Scotland and linking Helensburgh in Argyll in the west to Dunbar in...
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Keills Chapel
Keills Chapel
Keills Chapel is a small West Highland chapel housing a stunning collection of 12th-century grave slabs and early medieval sculpture. It’s in a beautiful location,...
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Kintyre Way
Kintyre Way
Walk the beautiful and unexplored wild Atlantic coast of the Kintyre peninsula with the Kintyre Way. Along 100 miles (161km) you’ll discover hidden coves, deserted...
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Largiebaan Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Largiebaan Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Largiebaan covers some 1,600 hectares on the west coast of south Kintyre.It's a large and diverse reserve, with plenty of interesting features and diverse wildlife....
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Lochbuie to Carsaig Coastal Walk
Lochbuie to Carsaig Coastal Walk
A superb shore walk on rough terrain with fantastic views of the clifffs, basalt formations, a sea stack, native woodlands and several waterfalls. There is an option...
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Lochgoilhead Arboretum
Lochgoilhead Arboretum
The Lochgoilhead Arboretum area is a great place for a gentle stroll. You'll find off-road parking, an excellent playground, information boards and display maps and...
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MacCulloch's Fossil Tree
MacCulloch's Fossil Tree
MacCulloch's Fossil Tree is a geological wonder at the western tip of the Ardmeanach Peninsula on Mull. The tree, which is thought to be 50 million years old, is 12...
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MacKinnon's Cave
MacKinnon's Cave
MacKinnon's Cave, near Gribrun on the west coast of the Isle of Mull, is thought to be the longest sea cave in all the Hebrides. It’s a short (two-mile), but...
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MacPhie Bagging
MacPhie Bagging
MacPhie bagging is a fantastic way to explore the islands of Colonsay and Oronsay. Set off early for 21-mile walk taking in the 22 MacPhie peaks on the islands, each...
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Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse
Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse
The Mull of Kintyre is the southwestern-most tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, immortalised by the 1977 hit song "Mull of Kintyre" by Paul McCartney's band of the time,...
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Ringing Stone and Dun Mor Broch
Ringing Stone and Dun Mor Broch
Tiree’s Ringing Stone is situated between Balephetrish and Vaul. This large boulder balances on other rocks like an egg on a spoon and emits a metallic ring when...
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