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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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Saddle Bay, Castle and Abbey
Saddle Bay, Castle and Abbey
Saddell has a small abbey with a fascinating exhibition of old carved stones. From here, there’s a lovely walk to Saddell Castle, which was built in 1500, and onto...
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Shian Wood
Shian Wood
Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland. The wood stands above the surrounding land on a low, flattened ridge which juts...
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Skipness Castle and Walk
Skipness Castle and Walk
Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre Peninsula near the village of Skipness. The castle is a favourite among historical enthusiasts and families alike....
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Stramash
Stramash
Stramash Social Enterprise offers adventure activity sessions seven days a week, all year round, in sea kayaking, coasteering, canoeing, archery, canyoning, bushcraft...
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Sutherland's Grove
Sutherland's Grove
A range of woodland walks and cycle routes through a diverse landscape of gigantic fir trees, crashing waterfalls and ancient oakwoods. The cycle routes venture deeper...
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Tarbert Castle and Walks
Tarbert Castle and Walks
Tarbert Castle is a scheduled monument of national importance because of the major role which Robert the Bruce King of Scotland played in its reinforcement and...
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Taynish National Nature Reserve
Taynish National Nature Reserve
The oak woodlands of Taynish are interspersed with grassland, heath, saltmarsh and shoreline to give a truly amazing variety of wildlife. Admire the spring-time carpet...
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The Dalriada Heritage  Trail
The Dalriada Heritage Trail
This seven-mile walk starts at Carnasserie Castle and takes you through Kilmartin Glen and the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve to Dunadd Fort and on through ancient...
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The Isle of Ulva
The Isle of Ulva
The tiny island of Ulva sits just off the west coast of Mull, and makes a great day trip.There are a number of way-marked walks and tracks on Ulva that have been set up...
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The Paps of Jura
The Paps of Jura
Climbing the Paps of Jura is a must for the experienced walker. The view from the three peaks is second to none. The highest is Beinn an Oir (748m), then Benn Shiantaidh...
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Three Lochs Way
Three Lochs Way
The Three Lochs Way, described as the ‘walking gateway to Argyll & The Isles’, is a stunning journey through southern Argyll linking Loch Lomond, Gare...
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Tom a’Chuig Trail
Tom a’Chuig Trail
The Tom a'Chuig Trail is a 3.5 mile Forestry Commission trail that has a bit of everything: magnificent views across the River Goil and the Lochgoilhead, open hill...
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Walk Gigha
Walk Gigha
Beautiful views in every direction, beaches, wildlife and history - the Isle of Gigha has all this to offer and more. The island is just seven miles long by one mile...
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West Island Way
West Island Way
The 25-mile West Island Way runs the length of the beautiful island of Bute in Argyll. Opened in 2000, it's now classified as one of Scotland's Great Trails....
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West Loch Lomond Cycle Route
West Loch Lomond Cycle Route
The West Loch Lomond Cycle Route starts next to Balloch Railway Station at the south of Loch Lomond and runs north along the loch for 27km to Tarbet, where you can catch...
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Wild Argyll
Wild Argyll
Wild Argyll journeys on foot or by kayak can be quite short but the journeys of the mind go far and wide.Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Argyll on foot or by...
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Wild Islay Birding
Wild Islay Birding
Wild Islay Birding offers wildlife and birdwatching on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay. Enjoy Islay’s abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery on a guided...
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