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inverary castle
sight seeing

Well worth a visit during your stay is the lovely town of Inverary a former Royal Burgh in Argyll & Bute located on the western shore of Loch Fyne. Its distinctuive white buildings on the loch shore make it very photogenic. It is a very popular tourist destination with a number of attractions including the Castle mentioned below, the Arctic penguin ship with the Maritime Museum, moored at the pier along with the Clyde Puffer and the Celtic Cross. There are numerous shops including, The Stable Art Gallery, Purdies Scottish Soap Company, Woollen Mill and Loch Fyne Whiskies. For a good view of the surrounding area, climb to the top of the Bell Tower of All Saints' Episcopal Church.

The Inveraray Highland Games take place in July. More local events and info about the town can be found on the local web site

Inverary Castle
Home to the Duke of Argyll (head of Clan Campbell), the castle was built between 1741 and 1758. Its distinctive white chateau style buildings situated next to the loch shore make it very photogenic. As well as an excellent armoury hall there is a shop, tea room and woodland walks.

Inverary Jail
The Georgian Inverary Jail is now a museum open all year round with beautiful restored buildings and features warders and prisoners in period dress recreating the past.

The resort and ferry port of Oban features a range of attractions - the Highland Theatre, Oban Distillery, Oban Experience, Oban Glass and A World in Miniature, to name but a few.

Bute & Mount Stuart
A day out to the lovely island of Bute is well worth a visit. The trip to Bute will effectively take all day, driving to Colintraive, crossing by car ferry and then driving on and around the island of Bute. Mount Stuart Castle which is situated on Bute is the family seat of the Marquess of Bute. It is an 18th Century Gothic Mansion built by the 2nd Earl of Bute, and its gardens are open to the public.

The Isles
If you wish to explore the beautiful western isles then there are a number of whole day options within reach. Oban is about 1.5 hours away and you can catch the morning ferry from Oban to Mull which will get you to Mull by mid-morning. Second largest of the Inner Hebrides, this large, unspoilt island has hills, waterfalls, sea caves, standing stones, forest walks and beaches with a coastline of over 300 miles. Home of the BBC TV series called Balamory (Tobermory).

The beautiful island of Islay ( home to many malt whiskeys such as Laphroig, Brucladdich and Bowmore) is also close at hand and can be reached by taking the ferry from Kennacraig (west Tarbert) which is about 1.5 hours drive to Port Ellen and is well worth a visit.

Many other islands such as Iona, Staffa, Jura, Colonsay, Gigha etc are all accessible from Oban and Kennacriag.
The Crinan Canal, which links Loch Fyne to Loch Crinan and the Sound of Jura is another great trip. Watching the yachtsmen (and women) work their way through the canal is fascinating.


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