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Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Fast Facts
Historic Interest
Boating & Sailing
Garden / Park
Food & Drink
Scuba Diving
Horseback Riding
Places to Visit

Seil Island


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The Scottish Council of Argyll and Bute is beautiful, wild and untold. It is characterized by lochs, islands and moors. Argyll and Bute boasts "the best environment" in the United Kingdom. Not only does it have more plant and animal species than any other UK council, it's home to nearly all of the country's endangered species. And its proximity to Scotland's major gateways, Edinburgh and Glasgow, make it a great destination for a family vacation or holiday weekend getaway. Tour castles. Visit delightful country villages. Marvel at age-old stones. Ferry to the Hebrides. Play on silver sand beaches. Take a marine safari. Hillwalk, horseback ride, kayak and sail. For folks that liken a family adventure to the great outdoors there is little need to say more.
Getting There
The Scottish Council of Argyll and Bute is located on the west coast of Scotland and sits just north of Glasgow. The capital of the council is Lochgilphead. Oban is main gateway to the isles. The nearest airports are in Glasgow and Edinburgh. European low cost airlines service both cities. Scottish Citylink connects the council with Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Fort William. National Rail stops in several towns. Road travel is the most convenient means for exploring the region but requires an adjustment to pace in any case. The roads north of Glasgow are predominately single carriageway or two-lane roads. Island roads are often single track.
Getting Around
While car travel is the easiest way to reach Argyll and Bute, it isn't the only means for exploring the surroundings. Ferries to west coast islands depart from the port town of Oban. Caledonian MacBrayne cites the right train for each departure. Argyll and Bute is a favorite with hillwalkers and cyclists. There are numerous walking trails and several cycling routes and many are family friendly. Kilmartin Glen and the Isle Bute are popular walking destinations. Crinan Canal towpath, Knapdale and Loch Ard Forest are great family bike routes.
When to Travel
The best time of the year to visit western Scotland is from April to June. But don't expect endless days of warm sunshine. The weather in Scotland is fickle. It's as likely to be sunny as it is to be rainy. It's possible to experience more than one season in a single afternoon. The peak tourist season - July, August and Easter - is often crowded.
Health & Safety
While there are no specific health risks or vaccinations required for a family holiday in Scotland, children should be up-to-date on routine childhood immunizations prior to traveling abroad.
Things to Keep in Mind
Pack to dress in layers. Bring boots and rain gear.
Travel Trivia
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