Why You Should Rent a Holiday Cottage in Argyll and Bute
This majestic area of scattered windswept islands and wooded peninsulas is home to an abundance of visitor attractions, including whisky distilleries, castles, museums and spectacular unspoilt natural environments. From cross-country walks on the epic Cowal Way to horse-riding across the picturesque Lunga Estate, there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer, as well as a number of vibrant festivals throughout the year. Here are four reasons to make Argyll and Bute the next place to rent your holiday cottage.
Walks with History
Stay at a cottage in Argyll and Bute and you will have endless opportunities to discover the spectacular landscapes. For keen walkers, the Cowal Way is a must. Trek along this varied long-distance route, which runs for more than 50 miles along the peninsula between Portavadie and the shores of Loch Lomond. While ambling, look for heritage sites along the way, including the medieval carved gravestones of Kilmodan Church, the ivy-draped ruins of 15th-Century Asgog Castle, the Strachur Smiddy Museum (housed in an 18th-Century blacksmith’s workshop) and the Victorian gunpowder millhouse.
Argyll and Bute is a serious whiskey-producing area and there are many island and mainland distilleries to visit during your stay. The Isle of Islay is one of the most famous Scotch whiskey-producing regions and should be the first port of call for anyone passionate about the golden spirit. The little peat-covered island is just 25 miles long and home to eight distilleries. The single malt gets its characteristic smoky flavour from the island’s peat, and the rain and sea spray adds salty, seaweedy notes. Lagavulin Distillery is nestled on the south of the isle, next to the attractive ruins of Dunyveg Castle, and offers tours for visitors, during which you can see the distillers at work. Caol Ila Distillery on the northeastern shores of Islay is equally picturesque, with amazing views across the island and six classic copper stills.
The Great Outdoors
With an array of ruggedly beautiful mainland and island landscapes, there is much to discover outdoors when staying in Argyll and Bute. See the nature from horseback at Lunga Riding Stables, the only ranch-style equestrian centre in Scotland. It offers a unique western trail riding along the forest tracks and shores of the vast Lunga Estate. Alternatively, head to a golf course for a unique view over the landscape, whether you choose the picturesque parklands of Dragon’s Tooth in the north or world-famous links golf courses such as Machrie on the island of Islay and Machrihanish at Kintyre.
Argyll and Bute hosts many buzzing festivals and events throughout the year, so check to see if any of them fall during your stay. The Cowal Highland Gathering is the world’s biggest Highland games and includes dancing, pipe bands, traditional wrestling, athletics and toe-tapping ceilidh music. The region also hosts a Cowal Walking and Arts Festival, Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, Tarbert Music Festival, Islay and Bute Jazz festivals and a Seafood Festival in Tarbert.
Stay at a holiday cottage in Argyll and Bute and you will be surrounded by spectacular landscapes, famous whisky distilleries and excellent outdoor activities.