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Pocket Guide: Lochgilphead

To the northwest of Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow lies the region of Argyll and Bute, which is home to a variety of landscapes, from the stunning waters and mountains of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, to the sandy beaches and emerald green machair of the Inner Hebrides. Anyone wanting to easily escape the hustle and bustle of the city or for those who are hoping to enjoy a picturesque escape to one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic regions will quickly find what they’re looking for in Argyll and Bute.

Introducing Lochgilphead

In particular, it is worth planning a trip to the Kintyre Peninsula which will bring you in amongst idyllic countryside and quaint coastal towns, including the 18th century planned town of Lochgilphead, which sits on the serene shores of Loch Gilp, an offshoot on the western shore of Loch Fyne. Lochgilphead is one of the first towns visitors will come across in the exploration of the Kintyre Peninsula, which became an important part of the Scottish economy with the opening of the Crinan Canal at the turn of the 18th century. Today the town provides visitors with access to a number of important local and surrounding attractions, including both historical ruins and natural reserves. If you’re looking to book your stay in Lochgilphead and wish to discover what activities you can enjoy in the area, and what hotels are available to book, then use Expedia's convenient and comprehensive search tool which can take care of much of the planning.

Visit the Moine Mhor Nature Reserve Near Lochgilphead

Just a few minutes to the north of Lochgilphead sits the Moine Mhor Nature Reserve, an important part of Scotland’s natural beauty and wildlife, featuring a mixture of mossy hills and tidal pools, which are hunted by the beautiful Hen harrier bird of prey. Moine Mhor’s peat and sphagnum moss provide a deep green colour to the landscape, and have been growing here for thousands of years. Be sure to also visit the nearby standing stones in the surrounding glen.

Visit the Iron Age Fort of Dunadd

A short trip from the Moine Mhor Nature Reserve will bring visitors to Dunadd, an Iron Age hillfort near Kilmartin. it is believe to have been the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dal Riata, which encompassed much of the region of Argyll and Lochaber in the 6th and 7th century. The site still holds Pictish rock carvings as well as a pathway carved through rocks at the summit, and also offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Explore the Kintyre Peninsula

Anyone basing their stay in Lochgilphead will have easy access to the whole of the Kintyre Peninsula, and visit stunning attractions like Saddell Castle, a 16th century tower-house on the shore of Kilbrannan Sound, as well as the ruins of the 12th century building, Castle Sween. In the south of Kintyre visitors will discover the coastal town of Campbeltown, home to great seafood restaurants and featuring stunning views of the Isle of Arran.

Start planning your visit to Lochgilphead and the Kintyre Peninsula today, and you’ll soon find yourself able to explore all the majestic beauty that this unique region of Scotland has to offer.

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