Explore Inveraray, Minard, Kilmartin and Crinan Canal.

Heart of Argyll offers stunning scenery and experiences in Inveraray, Kilmartin, Slockavullin and Crinan.


Experience this historic and traditional town of Argyll, beautifully positioned overlooking the still waters of Loch Fyne. An excellent base for day tours within the Highlands & Islands. Established in 1745 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll, head of the powerful Clan Campbell, the town is an absolute set piece of Scottish Georgian architecture. Key buildings that are worth visiting include the neoclassical church, and Inveraray Jail and courthouse, now an award-winning museum that graphically recounts prison conditions from medieval times up until the 19th century. 


Tarbert Loch Fyne is an idyllic Scottish village also known as the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre in the south west portion of Argyll.  Tabert’s harbour front is very picturesque, and is best appreciated from Robert the Bruce's 14th century castle above the town. Only the ivy-strewn ruins of the keep remain, though the view from the overgrown rubble makes the stroll up here worthwhile. There are steps up to the castle and a red waymarked path from the harbour front. Longer walks are also marked out, including a hike all the way over to Skipness. The shortest stroll of all is to the far end of Pier Road, where there is a tiny, but very lovely shell beach.


The village of Ardrishaig is the gateway to the Crinan Canal and was once a busy port for both passenger and freight traffic. The terminal building has been recently restored and is now home to The Steamer Terminal, a cafe offering a hearty range of food using Argyll’s natural larder, alongside The Egg Shed, an interpretation centre and community space hosting artefacts from the canal and stories of its rich history. 


Take time to explore Crinan Canal. You can sail, walk, cylcle or kayak along Scotland’s scenic canal. At just 9 miles long and in continuous operation since it was built over 200 years ago,  the canal connects the picturesque harbour at Crinan overlooking the Sounds of Jura with Bellanoch, Dunardy, Cairnbaan  and Ardishaig on Loch Fyne.


Lochgilphead is situated at the apex of a short loch called Loch Gilp, an offshoot on the western shore of the much larger Loch Fyne. In a manner similar to Inveraray further up Loch Fyne, Lochgilphead was first laid out as a planned town in the late 18th century, soon after the completion of the road from Inveraray to Campbeltown. The town grew in importance following the opening of the nearby Crinan Canal which provided a considerable short cut across the Kintyre peninsula.


Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Within six miles of Kilmartin village there are over 800 ancient monuments. 150 of which are prehistoric. The wild and remote western coastline of Knapdale offers empty beaches and tranquility. Visit the national nature reserves within The Heart of Argyll, each offering unique experiences plus some beautiful easy walking and picnic spot options.

Slockavullin , you’ll find opportunities galore to delve deeper into Scotland’s past. 

Our selection of self-catering accommodation also includes a large number of pet friendly holiday cottages as well as villas, and lodges.

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Barr Cottage
Inveraray, Minard
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