Dunadd Fort is one of the most significant monuments in the whole of Scotland and it's summit offers a breathtraking panorama of the surrounding landscape. There are views of Dunadd from the house and cottages. Between AD500 and AD900 this was one of the most important places in what has since become Scotland. The original Scots were migrants from Ireland who from about 500 settled across Argyll in ever greater numbers, founding the Kingdom of Dalriada. Dunadd was the capital of the kingdom and was the place where its Kings were anointed.
The Scottish Beaver Trial has been responsible for reintroducing beavers 400 years after being hunted to extinction.
In the heart of Argyll lies Knapdale Forest where beavers are thriving since being reintroduced in 2009. These industrious creatures are a sight to see if you are lucky (and patient) enough to spot one.
A trip to the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest is a great family day out where you can be a beaver detective for the day and look out for signs of beaver activity. Start the day at the Barnluasgan car park where you can learn about the beavers in the Barnluasgan Information Centre. Take to the two hour, three mile trail around Dubh Loch and Loch Collie Bharr.
Moine Mhòr is a nature reserve with a mixture of mossy hummocks and open pools rising in a shallow, peaty dome. Fast moving hen harriers quarter the moss in search of prey whilst summer light catches on the glint of a dragonfly. In autumn, the reserve is dominated by the deep red tones of sphagnum moss, soaking up water like a sponge. Older than many of the standing stones in the surrounding glen, Moine Mhòr has locked many years of history into its silent layers of peat.
The reserve is one of Scotland's oldest landscapes, with 5,000 years of history locked in its layers of peat. From any viewpoint visitors will see how the surface of the bog has formed a huge, shallow dome. Moine Mhòr is also one of the few landscapes in Britain which takes in saltmarsh, peat bog, woodland and hillside.
There is a car park, picnic area and a trail suitable for all abilities.
Scotland’s most beautiful short cut, a 5 minute drive from here -
The Crinan Canal starts at Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne, and ends nine miles away at Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It was designed to provide a quick link between the west coast and islands at one end and the Clyde Estuary at the other, and so avoid the long voyage around the south end of the Kintyre peninsula. There is a magical network of paths, lock gates, towpaths and shoreline to wander around including the famous Crinan walk taking visitors to the heart of Knapdale forest before reaching a high point at Castle Dounie as well as a buzz of activities which mainly these days revolve around yachts and crafts.
Arduaine garden is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is just 25 minutes drive from here. The coastal viewpoint is just stunning.
Arduaine lies on a rocky promontory at the head of the Sound of Jura and enjoys the warming benefits of the North Atlantic Drift, allowing for a wider range of plants than is usual in this part of the world.
Embark on a world tour as you explore the exotic garden.
Admire the spectacular array of colourful plants including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, giant Himalayan lilies and forget-me-nots.
Discover the secret path to the coastal viewpoint.
Soak up the breathtaking views over the Sound of Jura.
Hunt down the swamp-loving carnivorous plants!
The garden nurtures plants from across the globe –from East Asia to South America. Red hot pokers, sensuous camellias, tree ferns and water lilies create a palette of vibrant colour, whatever the season.
Discover a landscape carved from rocks, cloaked with trees and haunted by legend. These native oakwoods are only 6 miles from here and rich with wildlife. Gaze over breathtaking views, and maybe catch a glimpse of red deer, red squirrel, golden eagle or otter. Or simply enjoy the tranquillity. There have been beavers here since 2009, which you may spot at dusk or dawn. Walkers can explore these native woodlands along waymarked trails. Don't miss the Bellanoch viewpoint with breathtaking views over the Add Estuary towards Crinan and the sound of Jura.