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Argyll and the Isles: 5 photos to take you there

Posted on May 01, 2017 by Rupert Shanks

Argyll and the Isles must be one of Scotland’s most photogenic areas.

This ancient land is steeped in Scottish history, home to a huge winding coastline and full of thriving locals (wildlife and human varieties).

Home to 23 inhabited islands, each with their own unique landscapes and island culture, this area offers a lot to explore. Thanks to these islands and a number of coastal lochs, the Argyll and the Isles coastline stretches over 3,723 km.

  1. The tombolo beaches of Gigha.

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‘Tombolo beaches’ are formed by an island being connected to the mainland (or larger island) by a narrow sandy spit, forming twin beaches. These lovely beaches can be found on the northern end of the island of Gigha, which is on the west side of the Mull of Kintyre.

 – See Scotland’s Top 5 Most Beautiful but Underrated Beaches.

2. Lochranza Castle, Arran.

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Lochranza castle on Arran.

This striking ruined castle sits by the beach at the north end of the isle of Arran. Dating back to the 13th century, it’s also believed that Robert the Bruce landed at Lochranza in 1306 when he returned from Ireland to take the Scottish throne!

 – Click here for the Best Road Cycling Routes in the Highlands

3. Islay

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Although the Outer Hebrides are more famous for their endless white sandy beaches, Islay offers some pretty incredible beach time.

Read about Scotland’s Most Beautiful Islands

4. Bowmore distillery, Islay

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Bowmore distillery, Islay

Bowmore distillery is one of 7 distilleries on this whisky-haven island. There are 14 world-class distilleries across the whole of the Argyll and the Isles. The Islay distilleries are renowned for offering a more peaty and smoky flavoured dram for the more discerning whisky drinker!

 – Explore Argyll’s coastline by paddle on a Sea Kayak Trail of the Whisky Coast

5. Fort Dunadd, Kilmartin Glen

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Fort Dunadd, Kilmartin Glen.

Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most remarkable ancient archaeological sites. This area is home to some of the most important neolithic and bronze age remains in the whole of Scotland. There are a variety of standing stones, tombs, cairns and rock carvings dating back to the fourth millennium BC. Fort Dunadd dates back to the kingdom of Dal Riata, an ancient Gaelic overkingdom which ruled in the 6th and 7th centuries.

 – Find out about our guided walking trip to Argyll and the Isles

Watch our film – Argyll and the Isles in 60 seconds



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Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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