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Things to do in Argyll and Bute Council

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“Beautiful walking trails suitable for easy to more advanced walkers. Lunch at Duck Bay Marina offers great food and lovely views from restaurant or coffee shop. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Park
“Scenic drives with lots of points of interest, places to visit and walks. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A short walk from your location, in the centre of Balloch, loch Lomond Shores has a bit of everything, shopping mall, water activities on loch Lomond, the sea life centre, cafes, play area for the kids, and the world-famous Maid of the Loch paddle steamer. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Museum
“Home of Scotland’s National poet, Rabbie Burns. Perhaps best known the world over for the song “For Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at New Year celebrations. Our daughter Hannah will be holding her wedding reception here in March 2020. Don't miss a visit to the thatched cottage and follow the "Poet's Walk" along to the museum. Have a drink or a coffee in the "Brig O' Doon" Hotel which is close by, and don't forget to visit the Auld Brig at Alloway where the drunken Tam's horse Meg lost her tail to Cutty Sark in the famous story of "Tam O' Shanter"”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“About an hour south of Glasgow, access to the grounds is free and parking is also free if you park at the beach (Maidens) and walk up into the grounds. Incredibly scenic and often the weather is mysteriously different from other parts of West Scotland.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Golf Course
“World famous Royal Troon is a great place to play golf which has excellent facilities and has stunning views of the Ayrshire Coast if you just fancy a walk.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Distillery
“This small and historic distillery is located in the charming coast town of Oban. Oban Distillery takes it name from the town where the Highlands meet the Islands and nestles below the steep cliff that overlooks Oban. This coastal location is accurately reflected by the character of the Oban 14 year old single malt whisky. Visit Oban Distillery, meet knowledgeable guides and learn about the ancient art of distilling, then enjoy a complimentary dram of the Oban 14 year old West Highland Malt. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Spectacular views across Oban bay and the Islands. McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark in the resort town of Oban in Argyll on Scotland’s west coast. Built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, the aim of the tower was to provide work for local stonemasons and a lasting monument to the McCaig family. The climb from the town centre to McCaig's Tower is well worth the effort when faced with the spectacular views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands. The gardens inside the tower are well maintained and are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life in Oban. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“50 minutes. Famous restored mansion designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with formal gardens.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A short ferry trip to the island capital Brodick with its impressive castle and long sandy beach. Bike hire near the ferry terminal.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Garden
“fabulous botanical garden in the Highlands. incredible trees and amazing views. Newly restored Victorian fernery. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Museum
“Discover the life of the Clan MacDougall throughout the ages. For more that 1000 years, the Clan Chiefs and Lords of Lorn ruled large areas of Argyll from Dunollie. Today, it remains the seat and ancestral home of Clan MacDougall. The Museum, Castle and Grounds provide an exciting journey of discovery, where visitors of all ages can learn about the history of the castle, the noble MacDougall family and life on the west coast of Scotland through exciting exhibitions and displays.  Do read our reviews on TripAdvisor.   Discover the 1745 Laird's House which holds the fascinating history of the the MacDougall Family and Servants Quarters, including our new exhibition for 2018 "My Dear Papa - A Century of Childhood at Dunollie". Explore Dunollie's enchanting woodland spaces; Woodland Trail, World of Trees, the spectacular Willow Hall and mischevious Faerie Garden. Visit the Castle Ruin and take in stunning views across Oban Bay. Have a peek inside the Weaving Cottage to see a 19th century loom at work. Relax and absorb the atmosphere as you enjoy delicious homemade soup, sandwiches and cakes and shop for beautiful locally made gifts.  ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“There are guides in most rooms of the castle, who are always happy to answer questions. Information sheets are provided in each room, which detail the architecture, furniture, objects and paintings. Highlights of the castle include Adam’s sweeping Oval Staircase and a fine collection of paintings and furniture. Children love to spot the Lego figure hidden in each room. Explore the grounds of Culzean by following the waymarked trails. From shingle beaches to soaring cliffs, a towering pagoda to a huge Deer Park filled with deer, llamas and Highland cows, there really is something for all the family to fall in love with there.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great Fish Restaurant with a view over Oban Bay. We recommend to make a booking. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The local Munro! Do a bit of “bagging” whilst you are here and conquer the infamous Ben Lomond. Amazing views and a fairly easy walk as far as Munro’s go!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“A good Fish Restaurant in Oban for fresh fish. It is recommended to make a booking!”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great Fish Restaurant with a view over Oban Bay. We recommend to make a booking. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“A good Fish Restaurant in Oban for fresh fish. It is recommended to make a booking!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Located at the beautiful marina this restaurant offers fine dining and a cocktail bar. £££”
  • 18 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
“It has the best of ice cream in the West of Scotland dressed up in an iconic art deco building. Watch the ferries come and go!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Well known locally, Scott's is a nice place to go for a spot of lunch or dinner in the evening. The atmosphere is relaxing and ambient. There is a good choice of food on the main menu, as well as a light lunch and separate children's selection. The restaurant is licensed and provide a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits. There is also an outdoor dining area which on a summer's evening is perfect.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Best Seafood Restaurant in the area, it worth the drive to Onich. Local clams and mussels”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very popular with a lot of our guests as it is lively and on the seafront. Good choice of food on menu.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great restaurant run by husband and wife team. Fish, Vegetarian and Meat, affordable prices, good atmosphere, efficient service.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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