Argyll & Mull of Kintyre

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Argyll & Mull of Kintyre self-drive tour. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests. Please request this when making an enquiry

Day 1 - Glasgow to the Cowal Peninsula
Travel west to the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond and on to the stunning coast of Argyll. Visit picturesque Inveraray and explore 18th century Inveraray Castle - home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Campbell Clan.

The road south of here is one of the most beautiful in Scotland, as it climbs to a viewpoint above the romantic Kyles of Bute. Your destination is the Cowal Peninsula, a mouth-watering introduction to the West Highlands.
Overnight - Cowal Peninsula

Day 2 - Cowal Peninsula & Isle of Bute Sightseeing
Glorious walks and shoreline picnic spots abound. Explore charming villages perched around bays jostling with colourful yachts or Kilbride Bay with magnificent views to the Isle of Arran.

Loch Eck is rugged and spectacular and Benmore Botanic Gardens are nearby. A short ferry ride is the Isle of Bute; visit Rothesay Castle where the Stuart kings spent the summer and the gothic splendour of Mount Stuart.
Overnight - Cowal Peninsula

Day 3 - Cowal Peninsula to the Mull of Kintyre
Another short ferry crossing leads to the lively fishing village of Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula. Swept by the warm Gulf Stream and studded with quiet inns and hamlets, the Mull of Kintyre has already been immortalised in song by Sir Paul McCartney and offers a glimpse of a gentler corner of Scotland.

Spend the day discovering stunning beaches, charming villages and a land rich in history.
Overnight - Mull of Kintyre

Day 4 - Mull of Kintyre Sightseeing
Explore the rugged West Coast with its glorious beaches and crashing surf. In contrast the East Coast road meanders over heather-clad hills and by sandy shores with constant panoramic views of Kilbrannan Sound and the mountains of Arran.

Campbeltown has a history all of its own, Saddell Abbey was the scene of Viking repulsions and the stunning beaches of Carradale make for superb walks and wildlife watching.
Overnight - Mull of Kintyre

Day 5 - Isle of Gigha Sightseeing
Across the water is the peace and tranquillity of Gigha - ‘God's Island' and a place of complete escape. Stunning panoramic views and white sandy beaches abound as you explore this small island. The splendid seasonal displays of rhododendrons at Achamore Gardens should not be missed and the island's history makes fascinating discovery.
Overnight - Mull of Kintyre

Day 6 - Mull of Kintyre to Oban
Leave Kintyre and travel north to Oban, the beautiful hub of the Southern Hebrides. As you drive along the western sea-board and through the heart of Argyll, explore Kilmartin Glen, the cradle of ancient Scotland.
Overnight - Oban area

Day 7 - Oban & Isle of Mull Sightseeing
Towards Appin, pass impregnable Castle Stalker rising out of the sea. Experience the exceptional variety of wildlife on the west coast of Scotland, see one of the classic malt's being made at Oban Distillery, or visit 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle which overlooks the entrance to Loch Etive.

Take a day trip to the Isle of Mull, one of Scotland's most beautiful island retreats. Visit Duart Castle, once home to the Chief of the Clan MacLean or Tobermory, the island's main village with its multi-coloured houses scattered around the peaceful harbour.

Nearby, the Isle of Iona boasts impossibly turquoise waters, dazzling beaches and hidden coves.
Overnight - Oban area

Day 8 - Depart Oban
Travel through spectacular Glencoe, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and back along the banks of Loch Lomond to Glasgow.