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Argyll Coastal Route

Take the coastal route from the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and explore the best of Scotland as you head north to the charming and historic town of Fort William.

We recommend taking time to explore Loch Lomond, part of the Trossachs National Park and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Take a boat trip on the loch and visit one of the pretty villages on its banks before heading north for lunch at the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. It’s not far from here to Inveraray where you can visit Inveraray Castle, seat of the Dukes of Argyll, and Inveraray Jail, a fascinating museum about crime and punishment in the 19th century. There are National Trust gardens at Crarae, while at Lochgilphead you’ll find the Kilmartin Museum, dedicated to the ancient cairns and monuments of Kilmartin Glen. Follow the coast to Oban, the gateway to the Isles, and then on to Glencoe via the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven. Journey’s end is Fort William in the shadow of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Sample Itinerary

Night 1: Starting in Glasgow, staying a night at the 4-star Apex City of Glasgow Hotel, B&B in a Standard Double Room

Start your day by exploring Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and take a boat trip on Loch Lomond. Drive to Inveraray and visit Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle then follow the coast to Oban.

Drive from Glasgow to Oban via Loch Lomond and Inveraray: approx. 125 miles

Night 2: Staying a night at the 4-star Perle Hotel in Oban, B&B in a Standard Double Room

Oban is a bustling ferry port with a variety of places to visit including McCaig’s Tower, Oban Distillery, Oban Chocolate Company and Ocean Explorer Centre. While in Oban, also known as a Seafood Capital of Scotland, be sure to try some seafood from the coastline of Argyll & the Isles. As you head towards Fort William, take time to explore the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven and Glencoe National Nature Reserve, known for its haunting past and wild beauty.

Drive from Oban to Fort William via Glencoe: approx. 50 miles

Night 3: Staying a night at the 4-star Garrison Hotel in Fort William, B&B in a Double Room

Fort William is the Argyll Coastal Route’s official finish line but we strongly recommend adding an extra night and heading to Inverness via the shores of Loch Ness where you can take a cruise, find out more about the famous Loch at the Loch Ness Visitor Centre or visit the picturesque Urquhart Castle.

Drive from Fort William to Inverness via Loch Ness: approx. 67 miles

TOP TIP: Add an extra night in Fort William and take a round trip from Fort William to Mallaig on The Jacobite Steam Train (seasonal); one of the most scenic train journeys in the world and a real treat for all Harry Potter fans.

Night 4: Staying a night at the 4-star Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, B&B in a Classic King Room

Example prices start from £387 per person in low season.


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