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With jagged mountain peaks rising from the mist and black, fathomless lochs spreading through the landscape this region is amongst the most dramatic in all of Scotland. The rugged Atlantic coastline sweeps up the western side, dotted with pretty fishing villages and bustling harbours, while enchanted forests conceal a myriad of animals and birds. Our selection of the best places to stay in Argyll combine stunning views, breathtaking scenery, remote locations and warm, friendly ambience. Some are traditional, others modern.
Scotland’s first national park unfolds through the territory, taking its name from Britain’s largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond.
Oban is the hub for anyone looking to venture to Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Barra, Coll and Tiree. Though there is not much to see in the town itself, it certainly attracts plenty of visitors. A lively town, it is host to an increasing number of good qualtiy places to stay, excellent restaurants and pubs.
Most visitors concentrate on the stunning coastline, but a drive inland will bring you to some breathtaking scenery too and some of the best places to stay in Argyll. The deep sea lochs sweep inland, surrounded by towering hills just begging to be climbed.
Travel about 15 miles north and you will find two of our best places to stay in Argyll.
- First up you'll reach Ardtorna, a contemporary, stylish B&B overlooking Loch Linnhe. The Scandanavian inspired house offers top notch service, including cream teas, fabulous breakfasts and free malt whisky in your bedroom!
- A few more miles up the road and you'll get to the Isle of Eriska Hotel. This privately owned luxury hideaway is situated on its own island and apart from breathtaking sea views, it boasts private golf course, superb spa and award winning food (3 AA Rosette standard).
- Don't forget to visit Colonsay, while you're in Argyll. This is one of Scotland's lesser known islands, and is a real gem. Explore the ancient priory, woodland gardens and glorious sandy beaches. Book a room at The Colonsay for a laid back, family friendly treat.
- Our favourite inland places to stay in Argyll include Kilcamb Lodge and Ardanaiseig. Though neither are coastal, both have stunning loch views over Loch Sunart and Loch Awe respectively.
The order by which they are listed bears no reflection on our preference of the best places to stay in Argyll. Browse our list and start to plan your stay. Alternatively widen your search and check out our recommendations in the Highlands and Islands or throughout the rest of Scotland.
Best Hotels in Argyll
Roineabhal 3 rooms from $98Argyll
This luxury bed and breakfast is set in Glens of West Argyll. Tastefully decorated and comfortable rooms have dashes of tartan reflecting the locality. The surrounding area is ideal for hiking and fishing. The breakfast is hearty Scottish fare. One of the best ways to experience Scotland.Sights nearby - Take a walk in one of the many stunning gardens including Arduine Gardens and Torosay Castle and GardensSailing - Loch Etive Cruises has trips offering spectacular views of Glen Etive and Buachaille Etive MorGreat walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Colonsay 9 rooms from $104Isle of Colonsay, Argyll
Unpretentious nine bedroomed hotel on the beautiful island of Colonsay. Great for families and those seeking a break in a laid back Hebridean hideaway. Old house charm, roaring log fires, restaurant and bar.Views - Great views from hotelRemote - Off the beaten track.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Royal An Lochan 11 rooms from $122Tighnabruaich, Argyll
A hideaway hotel, with great seafood and heavenly views over the Kyles of Bute. Out of the way in an enchanting setting.Wildlife Area - Great for spotting marine mammals including otters, seals and dolpinsBirdwatching - See a huge variety of land and sea birds.Great walks - Hill and coastal walks for all abilitiesViews - Over the Kyles of Bute.
Loch Lomond Arms Hotel 14 rooms from $122Luss, Argyll
Comfortable rooms, glorious views of beautiful Loch Lomond, excellent locally-sourced gastropub food and friendly service on the Luss Estate.Views - of lovely Loch LomondSailing - on Loch LomondFour poster beds - in one roomOutstanding location
Ardanaiseig 18 rooms from $133By Taynuilt, Argyll
A glorious country house hotel, touched with eccentricity and a little bit of magic. Luxurious decor, stunning views and wonderful food on the banks of Loch Awe.Romantic - Book the 'away from it all' boat shed.Restaurant - Award winning food with 3 AA Rosettes.Fishing - Superb angling for trout, salmon, sea trout and perchViews - Fabulous views across Loch Awe
The Creggans Inn 14 rooms from $147Argyll
An historic country inn on the shores of Loch Fyne, with views to Inveraray and the Kintyre mountains. Award-winning Scottish cuisine, delightfully cosy bedrooms and one suite, and a beautiful landscape for fishing, walking, diving, and whisky tasting. A gourmet spot in a breathtaking setting.Foodies - Excellent Scottish cuisine using the feshest local produce; award-winning 2 AA Rosette Loch Fyne Dining Room.Views - Stunning views of the Kintyre mountains and Loch Fyne.Active Holiday - Plenty of outdoor sports within the surrounding area.Back to Nature - Ideal for nature lovers and those who love the great outdoors.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Manor House, Argyll 11 rooms from $147Oban, Argyll
Charming listed property with stunning views over Oban bay. Eleven cosy, individually designed bedrooms, traditional in style with pretty Toile de Jouy wallpaper and fabrics. The restaurant offers a daily changing menu showcasing the best of local ingredients. Great for exploring the West coast.Views - Stunning views across Oban Bay to Lismore, Mull and the Morvern PeninsulaSailing - For sailors there is a private 60ft deep mooring in front of the hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Greystones 5 rooms from $147Oban, Argyll
Grand baronial house turned boutique B&B in the heart of Oban. Five spacious rooms with contemporary interiors and large modern bathrooms. Minimalist feel is complemented with plenty of period features. An intimate, romantic base for exploring Scotland's west coast, with stunning views.Views - Greystones enjoys simply stunning views from its elevated location, over Oban Bay and beyondSights nearby - There are lots of castles and gardens close by to exploreGreat walks - There are lots of lovely walks in the surrounding area.Restrictions on children - No children allowed - this an adults only property
The Crinan Hotel 20 rooms from $159Crinan, Argyll
Traditional hospitality and accommodation in a fantastic location. The Crinan offers cheerful service with a bar and restaurant serving the freshest of seafood. Outstanding views to Jura and Scarba plus the Crinan Canal on your doorstep. Perfect for outdoorsy types or yachties.Outstanding location - Amazing views over the Crinan Canal and over the waters to Jura and ScarbaRestaurant - Excellent fresh seafood available dailyViews - Overlooks the Crinan CanalSeaviews - From some rooms.
Kilcamb Lodge 10 rooms from $159Argyll
Charming country hotel with a serene setting on the shores of Loch Sunart. Traditional rooms feature large windows with chintz and tartan fabrics and stunning views. An award winning restaurant uses local produce. Cosy living rooms for post outdoor unwinding. A true country getaway.Active Holiday - With hearty meals and warm fires this is the perfect spot for those taking advantage of West Scotland's outdoor pursuits.Back to Nature - A stunning country-house in magical surrounds with Loch Sunart at the end of the garden and Glas Bheinn rising beyond.Fishing - The season runs from 1st June to the 30th September and Salmon, Sea-Trout and Brown Trout can be caught.Great walks - Simply step out the door and find miles of rugged Scottish countryside awaiting.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
The Pierhouse Hotel 12 rooms from $171Appin, Argyll
Originally the pier master's house, The Pierhouse hotel now offers twelve comfy bedrooms in the most outstanding west coast location. The vibe is friendly and laid back, but the real star of the show is the food - the freshest seafood and game imaginable! Perfect for foodies & outdoor active types.Views - Breathtaking views over Loch Linnhe towards the islands of Lismore and MullGreat walks - Great walking for all abilities and plenty of munros in the area for serious typesOutstanding location - Appin lies at the heart of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area.Sailing - The west coast of Scotland is wonderful for sailing
Ardtorna 4 rooms from $184By Oban, Argyll
A top-notch contemporary bed & breakfast on the Oban coast, with splendid views of the sea. Golf and pool nearby.Contemporary - Inidividually styled bedrooms each with a seaviewViews - Fantastic views of lochs and mountains.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Kilberry Inn 5 rooms from $263Argyll
With stunning coastal vistas this property is a detour worth taking. Rooms are bright in modern colours with floral patterns. Breakfast and dinner are included and with Clare Johnson's cooking, winning her local fame, you are sure not to tire of the freshly, locally sourced menu. A perfect escape!Birdwatching - An abundance of birdlife as well as otters, porpoises and much more can be seen from nearby the property.Hideaway - This property is truly remote. With limited phone and internet connectivity it is true escapism.Great walks - There are an abundance of walks from Ormsary, Torinturk and Loch Awe to name but a few.Back to Nature - This property has some of the most unspoilt and striking landscape in the country.Recommended by - Sawdays
Airds 11 rooms from $355Port Appin, Argyll
An intimate hotel in a tranquil lochside setting with exceptional foodActive Holiday - Enjoy horse riding, mountain biking, great walking, climbing and more.Local exploring - Within 30 mins of the area's top attractionsRestaurant - 3 AA RosettesViews - Wonderful views down Loch Linnhe and stunning sunsetsRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays
Isle of Eriska 25 rooms from $422By Oban, Argyll
An idiosyncratic and loveable private island resort and spa just off the western coast of Scotland. Antiques mix with contemporary interiors in this peaceful haven. Think cosy living rooms with roaring fires, Michelin star restaurant, luxurious suites and pampering spa. A remarkable rural retreat.Foodies - Foodies will love the eight course tasting menu at the Michelin starred restaurant, featuring local game and fish.Active Holiday - Make the most of the stunning location and indulge in fishing, sailing, rambling, canoeing, biking and golf.Sailing - Hire a luxury yacht for the day, the perfect way to explore the coast without getting your boots muddy!Great walks - Stroll round the island or climb one of the easily reached local munroes.Recommended by - Tablet, Good Hotel Guide, Relais & Chateaux