Argyll

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Overview

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.

Scotland’s first national park unfolds through the territory, taking its name from Britain’s largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond.

Our favourite places combine stunning views, breathtaking scenery, remote locations and warm, friendly ambience. Some are traditional, others modern.

Best places to stay in Argyll:

Oban Area

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.

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).

Colonsay

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.

In-Land Argyll

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.

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.

 
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  • The Colonsay

    Isle 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.

    9 rooms from $137
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • Royal An Lochan

    Tighnabruaich, Argyll

    A hideaway hotel, with great seafood and heavenly views over the Kyles of Bute. Out of the way in an enchanting setting.

    11 rooms from $161
    Wildlife Area  -  Great for spotting marine mammals including otters, seals and dolpins
    Birdwatching  -  See a huge variety of land and sea birds.
    Great walks  -  Hill and coastal walks for all abilities
    Views  -  Over the Kyles of Bute.
  • Loch Lomond Arms Hotel

    Luss, Argyll

    Comfortable rooms, glorious views of beautiful Loch Lomond, excellent locally-sourced gastropub food and friendly service on the Luss Estate.

    14 rooms from $161
    Views  -  of lovely Loch Lomond
    Sailing  -  on Loch Lomond
    Four poster beds  -  in one room
    Outstanding location
  • Ardanaiseig

    By 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.

    18 rooms from $176
    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 perch
    Views  -  Fabulous views across Loch Awe
  • The Crinan Hotel

    Crinan, 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.

    20 rooms from $209
    Outstanding location  -  Amazing views over the Crinan Canal and over the waters to Jura and Scarba
    Restaurant  -  Excellent fresh seafood available daily
    Views  -  Overlooks the Crinan Canal
    Seaviews  -  From some rooms.
  • Loch Melfort Hotel

    Oban, Argyll

    Family run country house hotel next to stunning Arduaine Gardens. Fabulous views over the loch, stylish bedrooms, and great food in their award-winning restaurant.

    25 rooms from $232
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel, Signpost
  • Ardtorna

    By Oban, Argyll

    A top-notch contemporary bed & breakfast on the Oban coast, with splendid views of the sea. Golf and pool nearby.

    4 rooms from $242
    Exclusive offer  -  Spa and golf passes to Isle of Eriska
    Contemporary  -  Inidividually styled bedrooms each with a seaview
    Views  -  Fantastic views of lochs and mountains.
    Swimming Pool  -  Neighbouring hotel's pool can be used for a fee
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Airds

    Port Appin, Argyll

    An intimate hotel in a tranquil lochside setting with exceptional food

    11 rooms from $467
    Exclusive offer  -  2 night luxury break in a Suite
    Active Holiday  -  Enjoy horse riding, mountain biking, great walking, climbing and more.
    Local exploring  -  Within 30 mins of the area's top attractions
    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes
    Views  -  Wonderful views down Loch Linnhe and stunning sunsets
  • Kilcamb Lodge, Argyll

    Argyll

    Charming country hotel with a serene setting on the shores of Loch Sunart

    10 rooms from $475
    Wildlife Area  -  Spot otters, red deer, seals, eagles and more!
    Traditional  -  Tartan Galore!
    Views  -  Loch and mountain views from every window
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
  • Isle of Eriska

    By Oban, Argyll

    Idiosyncratic, loveable, privately owned, with golf and spa on its own island - a haven of peace and quiet, with great views

    23 rooms from $556
    Exclusive offer  -  3 Night Luxury Break
    Restaurant  -  Award winning restaurant with 3 AA Rosettes.
    Golf  -  Private golf course and driving range
    Great walks  -  Stroll round the island or climb one of the easily reached local munroes.
    Views  -  Great views of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Good Hotel Guide, Relais & Chateaux
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