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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's not much to see in the town itself, it certainly attracts plenty of visitors. A lively place, it is host to an increasing number of good quality 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 which are just begging to be climbed.
What Not To Miss
- Mount Stuart is a charming house to visit - with pleasing architecture, gorgeous interiors, lovely gardens, a tearoom and plenty of interesting stories to hear about from the guides.
- Head off on the Argyll Adventure, suitable for all family members, and explore Scotland's West Coast on horseback. A lovely way to spend an afternoon.
- Puck's Glen, a magical area of woodland is a wonderfully scenic spot to hike through.
- Spend a few hours at Inveraray Castle, Scotland's youngest castle and the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll. Featuring light, airy interiors with plenty of antiques and artwork on the walls, it also boasts a gorgeous setting.
This area is very pospular with visitors so to be sure of booking one of the best places to stay in Argyll then plan ahead and book early.
The best places to stay in Argyll
- The Manor House, Argyll is a charmingly traditional stone property offering individually designed bedrooms featuring plenty of Toile du Jouy. Tuck into cuisine made from local produce and marvel at the beautiful views.
- Perle Oban Hotel offers crisp, understated-chic accommodation with clean lines and splashes of colour on the walls. Plus, each room comes with its own Nespresso machine! A smart city stay.
- Set in a baronial house turned B&B, the five-room Greystones enjoys a superb location, overlooking Oban Bay but just a short distance from the city centre. Boasts contemporary chic rooms contrasting with the property's period features.
North of Oban
Travel about 15 miles north and you will find some of our best places to stay in Argyll.
- First up you'll reach Ardtorna, a contemporary, stylish B&B overlooking Loch Linnhe. The Scandinavian 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 just breathtaking sea views, it also boasts a private golf course, superb spa and award-winning food (3 AA Rosette standard).
- Offering twelve comfortable rooms, The Pierhouse Hotel enjoys a picturesque coastal location at Port Appin's pier. You'll adore their wonderfully fresh seafood and game dishes! A friendly stay.
- Airds boasts a stunningly tranquil lochside setting and top-notch cuisine worthy of 3 AA Rosettes! The accommodation's cosy and comfortable, but the location and food are the real draws to this intimate spot.
For Wonderful Views
- One of our favourite inland places to stay in Argyll is Kilcamb Lodge. Despite not being coastal, it offers traditional rooms with wonderful views of Loch Sunart as well as an award-winning restaurant.
- Ardanaiseig is a picturesque country home boasting luxurious interiors, great grub and views of Loch Awe. Ideal for romantic getaways.
- Loch Lomand Arms Hotel boasts traditional, country-style accommodation, as well as a gastropub serving up British classics. You'll adore the views of Loch Lomond!
- The Crinan Hotel offers wonderful vistas across the water to Jura and Scarba. With chic, individualy designed rooms and top-notch seafood, it's a splendid option.
- Royal An Lochan is a lovely hideaway with beautiful views over the Kyles of Bute. Whilst the rooms are fairly basic, the cuisine is simply divine and the location's not too bad either!
- Kilberry Inn is an intimate five room stay with superb coastal views. Featuring comfortable accommodation with splashes of colour and wonderful cooking, it's the perfect hideaway.
For An Active Holiday
- Roineabhal is an intimate three room B&B surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy a hearty, typically Scottish breakfast each morning before heading off hiking or fishing.
- Colonsay, one of Scotland's lesser known islands, is a real gem for walkers - explore the ancient priory, woodland gardens and glorious sandy beaches. Book a room at The Colonsay for a laid back, family friendly treat.
- The Creggans Inn, set on the shores of Loch Fyre, is wonderfully located to spend your days fishing, hiking or diving. The rooms are smart and cost, whilst you can tuck into award-winning Scottish fare from the restaurant.
For An Apartment Or Cottage
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- You're probably best visiting in the summertime if you want to make the most of Argyll's stunning scenery. The average temperature rises to 15°C in July and August, this is also when there's the least amount of rainfall.
- International visitors should fly into Glasgow Airport - though be warned, it's still 100 miles or so away from Oban which takes a couple of hours by car and even longer by train or bus.
- Therefore, we strongly recommend hiring a car if you're visiting Argyll, with this also being the easiest way to get around exploring the area's stunning scenery. For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
- If you're coming from elsewhere in the UK then why not take the train to Argyll? It's been rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world!
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Best Hotels in Argyll
Roineabhal 3 rooms from $104Argyll
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 $111Isle 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.TraditionalGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Knockderry House 15 rooms from $111Argyll & Bute
The rural Victorian Knockderry House is situated on the banks of Loch Long. This 4*, 2 Rosette Hotel offers a range of smart accommodation with the Master Rooms (featuring four poster beds) especially elegant. Divine cuisine is served made using local produce! Cosy drawing room. A romantic retreat.Great walks - There are a number of stunning local hiking trails to check out or instead you can wander around the Benmore Botanic GardenSailing - Head off sailing down the Clyde estuary or venture into a number of nearby lochsBack to Nature - Spend your days exploring the surrounding area's natural beautyFull of character
Royal An Lochan 11 rooms from $130Tighnabruaich, 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 $130Luss, 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 $142By 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
Melfort House 3 rooms from $150Argyll
Set amongst rural pasture in coastal Argyll, Melfort House overlooks the islands of Scarba and Jura. Offers three elegant and smart rooms featuring warm hues, silk fabrics and large beds. Come back after a long day and relax in the drawing room by the fire with a good book! Homely and rejuvenating.AntiquesSailing - If you head into Oban then there are a number of boats tours of the area availableGreat walks - Head off hiking to truly appreciate the West Coast's rugged beautyFishing - Find yourself a nice quiet spot for an afternoon of fishing
The Creggans Inn 14 rooms from $156Argyll
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 $156Oban (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 $156Oban (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
Perle Oban Hotel 60 rooms from $163Oban (Argyll)
A welcome luxury addition to Oban's hotel scene! The recently opened Perle Oban enjoys an enviable harbour-front location and boasts chic rooms and suites with luxury accessories including Nespresso machines for all! The restaurant champions local seafood and steaks. A smart stay on the West Coast.Exclusive offer - 15% discount for direct bookingsLocal exploring - A chic base for anyone wanting to explore Scotland's West Coast.Great walks - There are endless paths to be explored from short strolls to day-long hikes.Sights nearby - Visit the Oban Distillery or climb McCaig's Tower for panormic viewsViews - Lovely views over Oban Harbour
The Crinan Hotel 20 rooms from $169Crinan, 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 $169Argyll
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 $182Appin, 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 $195By 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 $280Argyll
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 $378Port 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 $449By 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