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About Argyll

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.

Oban Area

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.

In-Land Argyll

  • 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 $104


    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 Gardens
    Sailing  -  Loch Etive Cruises has trips offering spectacular views of Glen Etive and Buachaille Etive Mor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Colonsay 9 rooms from $111

    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.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Royal An Lochan 11 rooms from $130

    Tighnabruaich, 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 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.
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  • Loch Lomond Arms Hotel 14 rooms from $130

    Luss, 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 Lomond
    Sailing  -  on Loch Lomond
    Four poster beds  -  in one room
    Outstanding location
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  • Ardanaiseig 18 rooms from $142

    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.

    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
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  • The Creggans Inn 14 rooms from $156


    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
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  • The Manor House, Argyll 11 rooms from $156

    Oban (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 Peninsula
    Sailing  -  For sailors there is a private 60ft deep mooring in front of the hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Greystones 5 rooms from $156

    Oban (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 beyond
    Sights nearby  -  There are lots of castles and gardens close by to explore
    Great walks  -  There are lots of lovely walks in the surrounding area.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children allowed - this an adults only property
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  • Perle Oban Hotel 60 rooms from $163

    Oban (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  -  10% discount for direct bookings
    Local 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 views
    Views  -  Lovely views over Oban Harbour
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  • The Crinan Hotel 20 rooms from $169

    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.

    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.
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  • Kilcamb Lodge 10 rooms from $169


    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
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  • The Pierhouse Hotel 12 rooms from $182

    Appin, 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 Mull
    Great walks  -  Great walking for all abilities and plenty of munros in the area for serious types
    Outstanding location  -  Appin lies at the heart of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area.
    Sailing  -  The west coast of Scotland is wonderful for sailing
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  • Ardtorna 4 rooms from $195

    By 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 seaview
    Views  -  Fantastic views of lochs and mountains.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Kilberry Inn 5 rooms from $280


    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
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  • Airds 11 rooms from $378

    Port Appin, Argyll

    An intimate hotel in a tranquil lochside setting with exceptional food

    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
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays
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  • Isle of Eriska 25 rooms from $449

    By 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
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