Argyll and Bute

Island Tour

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Overview

Leave Skelmorlie and take the ferry to Bute. Head to Tarbert before crossing to the Isle of Gigha. Enjoy the whiskey tasting in Campbeltown before taking the ferry to Port Ellen. Journey across Islay to Port Askaig for the ferry to Colonsay before returning to Oban on the mainland.

Skelmorlie

Explore the North Ayrshire village of Skelmorlie and take in Skelmorlie Castle before departing the mainland for a short ferry ride to Bute.

Bute

Enjoy the landscape of Bute in the Firth of Clyde – a mixture of sandy beaches, heather clad moorland and rolling hills. Discover the circular Rothesay Castle dating back to the 13th century and the stately home of Mount Stuart.

Tarbert

Relax at Tarbert on the edge of East Loch Tarbert, an inlet of Loch Fyne and home to numerous festivals throughout the year. The village is perched on the harbour, home to fishing boats landing their daily catch for the local restaurants and is overlooked by Tarbert Castle.

Isle of Gigha

Off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha is home to white beaches and the famous Achamore Gardens – particularly well known for the colourful display of azaleas. Close by you’ll find the ruins of the 13th century Kilchattan Chapel.

Campbeltown

Nestling alongside Campbeltown Loch, Campbeltown, the “whiskey capital of the world” is a great place from which to explore southern Kintyre and visitors can take their pick of distillery tours. Tour the harbour and take in the numerous churches and fine buildings of the town.

Port Ellen

Situated at Leodamas Bay, Port Ellen has some great views of the Oa Peninsula, home to the American Monument and Kilnaughton Bay. Close by you can discover the standing stone of Cnoc Mor, a number of distilleries and Dunyvaig Castle.

Port Askaig

Overlooking the Sound of Islay you’ll pass through Port Askaig where the harbour provides access to the ferry. Close by you can find the stately home of Dunlossit House.

Colonsay

Ah, peace and quiet. The island of Colonsay is a great place to get away from it all – enjoy the beaches, fresh air and spectacular scenery. Visit the local arts and crafts offerings, important archaeological sites, explore the caves and visit the heritage centre.

Oban

The picturesque port town of Oban, sits on the water’s edge of the west coast. Explore the harbour, take in McCaig’s Tower overlooking Oban Bay or enjoy a distillery tour. The town makes a great place for touring the surrounding area where you’ll find a range of castles, beaches and forests.

Overview

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Skelmorlie

2
10.0 miles

Bute

3
34.2 miles

Tarbert

4
22.8 miles

Isle of Gigha

5
22.9 miles

Campbeltown

6
67.8 miles

Port Ellen

7
18.8 miles

Port Askaig

8
19.8 miles

Colonsay

9
41.3 miles

Oban

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About the Island Tour Trail

Distance:238 miles
Cities / Towns:9
Number Of Businesses:0

Depart Skelmorlie on the mainland, taking the ferry across to Bute. Take in the picturesque village of Tarbert on Loch Fyne before heading to the Isle of Gigha to enjoy the beaches and Achamore Gardens. Pause in Campbeltown – the whiskey capital of the world before taking the ferry to Port Ellen. Travel across Islay to Port Askaig and take the ferry across to enjoy the peaceful island of Colonsay before returning to Oban on the mainland.

Wonderful Whiskey

Whiskey is synonymous with Scotland and there are ample opportunities to taste the various local island single malts. Take a tour of the numerous distilleries and learn about the preparation and ageing of the local malts.

Scenic Delight

Rolling moorland, white sandy beaches and spectacular skies are just some of the reasons to a tour of Scotland. Enjoy the natural scenery and tranquillity on offer – you’ll be back on the mainland soon enough!

Achamore Gardens

Created by Sir James Horlick, of the drinking brand fame, Achamore Gardens are an oasis of colourful plants and shrubs benefitting from the sheltered micro climate. Depending when you visit you can enjoy the rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.