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