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Argyll has been described as the enduring heartland of Scotland. Located in the far West of the country, its quiet, rural nature belies its former importance.

It was on the island of Iona in Argyll, that Christianity first came to Scotland from Ireland, courtesy of Saint Columba and his travelling monks. The Scots themselves were originally an Irish tribe, who came to Argyll in the 4th and 5th Centuries A.D. and established their Kingdom of Dalriada, with its capital at Dunadd Hill.

Over the next few centuries the Scots & the indigenous Picts fought over the area until they were united as one nation by Kenneth MacAlpin, first King of Scots, in 843 A.D..

The Vikings also had a major influence in Argyll, invading the islands of the west from the 9th Century. They held dominion over the Western Seaboard and Isles for several centuries until defeated by the Scots at the Battle of Largs in 1263, following which their influence waned.

Argyll then came under the sway of the Lords of the Isles, an amalgamation of mixed race Norsemen and local Clans showing allegiance to the Clan Donald. They operated effectively as a state within a state until defeated in 1480 at the battle of Bloody Bay on the Island of Mull.

Thereafter, the area was directly controlled by the Scottish Crown until the Union of The Crowns of Scotland and England in 1603. The local Clan Campbell and their Chiefs, the Dukes of Argyll, became increasingly influential.

At least, that's how we heard it!

This history is evident in the place names and historic sites throughout Argyll and exploring these can make for a very enjoyable holiday

Argyll is ideal for touring with quiet roads and lovely scenery to enjoy at your leisure. We are happy to suggest places for you to visit and more information is available from the local

Visit Scotland Tourist Office in Lochgilphead.

Some Suggestions for your Visit

Achnashelloch is centrally located and ideally placed for exploring, Kintyre, Lorne and North Argyll as well as the local area. Many interesting outings are possible in this lovely part of Scotland.

Visit the busy ferry and fishing port of Oban, 35 miles away. Known as Gateway to the Isles it has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, many specialising in local seafood. There is a working distillery where you can visit and enjoy a wee dram.

A few miles North of Oban there is a fascinating Sealife Sanctuary, where numerous marine species may be viewed, including seals in a glass-sided pool.

Visit the bustling 18th Century "new town" of Inveraray, 25 miles away, hereditary seat of the Dukes of Argyll, with its quaint shops and hotels, Inveraray Jail, Inveraray Castle and Maritime Museum.

Visit Tarbert, Argyll, a picturesque fishing village, 15 miles south of Lochgilphead. Then take one of the roads down the West side of Knapdale or Kintyre Peninsula, which overlook the Sound of Jura and the islands beyond.

Take a ferry to visit one of the Argyll or Clyde Islands. Mull (and its capital Balamory - sorry Tobermory), Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Gigha, Lismore and Arran are all possible. Details can be found on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry company's website and some smaller ferries are operated by Argyll & Bute Council.

Explore peace and solitude of the Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve. Its ancient peat bog is home to a myriad of species and ruled over by the magnificent Hen Harrier.

Walk the Crinan Canal Towpath and treat yourself to a cup of tea or a beer at Crinan, while you watch the boats negotiate the sea lock. Alternatively, enjoy some of the numerous other country walks in the area, many waymarked by Forest Enterprise, from whom route guides may be obtained.

Forest Enterprise also provide for mountain biking, including the exciting Fire Tower Trail close to our farm.

Visit the magnificent National Trust for Scotland "gardens of Argyll" at Crarae and Arduaine, always with something interesting to see and famed for their displays of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Spring and early Summer. Or take a trip to Ardkinglass Estate Gardens to see Britain's tallest tree.

Visit the Neolithic Burial Sites of Kilmartin Glen, followed by a visit to the museum and a cuppa in the tearoom.

Have a small boat trip. For example, you can visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, third largest in the world, from nearby departure points. See the wicked tidal races on your way through the Dorus Mor (big door) channel and enjoy the wildlife - seals, porpoises, dolphins, sea birds and if you are lucky, a Sea Eagle or a Minkie Whale

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Have a picnic on the beach at Crinan Ferry as you gaze at the magical isles of Jura & Scarba across the Sound of Jura.

Treat yourself to a meal in one of our local restaurants and inns.

Enjoy a round of golf on one of Argyll's interesting courses. There are 9 hole courses at Lochgilphead, Inveraray and Tarbert or the challenging 18 hole course at Oban.

Fishing, sailing, canoeing & horse riding are all available locally.

These are just some suggestions - you can of course just chill out in the garden.

 
 

 

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For enquiries or details, please e-mail us at  yvo@achnashellochcottages.co.uk with your requirements or telephone Yvonne or Stewart at Achnashelloch Holiday Cottages on 01546 606852. Please note the change of email address from July 2016 onwards.
   

 

 

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