15 days in Argyll and Bute Itinerary

15 days in Argyll and Bute Itinerary

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15 days in Argyll and Bute Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Drive:  4 h
1
Machrihanish
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Lochgilphead
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Dunoon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Cairndow
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Oban
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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Machrihanish

Machrihanish ©
Machrihanish is a village in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. On the 2nd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Machrihanish Seabird & Wildlife Observatory and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Machrihanish Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machrihanish itinerary website .

Edinburgh to Machrihanish is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lochgilphead.

Things to do in Machrihanish

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lochgilphead

Lochgilphead ©
Lochgilphead is a town and former burgh in Argyll and Bute, West of Scotland, with a population of around 2,300 people. Get in touch with nature at Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation and Kilmartin Glen. Explore Lochgilphead's surroundings by going to Taynish National Nature Reserve (in Tayvallich), Crarae Garden Argyll (in Inveraray) and Kilmodan Church (in Glendaruel). The adventure continues: hike along The Kintyre Way, explore the ancient world of Nether Largie South Cairn, contemplate the waterfront views at Ardfern, and explore the striking landscape at Dunadd Fort.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lochgilphead journey planner .

Traveling by car from Machrihanish to Lochgilphead takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Lochgilphead are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rothesay.

Things to do in Lochgilphead

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kilmartin, The Kintyre Way, Crarae Garden Argyll, Taynish National Nature Reserve, Ardfern
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Kilmartin Glen ©
Kilmartin Glen
Taynish National Nature Reserve ©
Taynish National Nature Reserve
Dunadd Fort ©
Dunadd Fort

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Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Rothesay ©
The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Rothesay is known for historic sites, breweries & distilleries, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Mount Stuart, see the interesting displays at Bute Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden, and contemplate the long history of Rothesay's Victorian Toilets.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rothesay travel route planner .

Drive from Lochgilphead to Rothesay in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dunoon.

Things to do in Rothesay

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden, The West Island Way
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Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden ©
Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets

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Dunoon

Dunoon ©
Dunoon is the main town on the Cowal peninsula in the south of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. On the 9th (Tue), head outdoors with DC Marine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Eck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Benmore Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to HISTORIC KILMUN, look for all kinds of wild species at Puck's Glen, and then head outdoors with The Bishop's Glen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dunoon online trip builder .

Drive from Rothesay to Dunoon in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairndow.

Things to do in Dunoon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Benmore, HISTORIC KILMUN, Loch Eck, DC Marine
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Puck's Glen ©
Puck's Glen
Loch Eck ©
Loch Eck
The Bishop's Glen ©
The Bishop's Glen

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Cairndow

Cairndow ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Argyll Adventure, take an in-depth tour of Inveraray Jail, and then explore the historical opulence of Inveraray Castle. On your second day here, stop by Fyne Malts of Inveraray, then identify plant and animal life at Kintail Birds of Prey Argyll, and then head outdoors with Loch Doon.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairndow online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Dunoon to Cairndow in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oban.

Things to do in Cairndow

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inveraray, Loch Doon, Kintail Birds of Prey Argyll
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Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle
Loch Doon ©
Loch Doon
Kintail Birds of Prey Argyll ©
Kintail Birds of Prey Argyll

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Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Falls of Lora. Explore Oban's surroundings by going to Saint Conan's Kirk (in Loch Awe), Kilchurn Castle (in Dalmally) and Arduaine Garden (in Arduaine). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Oban Distillery, hike along Pulpit Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Columba's, and wander the streets of Oban Marina.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oban online vacation planner .

Getting from Cairndow to Oban by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Oban are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Oban

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Conan’s Kirk, Ardmaddy Castle Garden, St Columba's, Kilchurn Castle
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Oban Distillery ©
Oban Distillery
Finn Falconry ©
Finn Falconry
Kayaking & Canoeing