29 days in Argyll and Bute Itinerary

29 days in Argyll and Bute Itinerary

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29 days in Argyll and Bute Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Cairndow
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Oban
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kilmartin
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Campbeltown
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tarbert
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Cairndow

Cairndow ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Inveraray Jail and Glenorchy Parish Church. Take a break from the city and head to Old Castle Lachlan and Loch Eck. Explore Cairndow's surroundings by going to Loch Doon (in Carrick), Auchindrain Township (in Inveraray) and Duncan Ban MacIntyre Monument (in Dalmally).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairndow day trip planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Cairndow is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cairndow. In February, daily temperatures in Cairndow can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oban.

Things to do in Cairndow

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Inveraray, Dalmally, Loch Eck, Loch Doon
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Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle
Old Castle Lachlan ©
Old Castle Lachlan

5
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Conan's Kirk and Kilchurn Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Puck's Glen and Beinn Dorain. Step out of Oban to go to Appin and see Castle Stalker, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to McCaig's Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Ardmaddy Castle Garden, explore the historical opulence of Gylen Castle, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ganavan Sands.

Before you visit Oban, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cairndow to Oban by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Oban sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kilmartin.

Things to do in Oban

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

St. Conan’s Kirk, Puck's Glen, Beinn Dorain, Castle Stalker, Ardmaddy Castle Garden
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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McCaig's Tower ©
McCaig's Tower
St. Conan’s Kirk
St. Conan’s Kirk
Puck's Glen ©
Puck's Glen

5
nights
Kilmartin

Kilmartin ©
Kilmartin is a small village in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland. Take a break from the city and head to Taynish National Nature Reserve and Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nether Largie South Cairn and St Columba's. When in Kilmartin, make a side trip to see Tayvallich Bay in Tayvallich, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kilmartin Church and Graveyard, contemplate the waterfront views at Crinan Canal, explore the different monuments and memorials at Nether Largie North Cairn, and steep yourself in history at Dunadd Fort.

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Traveling by car from Oban to Kilmartin takes an hour. February in Kilmartin sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Campbeltown.

Things to do in Kilmartin

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lochgilphead, Tayvallich, Crinan Canal, Ardfern
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Taynish National Nature Reserve ©
Taynish National Nature Reserve
Dunadd Fort ©
Dunadd Fort
Kilmartin Museum ©
Kilmartin Museum

5
nights
Campbeltown

Campbeltown ©
Campbeltown; is a town and former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Appreciate the collections at Coastal Design and Campbeltown Heritage Centre. Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse and Kintyre Peninsula will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Machrihanish Beach, tee off at Machrihanish Golf Club, delve into the distant past at Davaar Island Cave Painting of the Crucifixion, and take in nature's colorful creations at An Ceardach Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Campbeltown trip app .

Drive from Kilmartin to Campbeltown in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Tarbert on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Campbeltown

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute, Keil Caves
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Dunaverty Golf Club ©
Dunaverty Golf Club
Machrihanish Golf Club ©
Machrihanish Golf Club
Kintyre Peninsula ©
Kintyre Peninsula

4
nights
Tarbert

Tarbert ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Bole the Gallery and Luckenbooth Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to The Kintyre Way and Tarbert Golf Club. Get out of town with these interesting Tarbert side-trips: Lochgilphead (Kilmory Knap Chapel & Keills Chapel), Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park (in Colintraive) and Kilmodan Church (in Glendaruel).

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tarbert trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Campbeltown to Tarbert takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Rothesay.

Things to do in Tarbert

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lochgilphead, Tighnabruaich, Skipness Castle, Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park, Kilmodan Church
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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DC Marine ©
DC Marine
Bole the Gallery ©
Bole the Gallery
Skipness Castle ©
Skipness Castle

5
nights
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. Bute Museum and Bute Military Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Stuart and Rothesay's Victorian Toilets. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Blane's Chapel, don't miss a visit to Kingarth Standing Stones, admire the natural beauty at Ardencraig Gardens, and get your game on at The Discovery Centre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Rothesay trip maker site .

You can drive from Tarbert to Rothesay in 2 hours. In February in Rothesay, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rothesay

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

The West Island Way, Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
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Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
St Blane's Chapel ©
St Blane's Chapel