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Things to do in Argyll and Bute Council

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“Loch Lomond what can i say an absolute beautiful place to vist. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND 100%. Luss is beauitful..”
  • 89 locals recommend
Park
“In approx 40 minutes by car you arrive at some of the most breathtaking views on Scotland. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“SCOTLAND'S PREMIER VISITOR ATTRACTION Breathtaking views, great shopping & lots to do for all the family!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“A 7 minute drive from The Old Church this is a fab little museum, chock full of interactive displays and games for all ages.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“A 20 minute drive from The Old Church this glorious estate has something for everyone. It is sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, has a fantastic adventure playground for children (and adults!) of all ages and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Golf Course
“A 25 minute drive from The Old Church, book in advance to challenge yourself on this Championship Course.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Distillery
“This small and historic distillery is located in the charming coast town of Oban. Oban Distillery takes it name from the town where the Highlands meet the Islands and nestles below the steep cliff that overlooks Oban. This coastal location is accurately reflected by the character of the Oban 14 year old single malt whisky. Visit Oban Distillery, meet knowledgeable guides and learn about the ancient art of distilling, then enjoy a complimentary dram of the Oban 14 year old West Highland Malt. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Spectacular views across Oban bay and the Islands. McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark in the resort town of Oban in Argyll on Scotland’s west coast. Built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, the aim of the tower was to provide work for local stonemasons and a lasting monument to the McCaig family. The climb from the town centre to McCaig's Tower is well worth the effort when faced with the spectacular views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands. The gardens inside the tower are well maintained and are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life in Oban. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Restored mansion and bespoke interiors designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with formal gardens.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“take a boat trip and visit for the day , take the car and see the whole island”
  • 17 locals recommend
Garden
“Benmore Botanic Garden; formerly known as the Younger Botanic Garden, is a large botanical garden situated in Strath Eachaig at the foot of Beinn Mhòr, on the Cowal peninsula, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“Discover the life of the Clan MacDougall throughout the ages. For more that 1000 years, the Clan Chiefs and Lords of Lorn ruled large areas of Argyll from Dunollie. Today, it remains the seat and ancestral home of Clan MacDougall. The Museum, Castle and Grounds provide an exciting journey of discovery, where visitors of all ages can learn about the history of the castle, the noble MacDougall family and life on the west coast of Scotland through exciting exhibitions and displays.  Do read our reviews on TripAdvisor.   Discover the 1745 Laird's House which holds the fascinating history of the the MacDougall Family and Servants Quarters, including our new exhibition for 2018 "My Dear Papa - A Century of Childhood at Dunollie". Explore Dunollie's enchanting woodland spaces; Woodland Trail, World of Trees, the spectacular Willow Hall and mischevious Faerie Garden. Visit the Castle Ruin and take in stunning views across Oban Bay. Have a peek inside the Weaving Cottage to see a 19th century loom at work. Relax and absorb the atmosphere as you enjoy delicious homemade soup, sandwiches and cakes and shop for beautiful locally made gifts.  ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“A stunning country park and castle nearby on the cliff top with stunning views across to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. A former Kennedy stronghold now run by the NTS.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great Fish Restaurant with a view over Oban Bay. We recommend to make a booking. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The local Munro! Do a bit of “bagging” whilst you are here and conquer the infamous Ben Lomond. Amazing views and a fairly easy walk as far as Munro’s go!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“A good Fish Restaurant in Oban for fresh fish. It is recommended to make a booking!”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great Fish Restaurant with a view over Oban Bay. We recommend to make a booking. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“A good Fish Restaurant in Oban for fresh fish. It is recommended to make a booking!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A 25 minute drive from The Old Church, experience lovely views over Troon Marina.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
“It has the best of ice cream in the West of Scotland dressed up in an iconic art deco building. Watch the ferries come and go!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Well known locally, Scott's is a nice place to go for a spot of lunch or dinner in the evening. The atmosphere is relaxing and ambient. There is a good choice of food on the main menu, as well as a light lunch and separate children's selection. The restaurant is licensed and provide a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits. There is also an outdoor dining area which on a summer's evening is perfect.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This is one of the best restaurants for super fresh seafood is the area, always really busy and recommend booking to guarantee a table.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very popular with a lot of our guests as it is lively and on the seafront. Good choice of food on menu.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great restaurant run by husband and wife team. Fish, Vegetarian and Meat, affordable prices, good atmosphere, efficient service.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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