Argyll and the Isles in 3 days
Feast your eyes on its awe-inspiring landscapes, slake your thirst at its world-famous distilleries, and explore the unique cultures of some of Scotland’s most beautiful islands with this long weekend adventure around Argyll and the Isles.
IslayAfter the sensory overload of Glasgow, it’s time to get out of the city and head for the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. Take the Erskine Bridge, admiring the views of the River Clyde en route, and head North West on the A82.
Scotland’s first National Park is packed with packed with things to see and do - breathtakingly beautiful scenery, incredible experiences on and off the water, and fantastic food and drink await!
JuraHead north through Islay’s majestic scenery on the A846 to bonny Port Askaig and hop on the ferry to your second island – the incomparable Jura.
A land of soaring mountains and rugged coasts, Jura is wild, untamed and utterly unforgettable.
Sample a dram in the island’s titular distillery, see its famous herds of red deer (which outnumber its human inhabitants by 25 to 1!), or take to the water and skirt the eye of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool – one of largest permanent whirlpools on earth.
• Day 1 – Ardrishaig
Cross the Erskine Bridge and make your way onto the A82 as you skirt the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond before heading for the A83 – Ardrishaig on the wonderful west coast beckons. Set on the shores of Loch Fyne, Ardrishaig is the gateway to the Crinan Canal – a nine-mile-long waterway known as ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut.’ Take to its banks by boot or bike and you’ll soon see why.
• Day 2 – Islay
Leave Ardrishaig behind and continue on the A83 to Kennacraig, where the ferry and the first island hop of your Argyll adventure awaits – Islay, home to peaty single malts, pretty villages, and beautiful beaches. Whether you take a tour of one of its eight world-famous distilleries, explore the island’s incredible history in the Museum of Islay Life or see some its majestic wildlife at the Loch Gruinart nature reserve, Islay is an island paradise to lose yourself in.
• Day 3 – Jura
Head north through Islay’s majestic scenery on the A846 to bonny Port Askaig and hop on the ferry to your second island – the incomparable Jura. A land of soaring mountains and rugged coasts, Jura is wild, untamed and utterly unforgettable. Sample a dram in the island’s titular distillery, see its famous herds of red deer (which outnumber its human inhabitants by 25 to 1!), or take to the water and skirt the eye of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool – one of largest permanent whirlpools on earth.
You can’t pay a visit to Islay without making a pilgrimage to one of the island’s eight distilleries. With whisky galore, it’s hard to choose where to drink your dram but why not saunter down to Bowmore – Islay’s first recorded distillery and one of the oldest on the whole of Scotland. Take advantage of the specialist Craftsman’s Tour which offers visitors a hands-on experience of the whisky making process.
See & Do
If anything symbolises the untamed, wild soul of Jura, it’s the roaring, rough waters of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. One of the most dangerous stretches of water around Britain, the whirlpool’s waves often top over nine meters in height and can be heard up to ten miles away. A number of operators run tours into the eye of the storm. Buckle up for an experience you’ll never forget.
Eat & Drink
Set in the idyllic village of Bridgend at the heart of Islay, the Bridgend Hotel’s easy-going bar, laid-back lounge, and unfussy, locally-caught produce make it the perfect place to relax and refuel after a day exploring the island’s epic landscapes and distilleries. If you’re all whiskey’d out (really?!), there’s also fantastic selection of ales behind the bar.