Mid Argyll is a beautiful and often-overlooked area of Scotland well worth visiting. Because most people head to Oban and north towards Skye, or to Lochgilphead and south to the Mull of Kintyre, it is a quiet and almost hidden gem. And yet it contains walks, wildlife, and the ancient seat of the Kingdom of the Scots. There are many historic and prehistoric sites in and around the village of Kilmartin, and a stop at the Kilmartin Museum is a must.
But what makes Mid Argyll really special is the coast. Nowhere else has quite the scattering of islands just offshore that make for amazing views and even more amazing sunsets. Standing in Craobh Haven, for example, you can see the islands of Jura and Scarba in the south, sweep north taking in Shuna, Luing and Seil, and see right over to Ben More on Mull. The interplay of light, land and sea quickens the heart and soothes the soul.
And self catering is definitely the way to see it. Stay somewhere like the four-star Craobh Haven Cottages and not only do you get uninterrupted views of the sunsets from the living room windows, but you’re ideally located to explore the area, walk the hills around Loch Awe or take a wildlife-packed boat trip from Craobh Marina. You get the freedom and independence of your own holiday home, with the sea on your doorstep and just a short walk to the pub.
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