Mull and Iona
Mull is well known for its golden and sea eagles as well as otters and red deer thanks to recent appearances on BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch. It has a rich history to explore as well as a distillery, castles, narrow gauge railway and gardens. It also provides access to the idyllic island of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Britain and one of the best places to hear corncrakes calling.
Islay, Jura and Colonsay
Islay lies off the Kintyre Peninsula and is a peaceful and less developed holiday location, with equally rich wildlife and natural beauty. Take the ferry from Islay over to Jura, home to many more red deer than people and of course the striking Paps and a distillery. From Jura you can look out to the smaller island Colonsay, a compact community that provides a restful holiday haven to returning guests each year.
Coll and Tiree
Coll and Tiree are reknowned for their sandy beaches and flower rich grasslands (machair). Come and see what makes these wonderful islands so special. Being the most westerly of the Argyll Islands, they have a strong identity of their own.
The low lying and fertile island of Gigha shows how successful a community buy-out can be, and its hotel, gardens and cottages make it an ideal holiday destination.
Kerrera and Lismore
Closer in to the scottish mainland and accessible by ferry from Oban lie the islands of Kerrera and Lismore. Both are perfect for a day trip or come and enjoy their tranquility for a little longer.
The Slate Islands
South of Oban lie the islands of Luing, Seil and Easdale, known collectively as the Slate Islands. Once the site of busy quarries they are now quiet and scenic, with spectacular views to the island sof the west.
Bute lies off the Cowal Peninsula and being closer to the Scottish Central Belt is a very popular holiday destination. It is more developed than the westerly islands, and perfect for a day trip as well as a longer break.