A Guide To: Free Attractions in Argyll and Bute

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Argyll Forest Park

Argyll Forest Park

Address:               Glenbranter, Cairndow, PA27 8DJ

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        0300 067 6156

Email Address:    mailto:fcscotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Website:              Argyll Forest Park

About: Argyll Forest Park is a diverse region of craggy peaks, hidden glens, peaceful sea lochs and flowing rivers. The park stretches from the Holy Loch on the Firth of Clyde, to the mighty peaks of the Arrochar Alps.

Keil Caves and St Columba’s Footprints

Address:               Southend ,Mull of Kintyre, Argyll & The Isles, PA28 6RW

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

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Website:              Keil Caves and St Columba’s Footprints

About: Keil Caves, at the southern end of Kintyre, are a delightful place to explore. Although long abandoned, they were inhabited for centuries, and are worth a visit after exploring the nearby St. Columba’s Chapel, St. Columba’s Well and St Columba’s Footprints.

Ben Cruachan Reservoir

Address:               Ben Cruachan, Dalmally, PA33 1AN

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        0141 614 9105

Email Address:    mailto:visit.cruachan@scottishpower.com

Website:              Ben Cruachan Reservoir

About: Ben Cruachan is regarded as being one of the finest Munros in the Southern Highlands. It is popular with hillwalkers and climbers alike due to the many pointed peaked towers and rocky outcrops which offer spectacular views, while a ridge walk provides a circular route around the peaceful Cruachan reservoir.

Ganavan Beach

Address:               Oban, PA34 5TB

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

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Website:              Ganavan Beach

About: Ganavan Beach and Sands provide stunning picturesque views out to Mull, Lismore and Morven, and are perfect for walks at all times of the year. The beach is adjacent to a very good coastal path where a multitude of wildlife can be seen at all times of the day.

Fort Augustus/Loch Ness

Address:               Fort Augustus, Inverness Shire, PH32 4BD

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

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Email Address:    mailto:info@fortaugustus.net

Website:              Fort Augustus/Loch Ness

About: Fort Augustus is most famous for its proximity to Loch Ness, and most visitors book the many loch cruises that are available there. However, the town also boasts a wide range of shops and activities, and it is a perfect base from which to explore the Highlands.

Machrihanish Seabird Observatory

Address:               Lossit Park, Machrihanish, Argyll, PA28 6PZ

Opening Times:   Daily April – October

Tel Number:        07919 660 292

Email Address:    mailto:msbowarden@gmail.com

Website:              Machrihanish Seabird Observatory

About: Machrihanish offers an unparalleled wildlife experience with superb bird watching and spectacular scenery. The purpose-built sea-watching hide provides shelter for bird enthusiasts as they keep watch for the 200 bird species that are recorded annually.

McCaig’s Tower

Address:               Oban, PA34 4AA

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        N/A

Email Address:    mailto:obanargyll@googlemail.com

Website:              McCaig’s Tower

About: This Roman style Colosseum situated on the top of a hill in Oban is a popular spot with visitors and locals alike. The walk to the top is rewarded with panoramic views over the town, and the nearby islands are clearly visible through the many arched windows.

Oban War and Peace Museum

Address:              Old Oban Times Building, Corran Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, PA345P

Opening Times:   Open daily, including Sunday. 10:00 to 16:00/18:00

Tel Number:        01631 570007

Email Address:    mailto:obanmuseum@btconnect.com

Website:              Oban War and Peace Museum

About: The Oban War & Peace Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts depicting the cultural history of Oban and its people throughout history. The museum also serves to teach visitors about town’s fishing and maritime industries, railways, road transport, and the iconic McCaig’s Tower.

Pucks Glen

Address:               Dunoon, PA23 8QT

Opening Times:   Open year-round.

Tel Number:        0300 067 6600

Email Address:    mailto:cowaltrossachs@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Website:              Pucks Glen

About: Pucks Glen has two superb trails on offer for walkers of all ages. One winds through a jaw-dropping gorge with tumbling waterfalls, while the other provides amazing viewpoints and some of the finest rhododendron displays in the country.

St. Conan’s Kirk

Address:               Lochawe, Dalmally, Argyll, PA33 1AQ

Opening Times:   Summer 9am – 6pm,  Winter 9am – 5pm

Tel Number:        01838 200 298

Email Address:    mailto:enquiries@stconanskirk.org.uk

Website:              St. Conan’s Kirk

About: This kirk, nestled on the banks of Loch Awe, has some of the most breath-taking views in all of Scotland. The kirk is a wonder of architectural design and features extensive stone carvings, beautiful stained glass windows, and a fascinating story for visitors to discover.

The Falls of Lora

Address:               Connel Bridge, Connel, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1PH

Opening Times:   Open year-round. Check the timetable for tides

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Website:              The Falls of Lora

About: The Falls of Lora generate hugely powerful currents and waves when the tide level in the Firth of Lorn drops below the level of the water in Loch Etive. The falls provide great fun for kayakers as well as a stunning sight for tourists and photographers alike.

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