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  • 11 Free Attractions in Argyll and Bute

    11 Free Attractions in Argyll and Bute

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    Visiting Scotland’s tourist attractions can be an expensive business, especially for those visitors travelling with a family. In this article you will discover a list of completely free-to-visit attractions in Argyll & Bute that are suitable for all ages, including historic buildings, walking routes, museums, and public parks.

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  • Balloch Castle Country Park

    Balloch Castle Country Park

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    Balloch Castle Country Park is a 200-acre public park located at the southern end of Loch Lomond. This popular green space offers visitors easy access to the loch as well as a number of nature trails, ornamental woodland, play parks and formal gardens. The centre of the park is home to the 19th-century Balloch Castle which is the focal point of paths that run down to the waterfront in a circular route.

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  • Ben Cruachan Dam

    Ben Cruachan Dam

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    A visit to Ben Cruachan (which isn’t actually a mountain – it’s a Munro) rewards walkers with some of the finest views in the Southern Highlands, especially if they make it to the very top of its summit and gaze down at the multitude of rocky satellites below it.

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  • Bonawe Iron Furnace

    Bonawe Iron Furnace

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    Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace near Taynuilt, Argyll, is a restored ironworks that was founded in 1753. Although operations ceased in the 1870s it has since come under the management of Historic Environment Scotland and it is now a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can explore the abandoned smelting buildings, storehouses and ironworks for a small fee. Discover Bonawe Iron Furnace with this complete visitor guide.

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  • Brodick

    Brodick

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    Brodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran which is situated on the west coast of Scotland. The town lies halfway along the eastern side of the island where it overlooks Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain. It is the arrival point for most visitors due to the ferry port but is popular in its own right thanks to its beaches, surrounding forests, castle and quality restaurants.

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  • Brodick Castle

    Brodick Castle

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    Brodick Castle, former seat of power of the Dukes of Hamilton, is a grand 19th-century castle located a few miles north of the town of Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The castle is surrounded by an exceptionally large and well-maintained garden and country park and is currently managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

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  • Dunstaffnage Castle

    Dunstaffnage Castle

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    Dunstaffnage Castle is perched on top of a rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn. It is located close to Oban and makes an ideal stopping-off point for visitors waiting for a ferry to the west coast islands. The castle was built in 1240 AD as the stronghold of the MacDougall clan, but it’s now managed by Historic Environment Scotland. Discover Dunstaffnage Castle with this article which features an overview and 360° photos.

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  • Glen Loin & Coiregrograin

    Glen Loin & Coiregrograin

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    This scenic walking route runs through the dramatic mountain peaks and glens of the Arrochar Alps in the Strathclyde region. At around 11 miles the route offers an enjoyable walk on paths that vary between tarmac and muddy woodland on a circuit that’s mostly level with a few minor climbs. Along the way, walkers will see Beinn Narnain, A’Chrois, Ben Vorlich, Ben Vane and Ben Lomond as well as the pretty village of Arrochar and the tranquil waters of Loch Long.

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  • Goatfell

    Goatfell

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    Goatfell is an 874-metre mountain on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. The mountain (designated a Corbett) is one of four on the island and is located three miles west of Brodick Castle. Although Goatfell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran the walk to the summit is quite easy with a robust staircase of boulders towards the top and a well-laid path through moorland and forest at the bottom.

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  • Holy Isle

    Holy Isle

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    Holy Isle is located close to the eastern shore of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This small (one square mile) island has a rich religious history dating back hundreds of years and the tradition of quiet seclusion continues to this day thanks to the Centre for World Peace and Health located on the western edge of the isle.

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  • Inveraray Castle

    Inveraray Castle

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    Inveraray Castle in Argyll is situated on the shore of Loch Fyne in western Scotland where it has been the home of the Dukes of Argyll since the 18th century. The castle is open to the public for self-guided tours and visitors are welcome to walk around the beautiful gardens during their visit. Discover this spectacular castle in this complete guide which includes an overview and helpful visiting advice.

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  • Isle of Arran

    Isle of Arran

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    The Isle of Arran on Scotland’s southwest coast is home to popular attractions including Goatfell mountain, Brodick Castle, Brodick town and Machrie moor. Discover this stunning island with this comprehensive guide and learn why it truly lives up to its nickname ‘Scotland in miniature’.

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