Home to fourteen world-class distilleries, the whisky from Argyll is so highly regarded that the area has been dubbed the whisky coast. The ideal waters and environment, alongside skills, passed through generations of whisky makers, make Argyll one of the best places in Scotland for a whisky tour. The distilleries are some of the most popular Argyll attractions.
Voted in 2017 as one of Scotland’s six Hidden Gems, the 1913 picture house in Campbeltown is one of Europe’s few surviving atmospheric cinemas. The art deco style building recently underwent huge restoration funded by The National Lottery.
Well, kind of. In 1887, a local art teacher had a vision in which he was ordered to use the cave on Davaar Island as the canvas for a painting depicting the crucifixion. He did the entire thing in secret, much to his downfall. When fishermen came across the artwork, they believed it to be a miraculous sign from God. They were so angry with the artist when they found out that it had been created by a mere human, that they drove him out of town. He was only eventually granted permission to return when they realised it required restoration work.
Just South of Oban stands a hump-backed bridge that connects Seil Island with the Mainland. The old bridge, built between 1792 and 1793 and still in use, is often called ‘The Bridge over the Atlantic’ because it spans a very narrow section of the Atlantic Ocean.
The town of Oban has such a diverse range of seafood offerings that it has been titled the Seafood Capital of Scotland. It exports a good deal of shellfish across continental Europe, but the best is saved for the abundance of local seafood restaurants, offering up Scotland’s best oysters, squid, fish, crabs, scallops, and lobsters.