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Scotland is spoilt with thousands of miles of coastline – most of which is stunning – and no matter where you are in the region you are never more than 70 miles away from the sea.

It’s impossible to pick a top location in Scotland as we are truly spoilt for choice here, but there are certainly a few highlights.

Argyll, a historical county in western Scotland, is the home of Knockdow House, a property steeped in history.

Knockdow House has almost 300 years of history. It used to belong to the Lamont Clan (and the corresponding Laird of Knockdow), who filled it with endless treasures, including elegant furnishings from the Caribbean.

Adventures in Argyll

Better known as ‘Scotland’s adventure coast,’ Argyll covers an area of 2,667 square miles, and also includes more than 23 inhabited islands. There is so much to see throughout the region, including countless adventure options to choose from.

Argyll has some of the most gorgeous coastlines around, with golden beaches and the promise of whales, dolphins and sea eagles in and around the waters. 

There are also many National Parks to visit, including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Whether you are seeking peace amongst the wilderness or invigorating adventure, there is somewhere ideal for you.

For a day of true adventure, head to Argyll Adventure, two miles sound of Inveraray, which offers seven fantastic activities to choose from, including pony and horse riding, horse riding lessons, treks, paintball, laser storm and crossbow range. Suitable for adults and children alike, you can spend an entire day here and not get bored!

Argyll is home to some of the friendliest locals, while there are numerous hotels to choose from. For something a little different, try the Whisky Vaults Hotel. Based in Oban, this is a cosy hotel combining traditional and modern for a truly indulgent stay. In the evening, take a trip to the bar for a wide range of whiskies and local gins.

Stargazing on the Isle of Coll

As night kicks in, head to the Isle of Coll, just 2 ½ hours via ferry from Oban, for an evening of stargazing! Thanks to almost zero light pollution (there are no street lamps on the island), the Isle of Coll offers outstanding stargazing potential.

On a clear night, lie back and relax as you take in the sheer volume of stars that occupy the night sky. For the best star-gazing opportunities, visit between September and April when the days are shorter and the stars are easier to spot.  

It’s well worth staying a night or two on Coll as there are many hiking, sea kayaking, surfing and cycling opportunities. The wildlife here is also exquisite!

Evidently, there are many adventures in Argyll that await you!