Just a few hours’ drive from Glasgow, Argyll is a mysterious and ethereal world often referred to as ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast.’
Situated in western Scotland, this is a region of endless rolling hills, sea lochs and crags; a place where you might be lucky enough to spot some golden eagles soaring up above, and are guaranteed to see a red deer (or two!) roaming the open mountains and forests.
This is also the home of Knockdow House, an 18th century Georgian property which can be found on Argyll’s Cowal peninsula. For many years the property was controlled by Clan Lamont (and the applicable Laird of Knockdow), which is one of Scotland’s oldest clans. In later years, it was restored to its former glory and used for self-catering accommodation, as well as a wedding and events venue.
While Knockdow House is today used as a private residency, there is a great deal to do in the surrounding region, including the local town of Dunoon, as well as further afield throughout Argyll.
While Argyll is regarded as wild and remote, it is also home to many walkers, cyclists, fisherman, sailors, and of course, a menagerie of wildlife. Fortunately, it is not overcrowded with tourists, and this is just one of the many factors that make the area so appealing.
If it’s isolation, quietude and compelling scenery you’re after, then look no further. You’ll be spoilt for choice with picture-perfect views as far as the eye can see, including snow-peaked mountains that sit beyond graceful, peaceful lakes.
If you want to truly immerse yourself in nature, climb on board the ‘five ferries’ route, which includes five short ferries crossing from the mainland at Ardrossan. Take your time as you explore picturesque villages, forests and mountains at your own pace.
Argyll is the ideal place to visit at any time of year and there is no end of things to do in the region.
For those with a keen sense of adventure, there’s cycling trails and even a sailing school for kids and adults alike.
In the evenings, there are countless choices when it comes to delicious seafood options, whether you wish to dine in style at a fancy five star restaurant, or order takeout to eat in the comfort of home. There is also a lively arts and music scene for those who aren’t quite ready to settle down to a good night’s sleep.
Whatever your preferences, there are so many things to see and do in Argyll. While it seems a shame to let the secret out, it also seems a shame not to share this wonderful region with the rest of the world.