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Argyll Guide

Argyll, is a region of western Scotland corresponding with most of the part of ancient Dál Riata that was located on the island of Great Britain, and in a historical context can be used to mean the entire western seaboard between the Mull of Kintyre and Cape Wrath. Argyll was a county of Scotland until 1975, when Scottish counties were abolished. At the time of abolition the county had boundaries as shown in the map. Argyll's neighbouring counties were Inverness-shire, Perthshire, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Bute. Renfrewshire and Ayrshire were the other side of the Firth of Clyde. Bute was a county of islands in the firth.

Some facts about Argyll:

• Kenneth McAlpine, the first king of Scotland, was crowned at Dunadd Fort in Kilmartin Glen in 843.

• Argyll's mountain resort of Glencoe was featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and also in Bollywood films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

• Hollywood actress, Deborah Kerr most famed for her shoreside clinch with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity, was born in Helensburgh.

• Due to its Gulf Stream position, Argyll's climate provides perfect conditions for exotic flowers to flourish in it's world-famous gardens, including rare magnolias and rhododendrons.

• Argyll and Bute Council territory has 3700 miles of coastline. Of its hundreds of islands, only 26 are inhabited.

• Maria Soep, owner of the Roineabhal Country House guesthouse in Kilchrenan, says the secret to her success of 'the world's best porridge' is down to the traditional organically-grown pinhead oatmeal that she uses.

• The Cowal Highland Gathering at Dunoon is held on the last weekend of August. At its finale, where over 150 bands march through the town.

• The island of Tiree boasts some of the best surfing conditions in Europe, earning it the nickname "Hawaii of the North".

• Northern Ireland's Antrim coast is only 12 miles from the southern end of Argyll's Kintre peninsula, and is visible on clear days.

• The Argyll peninsula of Ardnamurchan marks the spot with a 36 mile high granite lighthouse.

Here are just some places to visit in and around Argyll:

Castle Stalker
Portnacroish Appin Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA38 4BA
Dumbarton Castle
Dumbarton Argyll,
Mull, Bute
Ardkinglas Estate
Cairndow Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA26 8BH
Benmore Botanic Garden
Dunoon Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA23 8QU
Rothesay Castle
Rothesay Isle of Bute
Argyll, Mull, Bute
Mount Stuart
Isle of Bute Argyll,
Mull, Bute PA20 9LR
Duart Castle
Isle of Mull Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA64 6AP
Angus's Garden
Barguillean Taynuilt Argyll,
Mull, Bute PA20 9BP
Iona Abbey & Nunnery
Iona Argyll,
Mull, Bute
Barcaldine Castle
Benderloch Oban Argyll,
Mull, Bute PA37 1SA

Scotland is packed with stunning countryside views, steaped in history and proud of its many traditions.
There really is something for everyone in Scotland and the BEST way to get the full experience is by camping.
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