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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
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 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
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:
Portnacroish Appin Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA38 4BA
Cairndow Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA26 8BH
Dunoon Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA23 8QU
Rothesay Isle of Bute
Argyll, Mull, Bute
Isle of Bute Argyll,
Mull, Bute PA20 9LR
Isle of Mull Argyll, Mull,
Bute PA64 6AP
Barguillean Taynuilt Argyll,
Mull, Bute PA20 9BP
Abbey & Nunnery
Benderloch Oban Argyll,
Mull, Bute PA37 1SA