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Holidays in Loch Lomond, Argyll, the Isles, Stirling and Trossachs

The area of Argyll and Bute is best known for holidays in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Towns to visit include Oban, Dunoon, Helensburgh and Inveraray. Argyll & Bute is an area with a diversity of attractions from picturesque villages, stunning coastline, mountain landscapes, lochs and small islands such as Bute and Mull.

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If you are holidaying in Scotland and looking for holiday accommodation in Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond or the Trossachs click on scottish holiday cottages in Argyll and Bute to see a selection of holiday cottages in Argyll and Bute or if you are generally looking for a cottage by a loch, you may want to take a look at this list of cottages near lochs.

Loch Lomond is around 75 miles from Edinburgh and a mere 30 miles from Glasgow. Despite Loch Lomond’s relative close proximity to both major Scottish cities, Loch Lomond feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Loch Lomond & the Trossachs offer breathtaking landscapes of lochs, mountains and glens and what’s more, the area is vast. Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park covers an area of around 720 square miles and covers 20 Munros (high mountains over 3000 ft) and over 22 lochs, the largest of which is Loch Lomond.  All In all, the National Park covers the areas of Loch Lomond, Argyll Forest, the Trossachs (area of glens & lochs where the Highlands meet the Lowlands) and Breadalbane (an area with huge mountains including Ben More). There are a couple of busier touristy villages and towns around Loch Lomond such as Balloch and Luss with their associated touristy attractions but there are also plenty of opportunities for those seeking peace and tranquillity. There are plenty of activities in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs including walking, hiking and boat trips. 

Loch Lomond
Getting to Loch Lomond: The easiest way to reach Loch Lomond is by car, but buses also run from Glasgow and there is a train from Glasgow to Balloch central.
Oban, Dunoon, Helensburgh and Inveraray: Each of these towns has something different to offer. Oban is a picturesque port from which you can visit the Isle of Mull and other islands. Whale watching trips also depart from near Oban.  
Dunoon is on the coast. It is possible to take ferries over to the Isle of Mull. 
Helensburgh is another coastal town. Helensburgh has an upmarket feel to it and great views. It is also worth a visit to see Hill House which was designed by Charles Rennie Macintosh.
Inveraray is a very picturesque coastal town which even has its own castle and also has a maritime museum.
Mull, Iona, Bute are just a few of the islands in this region. The best known island in this area is Mull, although many people may have also heard of Iona. Mull can easily be reached by ferry from Oban.
Most visitors to Stirling, go to visit the Old Town and Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle, much like Edinburgh castle, is on a high imposing position, perched high on a hill. At Stirling Castle though not only can you take a look at the Grand Hall but you can also see the Great Kitchens where banquets were prepared. At the foot of Stirling Castle, you will find Stirling’s historic old town.

Lesser known attractions in Stirling include Stirling's Old Town Jail where you can visit a 19th century prison which has now been turned in to a museum.