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Day Trips

If you’d like to visit the famous attractions that lie further afield, Argyll’s Secret Coast provides a great central base. It’s ideally located for exploring the west coast of Scotland, with ferry connections taking you to the Isle of Bute, Kintyre and the Isle of Arran. You’re only an hour drive from the historic town of Inveraray with its handsome castle and jail experience and two hours’ drive from Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland. Mount Stuart on Bute, the astounding gothic mansion, Inverarary Castle and Jail and the wonderful Ardkinglas House and Gardens are just a few of the visitor attractions that are in striking distance and well worth a visit.

See the day trip guides below for ideas and inspiration.
 
A Bute day out
A Bute day out
Time: All dayTravel: A 30-minute drive to Colintraive and a 5-minute ferry ride. Bute is around 15 miles long and 5 miles wide. Take the A8003 out of Tighnabruaich and...
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A day in Dunoon
A day in Dunoon
Dunoon, Cowal’s only major town, is about a 40-minute drive from Argyll’s Secret Coast. It’s a lively place, with shops, restaurants, pubs and coffee...
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Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden near Dunoon is a great day trip. With its magnificent mountainside setting it's a joy to behold. Its 49 Hectares/120 acres boast a...
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Explore Inveraray
Explore Inveraray
Time: All dayTravel: 1.30 hours’ drive. A scenic drive along the Kyles of Bute and around Loch Fyne. Take the A8003 out of Tighnabruaich. Turn left onto the A886...
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Go to Gigha for a Hebridean island adventure
Go to Gigha for a Hebridean island adventure
The beautiful Hebridean island of Gigha sits three miles off the west coast of Kintyre. It’s famed for its wonderful white beaches and fabulous flora. Just seven...
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Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray JailInveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th-century prison. Interact with costumed...
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Kilmartin & Crinan
Kilmartin & Crinan
Take a day trip to the Heart of Argyll and enjoy the historic and natural wonders of Kilmartin Glen and Crinan Canal. Getting there Hop on the ferry from Portavadie to...
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Mountain biking
Mountain biking
The off-road forest tracks and trails of Argyll’s Secret Coast offer great mountain biking opportunities. But once you've explored the local trails you might...
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Prentice Seafoods
Prentice Seafoods
Prentice Seafoods is located by the ferry terminal at Tarbert. Hop on the ferry from Portavadie and you can pick up a seafood box or choose a live lobster or crab. The...
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Quadmania
Quadmania
2000 acres overlooking Loch Long near Dunoon is the beautiful setting for 5-star adventure day out to remember. Choose from Quad Biking, Archery and Clay Pigeon...
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Tarbert & Skipness
Tarbert & Skipness
For a great day trip, hop on the Calmac ferry from Portavadie and cross the water to Kintyre to explore the bustling fishing village of Tarbert and discover stunning...
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The Arrochar Alps
The Arrochar Alps
Time: All day Travel: One hour. Take the A8003 out of Tighnabruaich to Glendaruel. At Glendaruel turn left on the A886. At Strachur turn left on the A815 and at...
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