Introducing Argyll & Bute
The ancient region of Argyll makes cartographers sweat, with its dramatically contorted coastline - fjordlike sea lochs lacerate the coast, their surfaces reflecting the weather's moods. Because of this, places such as the Mull of Kintyre, not so far from Glasgow as the crow flies, can seem impossibly remote. This same remoteness gives the islands hereabouts a timeless, special quality - locals are fond of saying that it 'takes longer to get to Jura than to Peru'.
Islay reverberates with the names of the heavyweights of the whisky world, with Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin among its pantheon. While exploring their peaty depths you can enjoy one of Scotland's most hospitable islands. Opposite, Jura is the remote getaway on which Orwell chose to pen 1984.
Further north, romantically beautiful Mull is deservedly popular, and is the gateway to Iona, the magical emerald island where Macbeth, among other kings, is buried. They, along with more remote Coll and Tiree, are reached from the port of Oban. South and east of here, easily accessible from Glasgow, are the 'bonnie bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond, part of Scotland's first national park, majestic Loch Fyne, and Kilmartin Glen, which bristles with prehistoric sites.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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