Top things to do in North Argyll

Top Choice Castle in Loch Awe

Kilchurn Castle

At the northern end of Loch Awe are the scenic ruins of the strategically situated and much-photographed Kilchurn Castle. Built in 1440, it enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings. Even when it's not open, it's wor…
Top Choice Historic Site in Connel & Taynuilt

Bonawe Iron Furnace

Bonawe Iron Furnace is one of the region’s most unusual historical sights. Near Taynuilt (not Bonawe), and dating from 1753, it was built by an iron-smelting company from Cumbria because of the abundance of birch an…
Top Choice Scottish in Appin & Around

Pierhouse Hotel

The excellent restaurant at the Pierhouse Hotel enjoys a view across the water to Lismore, and specialises in local seafood and game. The bar menu also focuses on quality fishy fare.
Castle in Appin & Around

Castle Stalker

One of Scotland's most spectacularly sited castles, Castle Stalker perches on a tiny offshore island – Monty Python buffs will recognise it as the castle that appears in the final scenes of the film Monty Python and…
Aquarium in Appin & Around

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

Located 10 miles north of Oban on the shores of Loch Creran, Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary provides a haven for orphaned seal pups. As well as seal pools, there are tanks housing herrings, rays and flatfish, touch poo…
Museum in Lismore

Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre

This centre houses a fascinating exhibition on Lismore’s history and culture; alongside stands a reconstruction of a crofter’s cottage. It's in the middle of the island – if you’re walking, you can take a short cut …
Castle in Connel & Taynuilt

Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage, 2 miles west of Connel, looks like a child’s drawing of what a castle should be – square and massive, with towers at the corners, and perched on top of a rocky outcrop. It was built around 1260 and was…
Food & Drinks in Connel & Taynuilt

Inverawe Smokehouse & Fishery

Aficionados of smoked salmon should pay a visit to Inverawe Smokehouse and Fishery, 2 miles east of Taynuilt, where local salmon (and trout, herring and venison) is smoked over split oak logs. There’s also an anglin…
Waterfall in Connel & Taynuilt

Falls of Lora

At Connel Bridge, 5 miles north of Oban, the loch joins the sea via a narrow channel partly blocked by an underwater rock ledge. When the tide flows in and out, water pours through this bottleneck, creating spectacu…
Notable Building in Loch Awe

Cruachan Power Station

In the Pass of Brander, by the A85, you can visit this power station. Electric buses take you more than half a mile inside Ben Cruachan, allowing you to see the pump-storage hydroelectric scheme, which occupies a va…