Mid Argyll

Melfort Village lies midway between the towns of Oban and Lochgilphead and in the midst of all the Argyll visitor attractions, often less than half an hour’s journey by car.

The beautiful area of Argyll is a peaceful region of western Scotland with stunning beaches and rugged landscapes, and everything in-between, just waiting to be explored.

Argyll is considered by most to be the birth place of Scotland, it was here where ancient kings were crowned in the stunning forts and castles that can still be visited and explored today. Some castles to consider are Carnasserie Castle in Kilmartin – a magnificent ruined castle which was home to the first protestant bishop of Argyll.  Kilchurn Castle one of the most photographed castles in Scotland and Dunstaffanage Castle near Oban where Flora MacDonald was held in 1746 before being sent to the Tower of London for aiding Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape.

With plenty of local charming towns, villages and attractions to explore, with museums and galleries featuring local and world renowned artists there is something for everyone in Argyll. Also on offer are fantastic cafes and restaurants to help you enjoy your afternoons and evenings.  Kilmartin was the capital for the kings of ancient Dalriada, and to this day bears the mark in stone of a footprint used in their coronations. In the village itself is Kilmartin House Museum, with ‘hands on’ activities for children. Nearby Kilmartin Glen is an archaeologist’s dream. Home to more than 350 megalithic stone circles, chambered cairns, and other monuments, you can either explore them yourself or visit the museum for a more informed investigation.

The local towns and villages are awash with events across the year. From live music and dance, to theatre shows, giving you the full Scottish cultural experience.

The Crinan Canal stretches from Adrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the banks of the Sound of Jura.  Crinan is famous for fresh seafood landed by local fishermen – prawns, crabs and lobsters. It is possible to walk its whole length (just 9 miles long) within an afternoon and watch the yachts and fishing boats passing through the 15 locks and just take in the superb scenery.

If nature and the great outdoors interest you, the peaceful green woodlands of Argyll are home to some of the most vibrant and important wildlife species these lands have to offer. There are a wide range of wildlife reserves and nature centres across the area, and the islands themselves providing an important home and local breeding ground for many seabirds.

To find out more and plan your holidays we recommend you check out www.exploreargyll.co.uk which offers a huge range of the best things to see and do in the wider Argyll area. 

What can I find there?

Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin Museum & Glen

Kilmartin Museum is closed until 2023 while they build exciting new visitor experiences, however walking in the Glen is still available with a pop-up cafe for alfresco food & drinks.

The Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal is a wonderful destination for walking, biking, food & drink or you can even boat on the water.

The Crinan walk takes visitors to the heart of Knapdale forest before reaching Castle Dounie.

Argyll Beaver Centre

Argyll Beaver Centre

Discover wildlife in Knapdale, home of the Scottish beavers! The unique off-grid centre in the Atlantic Rainforest is home to a dazzling array of wildlife and environments.

Taynish Nature Reserve

Taynish Nature Reserve

With woodland, wildlife and stunning views, Taynish National Nature Reserve is a secret haven waiting to be discovered. Wander through the peaceful oak woodlands, find the perfect picnic spot by the shore, or catch a glimpse of an otter going about its daily business.

The Tayvallich Inn

Tayvallich Inn

Situated in the picturesque village of Tayvallich on the shores of Loch Sween, the Inn overlooks the beautiful natural harbour of Tayvallich bay. The Tayvallich Inn specialises in fresh, locally caught seafood, mostly landed on their doorstep.

The Smiddy Bistro, Lochgilphead

The Smiddy Bistro

The Smiddy Bistro offers delicious food & drink and mouth-watering home baking. What more could you want!

The Archway Gallery, Lochgilphead

The Archway Gallery

Family run art gallery, art supply shop and picture framers in Lochgilphead.

Featuring a vibrant mixture of local and Scottish artists, with a range of gifts on display.

The Egg Shed

The Egg Shed

A heritage and community hub in Ardrishaig.

The centre has transformed a historic, disused building into a bespoke interpretation and community centre, which tells the story of the Crinan Canal and the communities on its banks.

The Harbour Gallery, Tarbert

The Harbour Gallery

The Harbour Gallery is owned by artist Stuart Herd and is located in the beautiful west coast village of Tarbert.

Original paintings, framed/mounted prints, jewellery, memoribilia and gifts.

Harbour St, Tarbert PA29 6UA, UK

Chalmers St, Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead PA30 8DX, UK

7 Union St, Lochgilphead PA31 8JS, UK

Smithy La, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, UK

Tayvallich, Lochgilphead PA31 8PL, UK

Argyll and Bute, Lochgilphead PA31 8PW, UK

Barrandaimh, Lochgilphead PA31 8SN, UK

Crinan Canal, Lochgilphead, UK

Kilmartin, Lochgilphead PA31 8RQ, UK