Kilchurn castle, Scotland highlands by jackfre2 (away on vacation for 15 days)

The second largest administrative council in Scotland, possessing more coastline than the country of France, with a vibrant legacy involving William Wallace, Mendelssohn, and Sir Paul McCartney, Argyll and Bute has a lot to show us.

Sea Ivory II by Viche
Sea Ivory II, a photo by Viche on Flickr.

Taste the sea salt on the west wind, watch the snow melt on magnificent mountains, run your fingers over the crumbling stones of an ancient castle, sink your teeth into the local scallops, capture the flutter of a seagull’s wings as it alights on a moored fishing boat, listen to the insects hum in a summer forest.

Experience  Scotland at its fullest.

Raincloud Over Ruins by DMeadows
Raincloud Over Ruins, a photo by DMeadows on Flickr.

The famous Loch Lomond is located in Argyll and Bute. Islay (unless you’re Scottish it’s not pronounced like you think it is) is the Queen of the Hebrides and the fifth largest Scottish island, a popular destination for birdwatchers and a gardener’s paradise due to abnormally warm weather. The Kintyre Peninsula is home to some of the finest single malt whisky in the world, as well as the Green Lady of Skipness Castle. Oban is a resort town that grew up around a distillery and has served as the backdrop of several films. The Isle of Mull is covered in remnants of the Bronze Age, and may contain the wreck of a Spanish galleon (filled with gold, of course). The spa town of Helensburgh is now a shopping center, seaside resort, and Naval Base.    

Villages of Scotland - Tobermory 1             (5 pictures) by jackfre2 (away on vacation for 15 days)

Brit-Bit: The pattern “argyle” is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll.


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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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