August 12, 2011

Welcome to Argyll and Bute

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.



  1. Scotland is beautiful. Love the first photo. I'm dreaming now kayaking on that river in your first photo.

  2. That looks like my sort of place to visit :-)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog :-)

  3. Thank you both for commenting!

    @Rizalenio: Shall I take that as a suggestion for the "Best of Britain" page?


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