With glistening water to one side and vast mountains to the other, the 129-mile Argyll coastal route is one of Scotland’s most beautiful road trips. It highlights all of Scotland’s incredible diversity with an eclectic mix of nature, history, and culture, beginning with Britain’s largest inland stretch of water and ending with its highest mountain.
The start of the route needs no introduction: Loch Lomond is famous and not just for the song ‘The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond’. It has fantastic scenery too. At 22.6 miles long there’s plenty to do on, in and next to the water. Shop with a view at Loch Lomond Shore, meander through woodlands and mountains or take a boat trip. The choice is yours but be sure to stop by An Ceann Mor for the views.
Once you’ve torn yourself away from the beauty of Loch Lomond, head towards Loch Fyne, the longest of Scotland’s sea lochs. It’s a popular spot for fishing and sport diving and an absolute must for seafood lovers. There’s plenty of fresh fish on offer, which you can enjoy from the Loch Fyne Restaurant and Oyster Bar or, if you stop by the Roadside Oyster Bar for a takeaway, an idyllic spot of your choosing – one of the many benefits of travelling by motorhome!
Follow the shore around, and you’ll come to Inveraray, a traditional town that’s home to the Duke’s of Argyll. On your list here is the 19th Century Inverary Jail and Courthouse, where you’ll be in the hands of costumed actors that really bring prison life to life! It’s an immersive experience that’s fun for the whole family. For a more regal experience you can head to Inverary Castle and Gardens to enjoy the splendour of the surroundings.
Six miles south is Auchindrain, the last inhabited highland farming township. Now a working farm and living museum, it gives visitors an authentic look at highland life in the past. Say hello to the animals, admire the historic buildings and learn about traditional farming methods; just prepare for the weather as it’s mostly outdoors.
Our next highlight is Kilmartin Glen, known for for its extensive collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains including burial cairns, standing stones, monuments, and rock art. The area itself is perfect for a walk if you are looking to stretch your legs or head straight to the Kilmartin Museum to see the fascinating finds from archaeological digs in the area.
Take a Detour
With route like this one, the drive is as much a part of the adventure as anything else, and with a motorhome, you have the flexibility to detour as you please. One you may want to think about is a trip over to Easedale Island where you can join a Seafari adventure to see porpoises, dolphins, and seals as well as the World’s third-largest whirlpool! Otherwise keep heading up towards Oban and another chance to stock up on seafood as well as whisky, chocolate, and ice cream – it’s the place to be for local food and drink. If you have the time while you’re there, wander up Battery hill to McCaig’s tower, a monument built in 1897 for the McCaig family. The views are spectacular, and the gardens are lovely and relaxing too.
On to the home stretch, you’ll want your camera ready as you drive along the shores of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch known for its spectacular sunsets. You’ll be spoilt for places to stop but one to have in your sights is Castle Stalker View, a café, gift shop and wildlife hub overlooking Castle Stalker – a four-storey tower house on Loch Laich. There’s even a wildlife camera if you like to get up close with nature.
Glencoe Folk Museum
If you have time, the Glencoe Folk museum is worth a visit. Set in traditional 18th century thatched cottages it houses an array of relics that’ll transport you through history and the lives of Glencoe residents.
An end spot to rival the start, Fort William is known as the gateway to Ben Nevis and the outdoor capital of Scotland. There’s stunning mountain scenery and many opportunities for adventure whether you like relaxing walks, heartbeat-raising hikes or adrenaline-pumping mountain bike tracks. You could even head up Ben Nevis or continue your experience with either the West Highland Way or Great Glen Way.
If the Argyll coastal route appeal to you then there’s no better way to see it than by luxury motorhome. Travel at your own pace and take whatever detours you fancy, never having to worry about where you’ll sleep each night. Take a look at our range of motorhomes for hire or contact us to find out more.