Our Argyll Coastal Trail is a great choice if you want a 4 day Scotland Tour with a wide mix of Scottish experiences and scenery but without too much driving.
The touring pace is relaxed so you have time to explore the castles, standing stones, botanic gardens, islands and landscapes that make Argyll so special.
Argyll is also a region with a strong fishing tradition so this itinerary features lots of great seafood restaurants and foodie experiences that show you the best of Scottish cuisine.
Allow a minimum of 3 days to drive this tour route.
The guide contains day trip options for extending the tour to 7 days
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Guide Updated - 11 September 2023
Approximately 240 miles / 385 Km
3 to 7 Days
Arrive in Glasgow -
We provide a sightseeing guide to Glasgow’s main attractions and recommended restaurants. The guide also includes directions for a short drive west from Glasgow to Loch Lomond, so you can choose between staying in the vibrant city, or in a scenic rural location in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
Stopover in Glasgow / Loch Lomond Area
Glasgow to Loch Fyne -
Start your road trip into the Highlands by travelling west from Glasgow to the shores of Loch Lomond. You don’t have far to drive today so you could schedule in a cruise on Loch Lomond, before heading to an excellent smokehouse where you can dine in the restaurant, or buy some Scottish delicacies for a loch side picnic.
There is a wide variety of attractions around Loch Fyne so you can occupy your day with a tour of Inveraray castle, the Duke of Argyll’s ornate home, then head into Inveraray where the actors at the Jail Museum will take pleasure in showing you just what it was like to be locked up in an 18th century prison.
If you want to stretch your legs, you can follow our suggestion for a short, but energetic climb to a magnificent viewpoint with commanding views over Inveraray and Loch Fyne.
Continuing the very scenic coastal drive along Loch Fyne, you have options to visit a botanic garden with magnificent displays in early summer, an abandoned village where the homes have been carefully preserved, and some castle ruins with interesting histories. You can then end the day in the active fishing village of Tarbert where you might see a fresh catch being landed.
Driving Distance: ~ 60 Miles to Inveraray / ~98 miles to Tarbert
Stopover in Loch Fyne Area (Inveraray / Tarbert)
Loch Fyne to Oban -
For today's drive to Oban, we provide you with 2 route options;
The Direct Route can get you to Oban with only an hour of driving, but there are places along the way that you may wish to explore such as the haunting ruins of Kilchurn Castle by the shores of Loch Awe, or St Conan's kirk with its fairy tale Gothic architecture.
Driving Distance ~38 miles
The Longer Route takes you on a road trip that we rate as one of the best scenic drives in Scotland. Along the way you can explore the mysterious standing stones and burial cairns of Kilmartin Glen. We also recommend that you detour from the main road to discover the excellent seafood restaurant at the Crinan Hotel. You could also include a visit to the easily accessed Isle of Seil with its charming villages of whitewashed cottages.
Driving Distance ~62 miles
The day ends in the lively town of Oban where we give you recommendations to a great choice of seafood restaurants. You can enjoy dinner whilst watching the coming and going of the ferry boats in the harbour.
Stopover in Oban area
Oban Day Trips -
Oban is a great touring base and the guide provides you with a choice of day trips for exploring the wider area.
Stopover in Oban area
Oban to Glasgow -
For the final leg of this road trip we recommend a drive through Glen Coe with its dramatic scenery and tragic history of the massacre of the MacDonalds. After Glen Coe, you cross the wild and timeless expanse of Rannoch Moor on your way back to Loch Lomond. For the last leg of this self drive tour, we supply a choice of routes so you can either travel the length of Loch Lomond or take a longer drive that passes through the heart of the Trossachs via Loch Katrine and Aberfoyle. If you go via Loch Katrine, you might wish to schedule in enough time for the short hike up Ben A'an for a magnificent viewpoint and a great memory of Scotland.
Driving Distance ~118 miles
Stopover in Glasgow or Loch Lomond Area.
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