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Lochgilphead is the main town extending from Loch Gilp, close to Loch Fyne on the Kintyre peninsula. The advent of the Crinan canal saw the town increase in significance, to the extent that today it is the administrative centre for a the Argyll and Bute region, which represents a significant chunk of Scotland, including some of the outlying Inner Hebridean islands. For those on a Scottish cottage holiday, the town’s quirky local shops are a useful place to stock up on provisions, whilst there are many sites of historic interest in the immediate vicinity. The surrounding countryside is known as Kilmartin Glen and is extraordinarily rich in both historic and prehistoric remains such as rock carvings, burial and standing stones. The Kilmartin House museum in Kilmartin village offers a good introduction to the various sites, and there are some marked walks and cycles routes that take in different sites, such as Temple Wood Stone Circle and the Nether Largie Stones. Indeed walkers are well served throughout the region.
Close to Lochgilphead you can wander amid ancient woodland at Taynish Nature Reserve, managed by Scottish National Heritage. A scenic peninsula with views to nearby Loch Sween, this is a magnificent, almost primeval forest, with giant ferns, spongy mosses and, particularly in spring, many species of butterfly and plants. For a much less rampant and more tamed look at nature, make for Kilmory Woodland Park, in the grounds of Kilmory Castle. Here you will find beautifully manicured gardens, a lochside picnic area, woodland trails and hundreds of exotic plant species. Further afield, Oban is approximately thirty miles away and opens up the islands of the Inner Hebrides, with regular ferries serving islands such as Mull and Iona.
If you’d like to see Lochgilphead and the above sights for yourself, why not book yourself a cottage break in property reference 4002?