KNOWN as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, Arran is a condensed version of the best that Scotland has to offer. Arran is one of the most easily accessible islands as it is only a 55-minute crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick. The Claonaig to Lochranza ferry service from Kintyre makes the island easily accessible from the Highlands and islands as well.
ONE of Argyll’s largest towns, Campbeltown, on the eastern tip of the Kintyre peninsula, is a natural port, set in deep water and sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly wind by Davaar Island.
Originally called Kinlochkilkerran back in the 1600s, the Chief of the Clan Campbell decided that, as one of the key towns in his domain, it should carry the name of Campbell and so it became Campbeltown.
From the thriving, bustling city of Inverness, capital of the Highlands and sitting between the northern end of the Caledonian Canal and the Moray Firth – to the southern tip of Loch Ness and historic Fort Augustus, this map carries you on a journey of mystery and monsters through waterways and glens that have been used as transport routes for thousands of years.
The Outdoor Capital of the UK, Fort William, An Gearasdan, is at the heart of Lochaber. It’s the place where the West Highland Way ends and the Great Glen Way begins. It has mountains and skiing when there’s snow and even if there’s no snow, there’s walking, running, climbing, river races, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking to name but a few. Fort William is everyone’s favourite base camp for whatever sport they choose.
In days gone by when travel was mainly by rail and steamer Oban was called the Charing Cross of the north. It was where all routes seemed to meet.
The same still holds true today, if you’re going out to or coming from the islands chances are your ferry will berth here.
It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
Islay’s not called the Queen of the Hebrides for nothing and she’s been home to people since 8,000BC. They knew they were on to a good thing; even today the Gulf Stream keeps the climate mild compared to the mainland.
A remarkable history, breathtaking scenery and eight distilleries, what more could an island want?