Inveraray Hostel is just a couple of minutes walk from the hub of town, where you’ll find a fine range of eateries, shops and pubs, as well as several tourist attractions well worth visiting, including the atmospheric Inveraray Jail and the magnificent 18th century Inveraray Castle set in woodland grounds from where you can take the short uphill walk to Dun Na Cuaiche for excellent views over Loch Fyne and surrounding hills. Inveraray is also home of the summer Ringing Festival, during which ringers from around the world come to ring the bells at All Saints Bell Tower.
A short cycle, drive or bus journey from the hostel will land you amongst the exotic flora of one of Argyll’s many beautiful gardens. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden is home to several of the UKs largest trees, which in turn are home to many of the UKs smallest bird – the cute little Goldcrest – as well as red squirrels and pine martin. Crarae Garden will transport you to the Himayalas as you wind along paths between luscious bamboo, eucalyptus, rhododendrons and stunning magnolias.
Just a few miles out of town you can discover the delicious beer made at Fyne Ales Brewery – the best craft brewery in all of Scotland! Set in scenic Glen Fyne, Fyne Ales use the water that runs down the hills to create flavoursome ale. Take a tour, enjoy a pint & bring a crate load of souvenirs back with you!
For those yearning for adventure, Argyll Adventure offers pony trekking through the woodlands along Loch Fyne, MotoScotland provides off-road motorcycle training & adrenaline-packed experience days for bikers, while Argyll Voyageur Canoes offers guided trips on neighbouring Loch Goil. For the determined hill-walker, several munros and many corbetts are within easy reach, including the ranges of the Arrochar Alps, the Trossachs and Glencoe. If a round of golf is more to your taste, Inveraray Golf & Country Club welcomes locals and visitors alike.
Want more? Take an island day trip, explore the Pictish symbols at Kilmartin Glen, visit Crinan Canal, discover a power station inside a mountain at Cruachan Power Station, wander through one of Scotland’s largest botanic gardens… www.exploreargyll.co.uk