Argyll and the Isles
Stretching from the Firth of Clyde in the south to Tiree in the north and taking in the islands of Islay, Jura, Mull, Colonsay and Iona, the waters around the coast of Argyll and the islands are recognised as one of the best aquatic playgrounds in the world.
Whether your interest is on the water, in the water or under the water Argyll and the Isles has something special to offer. From the sheltered waters of the Clyde sea lochs and Loch Fyne to the more exposed waters around the many islands there is something to suit all abilities. Whether you want a challenge or just want a pleasant cruise the waters around the coast of Argyll and the Isles offer variety and stunning scenery. The facilities for the marine tourist vary from modern marinas, through traditional harbours to new pontoon structures and moorings, but all round this coast you will find plenty to encourage the marine tourist.
Argyll and the Isles boasts the first Scottish Sea Kayak Trail which reaches from Oban to Helensburgh link. The rugged coastline and the variety of islands offers plenty of scope for the kayaker from beginners to the more experienced. There are also a number of operators offering guided kayaking tours, to discover the coast and wildlife of this beautiful and wild environment.
Beneath the waters of Argyll and the Isles there is a different world to explore and Argyll attracts leisure divers from all over the world. Whether it is to explore one of the many wrecks under the water, photograph some amazing landscapes or to search out some of the best seafood in the world there is plenty of choice to offer the sport diver at whatever level they are.
Argyll and the Isles attracts sailors from all round the world, the amazing scenery and the facilities on offer make Argyll and the Isles one of the favourite cruising locations in Europe.
Then for the competitive sailor Tarbert on Loch Fyne hosts the annual racing weekend that is Scottish Series and Oban and Tobermory host West Highland Week, not to mention all the smaller racing events that take place throughout the summer season.
Windsurfers and kitesurfer will also find plenty to appeal to them with the prevailing westerly winds and sandy beaches offering plenty of opportunities.
Argyll and the Isles offers the visitor fantastic opportunities to see Scottish wildlife up close, whether it is bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks, harbour seals or porpoise there is plenty to see if you know where to look.