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GLAS­GOW & THE HEART OF ARGYLLAND IN­VER­ARAY

In Glas­gow, his­tory is all around you. You see ev­i­dence of the city’s past, from the me­dieval roots to Mack­in­tosh’s in­flu­ence al­most every­where you look. The Heart of Ar­gyll is equally his­toric, with op­por­tu­ni­ties ga­lore to delve deeper into Scot­land’s past. If you love his­tory and cul­ture, then here are twelve rea­sons why you should pair Glas­gow and the Heart of Ar­gyll and In­ver­aray.

GLAS­GOW #1 Marvel at the mu­seum

Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and Mu­seum is one of Glas­gow’s cul­tural with 22 in­di­vid­ual gal­leries. Dis­cover ev­ery­thing from art to an­i­mals, An­cient Egypt to Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh. #2 Have faith Head to the St Mungo Mu­seum of Re­li­gious Life and Art for a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­plo­ration of re­li­gion across the world. The mu­seum is named af­ter Glas­gow’s pa­tron saint.

#3 Cathe­dral and Ne­crop­o­lis

Ex­plore Glas­gow Cathe­dral, one of Scot­land’s most mag­nif­i­cent me­dieval build­ings and the Ne­crop­o­lis, a Vic­to­rian gar­den ceme­tery with fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries. #4 House For An Art Lover House for an Art Lover is a unique vis­i­tor at­trac­tion set within the grounds of Bel­la­hous­toun Park, recre­ated from a house de­sign by Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh. #5 Train sta­tion tour Go be­hind the scenes with Glas­gow Cen­tral Tours. Glas­gow Cen­tral train sta­tion has in­cred­i­ble un­der­ground tun­nels, cat­a­combs and fas­ci­nat­ing glimpses into the city’s past. #6 Eat, drink and play. Have lunch at Mack­in­tosh at The Wil­low, the orig­i­nal Miss Cranston’s Tea Room, now beau­ti­fully restored. For din­ner head to the Avant Garde Mu­sic Bar and Restau­rant in the heart of Glas­gow’s Mer­chant City. An­other favourite is Gamba in the City Cen­tre which, since open­ing in 1998, is the des­ti­na­tion for fresh, ex­pertly pre­pared, fish and seafood. For a few drinks, try Is­lay Inn or the Ben Nevis Bar.

Stay at Glas­gow’s iconic Grand Cen­tral Ho­tel, a won­der­fully his­toric ho­tel ad­join­ing Glas­gow Cen­tral Sta­tion.

HEART OFARGYLL #7 Get out of jail

The hand­some town of In­ver­aray is full of his­tory. Visit the iconic In­ver­aray Cas­tle, an­ces­tral home of the Duke of Ar­gyll, and step back in time at In­ver­aray Jail, where ac­tors por­tray life in a 19th-cen­tury prison

#8 Na­ture’s par­adise

Dis­cover two of Scot­land’s Na­tional Na­ture Re­serves. Moine Mhor is a sur­viv­ing rem­nant of a once much more ex­ten­sive raised bog. Taynish is one of the largest orig­i­nal oak­woods in Bri­tain.

#9 Meet the beavers

Make the trip to Barn­lu­as­gan in Knap­dale, a lovely wood­land area which is home to a pop­u­la­tion of re-in­tro­duced beavers. Join a guided beaver walk with Heart Of Ar­gyll Wildlife Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

#10 Short cut

Take a walk along the Cri­nan Canal, a nine-mile wa­ter­way steeped in his­tory, known as ‘Bri­tain’s most beau­ti­ful short­cut’. Take a boat trip from Cri­nan out to Cor­ryvreckan, the world’s third largest whirlpool.

#11 Kil­martin rocks!

Ex­plore Kil­martin Glen, one of Scot­land’s rich­est pre­his­toric land­scapes. There are hun­dreds of an­cient mon­u­ments, in­clud­ing stand­ing stones, stone cir­cles, cairns and dec­o­rated rocks.

# 12 Eat, drink and play

Have a hearty lunch at the Ge­orge Inn in In­ver­aray. This lively pub is full of char­ac­ter with orig­i­nal solid flag-stoned floors, roar­ing log fires and a beer gar­den. It also serves up fantastic food. For din­ner en­joy Scot­tish pro­duce ex­pertly pre­pared at Loch Melfort Ho­tel. In the AA 2 Rosette Asknish Bay Restau­rant there’s plenty of lo­cal seafood on of­fer. Stay at the Grey Gull Inn, a for­mer hunt­ing lodge in Ar­dr­ishaig at the start of the Cri­nan Canal. There’s so much to see and do in this part of Ar­gyll, that you could eas­ily do a two-day tour. If you do, why not stay a night with Bram­bles of In­ver­aray?

TRAVEL

Travel around Glas­gow on an Open Top Bus Tour or use the Glas­gow Sub­way to get around the city cen­tre and west end of Glas­gow. To get to the Heart of Ar­gyll, your best op­tion is to hire a car with En­ter­prise rent-a-car and drive via the fa­mous Rest & Be Thank­ful pass. There are bus ser­vices from Glas­gow to In­ver­aray and on­wards to Lochgilp­head.

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