One of my goals for 2016 is to make the most of our beautiful surroundings. We moved to Argyll four years ago but for various reasons we’ve never really got round to exploring the area. Lack of funds has certainly played a part, as has Andy’s long working hours. I don’t drive so we are reliant on him for transport if we want to go anywhere that’s not on the train route. I really need to pull my finger out and save up for some lessons. There are so many things I’d love to do with the kids that I just can’t due to lack of transport. It’s so frustrating. I fancy doing one of those one week intensive driving courses; has anyone tried it?
All that aside, I am determined to discover more of Argyll this year. There’s so much on offer; from mountains & glens to forests & beaches, Argyll really does have it all. It’d be such a shame not to make the most of it! So, here’s my Argyll hit list for 2016…
Tiree Music Festival, Isle of Tiree
We’ve been to the lovely lochside town of Inveraray a few times and it’s always a great day out. I can highly recommend The George for a hearty pub lunch if you’re visiting the area around Loch Fyne, followed by a mooch around the historic jail. I’ve never been to the castle, though, so I’d love to visit the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and take Madeleine on a princess hunt. If you’re a Downton Abbey fan you may recognise Inveraray Castle from the 2012 Christmas special in which it was the fictitious home of the Grantham’s cousins.
Learn to Dive
Scuba diving has long been on my bucket list and what better place to learn than in the beautiful waters off the west coast of Scotland? Puffin Dive School is based in Oban and offers a Try-a-Dive experience for just £89.
Photo credit: Laura McMahon
The picturesque town of Oban is known as the seafood capital of Scotland and I do love my food! After stuffing yourself full of the finest fish & chips you can work it off with a hike up to McCaigs Tower, a tour of the distillery or a trip to the Sea Life Sanctuary. I also fancy checking out Dunollie Castle and nearby Ganavan Sands for a spot of paddling & rock-pooling.