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If you’re the sort of person whose spirits are lifted by sweeping landscapes, dramatic seascapes, clean air and the stars in the quiet night sky, there really is no place like the West Coast of Scotland.

And for the times when you’re not appreciating the natural world, you can enjoy the many other attractions the region has to offer.

Join a guided wildlife walk, play a round of golf or climb a lighthouse. Take a pony trek across wild moorland or a cruise around the islands.

If browsing is your thing, then visit some of the galleries showing work by local artists and craftspeople, or visit our museums to find out more about the history and culture of the area.

It won’t have escaped your attention that we’re rather keen on our food and drink up here – don’t miss out on a visit to a smokehouse and distillery. And when you’re ready, we’ve got award-winning restaurants and long-established inns serving good, local produce, including seafood so fresh it was swimming before lunch.


Resipole Studios

Resipole Studios is a unique gallery and studio nestled in the heart of the West Highlands. Based at Resipole on the shores of Loch Sunart, Ardnamurchan - Resipole Studios provides an exciting new space for contemporary scottish artists to develop, exhibit and promote their work.

By Oban

Experience a whale watching boat trip in Scotland with Sealife Adventures, based on the mainland near Oban, Argyll, Scotland. Cruise through the infamous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The stunning panorama of the Inner Hebrides includes Mull, Iona Jura and Islay.


Inverawe Smokehouses delivers the very best Scottish smoked salmon, trout and gourmet hampers worldwide with the high service values of a traditional family business. It had its origins when Robert and Rosie Campbell-Preston started smoking fish in their back garden by the banks of the River Awe more than 35 years ago. Their Scottish smoked fish is now sought after around the world.

Duart Castle Mull
Isle of Mull

Standing proudly on a clifftop guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the West Coast of Scotland.

For over 400 years this has been the base of the Clan Maclean's sea-borne power.

Loch Shiel Cruises

Unique guided cruises aboard the historic MV Sileason on the beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Shiel. Join us on a cruise where it is possible to view Golden Eagles, White Tailed Eagles, Red Throated Divers, Hen Harriers, Red Deer plus a wide variety of other wildlife, while learning the History and Geology of this special, remote and unspoiled part of the Highlands of Scotland.

Galloway Activity Centre
Castle Douglas

Welcome to the Galloway Activity Centre.  We are situated on the banks of Loch Ken in south west Scotland.  We cater for families, individuals and groups alike. Our services & facilities include activities, courses, equipment hire, accommodation and holiday packages.

The Western Gailes

Welcome to Western Gailes.  If you enjoy the challenge of links golf, Western Gailes will test your skills to their limit.  Regarded by many as the hidden gem of Scottish links it is a course which we believe should be in every golfer's "must play" list.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
Ardnamurchan Point

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula lies due west of Fort William in the West Highlands of Scotland. Its southern coast runs alongside Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull. The northern coast looks towards the Hebridean islands of Skye, Muck, Eigg and Rhum. The coastlines meet at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland.

Eilean Donan Castle
by Kyle of Lochalsh

As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

Moon Shadow Yacht Charter
by Oban

Welcome aboard the sailing yacht, Moonshadow of Lorne. Join us on a memorable sailing holiday exploring the West Coast of Scotland, the islands of the Hebrides and St Kilda. Enjoy exhilarating sailing, stunning scenery and genuine Scottish hospitality on board our comfortable and stylish Oyster 68 yacht.

Tobermory Golf Course
Isle of Mull

Tobermory Golf Course is a 9 hole course set on the cliff tops above Tobermory Bay. It offers superb panoramic views which includes Ardnamurchan, Loch Sunart and, on a clear day, the Isle of Skye.

Isle of Skye Golf Club
Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye Golf Club is a serious contender for the title of the most picturesque golf club in the world. Nestled between the magnificent Cuillin Mountains and the Isle of Raasay, the immaculately manicured course runs along the shores of the Sound of Raasay where an abundance of wildlife, including whales, golden and sea eagle can often be spotted.