If the idea of a destination that offers a myriad of activities, the chance to relax and take in some of the most stunning views in the world, and the opportunity to learn more about ancient Scottish history is an attractive one, then an Islay & Mid Argyll holiday will be right up your street. This area of the Western coast of Scotland is filled with things to see and do, leaving you exhausted and fulfilled by the end of the day. And what better way to relax and unwind than in a beautiful Islay & Mid Argyll holiday rental cottage that will offer some spectacular views of the sea and roaming countryside.
An Islay & Mid Argyll holiday offers the opportunity to simply relax in beautiful surroundings or indulge in a variety of outdoor pursuits. Visitors can enjoy activities such as horse riding, walking, cycling, bird watching, clay pigeon shooting, archery, swimming, fishing, sailing, golf and windsurfing. The stunning countryside, wildlife and sea views in the area are great subjects for those who love painting, sketching or photography too.
In terms of attractions, the island of Islay has eight distilleries on the island, all of which produce whiskeys with distinct flavours. There is also the Islay Museum in the town of Port Charlotte which has artefacts and exhibits that date back to the Mesolithic age. The town of Inveraray in the area is also full of attractions. Worth visiting here are the Argyll Folk Museum, the magnificent Inveraray Castle and the Inveraray Historic Jail, where visitors can see the life and times of actual inmates in an interactive experience.
If you can prise yourself away from your peaceful Islay & Mid Argyll holiday rental cottage then there are some wonderful places worth exploring in the surrounding area. One such place is the Isle of Gigha, which is home to the renowned Achamore Gardens. The beautiful gardens filled with rare and beautiful plants and wildlife covers 50 acres of the island and makes for a relaxing and interesting day out.
Visitors on an Islay & Mid Argyll holiday can expect to experience warm summers and cold winters. The warmest months of the year to have an Islay & Mid Argyll holiday rental cottage are July and August. At this time the temperature during the daytime can reach as high as 17°C. The colder months of January and February see the daytime temperature fall to around 7°C. The average annual rainfall for the area is 48 inches.
Travel to Islay & Mid Argyll, Argyll & Stirling Travellers can arrive at either Islay Airport (ILY) or Glasgow Airport (GLA). Regular, affordable flights are available from Flybe, easyJet, British Airways and BMIbaby. Passengers can leave from various UK airports such as Manchester (MAN), Gatwick (LGW), Birmingham (BHX) and East Midlands (EMA).