Highland scenery at its best: you drive along the high road and the bonny banks of this largest of freshwater stretches in Britain enjoying wide views across to the grandiose heights of Ben Lomond, the most southerly of the 'Munros'.
From Tarbert the route takes us the short distance of 2 miles to the sea (which is where the Vikings hauled there longboats across to roam Loch Lomond) along the shores of Loch Long, the mountainous pass of 'Rest and be Thankful' and the banks of Loch Fyne, famous for its oysters. This tour is a revelation of the inaccessible and rugged terrain typical of the Highlands.
Inveraray Castle: the magnificent 18th century castle of the Duke of Argyll is a masterpiece of Scottish Georgian Architecture which is splendidly furnished and contains an interesting selection of trophies, memorabilia, documents and weaponry - and an excellent insight into Scottish history.
Prehistoric Kimartin Glen: The pre-historic centre of the region is Kilmartin Glen which, apart from its outstanding beauty is one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Scotland: standing stones, burial cairns, rock art, forts, duns and carved stones. Amoungst these is Dunadd Fort which is likely to have been a royal center where Scotland's earliest kings were inaugurated.
A brief visit to Crinan Canal: this 18th century harbor and canal is a gloriously beautiful spot from which to admire the intricate western coastline of Scotland.
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