20 things to do in 2020
2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, and many of us feel the need to start out the next chapter with fresh perspectives and new experiences. To help you plan, we have pulled together a list of our top things to do this year. Let us know how you get on with the hashtag #Argyll2020.
1 – Discover Argyll on Foot, Why not kick of your fitness goals for the new year by completing one of our hiking routes? Cowal is a beautiful peninsula with a huge array of local walks. Check our walking guides for some of our favourite walking tours around Argyll.
2 - Discover History on your Doorstep – Argyll is rich in Scottish history. Auchindrain was the last of Scotland’s Farming Township’s and now remains an important example of Scotland’s history. Guests of Argyll Holiday enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on entry, a fun day out for the family.
As the ancestral home of the Clan MacDougall, Dunollie holds over 1000 years of fascinating history. Argyll customers are offered a 10% discount when booking access to the 1745 House Museum, ancient castle ruin, enchanting woodland spaces and 19th Century working loom.
3 – Become One with Nature, This year why not step out of your comfort zone and try out Wild Swimming at one of Argyll’s beautiful beaches, hidden lochs or streams? Wild About Argyll lists some of the top go to locations to get your feet wet and advises the best times of the year to catch the warmer tide – We would recommend a wet-suit for best results!
4- Foodie Diary, Try out some of the delicious local cuisine Argyll has to offer, from fresh seafood to organically sourced beef, there is something for everyone. Our Bar and Grill restaurant at Hunters Quay caters to every taste bud with delicious vegan and vegetarian options served alongside succulent surf and turf dishes. Nearby, The Brander Lodge Bistro offers fresh local dishes made from the very best local produce where possible, all served to suit the taste buds of the individual. Better yet, enjoy an exclusive 10% discount for Argyll Holiday’s customers.
5- Fun for the Family, Through our Go Active range, we offer a range of bookable activities for the whole family. Try your aim in our Archery or Crossbow range. Race underwater with our Sea Scooters or learn to snorkel and explore underwater. You can even try your hand at fencing and disengage your way to victory! Book at our leisure desk and be sure not to miss out.
6- Take up a New Hobby, Argyll is popular for its fishing, with its well-stocked shores, lochs and rivers attracting many keen anglers. Loch Goil Cruisers offer boats for hire along the shores of Loch Goil and free fishing rod hire to all Guests of Argyll Holidays. A great way to view the beautiful surroundings by water – and potentially catch a tasty dinner fresh from the loch!
7- Source a Beer, Scotland is famous for its love of the amber elixir. Fyne Ales are a small team with big ideas who passionate about brewing outstanding ales. They offer guided tours 7 days a week, as well as tutored tasting sessions. Argyll Holidays customers can enjoy a tour for just £5 per adult.
8 – Experience Wildlife, Scotland is home to many species of bird, fish and mammal, most of which room free and wild across our valleys and moors. Why not venture out to the wild and try to catch a glimpse? Seafari offer Wildlife Tours visiting the Gulf of Corryvreckan, where porpoise, dolphins and whales feed in these food rich waters along with many seals and the occasional otter. There are deer on the islands and seabirds in the skies, all available to view at a 10% discount for Argyll Holiday customers.
9 - Treat Yourself to a Spa Treatment, Make 2020 the year of self-love and book in for a relaxing massage with one of our expert practitioners in the comfort of our onsite spa. With Sequoia Spa hosting a range of Holistic and Beauty Treatments, from Massages and Facials to Manicures, we have everything at hand for you to indulge in a pamper session. Go on, you deserve it.
10- Ready, Steady, Cycle, Argyll is home to some of Scotland’s best cross-country mountain biking trails. From accessible family rides to challenging circular routes, you’ll find a mountain bike trail to suit you here. Argyll Holidays can provide bikes for hire across our sites, so you don’t have to bring your own! See the sites by bike this year.
11- Go Off-road! Experience Loch Lomond from behind the wheel as you experience going off-road with 4x4 Adventures Scotland. Enjoy exclusive access to breath-taking views and hidden off road tracks. You can drive yourself or bring along an experienced guide to make your trip worthwhile. Customers of Argyll are privy to exclusive discounts when booking, click here for more information.
12- Explore by Horseback, Whether novice or expert, Argyll has a hack route for every level of ability, each with its own stunning view. Located by Inveraray, Argyll Adventure offers a 20% discount on pony riding lessons and treks to all Argyll Holiday customers. The perfect excuse to try out something new this year.
13- Yacht your Average Holiday, Do you have a special occasion coming up this year? Any case for celebration? Why not book the privately owned, professionally Captained, Luxury Cruising Beau Jangles Yacht? Situated on the stunning banks of Loch Lomond, enjoy a scenic champagne cruise through the surrounding islands and stop off for picnic lunch from the Luss Seafood bar or Loch Lomond Arms Hotel. Better yet, Argyll Holiday customers have access to an exclusive 10% discount when booking.
14- Take a Dive, Around 95% of the world’s oceans remain unexplored, why not discover a world under the water by trying out Scuba Diving? Wreckspeditions provide boat trips and scuba diving charters throughout the Clyde with pickups from Dunoon & Inverkip. With 10% off for Argyll Holiday customers, why not explore under the water, you never know what you might find.
15- Festival Fun, Escape the 9 -5 and book your tickets to this years Gig in the Goil! Gig in the Goil is Argyll Holidays' boutique music festival. Returning to Drimsynie Estate from 1st - 3rd May 2020, it offers an eclectic range of live music, plus local food & drink produce. We'll joined by a fantastic selection of Scottish traditional, alternative and acoustic artists over three stages. Artists include Heron Valley, Peat & Diesel, Trail West & Face The West, with more to come! Experience festival fun this year and book your tickets today.
16- Listen Live, Why not come along to one of our scheduled Stargyll events with live acts and performances for all the family? From Tribute Acts every last Saturday of the month, squirrel squad events for the little ones and an ongoing timetable of fun – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
17- Tree Top Adventure, Looking for an adrenaline rush? An epic work out? Stunning views from a 65m zip line? Look no further. TreeZone Loch Lomond offers a unique way to experience Loch Lomond from above, with routes for all levels of skill and ability. The perfect stag or hen do activity, corporate team building day, or simply a fun family day out. Argyll Holidays customers enjoy an additional 10% off Sessions when booking their next adventure.
18- Dance the Night Away, Are you a fan of traditional Scottish dance? The View offer regular 2-hour ceilidhs overlooking the stunning Oban Bay. As an Argyll Holidays customer you can enjoy a 10% discount and a night to remember with expert guides to give you the ultimate Highland experience. Enjoy an insight into Scottish culture, and make new friends along the way.
19 – Ride the Waves, Loch Lomond Wakeboard is Scotland’s first purpose-built wakeboard school. Learn to wakeboard in one of the most stunning and scenic locations, along the loch Lomond shores. Argyll Holidays guests enjoy 20% off wakeboarding excursions & lessons, all the more reason to book a session!
20- Escape with Argyll, This year why not treat yourself to a staycation and book yourself on one of our luxurious hot tub breaks inArgyll! Experience true relaxation in stunning surroundings with Argyll Holidays this year.