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Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands

A scenic hour and a half drive from Glasgow past the shores of

Loch Lomond and over the magnificent Rest and Be Thankful, down

the western side of beautiful Loch Fyne, brings you to the gateway

of this stunning and historic area of Argyll.

Inveraray

The Royal Burgh of Inveraray is the former capital of Argyll and is

the home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. Neil

Munro, author of the Para Handy tales, was born in the town in 1863.

A particularly picturesque town, Inveraray provides easy reach to

many other tourist attractions. The town’s ceremony rooms are

located on an upper floor above the tourist office, with views

overlooking the loch. The facilities can accommodate up to 30

people.

Lochgilphead

Twenty-four miles south of Inveraray on the A83 is the town of

Lochgilphead, home to Argyll and Bute Council headquarters at

Kilmory Castle. The castle gardens, home to many rare

rhododendrons and unusual trees and plants, offer a stunning

backdrop for photographs, as do the nearby Crinan Canal and

front green.

The Registrar’s office and ceremony rooms are at the top of Argyll

Street within easy walking distance of the waterfront and car parking.

The ceremony room can accommodate up to 30 people. Located

on the ground floor, there is wheelchair access and toilets.

Pedestals of silk flowers are available but you can provide your own

flowers if you wish. Music facilities and a limited choice of music is

available and you are free to bring your own CDs.

There is parking available at the ceremony rooms and within easy

walking distance. On weekdays, however, only two spaces can be

reserved.

Campbeltown

The Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is easily reached by air (direct

flights from Glasgow to Machrihanish), by sea (season ferry during

May to September), or road (the scenic A83 via Loch Lomond).

You can also take the stress out of driving and make the most of

the views by using the daily Glasgow to Campbeltown bus service.

The local harbour has pontoons for mooring and facilities nearby

for yachtsmen.