Argyll offers so many interesting places to visit and exciting activities to enjoy during your visit, therefore you might find that you want to spend a little Longer here with us than you originally planned - at least that's been the experience of many of our guests so far!

To help you decide, the local options include

spending chill out time on the beach in front of the hostel;                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                  Wild swimming, maybe with our local seals?  

canoeing/kayaking / Stand-up paddle boarding (using your own gear) or                              

enjoying BBQ at our newfirepit or on the beach (pic to be added this summer, when we have guests!)

Just a few miles from the hostel you could widen your choices:

                                      For walkers and runners, we have a great range of trails including the Kintyre Way and a new addition the Kintyre 66    

  Scuba diving (

                                                                                                       or you could also try out Horse riding or paintball just a short drive away (    


We've also added some details for cyclists and walkers...and anyone who wants to see more of Argyll - 

Cycling is a very popular way of touring on a budget and Argyll Backpackers is an excellent  stopping point as we're midway between Oban & Campbeltown on the A83; 300m from the Sustrans Caledonia Way  (NCN 78), cycle route. 

It's easy to tie into all the routes from Fort William, Edinburgh, Stirling or Glasgow and you can make the experience extra special by ferry links to include the islands of Mull, Arran, Bute, Islay and Jura or even Ireland to your tour - bikepackers are encouraged to checkout the 5 ferries cycle route and enjoy the benefits of  'Slow Travel'?

Why not visit Dunadd, an Iron age fort where, as the ancient capital of Dalriada, many of the kings of Scotland were crowned. 

Legend has it that the stone carvings which include a footprint were part of the coronation ritual. See if your foot fits!!

While in kilmartin glen and within easy travelling distance, you could also explore cup & RING markings, burial cairns, standing stones and Kilmartin Museum on the same trip.  we do guidedminibus tours of this whole area (see our Rates Page).

The tow path alongside the Crinan Canal IS mostly traffic free and perfect for a gentle stroll, a scenic cycle, so it's  great for kids, or you can even canoe along the canal!

The canal starts just 2 miles from Argyll Backpackers and can be reached via the NCN78 cycle path which is just minutes from our door,or paddle your own kayak/canoe from our garden/beach. 


The village of Tarbert is an exquisite place to visit, with various local shops, fresh locally landed seafood, fabulous views, great walking routes to suit all abilities, and plenty of variety if you take time out for a meal, before or after visiting the ruined castle of king Robert the Bruce!

Although just under 10 miles from the hostel on the A83 (and on the service bus route), you may prefer to travel the 28 mile single track alternative road via Kilberry, so that you can enjoy the amazing spectacular views to the islands of Islay and Jura with its famous 'paps', as well as some stunning beaches, or even have a spiritual visit to St Columba's cave.  We do guided minibus tours of this area, (see our rates page).