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Inveraray is both a base for touring Argyll, and a destination in itself. Inveraray Castle is worth a visit, the grounds alone make a beautiful walk. The town and pier are lovely to walk around and there are still a few old fashioned shops as well as the ubiquitous souvenir shops and an excellent whisky shop with its own blend (my favourite blended whisky) and a large assortment of malts. Walk up and down the main street and into the pends and alleys and have lunch at the George Hotel or one of the small cafes. For information about the jail, church tower and other local attractions visit the tourist information centre by the pier.
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Most visitors will be travelling to Inveraray via Glasgow and will be able to take in the view at the Rest & Be Thankful. Make sure you pull into the car park for an amazing view of Glen Croe. "The Rest" is at the junction of the A83 and the B828. There is a mobile cafe that serves excellent bacon butties, but his opening times are not regular. Otherwise nearest place for a cuppa is Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Tree Shop, Lochgoilhead or Arrochar.
The Oyster Bar at the top of Loch Fyne has a very upmarket restaurant and shop selling smoked salmon, local real ale, and other local seafood, venison, etc. If you are looking for a more modest lunch, then the tree shop next door has a lovely cafe which serves excellent sandwiches, homemade soups, and light meals.
If you are using Inveraray as a holiday base, there is plenty to see in the area. A few suggestions are:
A trip down the Kintyre Peninsula to take in the Crinan Canal, Tarbert Loch Fyne, and Campbeltown. Make the return trip up the B842 through Carradale for a scenic but very slow journey.
A trip to Oban up the A819 is very scenic./ You can visit the power station in a mountain at Cruachan onthe way. Oban itself is a busy port with lots of shops and restaurants and ferries all over the Western Isles. For details go to http://www.calmac.co.uk/
Auchindrain Township is an open air museum just south of Inveraray and shows what life was like in the past in rural Argyll. Go to http://www.auchindrain-museum.org.uk/
On the way to Inveraray there is a worthwhile side trip to Lochgoilhead, which is a 12 mile return journey on a single... more travel advice
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