If you are planning a visit to Oban and Lorn on Scotland's west coast, this is the site for you. The Oban & Lorn Tourism Alliance Ltd has put together information on the scenery, landscapes and seascapes and the numerous activities that can be enjoyed in the ancient district of Lorn in the historic country of Argyll.
There are also accommodation lists for hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and self catering properties in and around Oban as well as a wealth of information on places to eat, attractions and local shops and services. These directories can also be found within the Oban and Lorn sections of the regional tourism website Explore Argyll should you require information on the whole area.
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Scotland's emblem may well be the iconic thistle but in Argyll it has to be the species Rhododendron. Love them or hate them Argyll's climate and soil are perfectly suited to these extravagant and colourful plants. April in the West Highlands can be a glorious month and the aptly named 'Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute' marketing group have many of their most famous gardens opening this month for the Festival of Rhododendrons which runs from 1st April - 31st May 2016 .
There are events and special openings planned across Argyll's gardens including some of the Scotland's Garden scheme members who open their gates to private gardens for just a few days each year (some by special request).
There are several award winning gardens within easy reach of Oban - including the National Trust's coastal garden at Arduaine with its Atlantic woodlands, spectacular view points and impressive rhododendron collections pictured below.
For full details please visit the Glorious Gardens of Argyll FESTIVAL listings.
This year Scotland's marketing theme is Architecture, Innovation and Design. With McCaig's Tower, the Hydropathic ruins, Dunollie Castle and Oban Distillery we've plenty of architectural gems to promote - and not forgetting the more unusual and innovative.
What about Scotland's most successful hydro powerstation inside the Hollow Mountain at Cruachan or Bonawe Charcoal works - an example of ancient innovation at work? And there are plenty more to see and visit across Argyll and the Islands so start planning your trip to Oban and Lorn today.
For details on the wider Argyll and Isles area - visit our sister site and find out about events across our region! » The year officially opened in March with the Hinterland Festival in Argyll.