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.
Our April Instagram competition attracted plenty of entries and some fantastic photos celebrating the Year of Architecture, Design and Innovation - VisitScotland's marketing theme for 2016.
Marine Lannic's atmospheric shot of Gylen Castle on Kerrera Island won the judges' praise and a bottle of Oban Malt and Love Oban vouchers are on their way. Here is her winning shot - which will also be featured on our Instagram feed.