Shopping & Day Trips
Ardmarnoch is completely central to all that is worth exploring throughout Argyll from a day trip shopping in Glasgow taking in the scenery of Loch Lomond or venturing across by ferry to visit castles or islands further afield and much more.
Tighnabruaich (15 minutes by car)
The nearest place for your shopping is Tighnabruaich, the neighbouring village of Kames, with adequate shops including two grocers and gift shops, restaurants, two cafes, several public houses and a petrol station. There is also a mechanical garage and a boatyard here as part of the villages services.
Dunoon ( 1 hour by car )
Dunoon, home to the Dunoon – Gourock ferry which will take you to Greenock, has a bustling town centre with Argyll Street featuring an array of small shops with fresh local produce including and not limited to bakeries, souvenir and gift shops, jewellers, art and craft shops, electrical goods, clothing and much more.
Tarbert ( 1 hour – 20 mins by car, 30 mins by ferry)
Tarbert, just across the water from Portavadie, is a small fishing village renowned for supplying fresh seafood including lobster, crab and scallop alive and as fresh as possible, filleted and whole fish, live langoustine and even shelled crab meat. The village is nestled around the harbour with all the shops, cafe’s and hotels overlooking the water. Gift shops, newsagents, grocers, jewellers and art and craft shops all in a continuous horseshoe shape.
Rothesay (1 hour and 15 minutes by car)
Rothesay, home to a medieval castle by the same name, and the house and gardens of Mount Stuart is another place where you can go shopping but also take in the full splendour of the location as a complete day trip.
Loch Lomond Shores (1 hour 30 mins by car)
The principal gateway to Scotland’s first National Park offers a place to shop, eat and play away from bustling city life. Footwear, jewellery and soft furnishings are a few of the shop types here. There are several cafe’s and a restaurant for refreshments and food amidst active mornings and afternoons in and around the National Park. The Loch Lomond Aquarium takes visitors on a journey starting at the Falls of Falloch moving through Loch Lomond. A seahorse breeding and conservation center is also situated here. Canoeing, pedal boat and mountain bikes are available to hire as well as loch cruises from 45 minutes to 2 and 1/2 hours. A varied and interesting day out.
The destinations above and below offer lots of opportunities to shop and opportunities to see and do much more.
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Dunoon is also a worthwhile visit as part of your day trip or if heading back down to England you can go to Dunoon and get the car and passenger ferry across to Greenock and continue your south / east bound journey. There are the ruins of Dunoon Castle, Benmore gardens, Dunoon Ceramics which offer tours of this pottery business, and there are several events here during the course of the year including the Cowal Highland Games at the end of August and the Walking Arts Festival in October.
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Rothesay has plenty to see to take up more than a single day including a medieval parish dating back beyond the 17th century, the Winter Garden – a grade A listed building now with modern use, Ascog Hall and its gardens built in 1870 with a sunken glass roofed fennery, Mount Stuart House and Gardens, Bute Museum and Rothesay Castle dating back to before 1230 a.d.