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Primary Destinations
Campbeltown • Oban
Other Important Destinations
Bowmore • Craignure • Dunoon • Inveraray • Lochgilphead • Port Askaig • Port Ellen • Tarbert • Tobermory
Current Highway Authorities
Argyll and Bute Council • Highland Council
Buteshire • Dunbartonshire • Inverness-shire • Perthshire
Transport Scotland Roads
A82 • A83 • A85 • A828

Argyll is a traditional county in the west of Scotland, covering a large portion of the southern Highlands and Inner Hebrides. It was also called Argyle or Argyllshire in the past, both being further angliscised versions of the anglicised name. Most of the mainland area currently included in Argyll and Bute Council was formerly in Argyll, except the Helensburgh - Arrochar area which was part of Dunbartonshire. In the north, Argyll also included the north of Appin and Glencoe as well as The Ardgour, Ardnamurchan and Morvern areas, but not Moidart. Argyll's Islands have always included Gigha - Coll, although Muck, Rum and Canna were once part of the county as well.

Geography & Economy

Bridge over the Atlantic to the Isle of Seil

The County of Argyll includes Mountains, fjord-like Sea Lochs, Islands and rugged coastlines. Indeed, the coastline is one of the longest of any county in the British Isles, thanks to the number of islands. The population is sparse outside the main towns, with vast tracts of uninhabited land on the mainland, and indeed on some of the islands. With the exception of Seil, which has a bridge, the inhabited islands are all connected to the mainland by Ferries, although some such as Jura have to use two ferries to reach the mainland.

The historic county town is Inveraray, seat of the Duke of Argyll. However, the modern administrative centre is at Lochgilphead, with outlying offices in the other main towns of Oban, Dunoon, Helensburgh and Campbeltown. Bowmore on Islay and Tobermory on Mull also offer town services, being each islands capital. The other islands, with the exception of Tiree, all have populations under 300. The most westerly point of the British Mainland is at Arnamurchan Point in the county of Argyll.

Argyll has a booming tourist economy, especially with the Islands and the mountains of Glen Coe and Glen Etive. Forestry and fishing also play a large part of the economy, along with Farming and Quarrying. There is also a Marine Science facility based near Oban, and a couple of military establishments in the county.


The A82 crossing Rannoch Moor

The Geography of the county naturally defines the road network, which is largely coastal but includes some spectacular routes through the mountains, including the A82 across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe. The northern half of the county is primarily served by the A and B road network, with few unclassified roads. However, the generally flatter terrain of the southern area, particularly Cowal and Kintyre allows a better network of unclassified roads, but they are still few and far between compared to other areas of the country. The islands, with the exception of Islay, tend to have few unclassified roads, although this is largely due to the low population as much as the Geography.

The trunk routes in the county are maintained by Transport Scotland and include the A82, A83 and A85. Most non-trunk roads are maintained by Argyll and Bute Council, although the Northern areas are under Highland Council.

Route From To Length
A8003 Ballochandrain Tighnabruaich 8.0 miles View
A8005 Bridge of Orchy Forest Lodge 3.6 miles View
A8015 Tarbert East Loch Pier 1.1 miles View
A815 Cairndow Toward 35.7 miles View
A816 Lochgilphead Oban 36.3 miles View
A817 Poltalloch Street Bishopton Road 0.4 miles View
A818 Campbeltown Town Campbeltown Pier 0.1 miles View
A819 Inveraray Kilchurn Castle 14.3 miles View
A82 Glasgow Inverness 167 miles View
A825 Corran Ardgour 0.4 miles View
A828 Ballachulish Connel 26 miles View
A829 Glencoe North Ballachulish 15.9 miles View
A83 Tarbet Campbeltown 98.6 miles View
A846 Lussagiven, Jura Ardbeg, Islay 48 miles View
A847 Bridgend Portnahaven 14.5 miles View
A848 Salen Pier Tobermory 10 miles View
A849 Salen Fionnphort 46 miles View
A85 Oban Dundee 115 miles View
A861 Drumfern Lochailort 64.9 miles View
A869 near Scalasaig Garvard 2.0 miles View
A870 Scalasaig Kiloran 6.2 miles View
A871 Scalasaig Kiloran 2.3 miles View
A880 Ardbeg Blairmore 4.6 miles View
A884 Achnalea Balmeanach 21.6 miles View
A885 Sandbank Dunoon 2.8 miles View
A886 Strachur Port Bannatyne 27 miles View
Argyll Coastal Route Tarbet North Ballachulish 149 miles View
B8000 Tighnabruaich Pier Leanach 25.4 miles View
B8000 Auchenbreck Port Bannatyne 11.5 miles View
B8001 Redhouse Skipness 7.3 miles View
B8002 Kintraw Aird 5.2 miles View
B8003 Balvicar Cuan 1.7 miles View
B8007 Salen Achosnich 23.9 miles View
B8016 Bridgend / Beul an Àtha Port Ellen / Port Ilein (N) 9.0 miles View
B8017 Blackrock Carnduncan 5.6 miles View
B8018 Tràigh an Luig Sanaigmore 6.3 miles View
B8024 Inverneill Stonefield 30.3 miles View
B8025 Baluachraig Keillmore 16.1 miles View
B8026 West Tarbert West Loch Tarbert Pier 0.5 miles View
B8035 Salen Uluvalt 20.2 miles View
B8041 Argyll Street, Dunoon Alexandra Parade, Dunoon 0.4 miles View
B8042 Argyll Street Wellington Street 0.6 miles View
B8043 Inversanda Lochuisge 12.8 miles View
B8044 Acharacle (Ath-Tharracail) Ardtoe 3.2 miles View
B8045 Port Appin Ferry Kilcheran 7.3 miles View
B8065 Tiree Ferry Terminal, Scarinish Barrapol 7.9 miles View
B8066 Heylipol Hynish 2.5 miles View
B8067 Balemartine Balephuil 2.0 miles View
B8068 Scarinish Heylipol 7.5 miles View
B8069 Gott Caoles 3.5 miles View
B8070 Arinagour Arileod 6.0 miles View
B8071 Arinagour Ballyhough 4.8 miles View
B8072 Arnabost Sorisdale 5.1 miles View
B8073 Tobermory Gruline 30.5 miles View
B8074 near Bridge of Orchy Inverlochy 10.2 miles View
B8077 near Lochawe Dalmally 3.4 miles View
B8085 Scalasaig Garvard 1.9 miles View
B8086 Scalasaig Kiloran 6.9 miles View
B8087 Scalasaig Kiloran 1.7 miles View
B828 Rest and be Thankful Monevechadan 3.3 miles View
B834 Ardbeg Ardentinny 7.5 miles View
B835 Dunoon Sandbank 2.8 miles View
B836 Dalinlongart Auchenbreck 10.5 miles View
B837 Strachur Tighnabruaich 28.0 miles View
B839 St Catherines Lochgoilhead 6.3 miles View
B840 Cladich Carnassarie Castle 23.7 miles View
B841 Cairnbaan Crinan 4.3 miles View
B842 Claonaig Southend 37.2 miles View
B843 Stewarton Machrihanish 4.0 miles View
B844 Kilninver Easdale 9.3 miles View
B845 Barcaldine North Port 15.2 miles View
B849 Lochaline Bunavullin 10.6 miles View
B850 Salen Kinlochmoidart 10.4 miles View
B863 Glencoe North Ballachulish 15.9 miles View
B866 Springfield, Loch Riddon Dundarrach 2.8 miles View
B879 Carradale Village Carradale East Pier 1.5 miles View
B882 Tobermory Harbour Druim a' Chroinn 0.7 miles View
C1094 Kingshouse Loch Etive 12.2 miles View
C10 Toward Glen Striven 8.6 miles View
C1168 Kingshouse Glencoe Ski Centre 0.8 miles View
C1186 Liddesdale Laudale 1.9 miles View
C1188 Strontian Bellsgrove 2.9 miles View
C1190 Acharacle Acharacle School 0.2 miles View
C1192 nr Loch Mudle Ockle 4.6 miles View
C1194 Kilchoan Sanna 3.9 miles View
C1196 Corran Ferry Salachan 0.9 miles View
C11 Glendaruel Otter Ferry 5.5 miles View
C1203 Tigh Phuirt West Laroch 1.3 miles View
C12 Ballygrant nr Laggan Bridge 8.4 miles View
C13 Bowmore Laggan Bridge 2.5 miles View
C14 Ardbeg Ardtalla 6.5 miles View
C15 Rockmountain Grulinbeg 6.2 miles View
C16 Port Charlotte Kilchiaran 3.4 miles View
C17 Port Ellen Mull of Oa 6.3 miles View
C18 Southend Keprigan 4.1 miles View
C19 Cambeltown Southend 13 miles View
C20 Bridgend Cluanach 3.6 miles View
C21 Tayinloan Gigha Ferry 0.7 miles View
C23 Tarbert Glenakill 0.3 miles View
C25 North Connel Bonawe 6.7 miles View
C26 Benderloch South Shian 2.7 miles View
C27 Appin Village Port Appin pier 3 miles View
C28 Bridge of Orchy Hotel Station 0.2 miles View
C29 Kilmelford Kilchrenan 16.5 miles View
C30 Ford Barnaline 9.5 miles View
C31 Kilchrenan Ardanaiseig 3.4 miles View
C32 Oban Taynuilt 10.2 miles View
C33 Kilmore Lerags 3 miles View
C34 Oban Gallanach 3.1 miles View
C36 Furnace Furnace Quarry 0.4 miles View
C37 Argyll Street Lochnell Street 0.6 miles View
C38 Kilmichael Eredine, Ford 7.6 miles View
C39 Crinan Ferry Road Crinan Harbours 1.3 miles View
C40 Tayvallich Carsaig 0.3 miles View
C41 Keills Danna 1.4 miles View
C42 Bellanoch Kilmory 12.6 miles View
C43 Chalmers Street Tarbert Road 0.7 miles View
C44 Oskamull Ulva Ferry 0.4 miles View
C45 Dervaig Torloisk 4.2 miles View
C46 Salen Dervaig 10.2 miles View
C47 Tobermory Glengorm 4 miles View
C48 Pennyghael Carsaig 4 miles View
C49 Bunessan Ardtun 2.2 miles View
C51 Moss Church Tiree High School 3.9 miles View
C52 St Orans Church Falls of Lora Hotel 0.3 miles View
C54 Inverlussa Lochbuie 7.9 miles View
C55 Succouth Ardgartan 0.4 miles View
C56 Village Hall Forest View 0.3 miles View
C57 Strachur Glenbranter 2.5 miles View
C59 Achavraid Clachan 1.6 miles View
C61 Dalmally (west end) Glenorchy Lodge Hotel 0.5 miles View
C62 Oban Road Poltalloch Street 0.7 miles View
C63 Bridge of Orchy Forest Lodge 3.5 miles View
C64 Tarbert Road High Street 0.4 miles View
C65 Front Street Quay Close 0 miles View
C66 Oban Ganavan 1.8 miles View
C67 Poltalloch Street Argyll Street 0.2 miles View
C68 Mill Bridge Argyll Terrace 0.5 miles View
C6 Lochgoilhead Carrick Castle 4.1 miles View
C78 North Connel Oban Airport (No access) 0.5 miles View
C7 Kames Ardlamont 4 miles View
C8 High Road Ferry Road 1.2 miles View
C9 Whistlefield Blairmore 7.6 miles View
Devil's Staircase Altnafeadh Kinlochleven 5.6 miles View
Isle of Gigha Port Mor South Pier 5.5 miles View
C50 Iona Golf Course Arduara 2.5 miles View
Isle of Luing Cuan Ferry Toberonochy 7 miles View
Kintyre Trail Tarbert Kennacraig 101.8 miles View
75 Leith Tarbert View
78 Campbeltown Inverness View
Poor Relief Road Schemes Lochaline Doirlinn View
Rannoch Road Rannoch Station Kingshouse Hotel 12 miles View
T12 London Inverness View
T29 Tyndrum Oban View
T96 Tarbet Oban 84.6 miles View
T97 Connel Glencoe View
T98 Fort William Mallaig View
UC26 Ferry Road B8000 1.86 miles View 


Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route

RoadsA8003 • A8005 • A8015 • A815 • A816 • A817 (Lochgilphead) • A818 (Campbeltown) • A819 • A82 • A825 (Corran Ferry) • A828 • A829 • A83 • A846 • A847 • A848 • A849 • A85 • A861 • A869 • A870 • A871 • A880 • A884 • A885 • A886 • Argyll Coastal Route • B8000 • B8000 (Colintraive) • B8001 • B8002 • B8003 • B8007 • B8016 • B8017 • B8018 • B8024 • B8025 • B8026 • B8035 • B8041 • B8042 • B8043 • B8044 • B8045 • B8065 • B8066 • B8067 • B8068 • B8069 • B8070 • B8071 • B8072 • B8073 • B8074 • B8077 • B8085 • B8086 • B8087 • B828 • B834 (Cowal) • B835 (Dunoon) • B836 • B837 (Cowal) • B839 • B840 • B841 • B842 • B843 • B844 • B845 • B849 • B850 • B863 • B866 • B879 • B882 • C1094 (Highland) • C10 (Argyll and Bute) • C1168 (Highland) • C1186 (Highland) • C1188 (Highland) • C1190 (Highland) • C1192 (Highland) • C1194 (Highland) • C1196 (Highland) • C11 (Argyll and Bute) • C1203 (Highland) • C12 (Argyll and Bute) • C13 (Argyll and Bute) • C14 (Argyll and Bute) • C15 (Argyll and Bute) • C16 (Argyll and Bute) • C17 (Argyll and Bute) • C18 (Argyll and Bute) • C19 (Argyll and Bute) • C20 (Argyll and Bute) • C21 (Argyll and Bute) • C23 (Argyll and Bute) • C25 (Argyll and Bute) • C26 (Argyll and Bute) • C27 (Argyll and Bute) • C28 (Argyll and Bute) • C29 (Argyll and Bute) • C30 (Argyll and Bute) • C31 (Argyll and Bute) • C32 (Argyll and Bute) • C33 (Argyll and Bute) • C34 (Argyll and Bute) • C36 (Argyll and Bute) • C37 (Argyll and Bute) • C38 (Argyll and Bute) • C39 (Argyll and Bute) • C40 (Argyll and Bute) • C41 (Argyll and Bute) • C42 (Argyll and Bute) • C43 (Argyll and Bute) • C44 (Argyll and Bute) • C45 (Argyll and Bute) • C46 (Argyll and Bute) • C47 (Argyll and Bute) • C48 (Argyll and Bute) • C49 (Argyll and Bute) • C51 (Argyll and Bute) • C52 (Argyll and Bute) • C54 (Argyll and Bute) • C55 (Argyll and Bute) • C56 (Argyll and Bute) • C57 (Argyll and Bute) • C59 (Argyll and Bute) • C61 (Argyll and Bute) • C62 (Argyll and Bute) • C63 (Argyll and Bute) • C64 (Argyll and Bute) • C65 (Argyll and Bute) • C66 (Argyll and Bute) • C67 (Argyll and Bute) • C68 (Argyll and Bute) • C6 (Argyll and Bute) • C78 (Argyll and Bute) • C7 (Argyll and Bute) • C8 (Argyll and Bute) • C9 (Argyll and Bute) • Devil's Staircase • Isle of Gigha • Isle of Iona • Isle of Luing • Kintyre Trail • Leacainn Forest Drive • NCN75 • NCN78 • Poor Relief Road Schemes • Rannoch Road • T12 (Britain) • T29 (Britain) • T96 (Britain) • T97 (Britain) • T98 (Britain) • UC26 (Argyll and Bute)
PlacesBowmore • Craignure • Inveraray • Port Askaig • Port Ellen • Tobermory
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