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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


A82 Glasgow Inverness 167 miles View
A83 Tarbet Campbeltown 98.6 miles View
A85 Oban Dundee 115 miles View
A815 Cairndow Toward 35.7 miles View
A816 Lochgilphead Oban 36.3 miles View
A816 Kintraw Salachary View
A817 Poltalloch Street Bishopton Road 0.4 miles View
A818 Campbeltown Town Campbeltown Pier 0.1 miles View
A819 Inveraray Kinachreachan 15.0 miles View
A825 Corran Ardgour 0.4 miles View
A828 Ballachulish Connel 26 miles View
A829 Glencoe North Ballachulish 15.9 miles View
A846 Lussagiven, Jura Ardbeg, Islay 48.2 miles View
A847 Bridgend Portnahaven 14.5 miles View
A848 Salen Pier Tobermory 10 miles View
A849 Salen Fionnphort 46 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 2.7 miles View
A886 Strachur Port Bannatyne 27 miles View
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  
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 9.1 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
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) 8.9 miles View
B8017 Blackrock Carnduncan 5.6 miles View
B8018 Tràigh an Luig Sanaigmore 6.35 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 Kinloch Bridge 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 2.7 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     
T12 London Inverness View
T29 Tyndrum Oban View
T96 Tarbet Oban 84.6 miles View
T97 Connel Glencoe View
T98 Fort William Mallaig 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


Main Article: Junctions in Argyll

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Argyll

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