A river runs through it

One of the great qualities of the Eachaig is its surrounding beauty. And there’s nowhere more remarkable than the Benmore Botanic Garden with its majestic avenue of towering Redwoods brought over from California 150 years ago. The garden entrance actually bridges the river.

There’s a path within that ascends 450 ft, passing the Bhutanese and Chilean pavilions on the way, and affords spectacular views down the Holy Loch. And if you’re into rhododendrons (not all people are, mind you), there are 300 types amid the 120 acres of species from around the world.

Across the A815 and down a bit is Puck’s Glen (below) which looks more like a Hobbit movie setting than the rocky ravine reality. Described as one of the most magical spots in Scotland, its many trails are definitely worth a trek.

A fair bit further afield, historic Inverary, a former royal borough and county town of Argyll, has plenty to offer the visitor, including Inverary Castle, ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll.