Argyll and Bute covers a large area of Scotland's west coast and is made up of many smaller towns and villages, set amid rugged countryside and coastline. The area includes 25 inhabited islands. If you're looking for wide open spaces and want to get away from densely populated areas, Argyll and Bute is the perfect choice.
The area offers detached houses, terraced homes and rural cottages, quite a number of which are defined by the council as "remote" dwellings. For town and city living, try Stirling, Dumbarton or the main urban area, Helensburgh. West Dumbartonshire is widely seen as the most competitive housing market, where you're most likely to find an affordable home. Helensburgh and Lomond, by contrast, have a reputation as pricier areas to buy.
Much of the housing in the Argyll and Bute area is widely scattered though, and varies from the smallest cottages to grand, substantial piles set in their own rolling grounds. The rugged and beautiful landscape brings in many visitors and many of the most picturesque dwellings have been snapped up as holiday homes. If you're looking to invest in the holiday-letting market, Argyll and Bute is definitely an area to consider.