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Explore like a local

If you`re looking to get off the beaten track in Argyll and the Isles, our locals are here to help. From secret beaches to secluded anchorages, remote distilleries to wildlife-watching, they’re here to share their knowledge with you. Just think of them as your friendly guides. Read their unique insights and tips and get ready to explore Argyll and the Isles like a local.
Iain Johnston - Kintyre & Gigha
Kintyre & Gigha
Iain Johnston
Iain Johnston has lived in the Campbeltown area of Kintyre for most of his life. Following a career in forestry, Iain started his own project management company and took...
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Clive & Donna Rumbold - Motorbiking
Clive & Donna Rumbold
Clive and Donna Rumbold run MotoScotland, Scotland’s top motorbike off-roading centre. Based in Inveraray, they offer off-road training and experiences across...
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Angela Paterson - Music
Angela Paterson
Angela Paterson is a singer-songwriter from the island of Islay. Her debut album, Down to the River, is a beautifully crafted collaboration with Argyll based producers...
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Robbie Baird - Art
Robbie Baird
Artist and gallerist Robbie Baird lives and works is the village of Tighnabruaich in Argyll’s Secret Coast. Tighnabruaich has been home for 10 years. At 26 years...
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Sam Jones - The Isles of Mull & Iona
The Isles of Mull & Iona
Sam Jones
Dr Sam Jones is an award-winning landscape photographer who has lived on the Isle of Mull since 1998. She undertakes commissions and runs workshops for photographers of...
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Duncan Pepper - Fishing
Duncan Pepper
Duncan lives in Inveraray and runs Fishinguide Scotland, a guided fishing service providing hassle-free trips to lots of hidden corners of Argyll. Trained as an...
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Iona Barr - Wild swimming
Wild swimming
Iona Barr
Iona has spent summers in Argyll from the age of two and over the years sailed the west coast in her grandfather’s classic yacht “Silver Strand”. She...
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Peter Creech - Cycling
Peter Creech
Pete moved to Argyll 14 years ago. Last year, along with his wife Sue, he started the Crown House B&B in Ford. He is the coordinator at Blarbuie Woodlands, a mental...
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Fraser Smith - Cowal
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith lives in Dunoon and spends most of his free time enjoying the great outdoors exploring the hills, lochs and shoreline of Cowal. He’s been known to...
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Bonnie Wood - Islay
Bonnie Wood
Bonnie Wood is a freelance consultant living on the Isle of Islay with her young family. As a full-time mum, Bonnie’s posts will focus on days out with young...
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Lynn Jones - Walking & Wildlife
Walking & Wildlife
Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones and her partner moved to the Heart ofArgyll in 2007 from London. She's an avid walker, and in her posts she'll share her favourite rambles. She...
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Will Self - Kayaks, Rainforests, Pre-historic Art
Kayaks, Rainforests, Pre-historic Art
Will Self
Will has been exploring Argyll since early childhood, much of it by kayak. He runs Wild Argyll, taking bespoke trips by kayak and on foot. In posts he shares his...
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Shane Wasik - Diving & snorkelling
Diving & snorkelling
Shane Wasik
Shane is the owner of Basking Shark Scotland, a company based in Oban dedicated to water-based wildlife adventures. This can range from snorkelling with basking sharks...
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Jo MacLean  - Forests
Jo MacLean
Jo MacLean is the Communities, Recreation and Tourism Ranger for Forestry Commission Scotland working in the West Argyll Forest District. She has a real passion for the...
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Oly Hemmings - Wildlife
Oly Hemmings
Oly has always enjoyed the outdoor life, and did her degree in Countryside Management and post-graduate placement in Environmental Education. She moved to Argyll after...
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Sue Thornley  - Glorious gardens
Glorious gardens
Sue Thornley
Sue is Secretary of Glorious Gardens, a group of 20 gardens across Argyll and the Isles. She owns Glenarn in Rhu, a sheltered woodland garden that’s famous for its...
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Virginia Sumsion  - Food
Virginia Sumsion
Virginia Sumsion has lived in Cairndow since the 1980s. As the Marketing and Events Manager at Loch Fyne Oysters and organiser of its annual Loch Fyne Food Fair,...
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Ken Coley - Sailing
Ken Coley
When Ken’s not working, walking his dogs, enjoying a pint or building a Scottish rowing skiff, you’ll find him on board Bowmore, his Westerly Sea Hawk....
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