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Wildlife & nature reserves

Otters, golden and sea eagles, basking sharks, red squirrels, seals, puffins, deer, porpoise: the hills, ancient forests, remote shores and seas of Argyll and the Isles are teeming with wildlife. The region’s seven National Nature Reserves and many more wildlife centres are home to a huge range of rare plants, animals and birds including Scotland’s only wild beaver population.

Spring is the time to see wading birds including lapwing, redshank, curlews and drumming snipe. Further south, the coastline and open moorland provide habitats for rare choughs and golden eagles. Mull has become known to many as ‘Eagle Island’ thanks to its population of golden and white-tailed sea eagles. Over on Islay, in autumn thousands of geese flock to the island.

Argyll has some of the finest remaining Atlantic oak woods in the country. Once forming a complete fringe down the west coast of Scotland, these oak woods can now only be found in fragmented patches. Bluebells, wood anemone, primroses and other species form a colourful spring display, and deer, badgers, red squirrels, night jars and pine martens make their homes here.

Take a boat from one of the region’s many harbours for a chance to see seals, basking sharks, minke whales, porpoises, risso’s, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins in the wild. If you’re very lucky you might see sperm, humpback and orca whales around the northern isles of the Inner Hebrides.

Jura is famous for its red deer population. In winter you have a good chance of witnessing the magnificent beasts as they come down from the higher ground in search of food. Listen out for antler rattling in the hills as the stags battle it out for dominance during the rutting season.

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About Argyll Walking Holidays
About Argyll Walking Holidays
High-quality, personal walking holidays and hiking tours in beautiful but undiscovered parts of Argyll & the Isles and beyond. About Argyll will take you to quiet,...
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Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre
Active Kintyre will help you have an active, create and unforgettable holiday in Kintyre. They can organise actvities and events and take you to magical places in...
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Argyll Forest Park
Argyll Forest Park
Stretching from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps, Argyll Forest Park is a great place to walk and cycle....
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Atlantic Islands Centre
Atlantic Islands Centre
Atlantic Islands Centre is an exciting new visitor & community centre situated on the beautiful Isle of Luing, just 35 minutes from Oban. A stone’s throw...
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Ballachuan Hazelwood
Ballachuan Hazelwood
Ballachuan Hazelwood on the Island of Seil cloaks a low ridge overlooking Cuan Sound and supports an exceptionally large number of lichen, mosses and fungal species. The...
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Balnakailly Loop
Balnakailly Loop
This lovely short walk in Bute Forest passes through oak woodland to a stunning viewpoint at the most northern part of the island. It's a great spot to enjoy a...
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Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan and the Knapdale Beavers
Barnluasgan is a lovely spot, offering a mix of easy walking trails, a cycling trail, peaceful lochs and wonderful wildlife. The highlight has to be the resident...
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Basking Shark Scotland
Basking Shark Scotland
Oban-based Basking Shark Scotland offers basking shark, wildlife excursions & snorkel safaris to the Inner Hebrides.The main focus of the tours is boat based and...
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Ben Lui National Nature Reserve
Ben Lui National Nature Reserve
Discover snowy peaks and rocky crags at Ben Lui, one of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. The four munros of this reserve attract both walkers and naturalists....
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Bird Hides at Loch Fad and Loch Quien
Bird Hides at Loch Fad and Loch Quien
Loch Fad is a large freshwater loch and a great place for bird watching. The wooded area along the west shore is good for a number of woodland species. You’ll find...
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Bute Forest
Bute Forest
Community-owned Rhubodach Forest is an area of ancient woodland, commercial forest, moorland and coast on the Isle of Bute. The West Island Way runs through the forest...
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Clyde Cruises
Clyde Cruises
Sailing out of Dunstaffnage Marina, just 5 minutes from Oban, this is the best way to experience the outstanding scenery, fascinating marine wildlife and the stunning...
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Coastal Connections
Coastal Connections
Coastal Connections is based in Oban, though pick ups can be arranged from anywhere. Travelling in a safe, dry and comfortable environment in one of the two 11-metre...
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Coll RSPB Reserve
Coll RSPB Reserve
This beautiful RSPB reserve on the south west end of the Island of Coll is 1075 ha of white beaches, sand dunes, machair grassland and moorland. The reserve is a key...
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Cormonachan Woodlands
Cormonachan Woodlands
The Cormonachan Woodlands sit on the west shore of Loch Goil half way between Lochgoilhead and Carrick Castle in the Argyll Forest Park. These lovely community-managed...
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Corryvreckan Whirlpool
Corryvreckan Whirlpool
Situated between Scarba and Isle of Jura, Corryvreckan is one of the most dangerous stretches of water around the British Isles. The full strength of the current can...
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Craignish Cruises
Craignish Cruises
WHIRLPOOLS : WHALES : WILDLIFE :We operate a Visit Scotland 4 star Wildlife Experience on board Sea Leopard 11, a purpose built catamaran, fitted with state of the art...
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Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
The Crinan Canal is a 9-mile waterway steeped in history. Opened in 1801, it's one of Scotland’s most enduring feats of engineering. It started its life as an...
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Crinan Wood
Crinan Wood
A small remnant of the Atlantic oakwoods that once covered the western fringes of Britain, Crinan Wood is as close as you’ll come to temperate rainforest in the...
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Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Set within the greenbelt of Helensburgh, Duchess Wood is a rich and diverse woodland with a variety of different plant and animal species. Known locally as...
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