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Nature's Paradise

Argyll and the Isles is Nature’s Paradise. The landscape is carved from rock and cloaked with trees. Towering mountains meet glistening sea lochs. And heritage and wildlife live side by side in this epic setting.

Forests and woodland cover nearly a third of Argyll, and are often combined with craggy shorelines and coast. Argyll has some of Europe’s most significant ancient oakwoods. These ‘temperate rainforests’ are home to a wealth of wildlife, and mosses, lichens and ferns thrive.

Argyll also has some extraordinary ‘heritage trees’, including the tallest tree in the UK, and some wonderful woodland gardens, many of which are open to the public under the umbrella of the Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute. There are many outstanding plants to be discovered including species rhododendrons, magnolias and fine specimens of conifer.

When you’re out and about exploring Argyll’s woodlands and gardens, keep an eye out for some iconic Scottish wildlife, including red squirrels, sea eagles, beavers, otters and red deer. The forests are rich with archaeological features too, including standing stones, cairns, and cup and ring marked stones.

Come and enjoy our wondrous woodlands, fabulous forests and glorious gardens! Paradise beckons…
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Achamore Gardens
Achamore Gardens
Gigha is home to the world-famous Achamore Gardens. With around 50 acres of natural woodlands, a large walled garden, pond area and many rare and interesting plants and...
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An Ceardach Garden - The Smiddy
An Ceardach Garden - The Smiddy
Three miles from Campbeltown on the B842, what was once the Blacksmith's croft (An Ceardach – The Smiddy), 5 acres of long-abandoned rough grazing and hazel...
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Ardardan Estate and Ardmore Point
Ardardan Estate and Ardmore Point
Ardardan Estate features a farm shop, garden nursery and tearoom, all set in a restored walled garden on the banks of the River Clyde between Cardross and Helensburgh....
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Ardchattan Priory Garden
Ardchattan Priory Garden
A garden has existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little know order in Burgundy, first settled here on the north shore of Loch...
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Ardencraig Gardens and Aviary
Ardencraig Gardens and Aviary
Ardencraig Gardens is a lovely walled garden in Rothesay on Bute that bursts with colour in the summer. It originally formed part of a larger area designed for the...
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Ardgartan Forest Walks and Trails
Ardgartan Forest Walks and Trails
Ardgartan is part of the Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent stretch of rugged hill country that was established in 1935 as the first Forest Park for public use in...
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Ardkinglas House
Ardkinglas House
Ardkinglas House on the shores of Loch Fyne was built by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1907 for Sir Andrew Noble whose descendants still live there. It is a rare example of...
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Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens
Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens is a lovely place to walk and explore. It's...
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Ardmaddy Garden
Ardmaddy Garden
Ardmaddy Garden near Oban is in a spectacular setting. The garden is shielded to the north by mature woodlands, carpeted with bluebells and daffodils and protected from...
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Arduaine Garden
Arduaine Garden
The wonderful coastal garden of Arduaine lies 20 miles south of Oban and is an oasis of green. An oasis of soft hues, fresh textures and striking foliage, it's the...
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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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Aros Park
Aros Park
Aros Park, the former estate woodlands for Aros House, is a great place to walk, play and explore. It offers fantastic views over Tobermory Bay towards Loch Sunart and...
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Arrochar Alps & Cobbler
Arrochar Alps & Cobbler
The Arrochar Alps is by far the most spectacular mountain range in the southern Highlands. The most popular hill within this group is Ben Arthur, commonly known as The...
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Balephetrish Bay
Balephetrish Bay
Tiree’s beaches fringe most of island, providing miles of clean, fine white sands, natural tidal paddling pools and great surfing, body-boarding and windsurfing...
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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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Balloch Castle Country Park
Balloch Castle Country Park
Balloch Castle Country Park sits on the southeast shores of Loch Lomond, and offers lovely walking and great play parks for kids. Loch Lomond’s only country park,...
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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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