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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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Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore with its magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold. Its 49 Hectares/120 acres boast a world-famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs including...
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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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Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
Once a place of fire and fury, the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain are now tranquil. Step inside the stone furnace complex and storage buildings of...
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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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Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park, opened in 2012 by Karen Scotland and Anne Edmonds, is an outdoor gallery tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s Secret Coast....
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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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Crarae Garden
Crarae Garden
This beautiful 50-acre woodland garden in Minard near Inveraray is well worth a visit. Set in the gentle hills of Argyll, Crarae Garden is an exotic splash of wilderness...
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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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Duke's Path
Duke's Path
Duke's Path is a strenous 11.4 mile walk that links Lochgoilhead with Ardgartan and on to Arrochar. It's a wonderful all-day outing along an old drove road....
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Dunans Castle Woodland Walks
Dunans Castle Woodland Walks
Dunans Castle sits at the head of Glendaruel. The seat of the Clan Fletcher, the historic structure was shown on maps as far back as 1590. The castle is set in 16 acres...
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Dunollie Castle and the 1974 House
Dunollie Castle and the 1974 House
The superbly situated Dunollie Castle, standing guard over Oban Bay, is to this day an iconic monument to the history of the area.For more than 1000 years, the Clan...
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Fearnoch Forest
Fearnoch Forest
Fearnoch is a lovely, quiet woodland near Taynuilt and is ideal for a stroll, cycle or horse-ride. Enjoy the dramatic views to Ben Cruachan from picnic tables above the...
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Geilston Garden
Geilston Garden
Geilston Garden must be one of the National Trust For Scotland's most enchanting gardens. It's typical of the small country estates on the banks of the Clyde...
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Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve
Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve
Glasdrum Wood near Creagan Bridge is one of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. Ash and oak dominate the woodland at Glasdrum. Where sunlight can penetrate between...
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Glen Donich Trail
Glen Donich Trail
The Glen Donich Trail is a 2.5 mile circular Forestry Commission route at Lochgoilhead. This fantastic trail leads you along the edge of the Ardgoil forest to the top of...
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Glen Nant Woodlands National Nature Reserve
Glen Nant Woodlands National Nature Reserve
This rich woodland of native trees blankets the slopes of Glen Nant near Taynuilt. One of Scotland's National Nature Reserves, it's a fine example of Atlantic...
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Glenarn
Glenarn
Glenarn is a private garden largely created and originally made famous for its collection of species rhododendrons by the Gibson family. Established in the 1920s and 30s...
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Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre
Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre
Glenbarr Abbey and the MacAlister Clan Visitor Centre is situated in the picturesque village of Glenbarr on the west side of the Kintyre peninsula.Glenbarr Abbey itself...
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