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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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Glenbranter Forest
Glenbranter Forest
Glenbranter Forest 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...
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Gruffalo Trail, Ardkinglas
Gruffalo Trail, Ardkinglas
The Gruffalo Trail, set within Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Cairndow, is fantastic fun for kids of all ages. After a five minute walk from the car park, a metalwork...
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Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation
Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation
Visit the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation at its new visitor centre at Barr an Daimh (opening April 2017) and find out about the fantastic variety of wildlife the...
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
This lovely nature reserve near Appin offers a beautiful range of walks. There's woodland, moorland, mountain and lochans to sit by. The new higher level walk has...
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Islay Natural History Centre
Islay Natural History Centre
The Natural History Centre in Port Charlotte, Islay, is a fascinating place to visit. There are wonderful displays illustrating the island's rich wildlife, from its...
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Islay Sea Adventures
Islay Sea Adventures
Join Islay Sea Adventures for a wildlife adventure! You'll experience another side of Islay that's only available from the sea. This is Islay’s only 4*...
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Kinlochlaich Gardens
Kinlochlaich Gardens
These wonderful gardens surround the historic Kinlochlaich House and are open for all to enjoy. Like many gardens on the west coast, the mild climate of the Gulf Stream...
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Kyles of Bute Viewpoint
Kyles of Bute Viewpoint
One of the highlights of travelling the beautiful road to Tighnabruaich is stopping off at the Kyles of Bute Viewpoint.It’s a scenic drive along the A8003 to...
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Largiebaan Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Largiebaan Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Largiebaan covers some 1,600 hectares on the west coast of south Kintyre.It's a large and diverse reserve, with plenty of interesting features and diverse wildlife....
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Linn Botanic Gardens
Linn Botanic Gardens
The Linn Botanic Garden is a horticultural treasure trove, situated at the head of Cove Bay on the west side of Rosneath Peninsula. The development of the present garden...
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Lip na Cloiche Garden & Nursery
Lip na Cloiche Garden & Nursery
The garden is situated on a steep hillside on the nort-west coast of the Isle of Mull, with stunning views over to the Isle of Ulva, the Treshnish Islands and Ben...
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Lochbuie to Carsaig Coastal Walk
Lochbuie to Carsaig Coastal Walk
A superb shore walk on rough terrain with fantastic views of the clifffs, basalt formations, a sea stack, native woodlands and several waterfalls. There is an option...
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Lochgoilhead Arboretum
Lochgoilhead Arboretum
The Lochgoilhead Arboretum area is a great place for a gentle stroll. You'll find off-road parking, an excellent playground, information boards and display maps and...
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Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve
Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve
Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve is a surviving remnant of raised bog and is home to dragonflies, hen harriers, curlews and other moorland and wetland species. In...
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Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart
There's loads to see and do at Mount Stuart, from the incredible 19th-century country manor house to the glorious gardens and the award-winning visitor centre....
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Mull Eagle Watch
Mull Eagle Watch
Join eagle experts or a ranger-led visit to discover Mull’s white-tailed eagles – Britain’s largest and most impressive bird of prey. There’s...
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Nature's Paradise - The Green Dot Trail
Nature's Paradise - The Green Dot Trail
Every year, over one weekend in August, artists from across Argyll and the Isles throw open their studio doors and welcome the public to see the inspirational spaces...
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Ocean Explorer Centre
Ocean Explorer Centre
Discover how the marine world works at the Ocean Explorer Centre at Dunstaffnage, situated three miles north of Oban. With lots of interactive activities, from operating...
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Puck's Glen
Puck's Glen
Puck's Glen, just outside Dunoon, is a magical woodland world. With moist shady undergrowth and enchanting gorge, it's a really atmospheric place. There are...
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RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve
RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve
Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Islay, the RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to see wildlife all year round. In autumn, thousands of...
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