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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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RSPB The Oa Nature Reserve
RSPB The Oa Nature Reserve
With rugged coastline and open moorland, the diversity of landscapes make The Oa Nature Reserve a real pleasure to visit. Situated in the south west of Islay, you can...
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Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary
Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary
The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary is a great family day out - whatever the weather. It's home to a spectacular aquarium as well as Scotland's leading Seal...
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Seafari Adventures - Marine Wildlife Tours
Seafari Adventures - Marine Wildlife Tours
Seafari Adventures are Oban's 5* Visit Scotland marine wildlife tour operator. Based in Easdale, 16 miles south of Oban they have a fleet of powerful RIBs which are...
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Sealife Adventures
Sealife Adventures
Located on the mainland near Oban, Sealife Adventures is a 4-star wildlife experience operating in a whale, dolphin, eagle and seal hotspot. All trips visit the...
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Shian Wood
Shian Wood
Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland. The wood stands above the surrounding land on a low, flattened ridge which juts...
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Staffa National Nature Reserve
Staffa National Nature Reserve
Staffa is an unspoilt and uninhabited island best known for its magnificent basalt columns and spectacular sea caves.The most famous of these is Fingal’s Cave,...
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Sutherland's Grove
Sutherland's Grove
A range of woodland walks and cycle routes through a diverse landscape of gigantic fir trees, crashing waterfalls and ancient oakwoods. The cycle routes venture deeper...
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Taynish National Nature Reserve
Taynish National Nature Reserve
The oak woodlands of Taynish are interspersed with grassland, heath, saltmarsh and shoreline to give a truly amazing variety of wildlife. Admire the spring-time carpet...
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Tom a’Chuig Trail
Tom a’Chuig Trail
The Tom a'Chuig Trail is a 3.5 mile Forestry Commission trail that has a bit of everything: magnificent views across the River Goil and the Lochgoilhead, open hill...
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Wild Islay Birding
Wild Islay Birding
Wild Islay Birding offers wildlife and birdwatching on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay. Enjoy Islay’s abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery on a guided...
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