All Nature

Nature – the Heart of Argyll – Scotland

Watch the Knapdale Beavers swimming in a loch, or even go on a guided Beaver walk. Explore the idyllic Faerie Isles on Loch Sween. Uncover life in the woods with local experts and see wild deer roam free and birds of prey soar in the sky. Discover woodland art in Blarbuie woods or spot otters playing in secluded bays.

Venture out to sea on a wildlife boat cruise on one of the many sea lochs and beyond to watch seals, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, minke whales, and sea eagles. Take time to enjoy the amazing abundance of birds on the Moine Mhor (great moss) as it leads into the Add Estuary near Crinan. Short-eared owls, redshank and even an osprey, if you’re lucky.

These are just some of the extraordinary adventures awaiting you in the Heart of Argyll.

  • Andy Craven Outdoors and Training

    Local wildlife activities with adventure attitude We offer outdoor adventure activities in and around mid-Argyll. Whether visiting as a tourist, local individual or family we can introduce you to a variety of activities and mini-adventures while exploring the beauty of the local area. Andy has over 30 years of experience Read more [...]

  • Beaver

    The Heart of Argyll is the official home of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Once a common sight in Scotland, Eurasian beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK in the 16th Century, but have now been reintroduced to several places in Scotland including Knapdale Forest in Argyll. Eurasian beavers typically Read more [...]

  • Blarbuie Woodlands

    Beautiful, inspiring, tranquil, healing and accessible woods in the heart of Argyll. The woodlands form part of the sanctuary of Lochgilphead’s Argyll and Bute Hospital. Restored in 2007 there are all-abilities access paths, sculptures and artworks. The woods are open to all and feature a mix of native and exotic Read more [...]

  • Bottlenose Dolphin

    At least two pods visit our Hebridean waters. They are often seen on boat trips, but not usually in the winter time. Tursiops truncatus, commonly known as the common bottlenose dolphin or the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (and in older literature simply as the bottlenose dolphin, a term now applied to Read more [...]

  • Common Seal

    Common seals are to be found in the Heart of Argyll. They have V-shaped nostrils, as opposed to the larger greys parallel ones.They have fine spot-patterned grey or brown fur and a rounded head, with no ears visible. They are about 1.5 metres, and weigh less than 150kg. Females can Read more [...]

  • Craignish Cruises

    WHIRLPOOLS : WHALES : WILDLIFE : We operate from Ardfern, Argyll, running daily trips to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool while taking in the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the area. Skipper/wildlife guide, Lindsay Johnston first started running trips from Ardfern in 1977 so has considerable knowledge of the area, its Read more [...]

  • Crarae Gardens

    Crarae is one the finest examples of Himalayan-style woodland gardens in Britain. The 50 acre site is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland. Crarae Garden was created in 1912 by Lady Grace Campbell, the aunt of intrepid plant hunter Read more [...]

  • Forestry Commission Scotland

    Forest Walks & Cycle Trails Discover the sights, sounds and experiences of the forests in the Heart of Argyll. From the quiet of the woods to the call of the wild, there’s something for everyone and trails to suit all fitness levels whether you’re walking or mountain biking. From Kilmichael Read more [...]

  • Golden and White-Tailed Eagles

    The Heart of Argyll is lucky to play host to both species of British Eagle. The golden eagle and the larger white-tailed (sea) eagle are seen here. These are much larger than any other birds, and the white-tailed sea eagle. A female sea eagle can have a wingspan of up Read more [...]

  • Grey Seal

    Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus, meaning “hooked-nosed sea pig”) have grey and brown fur, sometimes with a pattern of blotches. They have no ears visible and a long muzzle. Their nostrils are parallel. They are larger and darker than a common seal, with flat or convex profile to its head (the Read more [...]

  • Heart Of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

    Visit us at Barrandaimh Wildlife Visitor Centre and let us show you the fantastic variety of wildlife the Mid Argyll area has to offer. We provide an Environmental Interpretation Officer (Ranger) service within Knapdale and its surrounding area offering wildlife guided walks and themed events throughout the season. We want Read more [...]

  • Knapdale Wildlife Reserve

    Steep, rocky ridges – or ‘knaps’ – cloaked in woodland and separated by narrow, often flooded ‘dales’, create a landscape unique in Scotland where land juts out into the sea at Loch Sween. The site is owned by Forestry Commission Scotland and was home to the Scottish Beaver Trial, a Read more [...]

  • Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve

    Moine Mhor is an amazing place, full of natural history interest, at the heart of historic Kilmartin Glen. Such an unspoilt area of wild wetland habitat is full of life. Mosses abound, and 242 species of lichens have been recorded. The bog surface is home to many flowering plants, including Read more [...]

  • Otter

    European Otters (Lutra lutra) are quite common in the Heart of Argyll. They swim and fish in the sea, but must wash in fresh water afterwards. They tend to live inland a bit from our coasts. They are opportunists, and will eat everything from frogs to fish. Otter faeces are Read more [...]

  • Red Deer

    Red Deer are the largest UK deer. They are red-brown in colour, and have no spots. Their rumps are creamy with no black linesThe males sport impressive branched antlers. Older, more dominant males tend to have more points on their antlers. They rut from late September until November. They can Read more [...]

  • Red Squirrel

    We are very lucky in the Heart of Argyll to have kept a healthy population of Red Squirrels (Sciurus Vulgaris). These wee characters are always a pleasure to watch. There are no grey squirrels in the Heart of Argyll, and we hope that remains the case, as there presence usually Read more [...]

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