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Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves in Argyll & the Isles

Glen Nant National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland, UK

The slopes of Glen Nant are cloaked in a rich mixed woodland. Some of the special plants to be found here are…

Staffa National Nature Reserve (NTS)

West of Mull, Argyll, PA67 6DG

Well-known for its amazing basalt columns and cathedral-like Fingal's Cave, the island has an important breeding colony…

Treshnish Isles

Nr Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland, UK

These delightful islands are well known for their breeding seabirds, with large numbers of puffins, razorbills and…

Islay Natural History Trust

Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX

Essential information for those interested in Islay's nature with exhibits, displays and hands-on exploration for all ages.

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Ben Lui National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Tyndrum, Argyll, Scotland, UK

The moist cliffs and rocky outcrops of this large reserve support an unusually lush growth of mountain plants including...

The Oa (RSPB)

Nr Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA42 7AU

The cliffs of this peninsula on the south of the island are a good place to see choughs, golden eagles, peregrines and…

Loch Gruinart (RSPB)

Bushmills, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA44 7PR

This exciting reserve on Islay, is famous for its large numbers of wintering geese, and breeding waders and birds of prey…

Glasdrum Wood

Appin, Argyll, Scotland, UK

From the trail through this ancient wood of oak and ash there are good views over Loch Creran and the chance to spot the...

Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve

By Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QF

The 'Great Moss', a waterlogged system of pools and bogs maintains a teeming variety of plants and insects.

Coll (RSPB)

Near Arinagour, Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6TB

This beautiful reserve with machair grassland and white shell-sand beaches is a stronghold of the rare corncrake. Other...

Mull Eagle Watch (FCS)

Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK

Loch Frisa on Mull is one of the best places in Europe to enjoy unique and spectacular views of white-tailed sea eagles.

Rahoy Hills Wildlife Reserve (SWT)

Ardtornish, Morvern, Argyll, Scotland, UK

An exceptionally diverse reserve featuring a wide range of habitats, on steep slopes extending from the oak woodland by Loch...

Dalavich Forest Reserve

Loch Awe, By Oban, Argyll, Scotland, UK

One of the largest native oakwoods in Argyll, a good place to see red squirrels and pearl-bordered fritillaries. Attractive...

Taynish National Nature Reserve

Knapdale, By Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland, UK

This ancient deciduous woodland, on a scenic peninsula overlooking Loch Sween, has an atmosphere all of its own.

Machrihanish Seabird Observatory

Machrihanish, Campbeltown, PA28 6PZ

Fascinating observatory on a rocky promontory to the west of Machrihanish, excellent for seabirds.

1 Glen Nant National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland, UK
2 Staffa National Nature Reserve (NTS) West of Mull, Argyll, PA67 6DG
3 Treshnish Isles Nr Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland, UK
4 Islay Natural History Trust Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX
5 Ben Lui National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Tyndrum, Argyll, Scotland, UK
6 The Oa (RSPB) Nr Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA42 7AU
7 Loch Gruinart (RSPB) Bushmills, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA44 7PR
8 Glasdrum Wood Appin, Argyll, Scotland, UK
9 Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve By Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QF
10 Coll (RSPB) Near Arinagour, Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6TB
11 Mull Eagle Watch (FCS) Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK
12 Rahoy Hills Wildlife Reserve (SWT) Ardtornish, Morvern, Argyll, Scotland, UK
13 Dalavich Forest Reserve Loch Awe, By Oban, Argyll, Scotland, UK
14 Taynish National Nature Reserve Knapdale, By Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland, UK
15 Machrihanish Seabird Observatory Machrihanish, Campbeltown, PA28 6PZ

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