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Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves in Argyll & the Isles

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…

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…

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…

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...

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...

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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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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

Machrihanish Seabird Observatory

Machrihanish, Campbeltown, PA28 6PZ

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

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

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