Wildlife in Argyll & The Isles

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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

From the green and tranquil woodlands of Argyll to the region’s glorious coastline and islands, Argyll & The Isles offers visitors some of the best opportunities to get close to some of Scotland’s most vibrant and important species.

The many reserves and centres across the region and the various landscapes  they encompass are home to an incredible range of wilife species including birds of prey, deer, red squirrels and even beavers.

The islands themselves are an important local breeding ground for many seabird species, and you can also expect to see the spectacular golden and white-tailed eagles, red deer and otters.

Take a boat trip out into the Atlantic Ocean off the mountainous coastline of Argyll and in and around the Inner Hebridean islands for your best chance to spot minke whales, porpoises, seals and seabirds.

  • A bird-of prey in level flight with wings extended
    The hen harrier (image courtesy of RSPB/ Andy May- rspb-images.com)
  • A large bird or prey in flight holding a fish in its talons
    The osprey (image courtesy of RSPB/ Chris Gomersall - rspb-images.com)
  • A boat exploring the Corryvreckan Whirlpool
    Corryvreckan Whirlpool
  • a cluster of long-beaked balck and white plumed birds
    The oystercatcher (image courtesy of RSPB/ Andy Hay - rspb-images.com)
  • Puffins perched on a clifftop on the Isle of Staffa
    Puffins on the Isle of Staffa
A white tailed eagle, or sea eagle, hunting over water.

Finding wildlife

Explore Argyll & The Isles' varied landscapes and discover a fantastic variety of birds, mammals and marine life.

a cluster of long-beaked balck and white plumed birds

Birdwatching

Argyll & The Isles is home to a surprising variety of different habitats hosting many different bird species.

Moire Mhor at Dunadd

Wildlife attractions

Explore the bird and nature reserves across Argyll & The Isles to experience the region's fantastic wildlife.

A wood full of bluebells near Loch Eck, Argyll

Nature reserves and visitor centres

Discover the spectacular nature centres and reserves in Argyll & The Isles with their abundant wildlife and diverse flora and fauna.

A boat rides on the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Boat charter and wildlife cruises

Enjoy a wildlife cruiise in the clear waters around the Inner Hebrides to see the amazing marine life including dolphins, whales and sharks.

Puffins peruse their surroundings © Maramedia

Hebrides: Islands on the Edge

Find out more about the stars of the popular BBC series Hebrides: Islands on the Edge and find out more about Scotland's abundance of wildlife.

A red deer roars as part of the annual autumn rut on the Isle of Rum

Red deer ruts

Watch some of our largest deer lock antlers in fiercesome head-to-head battles as part of the UK's most amazing wildlife spectacle.