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  • Puffins perched on a clifftop on the Isle of Staffa
    Puffins on the Isle of Staffa
  • A red deer with antlers stands among the reddish brown bracken
    A red deer poses among the bracken
  • Seals relaxing in the north bay of the Isle of Jura
    Seals, Isle of Jura

With its rich and varied landscapes, Argyll & The Isles is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts who flock to the region to experience the fantastc variety of wildlife attractions here.

Birdwatching opportunities

For birdwatchers particularly, the RSPB has well-equipped reserves at Loch Gruinart, at The Oa on Islay and on Coll, where visitors can see many different and interesting species including corncrakes, hen harriers and golden eagles plus huge numbers of wintering geese.

Twitchers will also not want to miss the spectacular views of the majestic white-tailed sea eagles to be had at Mull Eagle Watch. Based at Glen Seilisdeir on Mull, this is one of the best places in Europe to enjoy spectacular views of white-tailed sea eagles. The dedicated Sea Eagle hide is a popular attraction so booking is essential.

With such a long coastline, seabirds are a common sight here and the Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, wildlife cruises to Staffa and the Treshnish Islands near Mull all provide good access to guillemots, razorbills and puffins amongst many other species.

Nature reserves

Argyll & The Isles also boasts a good number of National Nature Reserves including those at Taynish, Moine Mhor, Glen Nant and Ben Lui. Visitors to these can enjoy habitats as diverse as ancient woodlands, salt marshes, peat bogs and high peaks and the wide range of wildlife that live there including deer, otters, birds of prey and over 20 different kinds of butterfly.

Beavers

Also worth making a detour for is the Scottish Beaver Trial at Knapdale, west of Lochgilphead. Following their successful reintroduction here in 2009, these fascinating creatures can be seen living in the wild.

Browse the selection of wildlife attractions below and plan your outdoor escape to Argyll and The Isles.

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  1. Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary

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    Marine Life Centres

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Barcaldine

    The Sanctuary offers a fascinating insight into the myriad marine marvels to be discovered beneath the seas around our own shores, providing close encounters with everything from humble shrimps to sharks and North American otters.

  2. Kilmun Arboretum

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Dunoon

    Kilmun Aboretum is a woodland circuit which is part of Argyll Forest Park near Dunoon in Argyll.

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