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Nature & Wildlife

The hills, forests, coastline and sea of Argyll’s Secret Coast are rich in rare and wonderful wildlife. From bellowing stags and migrating geese in autumn to shoals of mackerel and even basking sharks in the summer, whatever time of the year you visit, Argyll’s Secret Coast will wow you with its wildlife.

Walk around the coast and you’ll see a huge variety of seabirds, from diving gannets to noisy oystercatchers. You might also spot seals, porpoises, otters and even the occasional whale or basking shark. Seals and dolphins often follow the Tarbert/Portavadie ferry and there’s a seal colony around the coast near Crispie. If you’re lucky you might even spot an otter on our coastline. Dawn and dusk are your best bet to see these shy creatures.

Argyll’s Secret Coast is on the Cowal Peninsula which forms part of the southern edge of the Highland Boundary Fault and is therefore Highland in nature. The land lies on the edge of the European Continental Shelf – with the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Warm-water currents driven along the edge of the shelf by the Gulf Stream keep the west coast climate warmer and wetter than the east, which why is why you find such an abundance of flora and fauna, wildlife and woodlands to explore.
 
Argyll Cruising
Argyll Cruising
Relax, kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a cruise with Argyll Cruising.While 'home' is the Holy Loch, Cowal's newest cruise company, Argyll...
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Boat trips on Morag
Boat trips on Morag
Join ex-naval commander Donald Clark on board his refurbished fishing boat Morag for spectacular views of Argyll’s Secret Coast from the sea. Watch seals,...
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Carry Farm Shore Walk
Carry Farm Shore Walk
Start: Carry Farm Time: 30 minutes Terrain: Road, path & field This is a lovely circular walk around Carry Point. It’s a short stroll but there’s plenty...
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Colintraive Village Hall, Community Garden & Heritage Centre.
Colintraive Village Hall, Community Garden & Heritage Centre.
Colintraive Village Hall has a wide and varied programme of events throughout the year including social events, fundraising events, quizzes, fete, Christmas fair and...
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Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest is a wonderful woodland environment to explore, with a range of walks as well as some fascinating projects such as a hydro-electric scheme and...
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Oak Woodlands
Oak Woodlands
Argyll’s Secret Coast has some of the finest remaining Atlantic oak woods in the country. Once forming a complete fringe down the west coast of Scotland, these oak...
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Ostel Bay eco-system
Ostel Bay eco-system
Ostel Bay is a fine, unspoilt and accessible example of machair grassland, an eco system that is only found in north-west Scotland and Ireland and mainly in the Outer...
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St Hilda Sea Adventures - Scottish Cruises
St Hilda Sea Adventures - Scottish Cruises
St Hilda Sea Adventures provides small ship cruising and wildlife holidays on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland. The cruises, among the breathtakingly beautiful...
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Stargazing
Stargazing
Argyll’s Secret Coast is on the map of Europe marked as the boundary for ‘total darkness’. There’s no light pollution and the stars are clearly...
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Sunsets
Sunsets
Watching the sun set on Loch Fyne or the Kyles of Bute is the perfect end to a perfect day on Argyll’s Secret Coast. As the sun sets in the west, head to the many...
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