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Heart of Argyll

The heart and soul of Scotland. Rich in natural and historic wonders. Explore Neolithic monuments, picturesque fishing villages and an abundance of native wildlife.

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Science is everywhere in Scotland's Heart of Argyll. 

Nestled in the West Highlands, the Heart of Argyll is sometimes described as the heart and soul of Scotland. This is an area with lots of learning that the locals are keen to share. 

It is an area rich in history, with neolithic monuments, standing stones and ghostly abandoned villages. Kilmartin Glen and Knapdale boast standing stones and burial cairns, while Dunadd Fort was home to Gaelic Kings as far back as 500A. These are great places to explore and there's lots of information on the Heart of Argyll website to help you understand what you are seeing. The Dalriada area offers a wonderful exploration of history, biodiversity, archaeology and community. 

Kilmartin Museum completes its multi-million-pound redevelopment in the Spring of 2023, making it the destination to learn more about local history, archaeology and ancient culture. Kilmartin Glen is the most internationally important archaeological landscape in mainland Scotland,  Visit the museum, take a guided tour or just explore the walking trails through the ancient monuments including standing stones, henge, cists, burial chambers, cairns and cup and ring carved stone slabs.

The picturesque towns and villages also have a strong heritage. Tarbert, on Loch Fyne, is overlooked by Robert The Bruce's 14th-century castle. Tarbert Life is mapping the history of the village which makes for fascinating reading. The Egg Shed at the Ardrishaig end of the famous Crinan Canal showcases maritime and cultural history and Auchindrain near Inveraray is the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township.

Wildlife is abundant and there are many local experts who can help you discover rare habitats and spot wild beavers, red squirrels, pine marten and golden eagles. You can even explore the many bodies of water with Argyll's resident Merman, Dan the Merman. 

Stay a wee while to enjoy traditional Scottish life, history and culture. There's so much to experience and so much to learn. 

We've handpicked some adventures in science tourism below, and you can find more at Heart of Argyll. 

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