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Scotland's beautiful west coast

Heart of Argyll

Rich in natural and historic wonders

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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 Dunned 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 Trail is a wonderful exploration of history, biodiversity, archaeology and community. 

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 (on the harbour) is mapping the history of the village which makes for fascinating reading. 

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 learn. 

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

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Heart of Argyll

Explore the Water

Connect to nature in the purest sense while learning safety skills and outdoor swim techniques to thrive in the pristine wild waters of Argyll.

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Heart of Argyll

Loch Fyne Wildlife

Board the Fyne Explorer so learn about landscape, wildlife and traditions that this unspoilt part of Scotland has to offer.

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Heart of Argyll

Walking with Beavers

Learn about these hardworking engineers, see their dams and lodges and hopefully, spot one of them!

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