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Evidence of Argyll’s history can be found at every turn with cairns and standing stones that have formed part of the landscape for more than 5,000 years. Argyll was central to the formation of the Scottish nation when the kingdom of Dalriada was formed more 1,500 years ago, the capital being situated at the hill fort at Dunadd in Mid Argyll. Here are a few facts you might not know about this region:
- Birthplace of the Scottish nation.
- Covers 690,899 hectares, 9% of Scotland.
- Population 89,590 (2011 statistic) – the sparsest population in Scotland.
- Main population centres Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead and Oban.
- The county town was historically Inveraray, the seat of the Duke of Argyll.
- We have 11 railway stations, 6 airports and 30 ferry terminals.
- 23 inhabited islands including Bute, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree.
- Argyll has more coastline than France.
- Argyll is home to the longest sea loch in Scotland, Loch Fyne.
- 80% of our population live within 1km of the coast.
- 17% of our population live on islands.
- The railway link from Glasgow to Oban is arguably one of the world’s finest rail journeys.
- Home to the third largest whirlpool in the world.
You have seen us on television or at the cinema now visit the locations:
- Ardkinglas House – The Crow Road (1996), My Life So Far (1999), The Rocket Post (2004), The Water Horse (2007), Max Manus: Man of War (2008) and This September (2010).
- Arrochar – the closing scene of The Angels’ Share (2012).
- Glen Etive – Skyfall (James Bond) (2012).
- Inveraray Castle, Downton Abbey Christmas Special (2012).
- Loch Craignish, Crinan – From Russia with Love (1963).
- Loch Fyne and Auchindrain – The Decoy Bride (2011).