The region of Argyll can be found on the west coast of Scotland.
Although it can feel impossibly remote and is often described as a “hidden gem”, Argyll is easily reached from the UK motorway network and is less than a one hour drive away from Glasgow International Airport (GLA) with its growing list of routes.
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Why visit Argyll?
Argyll has so much to offer the photographer – thousands of miles of rugged coastline, beautiful beaches, 23 inhabited islands, stunning lochs, waterfalls and glens, numerous castles, a rich historic landscape of more than 1,200 Neolithic standing stones and 32 clan seats. Our wildlife includes sea eagles, rare butterflies, red squirrels, beavers, whales and basking sharks to name but a few.
Whether you are a local photographer looking for inspiration, you are planning your holiday or you just want to know more about the area this is the place for you. We are mobile friendly too so you can take us with you wherever you go!
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 86,890 (2015 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), This September (2010), Love Me to Death (2018).
- Arrochar – the closing scene of The Angels’ Share (2012).
- Glen Etive – Skyfall (James Bond) (2012).
- Inveraray Castle, Downton Abbey Christmas Special (2012).
- Inveraray, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year (2018).
- Loch Craignish, Crinan – From Russia with Love (1963).
- Loch Fyne and Auchindrain – The Decoy Bride (2011).