West Highlands & Islands, Argyll, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
On the west coast are myriad Inner Hebridean islands from Canna and Colonsay to Tiree and the Treshnish Islands, each unique and visually stunning. The Isle of Mull, and the adjacent mainland, are excellent places to watch otters, white-tailed and golden eagles and some of Scotland’s tamest puffins on the Treshnish Islands. This is also one of the best places in Britain to see basking sharks and minke whales.
On Jura, the island of red deer, there’s true wilderness and, on neighbouring Islay, there are choughs, otters and see tens of thousands of wintering arctic geese.
Oban in Argyll is the gateway to these islands, and is also a destination in its own right.
Western oakwoods near Lochgilphead and Glasdrum are real temperate rainforest and the Mull of Kintyre has a wild and beautiful coastline.
Also in the area:
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park: Britain’s largest expanse of freshwater
- Flanders Moss: Britain’s largest surviving raised bog, with red kites throughout the year at Argaty Red Kites and in autumn and winter huge flocks of geese.