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Visit

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Argyll and the Isles is a fantastic location to visit - an unspoilt land where towering mountains run down to glistening sea lochs.

With 3,000km of coastline, from cliffs to sandy estuaries, 14 world-class distilleries, charming towns, quaint villages, centuries-old woodlands, loch side retreats and mountain top viewpoints, there are a wealth of places to visit.

This is an historic area and a home to 60 medieval castles and ancient hill forts. Right at the heart of the kingdom of Dalriada you will find standing stones, rock carvings and cairns that date back to pre-historic times. 

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But if you want to explore the more modern activities that Argyll and the Isles has to offer our visitors take a look at our Play section. And for details of all the fabulous journeys you can take to get here, see Connections.

 

Play

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Argyll is an outdoor playground, with stunning walking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, golfing, diving and horse-riding all available.  

But if you fancy something less active why not sample some of the magnificent food and drink on offer including whisky from one of the 14 distilleries within Argyll, locally brewed ales, creamy cheeses, fresh seafood, game and farm reared meat.

With an abundance of wildlife living in Argyll why not take the opportunity to spot Scotland’s Big Five– the Red Squirrel, Red Deer, Harbour Seal, Otter and Golden Eagle - whilst keeping an eye out for Roe Deer, Grey Seal, White-tailed Eagle, Pine Marten, Porpoise, Dolphin, Basking Shark and not to miss out the Beaver.

Argyll has a long history and a wealth of historic sites including prehistoric sites and standing stones, 60 castles, museums, heritage centres and numerous clan seats including 7 clan centres which are open to the public.

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Live

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Argyll is bounded by the urban areas of Helensburgh and Dunoon along the Clyde, Loch Lomond to the East, the Mull of Kintyre to the south, Atlantic Islands to the west and the Sound of Mull and Appin to the north.  

As well as the main towns of Oban, Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Dunoon, Rothesay and Lochgilphead/Ardrishaig, Argyll also has 23 inhabited islands, more than any other local authority in Scotland. Around 17% of the population lives on islands and with a coastline of more than 3,000km almost 80% of the population lives within one kilometre of the sea.

We can offer a range of options for those wanting to live here and with nearly 10% of Scotland's land mass whether you're looking for a town centre apartment with excellent links to the Central Belt or a rural retreat you're sure to find it in Argyll. 

 

Work

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Argyll offers an excellent work-life balance and with unemployment rates below the national average you can live, work and play in Argyll and the Isles.

The key sectors of our economy include renewable energy manufacturing and generation, marine sciences, marine services, quality food and drink including agriculture and aquaculture, tourism, creative industries including film and forestry. The public sector organisations operating across Argyll offer opportunities in a range of fields including public administration, education and health.

If you want to be your own boss then Argyll could be the place for you, with higher rates of self-employment than the Scottish average our Business Gateway service can help you get started.

Interested in moving to Argyll and Bute to work? Wanting to move your business here? - Find out more about our Rural Resettlement Fund.

 

Invest

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Argyll and the Isles has a unique local economy and one that has much to offer Scotland’s long-term economic growth and security. This includes an abundance of sustainable economic assets which support our key sectors. It also benefits from its boundary with Scotland’s Central Belt.

With key sectors of renewable energy (both manufacturing and generation), marine sciences, marine services, quality food and drink including agriculture and aquaculture, tourism, creative industries including film and other niche services there is much on offer for existing and new businesses. With a history of innovation we welcome new, creative ideas.

Investment opportunities in one of Scotland’s first Tax Incremental Finance initiatives, The Lorn Arc, will see the area, adjoining to the bustling town of Oban, transformed into a hub for marine science, marine tourism and aquaculture sectors as well as associated businesses.

The enterprising spirit is already evident in Argyll with higher rates of self-employment than the Scottish average. Our innovative communities have a can-do attitude leading to firsts such as the community buy-out of Gigha, pioneering community renewable power schemes and successful social enterprises.

Connected and accessible, our comprehensive road, rail and ferry connections are supported by growing air services linking Glasgow with Kintyre, Tiree and Islay in less than an hour and from Oban to the spectacular, Inner Hebridean islands of Coll, Colonsay and Tiree in 30 minutes. 

Significant investments in high speed broadband and mobile phone networks will ensure that Argyll is better connected than ever before.

Partnership working is well established in Argyll including the Argyll and Bute Renewable AllianceArgyll and the Isles Strategic Tourism Partnership and the Argyll and the Isles Agricultural Forum.

Investment in the urban fabric of our towns is being undertaken through the Argyll and Bute Council CHORD project which will see more than £30 million being made available to support new and improved facilities in Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.  The Inveraray Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme will also fund improvements to this historic and vibrant community.

Investment in skills and training is in place locally with Argyll College and University of Highlands and Island facilities across the mainland and islands.

 

Connections

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On foot, by bike, car, bus, train, plane or boat, the comprehensive road, rail, ferry and air connections will get you there.

Local bus services are supplemented with direct services from Glasgow to Oban, Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Helensburgh and Inveraray.

Improved rail services mean you have more choice when travelling from Glasgow to Oban than ever before. There are regular direct train services between Helensburgh, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Ferry services link Argyll to the Central Belt, Ayrshire and Northern Ireland as well as providing important links to 15 Argyll islands, the Outer Hebrides and Arran.

Growing air services link Glasgow with Kintyre, Tiree and Islay in less than an hour and from Oban to the spectacular, Inner Hebridean islands of Coll, Colonsay and Tiree in 30 minutes. 

View our interactive infrastructure map which shows ports, airports and ferry services.

Significant investments in high speed broadband and mobile phone networks will ensure that Argyll is better connected than ever before.

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Can you see your future in Argyll and Bute?

We think Argyll and Bute has it all, but why not take a look at this video and find out for yourself?

If this inspires you to find out more about what Argyll and Bute has to offer, visit our Discover page to see why this is a place people choose to live, learn, work and do business

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