Our 3000 km of coastline frames Scotland’s most stunning scenery taking in the islands of the Inner Hebrides, Kintyre Peninsula, Isle of Bute, main towns of Oban, Dunoon and Helensburgh and the Heart of Argyll.

Whether you like the untamed beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, the stillness of a Highland Loch, picturesque hills, glens or peatlands, we have it all.

All this is complemented by an exquisite array of wildlife, including red squirrels and dolphins. What more could you ask for?

Local groups honoured by Scotland in Bloom

Argyll and Bute is known for its natural beauty, but many of our open community spaces are protected and maintained thanks to the dedication and pride of volunteers, benefiting not just local residents but also visitors.

At the recent Scotland in Bloom awards, three Argyll and Bute groups were honoured for their achievements in creating places that are good for health, wealth and happiness.

Bute in Bloom achieved a Silver Gilt medal in the Coastal Town category for helping to improve the appearance of the town. Its group of community volunteers most recent projects include repainting 150 metres of beach railings, repainting a further 16 lampposts and painting railings around the pier. They fundraise for all this work.

In the Coastal Village category, Inspiring Innellan also achieve the Silver Gilt medal for continuing to keep the village tidy with areas of colour and interest for all ages to enjoy. Running regular events such as work parties, quizzes and coffee mornings helps bring the community together and encourages a sense of pride in the village. Highlighting the amazing natural and social heritage benefits all ages and provides interest for visitors. Innellan is a great place in which to live and the group wants everyone to be aware of that!

Also in Cowal, Sandbank Community Council’s work to create places in the village where the public can enjoy the fantastic scenery, earned it a Silver Medal. This means taking care of the planters situated around the village and also looking after the small nature reserve and the seating area in the centre of the village. The group also has a large piece of community owned land and another seated area at Lazaretto memorial. There is also plans to develop the picnic area that is situated next to the nature reserve.

Congratulations to everyone involved and sincere thanks for keeping Argyll and Bute not only beautiful, but also welcoming for our residents and visitors.