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Blaran Holiday Cottage near Oban in Argyll

Wildlife and Marine Life

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The Atlantic Ocean around Arygll is home to some of the UK's rarest marine life. Wildlife in the area includes Porpoise, dolphins, whales, basking shark, otter, eagle, deer and a wealth of seabirds. A wide variety of marine life thrives in the rich waters of Argyll. The Seakingdom website has a wealth of information about the wildlife, culture and heritage in the area.

The Islands

Argyll's beautiful Atlantic Islands each have their own distinctive character. Most travel between the islands is by ferry. Ferries sail from Oban to the Islands of Mull and Iona.

Gardens

There are some enchanting gardens in the area that are open to the public. The nearest being the Arduane Gardens . This is run by the National Trust and has an entry fee but is one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland. It has a superb collection of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and countless other treasures in a perfect setting beside the sea. There is also the Ardmaddy Castle Garden which is on the way to the Island of Seil. Entrance is free and there are beautiful walks extending beyond the gardens. Plants that have been grown in the gardens can be bought in an informal shop. An Cala on the Island of Seil has a modest entry charge and has a very attractive walk up various levels of the garden ascending a hill looking over fabulous views of the Atlantic and surrounding islands. The Gardens of Argyll has information about the gardens and suggested tours.

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Heritage

The Kilmartin House Museum is located in the village of Kilmartin. There are more than 350 ancient monuments in the nearby Glen, 150 of them are prehistoric. Kilmartin Glen has been designated as an area of outstanding archaeological importance with standing stones, stone circles and ancient burial cairns. The museum has an excellent café and shop. The Times Walks in Kilmartin Glen might help you to get the most out of this very enjoyable day out from Blaran. Nearby is Dunadd, a hill fort which dates from the Iron Age and was said to be the capital of the Scottish Kingdom of Dál Riata.

Dunollie Castle, the seat of clan Macdougall and Dunstaffnage Castle can be found a short distance north of Oban. The Dunollie Project is home to the Hope MacDougall Collection. This is a folk-life collection which is recognised as one of the most important in Scotland.

Inveraray Castle is the home of the Duke of Argyll, his wife and young family. It is a spectacular castle and is open to the public.

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