Argyll and Islands Hope Spot

Our Hope Spot is marine based and extends from the Sound of Jura northwards taking in the smaller islands in the Firth of Lorn, Loch Etive and Loch Creran and the southern stretch of Loch Linnhe and then extends along the Sound of Mull to the tip of Ardnamurchan and includes Loch Sunart. It embraces six SACs and five National Scenic Areas.

The strikingly diverse landscape of the Argyll and the Isles is one of a storybook come to life.

Imagine idyllic, rolling green hills, cut with streams of clear water carving a path over rocks blanketed in tufts of spongy moss. Weathered stone castles stand like sentries along the dramatic coast, piercing a delicate veil of grey fog. Jagged rocks along the coast loom above placid, white sand beaches meeting crystalline blue waters.

Plunging beneath the surface, shipwrecks lie preserved, their presence a reminder of the inextricable link between the sea and our maritime heritage, spanning four hundred years. These sites, many of which have become artificial reefs full of marine life, are windows into the past and enable us to discover the stories of seafarers, trade and conflict. There is an abundance of marine biodiversity within these waters, which has sustained the lives of those on land for thousands of years.

Such areas are rare in today’s world, and the Argyll and Islands Hope Spot deserves to be celebrated as well as protected from unsustainable practices.