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Argyll and the Islands

Ride your wave to success in Argyll and the Islands.

About Argyll and the Islands

An area of outstanding natural beauty with mountains, lochs, islands and hundreds of miles of coastline, the region’s wilderness has seen it become the base for some of the country’s leading renewable energy developers.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is among the organisations harnessing the area’s natural assets and is a world leader in marine science research.

Part of the Glasgow commuter belt, there is a diverse mix of urban communities, remote rural villages and island populations.

The social enterprise sector is important in shaping local growth. The Mull and Iona Community Trust and Jura Community Business deliver services for their communities. A strong sense of civic pride underpinning successful community-led campaigns has secured the legacy of Campbeltown Picture House and Dunoon Burgh Hall for future generations, be they families, businesses or day trippers.

Tourists come for the seafood, distilleries, scenery, wildlife and pace of island life, but they’re not the only ones to have been drawn by its charms.

The Gulf Stream keeps these shores relatively temperate, and otters, sea eagles and dolphins are among the regular visitors. Orcas have been known to feed in these waters, too.

Around 80% of the region’s residents live within 1km of the coast, and frequent ferry and train connections connect the rural communities of this unspoilt wilderness to the central belt. Regular flights also operate from Oban to Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay.

HIE and Scottish Enterprise both provide enterprise agency support to the Argyll and Bute local authority area. HIE also works with North Ayrshire island communities of Cumbrae and Arran. 

Argyll in numbers

Statistics for the Argyll and Bute local authority area




school leavers going to jobs and study


average house price


annual visitors

It’s a fantastic working environment. We knew that there were already lots of organisations based at the European Marine Science Park that it would be good to be close to. The cross-working is very important. It’s a thriving and exciting place to be!
Dr Lynda Mitchell, Manager, ALIEnergy

The European Marine Science Park

Find your perfect base. Click on the image to hear from the people working at the European Marine Science Park.

Visit the EMSP website

Find the right property for you

Identifying the right premises and development opportunities for your organisation.

Property and land

Sandbank is a commercial property development by HIE in Argyll

Our enterprising communities

Community-led social and economic development is key to success in many of our areas. Watch our video on how the community has worked together for over 10 years to reinstate a wide range of assets.

Support for community organisations

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Find out why you should set up in the Highlands and Islands.

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