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This article is about the council area. For the constituencies, see either Argyll and Bute (UK Parliament constituency) or Argyll and Bute (Scottish Parliament constituency)
Argyll and Bute
Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd
Argyll an Bute
Logo Coat of arms
Logo Coat of arms
Argyll and Bute council.PNG
Area Ranked 2nd
 - Total 6,909 km2 (2,668 sq mi)
 - % Water  ?
Admin HQ Lochgilphead
ISO 3166-2 GB-AGB
ONS code 00QD
Population Ranked 23rd
 - Total (2008) 90,500
 - Density 13 /km2 (34 /sq mi)
Argyll & Bute Council

Control Independent/Scottish National Party

Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic, pronounced [ɛr̴əˈɣɛːəɫ̪ ɪs̪ b̊ɔːd̊ʲ]) is both one of 32 unitary council areas; and a Lieutenancy area in Scotland. The administrative centre for the council area is located in Lochgilphead.

Argyll and Bute covers the second largest administrative area of any Scottish council. Including islands, there are over 3,000 miles (4,800 km) of coastline, and this is claimed to be more than for the whole of France.

The council area adjoins those of Highland, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. Its border runs through Loch Lomond.

The present council area was created in 1996, when it was carved out of the Strathclyde region, which was a two-tier local government region of 19 districts, created in 1975. Argyll and Bute merged together the existing Argyll and Bute district and one ward of the Dumbarton district. The Dumbarton ward, called 'Helensburgh and Lomond', included the burgh of Helensburgh and consisted of an area to the west of Loch Lomond, north of the Firth of Clyde and mostly east of Loch Long.

The council area can be described also by reference to divisions of the counties which were abolished in 1975. The council area includes most of the county of Argyll (Argyll minus the Morvern area, north of Mull, which became become part of the Highland region in 1975), part of the county of Bute (the Isle of Bute) and part of the county of Dunbartonshire (the Helensburgh and Lomond ward).


Towns and villages

Places of interest



The main ferry operator in Argyll & Bute is Caledonian MacBrayne, including services from the mainland to Bute, Gigha, Islay, Mull and Tiree.

Dunoon based operator Western Ferries ply the busy Dunoon to Gourock route in direct competition with Caledonian MacBrayne.

Argyll and Bute Council directly operates its own ferries on the following routes:

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Argyll and Bute is a county in Scotland.

  • Kintyre Peninsula
Map of Argyll and Bute
Map of Argyll and Bute
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