Who we are

2019 Centre Opening Hours:- 10am - 5pm

We are open from March 27th to November 1st 2019. See our ’Walks’ pages for full details of opening days. The centre will open on occasions throughout the winter for a series of events, talks etc. Keep an eye on our ’Walks’ page for details.

Directions to HAWO Wildlife Interpretation and Information Centre:
Follow B841 through Cairnbaan to Bellanoch, turn left onto B8025 signed Tayvallich, after 1.4 miles you will see a sign for ’visitor centre’ take left turn down aggregate forestry track signed posted ’Wildlife Visitor Centre’. 600m along track you will find our car park next to the wind vane.
You can also access the centre on foot from Barnluasgan by following the route around Loch Barnluasgan and turning up the hill at the southern end (signed for viewpoint).

Come and let us show you the fantastic variety of nature the Mid Argyll area has to offer. We provide an Environmental Interpretation Officer (Ranger) service within Knapdale and its surrounding area offering wildlife guided walks and themed events throughout the season in Knapdale based at our visitor centre at Barrandaimh.

We want to share our passion for the natural beauty, wildlife, biodiversity and cultural heritage of Mid Argyll and to help conserve it for future generations. One of the ways we do this is via our guided walks in Knapdale and Argyll that take place throughout the year.

Wildlife tourism is very popular in this area of Scotland, hardly surprising given our stunning scenery of hills, woodlands and coastlines and the huge variety of species that can be seen here. We have all of Scotland’s big five - red deer, red squirrel, golden eagle, otter and harbour seal, as well as so much more! We have white tailed sea eagles, osprey, pine marten and a huge variety of flora and marine life. We are situated in Knapdale, the home of the Scottish Beaver Trial from 2009 to 2014. The beavers are now here to stay and you can join us on one of our Beaver Walks and find out about these amazing creatures and the best places to see one.

We like to encourage the recording of our local flora and fauna. This improves our knowledge of the species we have in our local environment and enables us to protect vulnerable species. See our Recording page for more info and how you can get help.

The Heart of Argyll is bounded by Inveraray, Ardfern and Tarbert.

We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) Charity no. SC047167. Details are available from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR.

You can view, comment and post on our Facebook group
Heart of Argyll Wildlife
and find out more information about progress of the organisation on our Facebook Page

Also check out our Twitter feed @Barrandaimh
and tag us on Instagram

We are members of the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance (HOATA). Find out more here about the Heart of Argyll, its amazing landscapes, environments, history, culture and people. Where to go, what to see, where to stay and what to eat!

For even more information on the fantastic range of things you can do and see in the rest of Argyll visit Wild about Argyll