Who we are

Centre Opening Hours:- 10am - 4pm

May & June: every Monday & Thursday.

July/August: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to July 14th.
Monday to Friday from July 17th to August 18th.
From August 21st: Mondays and Thursdays plus Tuesday August 29th.

September: Mondays and Thursdays.

October: Mondays and Thursdays plus every day from 16th – 23rd.

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. We also now have a visitor centre; Barr an Daimh which opens in April 2017.

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 our area, not surprising with 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. SC014767. 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 Explore Argyll