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Basking Sharks of Argyll

There are plenty of reasons to visit Argyll, home of the superb Georgian property, Knockdow House. For some 600 years, Knockdow House was run by a Laird of Knockdow of the Lamont Clan, but today it is privately owned and run. This exquisite property

Aside from the many places of historical interest in Argyll, there are countless other reasons to visit the area. 

Scotland is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife, including wildcats, golden eagles and of course, red deer. But for those who want to experience the wildlife of the waters, Argyll is the perfect place to spot basking sharks.

Basking sharks can also be found in the waters surroundings Scotland, and there are many opportunities to see these magnificent creatures close up.

These iconic creatures are the second-largest living shark (after the whale shark), measuring up to 30 feet in length. They are slow moving, gentle creatures with a distinctive mouth that can open up to one metre wide!

Inside the mouth is a lining of special organ called gill rakers. These are specially adapted bones designed to strain out plankton and fish eggs from the water while enabling water to pass through. Basking sharks spend most of their day cruising through the water in search of food, and they can filter more than 2000 tonnes of water per hour.

A Truly Memorable Experience

In Argyll, basking sharks are most visible between April and October. Regarded as a vulnerable species with their population in decline, it is certainly an honour and a privilege to view them in their natural habitat. Beginners and adventurers alike can take advantage of some of the many wildlife tour options on offer, including one day tours and week-long adventures.

April to June is considered early season as the basking sharks begin to arrive in the area. Summer (July to September) is regarded as high season and the best time to see these remarkable creatures in action! This is your chance to interact with the sharks and the bountiful wildlife in the region. You can choose from swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or if you prefer, enjoying the experiences from a boat.

Late season (September to October) marks the beginning of the southerly migration, meaning there are no basking sharks during the winter months.

Scotland is one of the best places in the world to witness basking sharks as they feed on the plentiful plankton in their natural environment.