The Isle of Luing is an excellent place to see many well known species and a few rarities. Otters and hares are resident on the island, and seals, porpoises and dolphins are seen in the sea around. There are often chances to see buzzards, peregrines and hen harriers, as well as visiting eagles. There are plenty of smaller species here as well, with rare March Fritillary butterflies and Argyll's only recorded site of Greater Spearwort.
Luing is within the Firth of Lorn Marine Special Area of Conservation, one of the most outstanding tide-swept areas in the North East Atlantic. Its rich diversity of tide-swept rocky reefs makes it an excellent example of this type of habitat and is home to a wide range of fascinating creatures both above and below the water.
There are a variety of designated reserves in the area around Luing, including the Wildlife Trust's Ballachuan Hazelwood less than a mile away on the Isle of Seil. Reknowned for its lichens, the site is also great for spotting otters, deer, butterflies, birds and wild flowers. Other Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserves in the area include Knapdale (home to the new Beaver colony) and Shian Wood. There are many Forestry Commission sites in the Oban area as well offering waymarked paths and cycle trails which take you deep into forest habitats and up close to the wildlife within. Scottish Natural Heritage also offers a number of reserves in the region, including the Great Moss, and Taynish oak woods.
If you would like to explore the waters around Luing and their wildlife then the best way is one of the excellent charter boats in the area. With a range of trips to suit everyone, these days out in the company of local experts often offer the best opportunities to view the rarer of our native species. As well as daily trips to view Corrywreckan Whirlpool between Scarba and Jura, there are also trips further afield to the Garvellachs and Holy Isle, where Columba once stayed.