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In Argyll and Bute we have a strong cultural identity, rich in the Gaelic language, archaeology, architecture, music and the visual arts. This has helped to create a strong sense of place that helps retain and attract people to live in our community and encourage others to visit, often participating in our numerous events and festivals. Specific actions to support Gaelic culture and language are being taken forward in the Council’s Gaelic language plan.

The Strategic Events and Festivals Fund is to support event organisers to enhance and grow their events with the result that more visitors are attracted to Argyll and Bute, providing substantial economic benefit to the respective areas.  The application process opens in Autumn and closes in December each year.

Gaelic Culture

Through the Council’s Gaelic language plan and with our partners we are providing funding opportunities for artists through Colmcille1500 celebrations and enhancing tourism businesses, and hosting the MOD in 2024.

Development of Gaelic arts and media as a means of promoting the language, attracts people to it and enhances their commitment through opportunities to learn, use and develop Gaelic.

Key creative businesses and cultural buildings

Argyll and Bute is becoming increasingly popular as a place to undertake film and TV work often with a national and international profile. This filming has a number of benefits for our economy both during the actual on-site production in terms of local spend and longer term benefits including highlighting people who live in our area to drawing attention to our outstanding natural and built environment. The Council has established a dedicated website promoting Argyll and Bute as a place to film with details of the hundreds of potential filming locations we can offer.


The CHARTS network was conceived through the desire to create a sustainable future for the Culture, Heritage and Arts sector in Argyll.

Colmcille1500 celebrates the life and legacy of Colmcille or Columba,1500 years from his birth. It promotes the heritage of the saint whose abbey of Iona linked Ireland and Scotland and beyond.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.


Bòrd na Gàidhlig is the principal public body in Scotland responsible for promoting Gaelic development, including providing advice to Scottish Ministers on Gaelic issues.


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