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This article is about the council area. For the constituencies, see either Argyll and Bute marker or Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic, ) is both one of 32 unitary council areas; and a Lieutenancy area in Scotlandmarker. The administrative centre for the council area is located in Lochgilpheadmarker.

Argyll and Bute covers the second largest administrative area of any Scottish council. Including islands, there are over of coastline, and this is claimed to be more than for the whole of Francemarker.

The council area adjoins those of Highlandmarker, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. Its border runs through Loch Lomondmarker.

The present council area was created in 1996, when it was carved out of the Strathclyde region, which was a two-tier local government region of 19 district, created in 1975. Argyll and Bute merged together the existing Argyll and Bute district and one ward of the Dumbartonmarker district. The Dumbarton ward, called 'Helensburgh and Lomond', included the burgh of Helensburghmarker and consisted of an area to the west of Loch Lomondmarker, north of the Firth of Clydemarker and mostly east of Loch Longmarker.

The council area can be described also by reference to divisions of the counties which were abolished in 1975. The council area includes most of the county of Argyllmarker (Argyll minus the Morvernmarker area, north of Mullmarker, which became become part of the Highland region in 1975), part of the county of Butemarker (the Isle of Butemarker) and part of the county of Dunbartonshiremarker (the Helensburgh and Lomond ward).

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The main ferry operator in Argyll & Bute is Caledonian MacBrayne, including services from the mainland to Bute, Gighamarker, Islaymarker, Mull and Tireemarker.

Dunoon based operator Western Ferries ply the busy Dunoon to Gourockmarker route in direct competition with Caledonian MacBrayne.

Argyll and Bute Council directly operates its own ferries on the following routes:

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