Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic, is both one of 32 unitary council areas; and a Lieutenancy area in Scotland. The administrative centre for the council area is located in Lochgilphead.
Argyll and Bute covers the second largest administrative area of any Scottish council. Including islands, there are over 3,000miles (4,800 km) of coastline, and this is claimed to be more than for the whole of France.
The council area adjoins those of Highland, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. Its border runs through Loch Lomond.
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 districts, created in 1975. Argyll and Bute merged together the existing Argyll and Bute district and one ward of the Dumbarton district. The Dumbarton ward, called ‘Helensburgh and Lomond’, included the burgh of Helensburgh and consisted of an area to the west of Loch Lomond, north of the Firth of Clyde and mostly east of Loch Long.
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 Argyll (Argyll minus the Morvern area, north of Mull, which became become part of the Highland region in 1975), part of the county of Bute (the Isle of Bute) and part of the county of Dunbartonshire (the Helensburgh and Lomond ward).
The later scenes of the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love were filmed around the lochs and hills of Argyll and Bute.
The arms were granted on February 20, 1996.
The arms are largely based on that of the former District Council, with the only changes in the second quarter. The second quarter is again quartered with in the first quarter a black saltire is taken from the Clan Colquhoun, the second quarter is taken from the old district arms, the three mullets in the third quarter are taken from the arms of Helensburgh and the fourth quarter, the cross on the rocks, is taken from the arms of the Burgh of Cove & Kilcreggan.