Yoga Classes & Day Retreats


If you would like to attend a yoga class while you are here, West Coast Wellness have the most magnificent Geodesic Dome overlooking Loch Fyne at Otter Ferry, along the coastal road to Tighnabruaich. It is the perfect place to have a yoga class, we can vouch for what a wonderful yoga experience it is with the fantastic teachers Rosie and Hayley. They also offer day retreats, where you can relax, reconnect with a day of yoga, wild swimming, nourishing food and great company in the most beautiful location.


Portavadie is a great place to visit for the day, the building at the Marina has a lovely restaurant overlooking the boats serving great local food. There is a childrens play park and a super wee gift shop.

There is also a spa and Leisure Experience offering the ultimate in indoor and outdoor pool fun and relaxation for all, featuring a 16 metre indoor pool, toddlers’ pool with water features, outdoor spa pools, Scandinavian sauna and we think the largest heated outdoor infinity pool in Scotland. You can also get the ferry to Tarbert from here.

Visit to find out all that they have to offer and make a day of it.

Bookings are essential

Eating Out


Inver is a small, multi award winning, characterful restaurant on the shores of Loch Fyne, on Scotland’s west coast.

Their a la carte dinner and lunch menus feature simply prepared fresh seafood and native meat and game in season. They have a cosy bar serving pre-dinner craft ale, natural wine and fancy drinks. In the evening they also serve a four course tasting menu. Using current cooking techniques and the very best local wild and farmed ingredients they offer a contemporary take on traditional and forgotten Scottish dishes.

It’s a real Argyll treasure which you must treat yourself to, we recommend booking. Strathlachlan, Cairndow PA27 8BU 01369 860537


The Oystercatcher is a relaxed, contemporary pub & restaurant on the beach on the east banks of Loch Fyne. They stock a large range of small batch gin and specialise in local seafood.

You can expect a friendly welcome and lovingly prepared, locally sourced food: they are proud to showcase the pantry of the Cowal Peninsula and Argyll. On the menu you’ll find Ballimore Oysters and Evanachan cheese both from within a mile, local mussels and crab, and meat from the surrounding farms of Loch Fyne.

In the bar they have an extensive list of single malt whisky and small batch gin. You can also find a selection of home baking and great coffee from our local roaster Argyll Coffee.

All this can be enjoyed in our restaurant, dog-friendly bar or loch side in the outdoor dining area with stunning views over Loch Fyne, a fantastic family day out.

1 Otter Ferry Seafish, Tighnabruaich, PA21 2DH 01700 821229


Our aim is to bring the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to our menu. In an area synonymous with the wild landscape, rivers and lochs, using local produce such as wild venison or game is key to demanding fresh menus options for our diners. This in turn serves to keep our chefs thinking outside the box and our menu forever fresh. A815, Dunoon PA23 8SG · 01369 840630

The Whistlefield Inn

The Whistlefield Inn has everything you want from a traditional Scottish drover’s inn. The Whistlefield has many public areas to enjoy: the bar with cosy log burner and Rosie the coo; the Green Room is perfect for drinks or casual food and boasts comfy sofas, a log fire and wonderful views down the loch; the snug is just what it says it is; the restaurant is more for dining with breathtaking panoramic loch views.

Be sure to pop over to their facebook page to look at all of the most up to date information including band performances and events. 01369860484 Loch Eck, Dunoon, PA23 8SG

Cu Mara

Bistro & Takeaway in Arrochar serving a local produce bistro menu, kraft burgers, homemade stonebaked pizza and handcrafted cocktails. 01301 70225 Shore Road, Arrochar, G83 7AB

The Shore House

Weddings, Restaurant and Gin Garden


Perched at the top of the Loch Goil offering an unobstructed, breathtaking view along the water. A wonderful place to unwind.

Incredible panoramic views and wild countryside make The Shore House the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding. The Venue is a bright and airy space, boasting beautiful oak beams and original stone walls. Lochgoilhead, Cairndow PA24 8AA · 01301 703340

The Boatshed Cafe

Amazing coffee and food in a unique location, based at Loch Goil Cruisers, Lochgoilhead, Cairndow PA24 8AE Phone: 01301 707348

Wild Kitchen Argyll

Wild Kitchen started 2020, and the love of foraging, growing food, and preserving the harvest inspired Leoma to turn this into a small business in Tighnabruaich , Argyll .

Leoma produces all Wild Kitchen's products from a shipping container converted into a small production kitchen in Tighnabruaich . Using local ingredients to make Jams , Jellies , Chutneys and Scottish Tablet .

You can also find home made cakes , traybakes and pastries from Wild Kitchen in Five West , The Coffee Bar at The Hayshed , Redwood Coffee at Benmore Gardens , Bute Coffee and The Royal Hotel. Kames Industrial Estate, Kames PA21 2DA

Argyll Coffee Roasters

Speciality coffee roasters based in Argyll, Scotland who love coffee and source the finest beans from around the world and roast them by hand.

Unit 1, Kames Industrial Estate, Kames PA21 2DA07861 235407

Coffee Bar

Our seasonal Coffee Bar at Hayshed Gallery at Carry Farm is just a few miles up the road from the roastery.

Hayshed Gallery

The Hayshed Gallery is a new space for exhibiting textiles and ceramics all made at Carry Farm, Tighnabruaich by our award winning and contemporary makers. The collective of studios are established as a creative hub for the area and visiting makers are invited to exhibit alongside the work produced on site.

Argyll Botany

Join the botanical revolution and choose carefully selected skincare ingredients that nourish, heal and protect us as we walk through which ever path in life we choose!...Using the plant based ways of the protect the wellbeing of our futures...profound or whit!

Our botany is nestled at the far end of the steading at Carry Farm, here in Argyll's rural west coast. Just a few short miles from Tighnabruaich, along the iconic shores of the Kyles of Bute.

The Blairmore

Small cafe on the shore of Loch Long beside Blairmore Pier offering locally sourced produce, lots of home baking, light meals, speciality coffees, teas, wine, cocktails and Loch Fyne Ales. Sit in, sit out or takeaway.
Walk in only, no need to book.

A mother and daughter family business supported by a fantastic team. We have been involved in hospitality not only for all our working lives, but also our childhood lives too! A warm welcome is guaranteed and we are passionate about providing the best locally sourced and homemade produce in a comfortable, friendly environment. Blairmore PA23 8TJ Tel: 01369 760391

The River Shack

Quality food cooked with love and passion. Wee pop up wagon based in Lochgoilhead Community Trust Garden serving amazing freshly cooked street food. Check them out on FB, Insta and Tick Tock to see when they are open. Well worth a visit! Walk around the gorgeous garden, see the veggies growing and the bee hives buzzing. Sit at one of the quaint areas and enjoy your takeaway in tranquil surroundings with the river running by....just magical.

Tel: 07542 424660


The Famous Creggans Inn in Strachur is steeped in history and was once owned by Sir Fitzroy MacLean, the man who inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond.

For many years it has been serving some of Argyll’s finest food and drink with diners travelling from far and wide to enjoy a meal by the shores of Loch Fyne. Bar and bistro with an open fire and wood burner, dart board and pool room. Their menu is supplemented with daily specials, which allows them to offer the best seasonal & local produce available. Lunch is served between 12.00 & 2.30pm and evening meals between 6.00 and 8.30pm. Booking is recommended Strachur House Loch Fyne Argyll, Strachur PA27 8BX · 01369 860279


The Tree Shop, Café, Garden Centre and Gift Shop is another great wee place for a less formal but none the less delicious meal.

The Café serves breakfast rolls, homemade soups and lunches, the best home baking made by Fi and the finest coffee from Thomson’s in Glasgow (Scotland’s oldest coffee roaster).
The café has both indoor and outdoor seating areas, catering for both eat-in and take-away customers. After your meal get some retail therapy in their delightfully well- stocked gift shop or marvel at all the plants and trees in their garden Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL 01499 600263


The best of Argyll on your plate

The Hotel’s kitchen serves a seasonal menu that showcases the amazing local produce of the Cowal peninsula and Argyll. Seafood, fish, game and vegetables from our very own garden are particularly prominent, together with classic Scottish dishes for all tastes.

Beautiful location, along the B8000 and follow the road to Tighnabruaich, its about 10 minutes from Otter Ferry. Kilfinan, Tighnabruaich PA21 2EP · 01700 821201


The Whistlefield Inn has everything you want from a traditional Scottish drover’s inn. The Whistlefield has many public areas to enjoy: the bar with cosy log burner and Rosie the coo; the Green Room is perfect for drinks or casual food and boasts comfy sofas, a log fire and wonderful views down the loch; the snug is just what it says it is; the restaurant is more for dining with breathtaking panoramic loch views.

Be sure to pop over to their facebook page to look at all of the most up to date information including band performances and events. Loch Eck, Dunoon PA23 8SG · 01369 860484


From the rugged shores of Loch Fyne itself, Loch Fyne Oysters are dedicated to providing the world with Scotland’s finest seafood.

Whether it be from their internationally renowned Restaurant and Oyster Bar or through the products we sell in their deli and around the world they pride themselves on provenance, quality and sustainability. Treat yourself to a lovely lunch here, there is no evening service, booking is recommended and you can treat yourself in their deli to take home too. Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL 01499 600482

Wild Kabn Kitchen

A sustainable, wild cooking experience located on Ardkinglas Estate.'@thewilderkitchen

An organic, sustainable and delicious experience in Cairndow.

Explore the connection between food, fire and nature with Chef William Hamer in a beautiful Victorian Greenhouse located on the stunning private Ardkinglas Estate, Loch Fyne.

An unforgettable, multi-course food journey featuring the finest local Scottish ingredients cooked over an open fire.

Fynest Fish

Fruit, vegetables and fresh fish food delivery service by Robert.

07880 718000 online orders

The Seafood Box

Fresh local sustainably caught shellfish cooked and served as a seafood platter. Can be delivered to certain areas. Orders need to be in by 12pm on Wednesday. Call Karen for details or visit @theseafoodboxscot on Instagram or Facebook.

07824 386380

Bay Cottage

Licenced grocers, coffee shop and post office in Strachur. All day breakfasts, coffee, cream teas, lunch, dinner and takeaways. From Friday 29th March 2024, Mike is offering an Friday night take away. Let him know earlier in the week by popping in or by calling or via Facebook page. All dietry requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

01369 860221


The George has always had an enviable reputation for ambiance, friendliness, and its cuisine. With its original solid stone flagstoned floors and four roaring log and peat fires, the George is a lively haunt for both local characters and visitors alike with a wide choice of real ales, 100 malt whiskies and an extensive wine list. It deservedly earns its place in the good pub guide and the good beer guide.

The emphasis on the menu is using the very best of local quality, West Highland beef and lamb. Seafood and fish bought from the local fishing port of Tarbert and the famous Loch Fyne salmon. These ingredients are used imaginatively and simply to produce well cooked meals at a fair and reasonable price.

Food is served all day from 12 noon to 9pm.

Visitor Attractions


Step through the doors of Inveraray Jail and step back in time to a 19th-century prison. Experience what life was like for the real men, women and children – some as young as seven – who were tried and locked up here. Explore the atmospheric historic buildings at your leisure and meet the costumed characters who animate the past in this unique living museum.


Just five minutes’ drive from Inveraray and is a Visit Scotland five star attraction.

Home to a variety of exciting themed activities which will keep the whole family entertained for hours, they have been ranked the number one attraction in Inveraray by Trip Advisor.They have horse riding lessons for children and adults of various ages and abilities, ranging from a 20 minute slow ride along the shores of the beautiful Loch Fyne, to a two hour off-road trek at a faster pace. For the budding survivalist they have zombie-themed paintball and laser tag, as well as crossbow shooting for those who are looking to be expert zombie hunters!

Whether you just want a scenic canter through wonderful scenery, or you want to hone your survival skills and save the world from an infestation of family-friendly zombies, they have a fun-filled day in store for you.


Another chance to step back in time as you enter an 18th-century blacksmith’s smiddy, carefully preserved with forge, bellows and anvil, cobbled floor, tools of the trade and beamed ceiling. The Strachur Smiddy dates back to at least 1791, and continued as a working Smiddy until 1955. It has since been repaired and restored to its original state and now acts as a working museum with regular weekend demonstrations and a well-stocked craft shop.Browse through the Smiddy’s collection of fascinating artefacts and tools. Chat to Smiddy staff about the Smiddy’s story and its place in Strachur’s history. Purchase a souvenir such as a genuine horseshoe, a fire poker made by the Strachur blacksmith, or treat yourself to a locally made gift from the craft shop.

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Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Estate covers about 4800 hectares. Ardkinglas house is an architectural gem and provides a very special setting for weddings, family parties and other events. For holidaymakers there is a self catering apartment within the ground floor. The Woodland Garden is open all the year round with an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the “Mightiest Conifer in Europe”.
The lower Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, often referred to as The Pinetum, was initiated in around 1875 by the Callander family. This area now provides a home for a number of Champion Trees, the tallest or broadest of their species in Britain.
Ardkinglas’ favourable growing conditions lead to the exceptional size and longevity exhibited by many of the coniferous species introduced to this area of the Garden via the 19th century plant-hunters. The Champion Trees at Ardkinglas also include ‘the mightiest conifer in Europe’ a remarkable European Silver Fir (Abies alba) with a girth of nearly ten metres. Other champions in Ardkinglas Woodland Garden are Patagonian Cypress (Fitzroya cupressoides), Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa), Western Red Cedar (Thuya plicata) and the unusual Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana var. jeffreyi).


Enjoy a fun family day out exploring the world of Julia Donaldsons family favourite book The Gruffalo. The trail takes you through the book page by page with a short walk between each part and there is a lovely figure from the Gruffalo at each one. Quite a magical day out for the kids and a fantastic walk for all of any age, with fun things to see and do throughout. Rathos Byres Forge, Edinburgh, were commissioned to make the Mouse and Gruffalo figures in galvanized steel and have produced exceptional examples of the contemporary blacksmith’s art. This original approach works well alongside the metalwork gates and benches that the team at Ratho Byres Forge have previously designed for Ardkinglas. The lattice structure of the sculptures links in with the intertwining branches of the surrounding trees and magically captures the book’s principal characters while allowing the children’s imagination to bring them to life.


Fyne Ales is a family owned farm brewery in the beautiful Achadunan Estate at the head of Loch Fyne. Drawing water from the surrounding hills and brewing in converted farm buildings, they create modern, ambitious and progressive beers in a wide variety of styles.

You can visit them to see what makes them so special yourself, book a tour of the brewery and visit their on site tap bar and shop which also has a courtyard for lovely Summer Days. There are also many great walks from the brewery so you can earn yourself a pint of their finest and make a day of it.

For opening times and booking brewery tours visit :


In 1914 the 10th Duke of Argyll, Niall Diarmid Campbell, became the Honorary Colonel of The 8th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. When the First World War ended he decided that there should be a fitting memorial to commemorate the Clan Campbell dead.
The construction of the 126 foot high tower was begun in 1921 and completed ten years later in 1931. The striking outline of All Saints Bell Tower can be seen for miles along Loch Fyne, dominating the town of Inveraray.
The peal of 10 bells was cast by John Taylor and Company in Loughborough in 1920. The heaviest bell, the Tenor, weighs 2112kg making Inveraray the second heaviest peal of 10 bells in the world (the heaviest being Wells Cathedral, England).


Step back in time and discover Scotland’s rural history at Auchindrain, the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township. Vividly imagine life in the old Highlands as you walk through the settlement and see how ordinary people lived and worked. Step into the restored longhouses, see the objects of everyday life and learn about the past inhabitants. Explore the byres, stables and fields to understand how groups of families worked the land in common. Uncover a fascinating, long-vanished Scottish way of life deep in the hills of Argyll.


A spectacular 50-acre woodland garden in a dramatic setting. Crarae has a wonderful collection of woody plants centred on the Crarae Burn, which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a rocky gorge in a series of cascades. A wide variety of shrubs and trees chosen for spring flowering and autumn colour grow in the shelter of towering conifers, and the lush, naturalistic planting and rushing water gives the feel of a Himalayan valley.

Since acquiring the garden in 2001, the National Trust for Scotland has restored the infrastructure, replacing bridges, steps and paths, and new plantings include many recently collected, wild-origin Rhododendrons. The National Collection of Nothofagus is to be found at Crarae.


Benmore with its magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold. Its 49 Hectares/120 acres boast a world-famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs including over 300 species of rhododendron and over one third of the world’s hardy conifer species plus fine collections from North and South America, the Orient and the Himalaya.

Visitors are welcomed by an impressive avenue of Giant Redwoods, arguably one of the finest entrances to any botanic garden in the world. Established in 1863, these majestic giants now stand over 50 metres high.

The Garden is glorious throughout the seasons, from the vibrant blooms of rhododendrons and azaleas in early spring, striking Eucryphias of late summer and breathtaking displays of rich autumn fruit and foliage.


Arduaine is a twenty acre coastal garden situated on the southern slope of a promontory beside the Sound of Jura, twenty miles south of Oban and just off the A816.

The garden was begun on a bare promontory in 1898 by James Arthur Campbell and continued by two succeeding generations of his family. In 1965 Arduaine House was sold and became the Loch Melfort Motor Inn, later the Loch Melfort Hotel. The garden was sold in 1971 to Edmund and Harry Wright who in turn passed the garden on, as a gift, to the National Trust for Scotland in 1992.


Quad Bike Trekking is suitable from aged 12 and for all abilities. Everyone can have a fabulous time, whether it is simply to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the stunning views, or by taking on the ultimate Quad Biking challenge, our inspirational Mammoth ATV Quad Trek. Archery is suitable for anyone from aged 8 and Clay Shooting rom aged 14 or over. Based just outside Dunoon check for details:


Home to over 90,000 species, Scotland has a rich and diverse natural history which attracts thousands of wildlife-enthusiasts each year.

Scotland’s land, seas and skies support a wide range of native mammals and birds, as well as six amphibians, four reptiles and over 50,000 different invertebrates.

From adders and Arctic skua to wildcats and wood anemones, Scotland is home to a huge diversity of wildlife.

To find out more about Scottish Wildlife please visit :

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Discover some of Argyll’s history, geology and landscape of the west coast of Scotland on a private guided walking experience. Take the hassle out of navigating whilst learning about our culture, flora and fauna.

ArgyllWalks is based in Arrochar. We know where to go in Argyll and Bute to experience the very best walks. Gerena has been leading walks for over twenty-five years. You are in safe hands.

Group walks can be booked for 2-10 and routes can be tailored to your time and previous walking experience.

Popular Walks in the Area

Luss History Tour- a guided walking tour in the Victorian Village of Luss. Storytelling about clans, social history, and landscape.

Helensburgh Architectural Heritage Tour- a guided walking tour admiring architecture, hidden gems and and lots of fun facts.

More information can be found here:

Please get in touch for a tailored itinerary and quote.


The Cobbler (also known as Ben Arthur) is a perfect objective for a walk in the Arrochar Alps. Although not reaching Munro status at 2884 ft (884 m.) it is nevertheless a memorable hill. The Cobbler rises to the west of Arrochar on Loch Long and the route described provides an enjoyable way to the summit offering the opportunity to enjoy the scenery in the area. The true summit of the Cobbler requires some scrambling skills and a head for heights so many who follow this route may not actually reach the true summit.

The start is the car park (Grid ref NN294048) adjacent to the A83 on the Inverary side of the village of Arrochar. After parking cross the road and enter the forest. You have two options either taking the new path that zigzags up the hillside or to follow the old tramway that heads directly up the hillside. This route takes the latter option which offers a steep but relatively rapid ascent of just over 1000 ft. The new path will be used for the descent.

Get the full details for the route here


Beinn Bhuidhe is a neglected Munro, being shyly hidden away between Glens Shira and Fyne at the head of Loch Fyne. Its uppermost ridge is suprisingly steep and rocky and is a tremendous viewpoint.

Beinn Bhuidhe via Glen Fyne

Other routes and challenges

The other possible ascent route is up Glen Shira, although most are deterred by the forestry plantations. Head for the bridge over the Brannie Burn at NN158165 before braving the very steep slopes directly above – the forestry here has been felled which makes finding the line of an old firebreak difficult. From Tom a’ Phiobaire a long ridge continues to the summit.


Also known as Ostell Bay, Kilbride Bay is clean, safe and a great beach for families.

Located on the southern coast of Tighnabruaich on the Kyles of Bute, Kilbride Bay is a crescent-shaped beach with magnificent dunes and beautiful views of the Isle of Arran.

Known as one of the best beaches in the area if not Scotland, Kilbride Bay is a wonderful destination for paddling and swimming. Look out for a variety of fascinating wildlife including seals, otters and porpoises.

To reach Kilbride Bay, take the B800 from Tighnabruaich and Kames to the crossroads at the village of Millhouse, turn left towards Ardlamont and follow the single track road until you reach Kilbride Farm. Park your car in the lay-by at the side of the road, and from here it’s a 30 minute walk to the beach.


Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland.

Browse around our website to find out more about the Castle and its history and take a trip around our beautiful grounds & gardens. You’ll also find out what’s on at the Castle and in and around the stunning scenery of Argyll.

Of course you can also purchase your tickets right here on the site and browse our online gift shop if you fancy some official merchandise.

We hope to welcome you to Inveraray soon!

Local Boat Hire , Charters & Trips

Fyne Sea Tours

A family run local company who have sailed and explored the lochs and islands off the west coast of Scotland for over 20 years.

Join them on board and they will share with you their passion for the area around Loch Fyne and maybe beyond….

You can even take your dog and a picnic on board.

Based at Strachur Bay Jetty, Loch Fyne on the West Coast of Scotland

Boat trips or private charter.

Tel: 07961 530974

Paddleboard & Kayak Hire

The Coylet Inn

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Please use our 'Book online' page in the 'More' section for availability and bookings. For multiple kayak and paddleboard hire, please give us a call or email.

We have for hire

1 double kayak (2 person) £15 per hour

5 single person kayaks £10 per hour

2 single person paddleboards

Loch Eck, Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland

PA23 8SG. 01369 840630 Email:

Loch Goil Cruisers

Tel: 07787 516709

Lochgoilhead Kayak Hire

Tel: 01301 703646

Coastal Connections

This company make the islands and lochs of the west coast of Scotland more accessible than ever before.

Their services range from commercial exercises to scenic tours of the Western Isles as well as private charters.

Day Trips

The Isle of Bute, one of Scotland’s most accessible Islands.

There is so much to explore on the island, it is only 15 miles long and 5 miles wide, but is bursting with history, culture, wildlife, arts, and music with so much to see and do for all of the family!

When visiting one of our cottages you can drive to Colintriave and take one of the shortest ferry trips in the world to get there!

In the centre of Rothesay you will find the impressive ruins of Rothesay Castle, built for the Stewarts of Scotland in the 13th century and cared for now by Historic Scotland. The impressive corner towers were added to the castle after the attempted invasion by the vikings in 1263, but today all nationalities are warmly welcomed across the drawbridge to visit the castle.

Walk through the atmospheric ruins and visit the restored Gatehouse to see the displays that detail the history of this ancient building. You can even peer down into the windowless prison!

The Castle is not only a popular attraction for the tourists that visit Bute, but it is also a magnificent venue that can be hired for weddings, events and conferences. Just one of the many attractions visit for more info:

Isle of Gigha

Gigha is the most southern isle in the Inner Hebrides, its only seven miles long by half a mile wide and it is surprisingly mild, which is why their famous Achamore Gardens flourish: 54 acres of woodland filled with rare and beautiful plants. Gigha’s secluded sandy bays and quiet roads are perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. You can hire bikes and kayaks from the island shop, and the island has great spots for golf and fishing. Don’t miss the taste of the island: Gigha Halibut is farmed here, fresh or smoked it’s an absolute treat, normally seen on the menus of top restaurants you can enjoy it on Gigha at The Boat House and Gigha Hotel restaurants.

Gigha is green and fertile with some of the most beautiful beaches of the area. You will also find prehistoric standing stones and stunning views over the water to Islay and Jura or back towards the mainland Kintyre. The world-famous Achamore Gardens are well worth a gentle stroll around the 50 acres of woodlands, ponds, walled garden and rare and interesting plants and trees. Regular ferries with Calmac from tayinloan but always check the timetable.

Kintyre Peninsula

Kintyre is in the southwest of Argyll and Bute. The peninsula stretches about 30 miles (48 km), from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to East Loch Tarbert in the north. The area immediately north of Kintyre is known as Knapdale.
Kintyre is long and narrow, at no point more than 11 miles (18 km) from west coast to east coast, and is less than two miles wide where it connects to Knapdale. The east side of the Kintyre Peninsula is bounded by Kilbrannan Sound, with a number of coastal peaks such as Torr Mor. The central spine of the peninsula is mostly hilly moorland. The coastal areas and hinterland, however, are rich and fertile. Kintyre has long been a prized area for settlers, including the early Scots who migrated from Ulster to western Scotland and the Vikings or Norsemen who conquered and settled the area just before the start of the second millennium.
The principal town of the area is Campbeltown (about 5.5 miles (9 km) by road from the Mull), which has been a royal burgh since the mid-18th century. The area’s economy has long relied on fishing and farming, although Campbeltown has a reputation as a producer of some of the world’s finest single malt whisky. Campbeltown Single Malts include the multi-award-winning Springbank and the rejuvenated Glen Scotia.
Walk on some of the most remote, stunning beaches at Westport.
And of course made renowned by Paul McCartney.

Cruachan Power Station – The Hollow Mountain

Situated amongst some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, lying deep within Ben Cruachan is one of the country’s most amazing engineering achievements. Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe is Cruachan Power Station. Here, a short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground.
At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London! Here enormous turbines convert the power of water into electricity, available to you in your home at the flick of a switch.

Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin Glen is one of the world’s most significant archaeological landscapes. The Glen’s unique archaeological remains and rich natural heritage were the inspiration for the creation of Kilmartin Museum, which opened in 1997.
Sites include the largest collection of standing stones in Europe, stone circles and rock art dating back thousands of years.

Carnasserie Castle

Carnasserie Castle is a roofless ruin today, but it was once a fashionable residence incorporating many of the latest Renaissance influences. It was the home of the first Protestant Bishop of the Isles, Master John Carswell, and its design is befitting of a man of his stature.
The castle is an accomplished piece of architecture, laid out as a single building integrating both a five-storey tower house and a hall range. Its masonry matched the design, with finely-carved features throughout.
From the parapets there’s a magnificent view down to Kilmartin Glen, which is home to a range of marked rocks, cairns and standing stones, some of which are visible from the tower.

Dunadd Fort

Clamber to the top of a spectacular rocky outcrop fort that’s been occupied since the Iron Age.
Dunadd Fort rises proudly from Moine Mhor – the ‘great moss’ – an expanse of bog that carpets the southern end of Kilmartin Glen. It was home to a fort 2,000 years ago, and a royal power centre of Gaelic kings in the 500s to 800s AD.
Below the mighty fort site are some extraordinary features carved into the rock, including two human footprint shapes – similar to a pair found at Clickimin Broch.

Crinan Canal

The canal, which opened in 1801, takes its name from the village of Crinan at its western end. Approximately nine miles (14 km) long, the canal connects the village of Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura, providing a navigable route between the Clyde and the Inner Hebrides, without the need for a long diversion around the Kintyre peninsula, and in particular the exposed Mull of Kintyre. Great walks and places for a bite to eat, great family day out.

Inverawe Smokery and Fisheries

Inverawe has something for everyone, be it fishing, finding out how salmon is smoked, exploring the many trails and tracks, feeding the fish, trying their new play area, browsing through the shop, or enjoying their delicious food in the Smokery Café.

Isle of Mull Wildlife Tours

Daily tours from Oban to the islands of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Treshnish are now available to book online. Tours start from 26 March through to October 2021. Whatever journey you decide the take, we are confident you will have an amazing experience and create wonderful memories of Scotland’s west coast.

Druim Mhor, Craignure
Tel 01680 812440

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Further information is contained on the RSPB Website

Trip times are 11am and 2pm, with each trip lasting 2 hours.

Trips MUST be booked and places are subject to availability.

Further information and bookings to be made at Visit Scotland at Craignure or on their office number 01680812556.

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Mull Magic Wildlife Walks

With Mull Magic Wildlife Walks and Tours you can learn about the abundant wildlife and history of the area. Walk around Mull's stunning landscape and spectacular coastline, often with nothing but Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Otters and Red Deer for company.

Tel: 01688 301213



Isle of Staffa Tours

Boat Tours to Iona, Tobermory, Staffa, Treshnish, Mull & Fingal’s Cave ( Discover the most beautiful and interesting places on the West Coast of Scotland with our tours to the Isle of Staffa, home to the world-famous Fingal’s Cave, the ornithological heaven of the Treshnish Isles, the sacred Isle of Iona and the wildlife mecca of Mull.

Crossroads Pet & Garden

By Tracy Stock

Millhouse, Tighnabruaich, PA21 2BW

Tel: 07880 667429

An amazingly well stocked wee shop with everything you could need for your dog whilst on holiday. Call in advance to arrange your dog food to be here for your holiday or for anything you may need from tick removers to treats. Also bird feed if you want to attract some locals to your holiday cottage garden.

Tracy also has some gorgeous gifts and a great selection of items for taking home as presents or reminders of your holiday.



Bay Tree Post Office and General Licenced Stores with Café, Friday takeaway

The Filling Station – Fuel and Licenced Store – get your logs, dog food and toiletries


Lochgoilhead Post Office

General Store Drimsynie

Asda and Morrisons online for home deliveries

Drimsynie Leisure complex with Pool


A nice wee traditional Scottish town with lots of great shops and places to eat. Fish and Chips.

Co-op Supermarket


Wet weather clothing shops

Fishing equipment store

Whisky shop

Sweetie shop

Souvenir shops1


Morrisons and Co-op Supermarkets (home delivery service available via website)

High Street Shops and Banks.

Plenty of cafes and restaurants and bars.

Small cinema

Swimming Pool and Gym

Petrol stations

Car Ferry at Hunters Quay to Gourock

Passenger Ferry in Dunoon to Gourock, train service to Glasgow


Pucks Glen Walk

Dunoon PA23 8QU






1.6 mi


413 ft

Due to its suitability for all ages and skill levels, the Pucks Glen Walk is the most popular trail in the region. The atmospheric, rainforest-like glen features a rushing burn, waterfalls, several arched bridges, and rocky slopes draped in heavy, lush moss. If you’re looking to spend an hour or so immersed in serene nature, this is the walk for you!

Argyll and Bute’s Cowal Peninsula is a stunning natural area, carpeted in the dense Argyll Forest and host to a wide array of wildlife. The Pucks Glen Walk is the most popular nature trail on the peninsula and draws walkers of all abilities and ages due to its relatively short distance and minor elevation. Although the trail is suitable for children, buggies are not recommended, as the route does contain some sections featuring rocky steps and uneven ground.

Whether your day plans feature other adventures or you’re just limited on time, this 1.5-hour walk is the perfect way to get a quick dose of nature in an absolutely brilliant setting! A collection of cordial friends along the trail who call the Argyll Forest home, including red squirrels, beavers, and otters, make this walk great for spotting wildlife. The forest itself is also home to some of Europe’s most ancient oakwoods, and walking among them gives you the feeling of entering a magical world where time stands still.

From the Pucks Glen car park, begin the walk by heading towards the information board, which lays out various walking routes throughout the glen. You’ll follow the red route for this trail, which runs north up a road past a stretch of wooden chalets. Continue 0.3 mi and join the path that heads up into the glen. Making your way up the right side of the rushing burn, you’ll navigate several footbridges, great vantage points to snap some photos of the waterfalls along the way. Keep children close as you make your way alongside the water, as the edge is often unprotected.

A series of stone steps pave the way for the next section, and you’ll find yourself flanked by the towering walls of the glen, clothed in thick green moss and swaying ferns. As the trail continues and the ascent becomes steeper, handrails will guide you upstream through the glen on a meandering path. A sign soon marks your completion of the Lower Glen section, and you’ll now continue to the Upper Glen.

Glenfinart and Ardentinny Circular

Length2.0 mi

Elevation gain262 ft

Enjoy a gentle stroll along Glenfinart Burn to Ardentinny, picnic beside Cowal's longest sandy beach and explore the varied network of woodland nearby, including luscious pines. There are public toilets at the picnic site open all year round and some are also available in Ardentinny village. A wonderful way to reconnect with nature. Enjoy!

Location Cowal, Argyll and Bute,

Coordinates grid reference NS1732090102

The Arrochar Alps loop – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

11.8 miles

5,425 ft

Expert Hiking, good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Ben Donich from Rest and Be Thankful – Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

5.18 miles

1,825 ft

Intermediate hiking, good fitness required. Easily accessible paths. Suitable for all skills.

The Cobbler – A circuit from Succoth

6.34 miles

2,700 ft

Intermediate hiking, good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way

57 miles

6,225 ft

Break this walk down over 4 days, walking between 4 and 7 hours per day

Hailed as Scotlands most diverse long-distance footpath, exploring some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes the Highlands has to offer. Fondly known as “Scotland in 57” the route enables you to experience many characteristics of the country in one trail. From stunning coastlines to serene lochs, wild moorlands to fragrant forests, friendly villages to empty hilltops.

Starting from Portavadie, the route cuts northeast across the Cowl peninsula to finish in Inveruglas, on the shores of Loch Lomond.

You will see ruined castles, historic churches, clan histories and prehistoric sites. You can observe plenty of wildlife including seals, deer, red squirrels and the mighty gold eagle. Highlights include Asgog Castle, a ruined 15th century keep in a picturesque lochside setting, Asgog Loch, Kyles of Bute, a narrow sea channel known as “Secret Coast”. Dunans Castle, a magnificent ruin in Glendaruel. Curra Lochain, a stunning stretch of water between the summits of Beinn Lochaini and Beinn Bheula. Loch Goil, a pretty sea loch surrounded by mountains. Loch Long, a dramatic sea loch. An Ceann Mor, an art installation at the finish line that affords a magnificent view of Loch Lomond, the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond.

This route also connects with the West Highland Way, Scotlands most famous long-distance route and the Three Lochs Way.

The Walking around Argyll is endless and around every corner is a Forestry Track with access to beautiful nature and endless views.

Bring good walking boots, wet weather gear and binoculars.

Please know your limits and do your research as Scotland is known for its ever changing weather.

Please consider the beautiful countryside and wildlife and only leave your

footprints behind.