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The Royal an Lochan

Local Activities and Attractions

The Cowal Way

Take a picturesque walk along the famous Cowal Way.

Apart from eating delicious food and relaxing in our unique surroundings, what are you going to do while you stay with us? We are certain you will find something to enjoy from our See and Do pages.

There are lots of places to visit in Cowal and Argyll ranging from historical sites, fabulous gardens, the famous Loch Fyne, the Isle of Bute and the coastal town of Dunoon.

Local activities are varied and include sailing, stalking, cycling, horse riding and the renowned Argyll walking and climbing with hills and Munros offering challenges for experienced and casual hill climbers alike. Regardless of where or what you choose to climb the views are always spectacular.

Argyll’s wildlife is abundant and is one of the richest wildlife habitats in Britain. Even if you’re not looking you can often spot seals, dolphins, porpoises, whales, deer and birds of prey throughout the region.

The Tig Gallery

The Tig Gallery (Tighnabruaich Gallery) is a beautiful contemporary gallery featuring original art by Scottish painters and a unique collection of jewellery, glass, sculpture, ceramics and textiles from high quality individual makers. Each year sees a series of six exhibitions featuring artists such as Tommy Fitchet, Erni Upton, Jan Nelson and Rosanne Barr. Similarly the creative pieces of ceramic, glass, sculpture and jewellery all change as they sell and new makers are discovered. All pieces here are individually crafted with love and care. Nothing here comes from China. The Gallery nestles in the beautiful Kyles of Bute and works together with the neighbouring Burnside Bistro.

Scottish Artists’ Displays in the Hotel

The hotel also displays many paintings by Scottish artists many of which have used the magnificent scenery around the Kyles of Bute for inspiration and as subject matter. Many of the artworks displayed in the hotel are for sale and those displayed in the restaurant with its superb natural light.

We are proud to have works by local artists Stuart Herd and Anne Hewitt adorning our walls. Visitors are always struck by their stunning paintings of the sea and landscapes of Cowal and Argyll.

Find out more about artwork at the Royal an Lochan.

Walking and Cycling

Loch Eck, Argyll

There’s amazing coastal, forest and hill walking in Cowal and Argyll all with breathtaking views!

Kilfinan Community Forest Company (KCFC) is charity set up in 2007 to work with and for the local community to manage and develop their forest, creating opportunities for a sustainable future for the local economy, recreation and tourism, the environment and education.

The principal activity of KCFC is to manage ownership of 434 hectares of Acharossan Forest – purchased from the Forestry Commission Scotland in 2010 and 2015 – to deliver a range of benefits to the community of Kilfinan. These benefits include local employment, the development of recreational activities, the creation of a valuable educational resource for environmental activities, and the provision of affordable housing opportunities. A further key aim is to create a truly ‘working forest’, with training and volunteering opportunities to bring key forestry skills to the community. As well as creating new infrastructure, KCFC manages the existing forest to protect the local environment and sustain a natural forest. KCFC has maintained an average of 3 FTE staff posts since the project started in 2010.

The Cowal Way

The Cowal Way is a 57 mile walkway from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond and is ideal for walking and cycling. The undulating trail is waymarked and rugged in places and has a wide variety of stunning scenery from views of Bute and the Clyde, moorland hills and forests as well as historical points of interest along the way as well as a rich variety of wildlife to spot such as red squirrel, golden eagle and red deer.

Wildlife

Tighnabruaich, the Cowal Peninsula and the whole of Argyll is the wildlife lover’s paradise and there’s way too much to take in in one visit. You can take a boat trip to see marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and basking sharks all of which never fail to amaze our guests. Read about some of our wildlife sightings from right here at the hotel.

There is also an abundance of birdlife with seabirds such as spectacular gannets regularly visiting the Kyles of Bute and inland you can spot red and black throated divers, grebes, ducks, geese, swans, waders and the spectacular ospreys at Loch Awe.

Find out more about wildlife in Argyll.

Places to Visit

Inveraray Castle Inveraray Loch Fyne

Inveraray Castle, Inveraray Town and Loch Fyne seen from the monument at Dun na Cuaiche viewpoint.

Enjoy some great days out using the Royal an Lochan as your base.

Take the short ferry hop across to the Isle of Bute and tour this beautiful and diverse island, visit the magnificent Mount Stuart stately home and enjoy the seaside atmosphere of Rothesay.

Explore the shores of the aptly named Loch Fyne with its picturesque towns and villages of Tarbert, Strachur and Inveraray with its famous jail, bell tower and the magnificent Inveraray Castle.

No visit to the area is complete without exploring the unique and lush gardens of Argyll that take full advantage of the fertile west coast climate which is influenced by the Gulf Stream. It’s perfect for rare and magnificent plants such as Himalayan shrubs, rhododendrons and giant redwoods.

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