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The Royal an Lochan

Places to visit in and around Tighnabruaich

The area around Tighnabruaich is full of great places to visit either individually or as part of a tour of the area. To get you started, why not read our Kyles and Mid Argyll Tour by Car Itinerary.

Shinty

One of Scotland’s top Shinty teams, Kyles Athletic, play in Tighnabruaich and always provides an exciting display of this fierce sport.

Shinty is a team sport played with sticks and a ball. Shinty is now played mainly in the Highlands of Scotland, and amongst Highland migrants to the big cities of Scotland.

Whilst comparisons are often made with field hockey, the two sports have several important differences. In shinty, a player is allowed to play the ball in the air and is allowed to use both sides of the stick. The stick may also be used to block and to tackle, although a player may not come down on an opponent’s stick, a practice called hacking. A player may tackle using the body as long as this is shoulder-to-shoulder as in football.

Skipness Castle and Seafood Cabin

After a short ferry ride across to Tarbert it is only a few miles to Skipness Castle. This stunning 13th century ruin has magnificent views of the Sound of Bute and the Firth of Clyde beyond and Kilbrannan Sound, which separates the Mull of Kintyre from the Isle of Arran.

For an 800 year old ruin, the Skipness Castle is in superb condition and visitors can explore the large interiors, marvel at the huge 4 foot thick walls and climb up the stairs to the roof where the views are breathtaking. Alongside the ruin of the castle is the Seafood Cabin, which is a lovely out of the way spot for lunch of freshly caught local seafood, home-baking, local beers and fine wines.

Isle of Bute

After a scenic drive to Colintraive and a very short 5-minute ferry ride, you will find yourselves on the lovely Isle of Bute. Bute offers many cycling routes with bike hire facilities available.

With the isle only being 15 miles long and 5 miles wide there are many places within walking and cycling distance such as Mount Stuart House & Gardens, a magnificent Victorian Gothic Revival mansion, or Ascog Hall Fernery & Garden, a beautiful Victorian fern house.

The main town of Rothesay is home to Rothesay Castle, Bute Museum, and their famous Victorian Toilets dating back to 1899. When visiting the island, don’t forget to drive and take the short walk to Scalpsie Bay to observe the seal colonies. Read more about things to do on the Isle of Bute.

The Tighnabruaich Viewpoint

A spectacular view awaits you as you drive to Tighnabruaich. Find out about the Tighnabruaich Viewpoint.

Dunoon

Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula is a popular tourist destination with many activities and sights such as museums, gardens and forest walks and plenty of leisure activities in and around the town. Read more about things to do in Dunoon.

Dunoon, some 26 miles from here, is our nearest town. There is a bus service twice a day, otherwise you can travel by car and some of you may have travelled this way from Glasgow and will know the road. As most roads in this area are single track in some places, please bear in mind the local traffic and pull over to let faster traffic go by. The locals say thank you by a flashing both or a single indicator.

Loch Fyne

Loch Fyne is one of the most famous sea lochs in Scotland and provides visitors with spectacular coastal and mountain scenery, a variety of interesting indoor and outdoor attractions and activities and makes for a great day out. Read more about things to do on a day out to Loch Fyne.

Inveraray

Inveraray is a well known town made up of many traditional white painted buildings. The town is home to Inveraray Jail which dates back almost two centuries and gives an insight into the way life used to be. There is also the magnificent 18th century Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, which has impressive displays of artwork, armour and weaponry, formal gardens and tea room.

Ardkinglas Estate

Ardkinglas Estate is situated on the A83 at the head of Loch Fyne. This architecturally stunning building offers guided tours of the house and estate with its mature champion trees and rhododendrons and have a shop selling gifts and garden plants.

Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden is a magnificent mountainside garden containing a world famous collection of plants set in approximately 120 acres. The Garden is probably most famous for its spectacular avenue of Giant Redwoods but also has beautiful displays of rhododendrons and rare plants from Bhutan and Chile.

The huge variety of plants from around the world ensure there is always interesting plant life throughout the year from the Springtime blaze of colour, the beautiful Summer azaleas and magnolias, and the brilliant diversity of Autumn colours.

Throughout the Garden’s open season events are held for the public such as Guided Tours that run for the whole season, photo exhibitions, open days and concerts.

There is a café and shop on site and the Garden is open daily 1 March to 31 October from 10am to 5pm/6pm.

Read our Tour of Argyll Gardens Itinerary.

Kilbride Bay

Kilbride Bay, also known as Ostell Bay, is a wonderful sweeping bay a few miles to the south of the Royal an Lochan and perfect for spending a few hours walking on the crescent-shaped sandy beach or relaxing while taking in the fantastic views of the Firth of Clyde down towards Arran and Ailsa Craig.

You can either cycle or drive to Kilbride Farm where during the Summer months there is a pop-up tea room offering home baking and teas and coffees. The Bay is a 10-15 minute walk from Kilbride Farm, across the machair to the dunes.

Auchindrain Museum

Step back in time at Auchindrain Museum 6 miles south of Inveraray to see how people lived in the period of 1750 – 1840 and view this historic farming township as a living history.

Susy’s Tearoom

Susy’s Tearoom is a long running tearoom situated in the picturesque village of Tighnabruaich right on the shores of the Kyles of Bute. The view from the picture windows down the Kyles towards Arran is hard to beat.

Botanica Restaurant

Botanica Restaurant is situated in the heart of Tighnabruaich overlooking The Kyles Of Bute This is ‘Nature’s Larder’ using the best of Scotland’s produce .

Set in scenic ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast ‘ Botanica offers contemporary cuisine with seasonal and local produce which can be enjoyed in the outside patio area or inside the 26 seater restaurant with the pleasure of watching the chef in an open kitchen.

The Wilder Ways

Let Wilder Ways take you on a unique riding adventure through some of the lesser known wilds of Scotland. You will ride through quiet hills, gentle meadows and woodlands, picnic by loch sides and castles and end our days on remote beaches where we can paddle and set up camp. Our horses are experienced adventurers or you can bring your own horse along if preferred.

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