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Local Activities and Attractions

The Royal an Lochan on 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 & Do pages: Places to Visit in Cowal and Argyll, Local Activities in Cowal and Argyll.

The Tighnabruaich Gallery

Tighnabruaich is one of four small villages stretching along the shore of the Kyles of Bute. There are a number of small shops including a post office and local grocery shop and The Tighnabruaich Gallery which specialises in exhibiting contemporary Scottish art; paintings, sculptures, wood turning, glasswork, textiles and jewellery all of which are crafted by artists either based in or originating from Scotland.

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. Also on disply are selected items of handcrafted jewellery and glassware from the nearby Tighnabruaich Gallery. 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. All their artwork displayed in the hotel is for sale at very reasonable prices and are very popular with guests and day visitors alike.

Find out more about artwork at the Royal an Lochan.

Coastal, forest and hill walking in Argyll

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

Walking and Cycling

Our local charity Kilfinan Greenways Association are reclaiming, upgrading and signposting lost footpaths in the Tighnabruaich area. There are hill and coastal walks of varying difficulty on the Cowal Peninsula as well as plenty of historical buildings and sites in the area.

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.


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.

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.

Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Loch Fyne

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

Places to Visit

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 the 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 Inveraray Castle.

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

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