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Activities in Tighnabruaich, Argyll

Boat Trips

Yachts moored outside the Royal an Lochan on the Kyles of Bute

Yachts moored outside the Royal an Lochan on the Kyles of Bute

Fancy a boat trip while you are staying with us? We suggest you contact Donald at DC Marine owner of Morag a former prawn trawler now converted to passenger use. Speak to Donald about exclusive hire or join a scheduled trip sailing round the local area where you can see wildlife such as seals, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks during the warmer months as well as a huge variety of seabrids including the spectacular gannets that visit from nearby Ailsa Craig, explore the Kyles of Bute and see sights only visible from the water such as.

Or maybe you would like to step back in time and take a boat trip on the Waverley the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world. A trip on the historic Waverley is like no other boat trip and sails from Tighnabruaich Pier and other local points from June to October.

Outdoor Activities

Argyll Adventure offer a wide range of outdoor activities for both children and adults, these include laser clay pigeon shooting, climbing walls and paint ball games. Quadmania run superb quadbike treks as well as archery and clay pigeon shooting sessions.


In the hills above the village there is a testing 9-hole golf course at Kyles of Bute Golf Club. Visiting golfers are also welcome at Cowal Golf Club in Dunoon and Rothesay Golf Club on the Isle of Bute.

Horse Riding

Ardlamont House in Kames offers horse riding and carriage rides. Call 01700 811198 for details and bookings.

Slightly further afield, riding is available in Tarbert at Highland Horse Riding and on the Isle of Bute at the Rothesay Riding Centre (01700 504971).

Shooting and Stalking

Winston and his co-stalkers are hugely experienced in leading stalkers on successful shoots all over the Cowal Peninsula and throughout Argyll. Stalking is available all year round and can be arranged by contacting Winston Churchill Stalking.


The local angling club regularly stock three attractive hill locks with brown and rainbow trout, day permits are available at the hotel. In the summer mackerel can be caught from the Tighnabruaich Pier and sea fishing can be arranged locally.


Sheltered in the lee of the Isle of Bute, the Kyles of Bute offer relatively safe sailing waters for small boats and the Tighnabruaich Sailing School runs day-boat courses to suit all levels.


The Cowal Way runs right past us and there are two sections that you can try from the hotel.

Tighnabruaich to Portavadie – 6 Miles (10 Km) undulating trails and stunning views.
Tighnabruaich to Glendaruel – 11 Miles (18 Km) gentle walking through varied scenery.


The Royal an Lochan is located the National Cycle Network – Route 75. National Route 75 connects Leith in east Edinburgh with Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, via Glasgow and Tighnabruaich using the ferry between Gourock and Dunoon.

Then you can stop off at the Royal an Lochan for well-earned rest, food and refreshments. Get more information from Sustrans

Historic Sites

Kilmodan Church and Kilmodan Carved Stones – Glendaruel  The site of an 18th Century church built on the site of the original early 17th Century church, dedicated to St Modan, an early Celtic saint who lived around the time of St. Columba. The Kilmodan Sculptured Stones comprise nine late-medieval West Highland grave-slabs and one post-Reformation grave-slab (dated 1636)

Garden Walks

Dunans Castle – Glendaruel. The castle is set in 16 acres and is currently undergoing restoration. The woodland garden features a ravine walk that takes you through ancient woodland and past a waterfall and a marshland boardwalk through a wildflower meadow.

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