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Home to golden beaches and ancient woodlands

Although only a couple of hours from Glasgow, Argyll's Secret Coast feels like a world apart – an undiscovered oasis of sparkling sea lochs and ancient forests

If you're feeling active you could try kayaking, mountain biking, hiking or sailing or take an amble round the coast and enjoy watching our spectacular wildlife.


Discover white sandy beaches within a stones throw of The Royal, perfect for a winter stroll or a lazy summer afternoon. We highly recommend the golden sands of Kilbride Bay Beach (also known as Ostel Bay).


Walkers are spoilt for choice with quiet country roads and forest tracks meandering over the peninsula – never far from a sea loch. There are guided walks around Tighnabruaich and to Caladh Castle, and for long distance hikers, the 57-mile Cowal Way to Loch Lomond starts at Portavadie.


A popular stopping point for many cyclists – we offer overnight bike storage for any guests staying at The Royal. A 10-mile trail from Kames around Ardlamont Point is one all the family can tackle easily, and a popular circular route is from Tighnabruaich through Kilfinan and Otter Ferry to Lachlan Castle, returning via Glendaruel. For a real road bike challenge, try the Bealach Maim, which takes you from Tighnabruaich to Glendaruel and over the  steep bealach.


Scenery, wild life, protective hills, deep water, silent anchorages, relaxed tides, no crowds. Argyll’s Secret Coast is perfect for sailing. Tighnabruaich  has a sailing school where children and adults can learn dinghy skills from Royal Yachting Association instructors, and there are few lovelier places for fledgling sailors to take to sheltered waters.