Tighnabruaich is a coastal village on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, which is popular with the seafaring community for sailing and yachting. With a small vibrant community with a village store, it is a quiet place apart from in the summer months. This area is promoted as part of “Argyll’s Secret Coast” and it certainly boasts many fine scenic views over the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne, with Jeremy Clarkson, the former Top Gear presenter rating the route between Colintraive and Tighnabruaich as among his best driving experiences. A 9-hole golf course is located by Kames, which is a great little course, by all standards. A ferry from Portavadie takes you across Loch Fyne to the Mull of Kintyre to East Loch Tarbert, allowing for great day trips on Kintyre. Access to the isles of Bute and Arran are also available by ferry.
Argyllshire is one of the larger of the Scottish counties. Located in the west, Argyll incorporates the coastline and isles between the Mull of Kintyre up to Ardnamurchan. The area’s biggest attraction is its immense range of landscapes; with miles of rugged cliffs and mountainous highland scenery to discover, as well as beautiful woodlands, the area is a dream destination for nature lovers. Why not visit the magnificent volcanic rock island of Staffa, where the puffins make their summer home? Or join the Beaver Trail to spot the elusive mammal recently reintroduced to the area. You could also take in the Gulf of Corryvreckan on the island at Jura, the third largest natural whirlpool in the world! Island hopping tours are a great way to discover the isles of Argyll, and for keen walkers, the mountainous landscapes of the likes of Ardgour, and the westerly range of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are well worth a visit. Towns to take in include Oban, a resort town nestled on the Firth of Lorn; Dunoon, home to the famous Cowal Highland Gathering, an annual highland games; and Campbeltown, the county’s historic centre for whisky, fishing and ship-building.
Highlands and Islands
This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found.