itinerary suggestions

  • Morning walk around our shore stopping at ‘The Dairy’ to browse the textiles and ceramics. Afternoon trip to the village with walk along the promenade with stunning views, pretty boats and the excellent Tighanbruaich Gallery. Treat yourself to afternoon tea in pink Tearoom!

  • Morning walk through the ancient Glenan woods followed by lunch at Portavadie Marina.

  • A day trip to the Island of Bute via the Cal Mac ferry at Colintraive, visiting Mount Stuart House and Gardens and the award winning visitor centre.

  • A day trip to the gardens on Ardkinglas Estate with particularly stunning walks in the spring time, visiting the tallest tree in Britain. Followed by a 10 minute drive to Loch Fyne Oyster Bar with its excellent selection of local produce for a coffee.

  • A day trip to the conservation village of Inverary with the famous Castle, home of the chief of the Campbell clan, Jail and Maritime Museum.

  • Morning walk to Ostwald Bay (take your bucket and spades/kites/swimming costume) followed by lunch at The Barn at Millhouse. Afternoon trip on DC Marine’s boat Morag, exploring the Kyles by sea.

  • Leave your car at Portavadie and get the ferry to Tarbert on Loch Fyne and spend the day exploring the traditional fishing village with its ancient castle. Bring back some delicious local seafood purchased fresh from the fisherman at the ferry terminal.

  • Bring your bike and cycle (or walk) the Ardlamont 10 mile circular route now famous for the Kyles 10 Miles (www.kyles10miles.co.uk)

  • For the keen golfer a morning on Tighnabruaich Golf course followed by a delicious lunch in the nearby Kames Hotel.

  • Book into a two day powerboating course at Tighnabruaich Sailing School and learn the basics of boat control amidst the stunning scenery and sheltered waters of the Kyles of Bute. Alternatively book a five day dinghy sailing course and come away with a good grasp on the basics of sailing. Experience the Kyles of Bute from the sea and enjoy all the wildlife it has to offer. Pre-booking is essential.

  • Take a packed lunch, buy a fishing permit from the Kames Post Office and spend a peaceful day fishing the inland lochs in the hills behind Tighnabruaich.

  • On a wet day, treat yourself to a day at the new Portavadie Spa and Leisure Centre - you will not be disappointed.

  • A day trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Benmore near Dunoon, with a small detour on the way home to visit Colintraive Heritage Centre and have dinner at the award winning Colintraive Hotel.

  • Bring your tennis shoes and racket and spend the morning playing on a court with stunning views south down the Kyles of Bute. Treat yourself to lunch in the Botanica in the village of Tighnabruaich when you have finished.

  • Take the car to Otter Ferry and enjoy a walk along the shore with lunch or afternoon tea in the Oystercatcher.

  • Enjoy a day doing nothing in particular, doing your grocery shopping locally at Duncan’s Village Store which stocks local produce from Winston Churchill’s Venison to Bute cheese. Cook yourself a delicious meal and enjoy sitting on your lodge balcony with a glass of wine in hand watching boats sailing down the Kyles and the children playing on the beach.