swimming and spa

New in 2015, the Spa and leisure facility at Portavadie is a wonderful light-filled, modern facility only ten minutes from Carry Farm. A superb infinity pool and hydro pools, tranquil treatment and relaxation spaces, sauna and a gym, provide entertainment for all the family.

Of course, you do not need to head over the hill to go swimming.  The bay at Carry Farm is idyllic,  shallow, with sparkling clear water, you do not get much better than this!  Beat the crowds and head to the sea.........it is truly exhilarating.

shopping

It may not be what you expect to do on Argyll's Secret Coast, but we do have some lovely galleries and local shops to enjoy during your stay.

Carry Farm has a textile and ceramic gallery with products made at Carry Farm from the fleece from the hebridean sheep that graze on the heath.

Tighnabruaich Gallery is situated in the village, a 5 minute drive from Carry Farm. Long established as one of the finiest galleries in the west, it endeavours to bring dynamic and engaging works to rural Scotland, alongside contemporary art and crafts from a range of established and emerging talents.

Portavadie Marina has a well stocked shop stocking the best of active outdoor kit from Musto, Animal, Joules, Dubarry, Gill and Henry Lloyd.

And for the essentials of day to day living, do not forget the award winning Duncan's Village Store 2 miles from Carry Farm which stocks all the best locally sourced groceries you will need for your holiday.

 

cycling

cycling

Argyll's Secret Coast has become a popular destination for the serious cyclist. The quiet single track roads coupled with outstanding views and challenging terrain is a winning combination.  This is recognised by the 5 Ferries Challenge that incorporates 4 cycle sections (a total of 52 miles) and 5 ferry crossing in and around North Kintyre and the Firth of Clyde, passing through Tighnabruaich before heading towards Colintraive.

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fishing

fishing

Whether you enjoy sea, loch or river fishing, Tighnabruaich offers it all.  The pier is a popular location for anglers to spend the day with plenty of space to give everyone a bit of elbow room. If you would rather get afloat then contact Donald fromDC Marine who offers trips of over one hour to include the opportunity to try your hand at fishing for Mackerel, Pollock, Saithe, Cod and Codling. All the necessary fishing gear is carried on board. Enthusiastic anglers can charter the boat purely for fishing expeditions and visit the best fishing grounds in the area.

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kayaking

The Kyles of Bute are perfect for kayaking.  The safe sheltered waters of the Kyles of Bute with the open water to the south dominated by the mountains of Arran, make the area a first class destination for kayakers. All are very welcome to stay at Carry Farm where there is plenty of space for safe boat storage and launching your kayak ,  with access for a car to get to the shore.

We are fortunate to work in collaboration with the highly skilled and experienced Sea Kayak Argyll to offer 5 day Sea Kayak courses based at Carry Farm.

Sea Kayak Argyll use friendly, professional, qualified guides and coaches and operate throughout the Cowal Peninsula, the Isle of Bute and along Argyll’s ’Secret Coast’, all offering stunning scenary and wildlife. They are the first Scottish ISKGA Centre and are now offering both BCU and ISKGA accredited courses and qualifications.

In addition to being an International Sea Kayak Guide and BCU Sea Kayak Leader, Head Guide Phil Keetley’s outdoor qualifications include Canoe and Kayak Coach, Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, RYA Coastal Skipper and Mountain Bike Leader. He is a Rescue and Emergency Care Advanced First Aider and First Aid Instructor and holds the Royal Geographic Society Off Site Safety Management Certificate.

2017 Courses are available on the following dates: (contact Phil for further information)

  • 1st - 5th May
  • 23rd - 28th July
  • 4th - 8th September
  • 11th - 15th September
  • 18th - 22nd September
  • 16th - 20th October

 

golf

golf

The nine-hole Kyles of Bute Golf Course is a well-kept secret. It must be one of the most scenic golf courses on the west coast of Scotland, with breathtaking views from every tee. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the hill above Kames, the golf course offers panoramic views across the water to the Island of Bute, across Loch Fyne to the Mull of Kintyre and on a clear day, south to the Ayrshire coast beyond Arran.

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