Discover Argyll’s Secret Coast

Tucked away in a remote corner of Scotland, the Kyles of Bute is only a two-hour drive from Glasgow, but it feels like a world away.

Tranquillity and peace await the intrepid visitor who chooses to get off the beaten path, where fabulous seafood, friendly pubs, top-notch holiday accommodation and some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes make staying here a pleasure.

The villages of Tighnabruaich and Kames offer fine hotels and B & B accommodation. Both are popular weekend cruising destinations, or stopovers on the way to the west Highlands via the Crinan Canal. Favourite anchorages include Caladh Harbour at the top of the Narrows and moorings at the Kames and Tighnabruaich piers, where a pint and a hearty meal await at several friendly pubs. The Kyles of Bute Sailing Club organises racing and children’s activities and the Tighnabruaich Sailing School offers dinghy sailing and wind surfing classes.

Tighnabruaich. Image by Andrew Buchanan

Portavadie is one of Britain’s most modern marinas, featuring sheltered deep-water berthing and renowned purpose-built marina facilities. Portavadie is the gateway to some of the west coast’s best sailing waters, with islands, harbours, anchorages and excellent shore-side facilities readily available, including the entrance to the Crinan Canal at nearby Ardrishaig. A fabulous spa proffers a range of pampering treatments. Award-winning restaurants, pubs, salons and accommodation make Portavadie a popular stopping off or launching point.

For those looking to miss the crowds and enjoy nature at its best, Ostell Bay boasts one of the prettiest beaches in Argyll. Visitors can park at the lay by and take the 15 minute walk across the machair to the beach, which is fringed in wildflowers in spring and summer. Paddling, sunbathing and picnicking in the bay are great ways to pass a sunny day.

Explore Argyll's Secret Coast on a guided day tour from Oban with Imagine Alba. Let Michelle and Rab show you the best of this beautiful part of Argyll in luxury and ease, with door to door service. Each tour includes local whisky and seafood, historic sites, stunning coastal scenery and off the beaten path spots that will win your heart. Get in touch today about a private day tour from Oban of Argyll's Secret Coast for 2021!

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