History & FeaturesTighnabruaich, on Argyll’s secret coast and one of its most cherished villages, is situated on the west side of the Kyles of Bute in a tranquil, sheltered position and is an absolute jewel in the crown. Once a bustling fishing village it became popular in the 19th century with wealthy Glasgow merchants, many of whom built homes here. Some were merely used as holiday homes for a brief escape from an increasingly industrialised Glasgow. Others made Tighnabruaich their permanent home and would commute to their offices and factories in Glasgow by one of the many steamers which served the Clyde and the Kyles.
Today, Tighnabruaich has much to offer the visitor. It is a well known anchorage for yachtsmen, the base for the Kyles of Bute Sailing Club, which welcomes visitors and there is an excellent sailing and windsurfing school.
Located on section two of the Cowal way, walkers can enjoy short or lengthy hikes to suit their abilities. For the more adventurous guided walks with an experienced ranger can be organised. Fishing, either by private hire boat or on the delightful vessel, Morag, is plentiful.
The village has several interesting and useful shops. Beautiful postcards of the area can be found in the Post Office and a visit to the Tighnabruaich Gallery is a must for any lovers of contemporary art along with beautiful glassware, handmade jewellery, woollens and other gifts. The grocery store provides all day to day needs. For meals and snacks visit the Tea Room, Suzy’s tearooms or the delightful Burnside Bistro.
Getting HereTravelling to Tighnabruaich.
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ON ARRIVAL IN TIGHNABRUAICH
Turn left at the bottom of the hill, with the Sea on your right, proceed through the village past the shops and on past the pier. Wellpark Hotel can be found 200 metres from the pier.
Proceed up the drive to where there is ample car parking towards the rear of the hotel.
Have a good journey!
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Please refer to links for Glasgow airports and Loch Lomond Seaplanes for full details and timetables.
From the South
M1-A1 Scotch Corner then A66 West to M6 North, then into Glasgow via M74 then M8 to Glasgow Airport, the Erskine Bridge, Greenock.
M6 North from Birmingham, then as above and below at Glasgow.
Continue on M8 to Greenock – Gourock and catch the Western Ferry (every 20mins) to Dunoon. (Crossing the Clyde to Dunoon takes 15-20mins.)
From Dunoon follow coast road keeping the sea on your right, just outside Sandbanks is a turning on your left signposted Colintraive turn left & stay on this road until you hit a T junction (approx 10miles) turn right onto the A886 then after about1 mile take the first turning on your Left A8003 to Tighnabruaich.
Exit M8 at Erskine Bridge junction cross the bridge and follow signs to A82 Loch Lomond on your left just before the end of the bridge.
Follow this road for about 4 miles and stay straight. This will ultimately take you along the shores of Loch Lomond.
After about 11miles at Tarbet go straight on and to and through Arrochar, stay on this road for about 8 miles until you see a turning on your left A815 for Strachur this takes you along the shores of Loch Fyne on your right. Turn right at B886 junction keeping Loch Fyne on your right. Stay on this road for about 17 miles through Glendaruel past the turning to Otter ferry then after about ¼ mile take a right onto the A8003 sign posted Tighnabruaich.
On Entering the village turn left keeping the sea on your right and go towards the large pier. From the pier, count 5 lampposts, on arrival at lamppost 5 WELLPARK Hotel will be immediately on your left
From the North
From Oban Take the A819 to Inveraray then A 83 to Glasgow with Loch Fyne on your right, then turn right onto the A815 at the tip of Loch Fyne to Strachur follow route as above from here.
Local ActivitiesLinks to local activities and places of interest
Marina (Bar & Restaurant)
Art & Crafts Gallery
Benmore Botanical Gardens
Off road & more
Local area website
Local walks and more