Tichnabruaich, which is surrounded by a dramatic mountain landscape, lies on the east shore of the Kyles of Bute, a narrow stretch of water surrounding the Island of Bute, and as such enjoys wonderful views across to the island. The best place to head for in order to take in the views is a viewpoint to the north of the village on the A8003 which looks out over Loch Riddon as well as both the eastern and western Kyles of Bute. This stretch of coast is marketed as "Argyll's Secret Coast", and Tighnabruaich has in the past been the recipient of the award for the prettiest village in this part of Scotland. The village owes its origins to the beginnings of steamer traffic in these parts, which led to its development as a resort, and it is still visited today by the world's last surviving ocean-going paddle steamer, the Waverley, which makes trips down the Clyde from Glasgow to some of the favourite holiday destinations on this part of the coast. Tighnabruaich is ideal for yachting, and has a sailing and windsurfing school as well as offering boat trips around the surrounding lochs. For golfers, there is the Kyles Of Bute Golf Club at nearby Kames. Another popular sport in this part of Scotland is shinty, which is a form of hockey played with a stick called a caman.
Map of the area.
© 2008 Chris Downer, via Wikimedia Commons