10 things to do this spring on Argyll's Secret Coast
It's forecast to be a cracking week on Argyll's Secret Coast. It's time to get outdoors and have some fun in the spring sunshine. Here's a round up of the top ten things to do on Argyll's Secret Coast this season.
1. Discover Carry Point
Walk around Carry Point at Carry Farm. It’s a short stroll but there’s plenty to see along the way, including magnificent views of Bute, Inchmarnock and Arran, a flock of Hebridean sheep and some fabulous wildlife. And at this time of year you’ll find the the front field full of adorable black lambs leaping around by the shore. You’ll also meet the two donkeys, Barney and Louis. When you’ve finished your stroll, pop into the Dairy Gallery at Carry Farm.
2. Glenan Wood
See the bluebells in Glenan Wood. Argyll’s Secret Coast has some lovely old oak woodlands that support a vast range of flora and fauna. And in May you’ll be treated to a carpet of bluebells on the forest floor. Glenan Wood at Portavadie is easily accessible and has a range of walks, from easy coastal rambles to slightly more strenuous hilly ones. Follow the sign for the ‘Coast Path’ and head back by the ‘Forest Path’ for a stunning loop with plenty of beautiful bluebells. Listen out for woodwarblers and cuckoos too.
3. Watch the Scottish Series
Watch the Scottish Series boats racing in Loch Fyne. The Scottish Series is a fantastic weekend of yacht racing based around Tarbert on Loch Fyne. The yachts make for a magnificent sight and there are great vantage points from which to watch the racing on Argyll’s Secret Coast, including Portavadie. Or you could hop on the ferry to Tarbert to enjoy the shoreside fun.
4. The standing stones at Stillaig
Visit the standing stones at Stillaig. The walk from Portavadie across the headland to the standing stones at Stillaig is stunning at this time of year. The views across Loch Fyne are wonderful and you can spot the ferry ploughing backwards and forwards between Portavadie and Tarbert. Listen out for the ravens, which nest in the cliffs close by, and the cuckoo which calls at this time of the year.
5. Go on a boat trip
Based in the beautiful town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula, the doorway to Argyll, Wreckspedition offers a variety of powerboat trips and some of the best Scottish wreck and scenic diving throughout the Firth of Clyde. Or join Beagle Cruises on a multi-day sailing adventure across the Kyles of Bute.
6. Visit Tighnabruaich Gallery
See the Argyll Collection exhibition at Tighnabruaich Gallery. This exhibition is a real treat. The gallery is showing a selection of works from the Argyll Collection displayed alongside work by their own gallery artists. The exhibition runs until 1st June, so there’s plenty of time left to catch it.
Watch the ganets diving from the infinity pool at Portavadie. Portavadie’s Spa & Leisure Experience is the perfect place for some water-based fun and relaxation this spring. You’ll love the views from the biggest heated outdoor infinity pool in Scotland! Sit back in spa pool and look out for ganets diving in the loch.
8. Ardlamont Point
Go for a spin around Ardlamont Point. This 10-mile loop is perfect for family cycle. The route spins you along the coast road, hugging the water’s edge where grey seals bask on the rocks. Right now, the fields are full of lambs and the air is rich with the smell of gorse flower.
9. Otter Bay
Take a walk along Otter Bay. Nothing beats a walk along Otter Bay at Otter Ferry on a sunny spring day, with lambs in the fields, ganets diving and beautiful views. Enjoy lunch at The Oystercatcher.
10. Feast on local food
You’ll find plenty of seasonal, local food on the menu in the area’s many cafes, restaurants and pubs, from foraged treats to the freshest seafood to free-range pork from Auchinbreck Farm. Try Botanica in Tighnabruaich, The Oystercatcher at Otter Ferry, Colintraive Hotel, The Kames Hotel, Portavadie Restaurant & Bar and the Royal an Lochan.