Immerse yourself in Argyll's Secret Coast

At the south-west corner of Cowal you’ll come to Argyll’s Secret Coast, an undiscovered area of sparkling sea lochs and ancient forests. Discover fabulous seafood, welcoming pubs, a wide range of holiday accommodation, a vibrant arts scene, breathtaking scenery, ancient sites and loads of outdoor activities. 

This is world-class sailing country, with islands, natural harbours, sheltered beaches, anchorages and shore-side facilities. There’s also excellent walking, cycling and kayaking on offer. Make sure you visit Ostel Bay, a stunning white sandy beach. 

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Everything there is to see and do in Argyll's Secret Coast

Argyll Cruising

Argyll's Secret Coast

Tours, trips and trails

Relax, kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a cruise with Argyll Cruising.

Loch Lomond & Cowal Way

Argyll's Secret Coast

Walking and climbing

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way, is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It runs for 57 miles (92 km) across the Cowal Peninsula, starting at Portavadie on Loch Fyne and ending at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond shore.

Ostel Bay

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Beaches and islands

This crescent-shaped sweep of sand is the jewel in the crown of Argyll’s Secret Coast.

DC Marine Boat Trips

Argyll's Secret Coast

Tours, trips and trails

Join ex-naval commander Donald Clark on board his refurbished fishing boat Morag for spectacular views of Argyll’s Secret Coast from the sea.

Dunan’s Castle

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Landmarks and attractions

Dunans Castle sits at the head of Glendaruel. The seat of the Clan Fletcher, the historic structure was shown on maps as far back as 1590.

Dunoon to Portavadie Cycle

Argyll's Secret Coast

Cycling and mountain biking

National Route 75 of the National Cycle Network connects Leith with Portavadie and Tarbert via Edinburgh, Glasgow and the ferries between Gourock and Dunoon.

Glenbranter Forest

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Wildlife and nature

Glenbranter Forest is part of the Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent stretch of rugged hill country

Kyles of Bute Golf Course

Argyll's Secret Coast

Golf

The Kyles of Bute course offers truly panoramic views across the water to the Island of Bute.

Tighnabruaich Gallery

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Music, art and culture

Tig Gallery is a fantastic art gallery sitting at the heart of the seaside village of Tighnabruaich on Argyll's Secret Coast.

Tighnabruaich Sailing School

Argyll's Secret Coast

Sailing and boating

Portavadie Spa & Leisure

Argyll's Secret Coast

Sailing and boating

Portavadie & Ascog Loop Cycle

Argyll's Secret Coast

Cycling and mountain biking

This cycle route near Portavadie may be short, but it’s a gem. It offers stunning scenery, epic views, a loch, a ruined castle and some great, but not too challenging, off-road riding.

Tighnabruaich Back Road Walk

Argyll's Secret Coast

Walking and climbing

This is a short walk takes you high above Tighnabruaich along the Back Road and returns along the shorefront. It gives you amazing elevated views.

Carry Farm Shore Walk

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Walking and climbing

This circular walk around Carry Point is a cracker, with magnificent views of Bute, Inchmarnock and Arran, a flock of Hebridean sheep and some fabulous wildlife.

Kilfinan Community Forest

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Walking and climbing

Kilfinan Community Forest is a wonderful woodland environment to explore, with a range of walks and wildlife to discover.

Kyles of Bute Angling Club

Argyll's Secret Coast

Fishing and country sports

Fly fish for brown and rainbow trout on three stocked lochs set amidst wild and beautiful scenery near Tighnabruaich, Argyll.

Botanica at The Barn

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

Enjoy locally roasted coffee and the very best of local produce at this lovely rural cafe.

The Oystercatcher

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

The Oystercatcher is a pub and restaurant on the east banks of Loch Fyne at Otter Ferry. The location is pretty unbeatable, as it sits right on the beach looking out over the loch.

Evanachan Farm

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Food and drink

Pick up seasonal organic produce from Evanachan Farm, eggs, fresh flowers, jams, chutneys and Fi's cheese made with milk from her Jersey cows.

Kames Village Store

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

Kames Village Store is a traditional grocers based in the heart of Kames on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Argyll Coffee Roasters

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

Shellfield Farm

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

Carry Farm

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Carry Farm sits in 60 acres of coastal wilderness on the Kyles of Bute about two miles south of Kames. It’s an idyllic spot for a self-catering holiday. You can also enjoy The dairy Gallery

Kames Hotel

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Kilfinan Hotel

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Portavadie, Loch Fyne

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Portavadie provides stunning four- and five-star holiday accommodation right on the banks of Loch Fyne.

Evanachan Cottage

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Tregortha B & B

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Tregortha is a traditional stone-built Victorian villa from the 19th century in the village of Tighnabruaich.

Acharossan House

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

This beautifully renovated 18th-century Georgian laird’s house provides luxury self-catering accommodation for eleven.

Ardlamont House

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

Home Farm Cottages

Argyll's Secret Coast

Accommodation

The seven pretty holiday cottages at Home Farm at Glendaruel sit in the peaceful wooded valley of the River Ruel.

The Hollies

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Accommodation

The Hollies is a new luxury, exclusive use holiday home in the beautiful village of Tighnabruaich on Argyll's Secret Coast. Opening early 2021.

Argyll Botany Company

Argyll's Secret Coast

Landmarks and attractions

The Argyll Botany Company is small natural skincare business based in Tighnabruaich on Argyll's Secret Coast.

Crossroads Pet and Garden Centre

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

Crossroads Pet & Garden Centre on the Crossroads in Millhouse near Tighnabruaich is a treasure trove of a shop.

Tide & Thyme

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Food and drink

Northern Lights Cakery

Argyll's Secret Coast

Food and drink

Northern Lights Cakery is an artisan baker of bespoke cakes and treats based in Glendaruel on the beautiful west coast of Scotland

Hayshed Gallery

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Music, art and culture

The Hayshed Gallery is a new space for exhibiting textiles and ceramics all made at Carry Farm.

Ascog Bay

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Watersports and diving

You can walk here from Portavadie across the headland or follow the farm vehicle access path past Stillaig Farm. A narrow isthmus separates two shallow bays, which are both great places to beach comb at low tide and lovely for a summer swim.

Carry Point

Argyll's Secret Coast

Watersports and diving