Rosalyn McKenna

When Rosalyn and her husband Neil decided to leave Glasgow nine years ago, to raise their young family in a more peaceful setting, the decision of where to move to was an easy one. Rosalyn spent her childhood summers in Colintraive, exploring the rugged coastline and learning to sail at the Tighnabruaich Sailing School, so when a property became available on the Secret Coast, it was the natural choice.

Having returned to the area year after year, Rosalyn has known the Tighnabruaich Gallery since it was founded over thirty years ago so, when the opportunity arose in 2017 for her to take it over, she leapt at the chance.

Drawing on her professional experience of curation and arts education, Ros has grown the “Tig” into a top quality gallery which, as well serving our much loved visitors, also provides the local community with access to culture and the arts which otherwise could only be experienced by visiting the city.

Rosalyn loves it when visitors to the gallery ask for recommendations on what to see whilst they visit the area, and can often be found drawing all over a copy of the Secret Coast map, to point out the must-see attractions.

Her sense of the aesthetic is clearly evident when asked how she recommends the Secret Coast’s visitors to spend their time.

“Get off the beaten track and really use your eyes! Visit the various beaches and notice how they are all different. Look down and discover treasure; a piece of driftwood, a perfect shell, a piece of old crockery. Look up and spot the undulations on the hills, the different colours, and the wildlife. Just take time to stop and breathe!”

To learn more about the Tighnabruaich Gallery, view their current exhibitions, and purchase pieces online, visit their website at, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

To make an enquiry, you can contact Rosalyn at