Andrew & Sheila Barker

Happy memories of childhood holidays never really leave us.

That was certainly the case for Andrew. Having enjoyed trips to the Glendaruel Hotel as a boy and, in later years, spending holidays with his own children at Craig Lodge, he and his wife, Sheila, felt the shores of Loch Riddon calling when the time came for Andrew to retire.

Making the most of the spectacular and ever-changing views across the head of the sea-loch, Andrew and Sheila built two self catering cottages at Tighnariddon in 2011, so that they can share with their guests this special corner of the Secret Coast which means so much to them.

As Andrew puts it, “The scenery has totally different aspects at high and low tide, with wonderful birdlife, such as waders, ducks, geese, gulls and, in summer, ospreys. We feel very lucky to be in such a spectacular location and there is nowhere else in Cowal, in our view, which provides more variety or beauty.”

Andrew is a passionate fisherman and is Chair of the Argyll Fisheries Trust, a charity employing marine biologists, with the aim of improving the habitat of local rivers and protecting our native populations of migratory and freshwater fish.

The River Ruel, which feeds into Loch Riddon, is a wonderful small spate river providing great salmon and sea trout fishing at for a small fee, or free of charge to guests of Tighnariddon.

To learn more about Tighnariddon, visit their website at

For bookings and enquiries about Tighnariddon, or about fishing on the River Ruel, Andrew and Sheila can be contacted at