Portavadie

In the south west corner of Cowal, flanking the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, Portavadie has something for everyone.

Explore the ancient, twisted oaks of the temperate rainforest of Glenan Wood, where dappled light falls onto a carpet of bluebells in the springtime, then continue up West Glenan Burn, for magnificent views of the loch from the hauntingly beautiful, abandoned village of Glenan.

To the south, discover the standing stones of Low Stillaig, and take in a heart-stopping vista across the Sound of Bute, to Eilean Aoidhe, Sgat Mòr and Arran.

After all that walking, why not head over to Portavadie Marina and Spa, where you can admire the yachts, enjoy luxurious accommodation and locally sourced food, or indulge in an award winning treatment.

Alternatively, just change into your swimming gear and watch the world drift by from the heated infinity pool.

Now demolished, the ghost village of Polphail once sat across the bay from the marina, offering a surreal glimpse into a future which was never to be.