Tighnabruaich Back Road Walk
This is a short ‘urban stroll’ (well, as urban as you get on Argyll's Secret Coast!) which takes you high above Tighnabruaich along the Back Road and returns along the shorefront. It gives you amazing elevated views. Look down across the rooftops of Victorian villas to the Kyles of Bute beyond. It’s a great family walk, and the road is fine for a buggy. Kids could even bring their bikes along.
Start your walk just before the boatyard at Rhubbann at the far end of Tighnabruaich (the northern end of the Shore Road). Turn left up the road just after the ‘Scourie’ sign. It’s a steep climb up past a number of houses. As you get higher, look to your right and you’ll see a rocky outcrop with a mast on the top. You can take a detour to this if you like. It’s quite a climb, the path is pretty overgrown and boggy in places and it’s not suitable for little ones, but the views from the top are spectacular. If you want to make this detour, which will probably take you about an hour or so, carry on up the road until it bends to the left. On your right, you’ll see a sign that says ‘Footpath to New Road’. Follow that path.
If you don’t want to make the detour, then just keep on following the road. It flattens out after a while. There’s lovely woodland to your right and glorious views of the Kyles to your left. Peer over old walls to get glimpses of glorious mature gardens! After about 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll come to a bridge crossing a rushing burn that tumbles down a gorge. As the road rises, you’ll see the Chalet Hotel on your left. Just after this there’s a fork in the road.
If you want a very short walk, then take the left fork which will bring you down onto Shore Road and you can loop back to where you started. Otherwise, take the right fork and follow the road as it climbs uphill. You’ll be treated to some spectacular views back along the coast. As the road flattens out you’ll pass an old sheep fold and converted farm buildings. Follow this lovely green lane downhill over a moss-covered bridge. It feels a bit like the land that time forgot.
You’ll soon come to another fork in the road. If you want to make your walk a bit longer again (about 40 minutes or so), then take the right fork (signed ‘New Road 500 metres’). This path takes you through woodland and pops you out on the New Road. Otherwise, take the left fork and follow the road down until it joins Shore Road just before Tighnabruaich Pier. Head left along Shore Road. From here it’s a short amble past the pier and along the shorefront back to where you started.