There's loads much happening this Easter Weekend on Argyll's Secret Coast. Check out a new restaurant, hop along to a spring market, go on an egg hunt and much, much more. Here are ten things to do this Easter Weekend on Argyll's Secret Coast.
Opening night at Tide & Thyme
Good Friday is opening night at Tide & Thyme, the new restaurant in the heart of Tighnabruaich. The menu looks fantastic, featuring lots of local seafood, meat and game, as well as lovely vegetarian options. Opening times for the Easter weekend (Friday to Monday) are 10am to 4pm and 6pm to late. Book your table on 01700 811 269.
Have a BBQ at Botanica at The Barn
The new ‘outdoor kitchen’ is ready to go at Botanica at The Barn in Millhouse and Michal and the team will be firing up the BBQ for the Easter Weekend. Fresh seafood, local meat and vegetables will all be given the hot coals treatment. You can also enjoy delicious home baking and coffee from Argyll Coffee Roasters, which is freshly roasted about five minutes down the road. Botanica has a lovely garden with a play area and beautiful views over the fields that are filled with frolicking lambs at this time of the year. There will be egg hunts in the garden on Saturday and Sunday and you can meet the pygmy goats! Bookings are being taken now on 01700 811186.
Catch an exhibition
Good Friday also sees the opening of the ‘Spring on the Secret Coast’ exhibition at Tighnabruaich Gallery. It features paintings, photography and ceramics by a variety of local artists and explores how they see and interpret spring on Argyll’s Secret Coast. The exhibition runs from 19th April to 6th May.
Spring Producers’ Market
Hop along to the Spring Producers’ Market at the Kames Village Hall, where there will be tables groaning with local produce, plants, crafts and more. Local producers include Sheffield Farm, who will be selling joints of salt marsh lamb (perfect for an Easter roast), and Argyll Coffee Roasters, who will be selling bags of freshly roasted coffee. There’s also a pop up café serving up tea, coffee and home baking.
Go on a boat trip
The Morag is on the water for the season! Join Donald Clark on board his refurbished fishing boat Morag for spectacular views of Argyll’s Secret Coast from the sea. Watch seals, porpoises and the many sea birds that inhabit the Kyles of Bute close up. Operating from the pier in Tighnabruaich, Morag is the only locally owned and run boat trip provider in the Kyles of Bute
Check out the wildlife
Spring is a brilliant time of year to spot wildlife, especially in the woodlands. Before the bracken and undergrowth grow high, there’s no better time of the year to explore and discover all the wildlife that lives here. The woods are full of life with leaf burst in the canopy, wildflowers on the forest floor, birdsong filling the air and newborn animals venturing out for the first time. Take a walk through Glenan Woods to see the first of the spring flowers, including plenty of primroses. Or why not wander through Kilfinan Community Forest where you might spot a red squirrel? They live in the forest and are out and about at this time of year.
Go on an egg hunt
Head to Portavadie, Loch Fyne, and join in the Easter fun. The Easter Bunny will be at large, handing out Easter goodies and you can join in the great Easter egg hunt. There are 26 eggs to find and the chance to win a Portavadie voucher. Kids club will run throughout the weekend, with games and a bouncy castle. And there’s always the option of poolside fun in the Leisure Complex, which comes complete with outdoor infinity pool.
Go to the glen
On Saturday afternoon, there’s a family-friendly fundraising afternoon at the Glendaruel play park. The fun includes a BBQ, coconut shy, treasure hunt and more. Plus, there will be competitions for the best Easter bonnet, best decorated cup cake and best decorated egg. 12.30pm to 2.30pm. If it’s wet, the event will take place in Glendaruel Village Hall.
Take a walk
If you want to burn off some of that Easter chocolate, then you’ll find plenty of options for a spring walk. A great family-friendly short stroll will take you around Carry Point, where you might meet a donkey or two, as well as some super-cute Hebridean lambs in the field. Make sure you pop into the Dairy Gallery to check out the ceramics and textiles. For a longer walk, you can’t beat the Stillaig Loop, which takes you across a beautiful headland, past a standing stone to a beach.
There are plenty of other great options for eating out over Easter on Argyll’s Secret Coast. The Oystercatcher at Otter Ferry, Kames Hotel, Royal an Lochan and Kilfinan Hotel all offer excellent dining in lovely locations.