The Cowal Peninsula is dotted with pretty villages and thriving communities. Explore the rich heritage of these historical places and sample delicious locally sourced food in the welcoming pubs, hotels and cafés.
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Kilfinan sits on the eastern side of Loch Fyne. It is a beautiful spot and great for bird watching, walking, cycling, shooting and fishing. The 13th-century church guards the Kilfinan Stones within its vaults. These well-preserved stones date back to the 9th century. Enjoy a drink in the Kilfinan Hotel, a traditional coaching hous
Lying east of Loch Asgog, Millhouse was the home to the Millhouse Gunpowder Mill. A powder tester cannon still remains in a field to the north of the crossroads. The timekeeping bell was restored and re-erected at the entrance to the cemetery in Millhouse along with the cannon in 2006 as a memorial to the workers killed in explosions. The Barn is a lovely spot to grab some lunch.
Home to our fabulous marina of course! There is some lovely walking to be done in the nearby Glenan Woods. For a great day trip, hop on the ferry and cross the water to the bustling fishing village of Tarbert. Once there you can browse the galleries, walk up to the castle and collect a seafood box from Prentice Seafoods, located at the ferry terminal, to take back for tea. The scallops are divine.
Kames has a post office, church and village hall that often hosts coffee mornings, dances and shows from the local clubs. Duncan’s Village Store, winner of the Scottish Food and Drink Neighbourhood Store of the year 2010, is well stocked with groceries, wines and spirits, newspapers and more. The hilly nine-hole golf course has spectacular views down the Kyles of Bute. The Kames Hotel is a great place to catch up with locals and have a game of pool. There is often live music.
The pretty loch-side village has a gift shop, art gallery, post office, Spar shop and a coffee shop. Check out the Royal Hotel and enjoy a dram in the Shinty Bar or some delicious seafood in the restaurant. The Burnside Bistro is renowned for its home cooking, while the recently opened Wellpark Hotel offers up tasty local fare in a stunning location. The village is home to Kyles Athletic, one of Scotland’s most successful shinty clubs. If you are here during the shinty season, try and catch one of their games. Another highlight is a summertime trip down the loch on board the Waverley, the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer or a trip on Morag, a refurnished fishing boat, with ex naval commander Donald Clark.
Glendaruel is sometimes called the ‘gentler Highlands’. Ramble in the woodlands or take part in a spot of trout and salmon fishing on the Ruel. Dunans Castle is also worth a look. It can be seen on maps dating back to 1590. It became a hotel more recently, but on 14 January 2001, the castle was left in ruins following a fire. The site is now under new ownership and going through an extensive restoration programme.
Ardlamont Point separates Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute with fantastic views of the Isle of Arran and the Kintyre Peninsula. Enjoy coffee and home baking at Ardlamont Coach House and take a walk to the stunning, crescent-shaped, sandy Kilbride Bay. The point is rich in history and you will find standing stones and a cup-and-ring marked rock.
The name is not believed to be connected to the furry animal, but is said to be derived from the Gaelic word oitir (spit land or sandbank). The views are fantastic and the Oystercatcher Pub and Restaurant is a great place for a drink on a summer’s day. Further round the coast you will find the Inver Cottage Restaurant, a restored croft on the shores of Lachlan Bay. Work up an appetite with a quick walk round to the ruined Lachlan Castle.
Colintraive is a vibrant village with a superb heritage centre, outdoor bowling green and community garden. A cycle along the quiet coastal road is a great way to enjoy the scenery or walk up the hill behind the Colintraive Hotel for stunning views of Bute, Arran, Kintyre and the Ayrshire coast. Open every day of the year, the award-winning Colintraive Hotel is a fabulous spot for a drink and excellent home cooking.