Seaglass......On the shores of the Kyles
The Kyles of
Bute is the passage between the charming wee Scottish villages
of Tighnabruaich and Kames on the the mainland of Argyll, and the north end of
the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. At their widest less than two miles across, the Kyles narrow to just
a few hundred yards at Rubha Ban (pronounced roo-baan).
"Tighnabruaich" is a Gaelic name meaning
"the house on the hill":
the steep hills rising above the shoreline have many "houses on the hill", so the
name is a good descriptive one.
The approach road is a narrow, twisty one,
hacked out of the hillsides in many places and often a single-track, with
the necessary passing-places. It can be a bit of a challenge, if
you're not used to it, but the spectacular views down The Kyles, and of The Isle of Bute, make it well worth the effort. It
has been called the best scenic drive in Scotland; I make no such claim,
as there are many who would disagree, and argue for their ain wee bit hill and glen - but it is
I've walked these shores for many years, and never tire of the experience; it's a clean, tidy wee
village clinging to it's hillside, and there are many other walks on the peninsula, with surprising beaches, if you
know where to look, and an abundance of Seaglass to be found.
We found Tighnabruaich by pure chance, looking
for an away break; this was about twelve years ago, and we've grown very fond of the area. We were very lucky
in our (random) choice of hotel; if you're looking for a place to go for
old-fashioned (The Royal dates from 1865) relaxation, peace &
and a deal
of pampering, this is the place: it's called "The Royal An
Lochan" , where "An Lochan" means "by the lochside"; it's an apt
description, as the loch is - when the tide's in - less than 20yds from the hotel...
...it's not our usual policy to recommend
anywhere to stay, as what suits one may not be right for another but, in all the times we've been there, we've
never been disappointed.
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