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Seaglass......On the shores of the Kyles of Bute

Looking North up the Kyles of Bute from a beach at Tighnabruaich 

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).

South from Tighnabruaich, down The Kyles, as the sun sets.

"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 very scenic.

Tighnabruaich from the northern shore walk to the Lighthouse 

  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 & quiet,

The Royal An Lochan, from the lochside: I may have got wet feet when I took this.

 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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 The Eastern Kyles from the viewing platform on the approach road to Tighnabruaich. Bute is on the right.

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 The Hotel by the lochside, at Tighnabruaich.

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