Tighnabruaich is one of the most beautiful villages on the West Coast of Scotland,
often undiscovered by the tourist. Mainly yachts stumble by Tighnabruaich while cruising
around the Kyles of Bute, or passengers of the PS Waverley, the last sea going paddle steamer,
which lands at the Tighnabruaich pier.
The area has much to offer for those who like the outdoors, including sailing, canoeing,
scuba diving, golf, cycling, angling and walking. (See Kyles Outdoor site below).
At night there is a good selection of hotels and restaurants in the area to suit
most people's tastes. A good lively night can be had all year round or a quiet romantic
There are also good sports facilities in Tighnabruaich, including a floodlit tennis
court and 5-a-side football pitch. Shinty is the local game - some refer to shinty as
hockey without rules! It does have rules and it is a great game to watch, although it
appears to hurt the players at times.
Tighnabruaich has a special appeal in the winter. We always
have good deals in the winter including beauty,
art and shooting weekends, so please call us if you fancy
a winter weekend.
Outdoor information on the area and a What's On guide to
Tighnabruaich can be found at the Kyles
Outdoor site. This covers sailing, canoeing, scuba diving,
golf, cycling, angling and walking. See also our "Things
to Do" page.
Cell Telephone coverage is excellent with the Vodafone
network, others can get a signal in certain areas. If you
wish to hire a Vodafone during your stay please contact
us. There are call boxes in the village and on the outskirts
too. If you require broadband internet our shop in
Tighnabruaich is served with wireless internet and full
office services including use of PC, call 01700 811464 for
The main grocery shops are Duncan's shop
in Kames which is open 7 days too and is a really traditional
friendly shop, you can get fantastic meat and good
vegetables! And the Spar in Tighnabruaich centre,
open 7 days and late most nights except Sunday, and Holidays Argyll's shop is located in the
centre of the village, next door to the post office and
Doctor Surgery. There is a smashing art shop for arty folk
and appreciators of local art in the village, which is well
worth a visit. The Sailing School shop has a dinghy sailing
chandlery and clothing, usually some cool little model boats
In the village
In the village centre there are antiques, charity and gift
shops too. There is another great little antique shop, Magpie's
in Kames, behind the Kames Hotel! Irvine's is well worth
a visit, just to take you back in time, if nothing else.
Irvine's supply clothes to many of the islands in the West
Coast of Scotland and beyond. We all get our carpets from
them too - a truly wonderful shop.
There are 2 post offices, one in Tighnabruaich and one
in Kames. They sell just about everything between them.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is the only bank, open just
There is now a cash machine at the Kames Post Office. There
is also a machine in the SPAR. It tends to be empty on very
busy weekends but most of the hotels will give you cash
back - make sure you have a wee dram though! Failing that,
Dunoon (25 miles) has many cash machines.
Food and Drink
(If you would like to book at any of the below restaurants
or need directions please call us on 01700 811464).
The Tighnabruaich Hotel is a great place for a quiet drink.
They offer bar meals and some good beers. Located in the
centre of Tighnabruaich with a terrace to sit out and enjoy
the view, it makes an ideal location for a drink while visiting
the shops. In the summer there are bands on many weekends.
The An Lochan offers local fish and game in a lovely
setting, with views while you eat. The shellfish supplier
is Arthur Keith who has the little red boat called "Sail
Away", and the meat comes from Winston Churchill (not sure
if he is related!). There is a restaurant called "Crustacean"
and a bistro called "The Deck", and at the back of the hotel
is the Shinty bar which is small and cosy. The views from
the restaurant and bistro are outstanding, creating a most
Hotel has a reputation of serving excellent food using
local produce – freshly caught fish and shellfish,
as well as fine Scotch beef or wild venison. The hotel has
an Edwardian restaurant that overlooks the water, or eat
in one of its bars and enjoy thereal ales, good malts and
local history with their extensive collection of Edwardian
and Victorian photographs.
The Bistro is a cafe by day and an excellent restaurant
by night! It now has a table license. Joyce and David are
exceptionally welcoming. Try the meringues! Book early!
Food is served all day.
Suzy's tearoom is very popular with the bus and boat trips.
Kids love it as they sell lots of souvenirs and chips! They
do the usual cafe food etc.
Cranachan's, has a superb cafe, popular
with the locals for a wee blether and a coffee. I recommend
the steak sandwiches! Located in Tighnabruaich centre.
Kames Kabin in Kames is a small cafe, but worth a visit.Located
A bit further out for food is the Colintraive Hotel. It
is set in a superb location and offers a fantastic menu
and excellent quality. Recently refurbished by the owner
Patricia to it's former glory, it's wonderful location and
the food is excellent!
Kilfinan Hotel is very nice and in a great location. They
have amazing steaks.
The Oyster Catcher,
Otter Ferry - . The location is superb!
Inver Cottage Restaurant serves excellent food and if you
are planning to go, give them a call to book first. The food is outstanding the prices are