This area of rolling countryside jutting into Loch Sween is undisturbed even by Knapdale's own isolated standards. Tayvallich is the peninsula's "capital", idyllically set around a perfect natural harbour with a few essential services and a couple of places to eat. We can recommend the coffee shop on the water's edge for lunch. The nature reserve lies to the south: age-old woodland drowning in lichen (a sign of the exceptionally clean air) runs down to several sea lochs, with a good chance of spotting otters in the shallows here. 126-metre high Bàrr Mòr rises above the forest with views with superb views over seemingly endless trees and water. There are two manmade, ruined structures worth a visit - Taynish Mill and a surprisingly ornate piggery. Allow a day (with good weather) to explore the area properly.
|[The reserve's moist climate allows fungi to thrive, and reach impressive sizes!]|
Name: Tayvallich ★★☆☆☆
Description: Picturesque fishing village on a sheltered inlet of Loch Sween.
Location: G.R.: NR 742872 ///folks.rocked.that
Name: Taynish NNR ★★☆☆☆
Description: Large nature reserve, protecting ancient woodland surrounded by myriad lochs. Reserve map here.
Location (car park): 2 miles south of Tayvallich, G.R.: NR 737852 ///warm.blushed.foresight
Anything else? The last stretch to the car park is on an unsurfaced road littered with potholes.
|[Taynish Piggery - also used for open-air art displays during the summer]|