Taynish Peninsula


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
Open: Always
Cost: Free
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]


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