Argyll & Bute | Taynish | Village | ★★


The area of rolling countryside jutting into Loch Sween is undisturbed even by Knapdale's own isolated standards. Tayvallich is the "capital" of the Taynish peninsula, 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!]

Location & info

📌 Tayvallich ★★
Argyll & Bute, G.R.: NR 742872 ///folks.rocked.that

🚶 Apart from the village itself, Taynish NNR is a pleasant, 2 mi walk away by a quiet road.
🚌 There is an infrequent bus from Lochgilphead, and a reputedly exciting passenger ferry to Craighouse on the Isle of Jura.

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

📌 Taynish NNR ★★
💬 Large nature reserve, protecting ancient woodland surrounded by myriad lochs. Reserve map here.
Car park is at the end of a potholed, unsurfaced track 2 mi south of Tayvallich, G.R.: NR 737852 ///warm.blushed.foresight
Always open | Free

[Taynish Piggery - also used for open-air art displays during the summer]


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