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Things to do and see

Portavadie, Loch Fyne is the perfect place for an active break. Known as Argyll’s Secret Coast, this area is great for outdoor activities. Get Wild About Argyll with a host of adventures on land and sea, from cycling forest tracks to walking coastal paths. Hire a bike or kayak or charter a yacht and explore the coastline with the wind in your hair. You might see deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and even, if you are very lucky, basking sharks while you are out and about.

We offer bike rental here at Portavadie for our residents, so you have the option to hire a bike or bring your own. The country roads and forest tracks of Argyll’s Secret Coast are fantastic for cycling and mountain biking. A ten-mile trail starting at Kames and heading round Ardlamont Point is one of the routes that all the family can easily tackle. Keen road cyclists will love the challenging Tighnabruaich, Kilfinan, Otter Ferry, Bealachandrain Pass to Glendaruel returning to Tighnabruaich route.

Experienced kayakers can explore the secluded beaches, turquoise waters, white sands and islands of Loch Fyne. Sea kayaking can also be arranged locally with instructor led days out and coaching sessions to gain confidence.

The Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne are world renowned for sailing. Islands, harbours, safe anchorages and good shore-side facilities are within easy reach, while the entrance to the Crinan Canal at nearby Ardrishaig opens up the west coast and islands beyond. Dinghy sailing courses are available at the nearby Tighnabruaich Sailing School.

This area is full of walks, from coastal strolls to long-distance routes. The most famous is the Cowal Way, which begins at Portavadie and ends at Inveruglas on the shores of Loch Lomond. Cowalfest, a walking and outdoor festival, takes place every October.

At the height of the summer the fish around here are plentiful. You can fish off the rocks, local piers or by taking a boat trip. There are three well stocked lochs only five minutes’ drive from Portavadie where you can fish for trout.

The Kyles of Bute Golf Course is a well-kept secret. This stunning nine-hole course has views from every tee. Set on the hill above Kames, the golf course offers panoramic views across the water to the Island of Bute. See our reception team to pick up your complimentary day pass for this hidden gem.

Visitor attractions and day trips
From ruined castles to botanical gardens, there are some great visitor attractions within striking distance of Portavadie. Benmore Gardens is a magnificent woodland garden near Dunoon. Bute is a gem of an island and home to Mount Stuart. Don’t miss out on a trip to Inveraray Castle or Inveraray Jail. Catch the ferry from Portavadie and cross the loch to Tarbert and explore Kintyre and discover the prehistoric monuments of Kilmartin Glen.

Discover what`s under the crystal waters of Loch Fyne - get your scuba gear on and take a tour under the water with Loch Fyne Dive Charters on Big Blue!

Festivals and events
There are festivals galore celebrating the rich history, culture and fabulous food of this great Scottish region. The Scottish Series in May is a firm fixture in everyone’s sailing diary. The Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon in August is the most spectacular Highland Games in Scotland. Walk wild and free with the annual Cowalfest walking and arts festival in October. Sample the very best of the west at the Loch Fyne Food Festival in Cairndow. You can have all the local and regional events on offer during your visit emailed to you in advance of your stay by visiting Explore Argyll.

For more information about things to see and do in the local area see Argyll’s Secret Coast. If you fancy exploring further afield, take a look at Explore Argyll. It’s full of inspiring things to see and do in Argyll & The Isles.
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