The Wee Barn holiday home is situated in Tayvallich, a truly stunning and relatively undiscovered fishing village in the area of Argyll and Bute, on the west coast of Scotland. The horseshoe shaped village sits on the shores of Tayvallich bay, overlooking one of the most picturesque natural anchorages in Scotland. Just beyond the tranquil waters of Tayvallich Bay villagers and visitors alike can enjoy breathtaking views over the undisturbed waters of Loch Sween.
Tayvallich is one of the most charming and Idyllic locations in Scotland. The peaceful and serene surroundings make it a hotspot for wildlife, native to Scotland, including seals, otters and ospreys. Amateur and professional photographers frequently capture these stunning creatures in their natural habitat. Off the beaten track, Tayvallich remains one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, the perfect spot for your holiday to Scotland.
The west coast of Scotland is a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts. Tayvallich is a perfect base for keen sailors, kayakers, bikers, hikers, and trail runners eager to experience the best of what Scotland has to offer. The truly rural setting, the vast waters, the never ending forest trails and winding country roads attract explorers of all ages.
The west coast of Scotland, and in particular the traditional villages of Argyll and Bute, are undoubtedly among the most beautiful in Scotland. The iconic views, the history, the wildlife, the landscapes and the adventure sports make Tayvallich and the west coast of Scotland a must for all visitors keen to explore the real Scotland.
Tayvallich, Argyll and the wider west of Scotland has a wealth of sporting opportunities, historic sights to visit and spectacular scenery and wildlife to enjoy. The location of the holiday cottage makes it ideal for all visitors to Scotland, whatever their agenda. The list of activities and “must see” sights are exhaustive, however some of our favourite, and those of our regular visitors, are listed below to inspire you for your holiday to Scotland.
For those interested in exploring the history of Scotland and the significant historical sights in the Argyll area during their holiday, the nearby medieval Chapel of Keills is a must see. As well as being a fantastic display of medieval carved stones, sightseers can enjoy the unbeatable views of the Mac Cormaig Islands, in particular Eilean Mór, a breeding ground for seabirds. Another of the iconic sightseeing spots in the Argyll area is the impressive ruins of Castle Sween, dating back to the 12th century; it is possibly the oldest stone castle on the Scottish mainland.
Tayvallich's location makes it the perfect base for exploring the Kintyre peninsula or the absolutely stunning, and entirely unspoiled, Inner Hebrides islands. From Tayvallich you can take a ferry to Jura and a short drive away you can catch a ferry to Islay and Ghia. From neighboring Oban it is possible to catch a regular ferry to the isle of Mull. These Scottish islands are a must see for anyone visiting Scotland. Stunning gardens, whisky distilleries and sites of significant historic and archaeological interest are in abundance.
Kilmartin Glen, in the heart of Mid Argyll, is one of Scotland's richest prehistoric landscapes. Over 800 historic monuments, cairns, standing stones, stone circles and rock art dating back over 5,000 years have been recorded within this area. The Kilmartin Museum houses archaeological artifacts discovered in the area. The Museum is must for anyone interested in the history of Scotland and the local area.
Nature lovers are spoiled in the Tayvallich area. Further down Loch Sween visitors can enjoy long walks in the Kilmory Woodland Park, home to an impressive collection of witch hazels, ferns and alpines. The National Nature Reserve at the peninsula of Taynish is a very popular day out; it is most famous for housing the largest remaining oak forest in Britain.
Beavers are native to the UK and once upon a time were a common sight, however in the 16th century this fascinating species was hunted to extinction. In 2009, as part of an ongoing partnership project between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, beaver families were reintroduced into their new home in the nearby Knapdale. Visitors to the area are fortunate enough to be able to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures as they construct lodges, build dams and enjoy swimming in the Scottish lochs. The Scottish Beaver Trial is the winner of a prestigious Lonely Planet Award, reaffirming what an excellent experience this is.
Despite being very much a hidden gem, Tayvallich is quickly becoming a top Scottish kayaking spot. Kayakers are travelling far and wide to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and variety the west of Scotland offers; from the sheltered waters of Tayvallich Bay, to the challenging open waters of the Sound of Jura. Kayakers can explore the mystical shoreline, investigating the various 'fingers' off Loch Sween, including the idyllic Fairy Isles - a favorite sunbathing spot for the seals. If you would like to visit one of Scotland's most stunning Kayak destinations look no further than Tayvallich. The Wee Barn is the perfect holiday accommodation for Kayakers exploring Scotland's lochs, the private slip way means easy access to the water and the kayaks can safely be stored on the garden lawn.
Mountain bikers, road bikers and leisure cyclists will equally find fantastic biking opportunities in Tayvallich and the surrounding areas. The vast Argyll forest trails, quiet country roads and long cycle paths, each with iconic views, will keep bikers of all types fulfilled. A favourite trip of cyclists is to island hop the Inner Hebrides using bikes as means of exploring the beautiful islands. Visitors can take the ferry to Jura, then onto Islay and finally West Loch Tarbert before returning to Tayvallich.
Alternatively the Crinan Canal offers a lovely walk or cycle; 9 miles in length (14km), the canal connects the village of Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura at Crinan. With stunning views of the sea to begin with, the canal path also passes the picturesque locks at Cairnbaan, with plenty of refreshment stops along the way. A bus also runs the route should you become too tired.
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