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Six things to do on Argyll’s Secret Coast this Easter

Six things to do on Argyll’s Secret Coast this Easter
Easter is a great time of the year to visit Argyll’s Secret Coast. Spring is in full swing, with gannets diving, primroses flowering and birdsong filling the air. Everyone is buzzing about the start of the season and you'll find lots of things to see and do.

1. Saddle up. Wilder Ways is based at Portavadie throughout April offering horse riding adventures. Half day rides cost £70. Longer trips and week-long riding holidays are also available.

2. Take a boat trip. Join ex-naval commander Donald Clark on board his refurbished fishing boat Morag for a wildlife watching boat trip. Look out for seals and and the many sea birds that inhabit the Kyles of Bute close up. One of our favourite trips is the two-hour journey from Tighnabruaich Pier to Loch Ridden and Ormidale. Pass the Burnt Islands to see the seals and head down the East Kyle, returning to the Pier.

3. Go for a walk. This time of the year offers fantastic walking conditions, with warmer weather and no midges! What’s more the bracken is still low, so it’s easier to go off the beaten track and explore parts of Argyll’s Secret Coast that aren’t accessible at the height of summer. The walk to Glenan Deserted Village through Glenan Wood is particularly good at this time of year and you’ll get a clear view of the remains of the houses.

4. See an exhibition. It’s not all about the great outdoors! 'Life After' is a stunning Tig Gallery exhibition featuring photography by Kenny Allan. The images focus on decay and dereliction in Scotland and are on show at The Hollies on Shore Road in Tighnabruaich. It’s an unusual and atmospheric space that hasn’t been open to the public for over 10 years! The exhibition runs throughout April, Thursday to Mondays, 12.00pm – 4.00pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment.

5. Dive in. Portavadie’s Spa & Leisure Experience is the perfect place for some water-based fun and relaxation this Easter. The indoor and outdoor pools and spa pools sit on the shore of Loch Fyne. You’ll love the views from the biggest heated outdoor infinity pool in Scotland! And if you feel like a workout, there’s a state-of-the-art Precor gym. For pure indulgence, treat yourself to the Spa Experience, an exclusive space with a hydro pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation area over looking the loch.

6. Tuck in. Easter is a time to enjoy good food with family and friends. On Argyll’s Secret Coast you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat. The clear waters of Loch Fyne provide some of the best seafood in the world and the local farms and estates supply the finest lamb and venison. The area’s many cafes, restaurants and pubs all serve it up in relaxed surroundings. Try Botanica in Tighnabruaich, The Oystercatcher at Otter Ferry, The Kames Hotel, Portavadie Restaurant & Bar and the Royal an Lochan. And if you fancy cooking up an Easter feast, Kames Village Store is an excellent place to pick up local meats, cheeses and other groceries.
Wilder Ways Ostel BayPortavadie
The MoragBotanica Otter Bay
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