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Stay, eat, shop, party - festive fun on Argyll's Secret Coast

Stay, eat, shop, party - festive fun on Argyll's Secret Coast
Twinkling lights, seasonal menus and festive markets – Argyll’s Secret Coast is a great place to spend Christmas. Whether you’re looking for a great night out with friends or a festive break with your family, you’ll find plenty of seasonal cheer on offer. Here are the places to stay, eat, shop and party this festive season on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Don’t miss
The festivities kick off with the Tighnabruaich Christmas Lights Switch On (Friday 24th November, 5pm). Gather at the heart of the village to see the Tighnabruaich Primary School children switch on the Christmas lights, join in the carol singing, visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies. There will also be a festive street market and kids’ art activities in Tig Gallery.

Christmas shopping
Saturday 2nd December is festive market day! Pop along to the Kames Hall for the Kames Christmas Market (10am to 1pm). Organised by the Kyles Allotment Group, this will be a bumper market with stalls groaning with festive goodies, gorgeous crafts and gifts, breads, local produce, jams and more. There’s also a fabulous pop-up café. Then head over to Portavadie for the Portavadie Festive Market (10am to 4pm). Again there will be wonderful local crafts, gifts and jewellery on offer, as well as home baking. While you’re there, check out the Portavadie Shop, which is a treasure trove of coastal inspired clothes and gifts.

And if you’re looking for a really special gift, then try to Tig Gallery. As well as some fantastic art, you’ll find a lovely collection of collection of design-led jewellery, sculpture, textiles, glass and ceramics. You’ll also find some beautiful ceramics and textiles at The Dairy Gallery at Carry Farm. And don’t forget you can pick up seasonal treats, including a fine selection of wine, local ales and whiskies, at Kames Village Store.

Festive getaways
Argyll’s Secret Coast has festive holiday accommodation to suit all budgets. Cosy up this Christmas in a self-catering cottage for two or gather friends and family in a large holiday home. Crispie House near Kilfinan is a fantastic place for a big gathering. It sleeps 16 and even has a swimming pool! Unbelievably it’s still available for Christmas and the owners are offering a special ten-night deal covering Christmas and New Year. Call 01700 811591 for more information.

Portavadie’s Christmas and Twixmas packages are a fabulous option. With accommodation, dining and access to the Leisure Experience, you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy your most relaxed Christmas yet!

Festive dining
Gather friends and family for a pre-Christmas get together and tuck into some fantastic festive fare. Botanica is offering a special Festive Menu from 24th November to 22nd December. It’s available for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the very best locally sourced seasonal food in lovely, relaxed surroundings. Two courses are £21.95 and 3 courses are £25.95. Portavadie is also offering a Festive Menu from 1st to 22nd December. Or how about Christmas Day lunch at the Kames Hotel? They’re putting on a traditional Christmas menu for £65 per person. Places are limited, so early booking is highly recommended.

Tis the season to be merry
Celebrate the festive season at a Portavadie Festive Party Night! With Christmas punch on arrival, a four-course set menu and a disco, it’s guaranteed to make your festivities go off with a bang! The party nights are on 2nd, 9th and 16th December. Residential packages are available from only £83 per person. Book on 01700 811075.

This is just a taste of what’s happening over the festive period on Argyll’s Secret Coast. Follow us on Facebook to see the latest events, menus and offers and look out for our next blog post about Hogmanay.
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