Argyll's Secret Coast: A secret waiting to be shared


On Friday I made a trip to what is known as 'Argyll's Secret Coast', the south west of the Cowal peninsula, from the Kyles of Bute to Loch Fyne.

Why is it a secret? Its undiscovered charm and location, on the western fingers of this part of coastline, is not en route to anywhere. You don't pass through this landscape, you need to come here on purpose. I can tell you that this is definitely a secret worth sharing and exploring.

Map Cowal Peninsula Argyll Secret Coast

Tighnabruaich was my destination for the day which, from Glasgow, takes around 2 hours by car, although it did take me a bit longer due to my need to stop for photos every 10 minutes.

Rest and be Thankful

Rest and be Thankful

The road from Glasgow to the banks of Loch Fyne is one I've travelled many times. It was however the first time I had followed the road inland, south through Glendaruel, which was just stunning, wild and felt so remote.

This is the highlands, even though the tip of the peninsula sits almost in line with Glasgow on the map, the area lies north of the highland boundary fault line... and it's certainly evident in the rugged landscape. 

Tighnabruaich Harbour

The purpose of my visit was to deliver work to the Tighnabruaich Gallery and to firm up plans for my summer 2018 solo exhibition there. 

Tighnabruaich Gallery

I'm very much looking forward to working with Ros and Robbie at the Tighnabruaich Gallery over the next year and getting to know this area inside out. It is going to be a very exciting project and I thank them for the opportunity.

In the meantime a selection of my work is on display, and available to buy from the gallery.

I carried on after Tighnabruaich and explored the loop right round the peninsula, coming back out at the head of Loch Fyne. I was totally blown away by the views.

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Tighnabruaich Viewpoint and the Kyles of Bute

Tighnabruaich Viewpoint - Kyles of Bute

Kyles of Bute

Looking south from Argyll to Arran - a completely new view of the island for me and some very lucky sheep!

Arran from Argyll's Secret Coast

Lamb - Argyll's Secret Coast

Bluebells and a glimpse through the trees to Ostel Bay (aka Kilbride Bay)

Bluebells over Ostel Bay Argyll

Ostel/Kilbride Bay, Argyll

The glimpse of this stunning beach drew me in...

Beach Road - Ostel Bay, ArgyllCoastal Rocks, Ostel Bay Argyll

This is a very well kept secret, I can see why you would want to keep this to yourself!

Arran from Ostel Bay / Kilbride Bay, ArgyllOstel Bay \ Kilbride Bay, Argyll

I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Argyll's Secret Coast, especially in this stunning weather we are having just now, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. 


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  • Ute Textilewerke

    Hi Jane, we are traveling to Scotland for our summer holiday next week and while preparing online I found your blog. I am a textile artist myself and it is so stunning to see your work. How you interpret the landscape. I am looking so much forward to see this beautiful country myself.
    Kind regards, Ute


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