Nestling at the foot of Ben Cruachan, between Loch Etive & Loch Awe, in an area of outstanding natural beauty and steeped in history, Taynuilt offers the inspired choice location for discovering the West Coast of Scotland.
Ideally situated on the ancient “road to the isles,” Taynuilt is only a 20 minute drive to the beautiful busy wee coastal town of Oban, the Gateway to the Isles, perfect for visits to the Inner Hebrides and beyond. The guesthouse provides an excellent base to visit the surrounding area and take part in the many local activities such as fishing, hill walking, golf, wildlife tours and much more.
TAYNUILT is a thriving village and an ideal place to stay whether you are looking to tour the area on foot, by bicycle, car, bus or train, tackle the local Munros or simply relax in the enchanting countryside. There is plenty to see and do for all ages. Within the village, there is a Post Office, Grahams the Grocery Store, Butcher, Hairdresser, Doctor’s Surgery, Filling Station and Robin’s Nest tearoom. We are also very proud of the Taynuilt Golf Club 9 hole Golf Course where you can enjoy a sociable round of golf in stunning surroundings.
The village straddles the A85 trunk road between Oban and Glasgow and also benefits from a train station on the Oban-Glasgow line and a regular bus service.
A few miles along the A85 towards Crianlarich, the Cruachan hydro-electric power station has a visitor centre and runs tours into Ben Cruachan – the Hollow Mountain. On the way to Cruachan, you’ll pass the thriving Corrachie Clematis Garden Centre which also has a small café and play area, and the fabulous Brander Lodge Hotel, which serves excellent meals made from local produce in its Bistro and houses the local bar, offering drinks, bar meals and complimentary transport for local residents and guests.
There’s loads for everyone to do at the Inverawe Smokehouse and Country Park. This is a family run business producing traditionally smoked fish and providing a smokery exhibition, trout and salmon fishing, local walks and adventure trails, a small gift shop and café.
Keen anglers can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of being on the river whilst gaining expert fishing and casting tuition from Campbell Thomson of CJT Spey Casting who also offers a guiding and ghillie service on the River Awe.
Find out how Taynuilt played its part in World history by visiting the historic Bonawe Iron Works. Other sites of historic significance can be viewed locally, such as Muckairn Parish Church.
If you’d like to view the amazing scenery around Taynuilt from a different perspective, then try a cruise of Loch Etive from Etive Boat Trips, which departs from Dunstaffnage Marina, in Dunbeg, 3 short miles from Oban. Loch Etive is inaccessible except by boat and the cruise of one of Scotland’s great hidden treasures is definitely worth it.
For the more adventurous, there are white water rafting opportunities and more offered by Vertical Descents, on the River Awe! Keen walkers will be interested to learn of Taynuilt’s location on theroute of the Coast to Coast Walk from Oban to St Andrews or the St Andrew’s Pilgrims’ Journey from Iona to St Andrews.
Running south from the village is the very lovely and very quiet Glen Lonan which offers a picturesque alternative drive to Oban. About four miles along the Glen Lonan road is Angus’ Garden at Barguillean, a peaceful spring garden created in memory of Angus MacDonald, a journalist and writer killed in Cyprus in 1956.
Nearby and within a short driving distance are the villages of Dunbeg, Connel, Lochawe and Dalmally, on the A85 and Ledaig, Benderloch and Barcaldine on the A828, all of which have their own charming and unique character and offer eating places, attractions and gift shops as well as stunning scenery to ensure your holiday is filled with enjoyable experiences.