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Travels round Scotland... (cont)   
The Boss and I went away for a few days to Tighnabruaich: pronounced either TIE-NA-BROO-ACH or TIN-NA-BROO-ACH depending on which local area you hail from. 

  view north from An Lochan, up The Kyles of Bute   ...(Wullie tells) The view in my photograph was taken from An Lochan facing north, up the Kyles to the tip of Bute and the entrance to Loch Riddon. Tighnabruaich   sits on the eastern edge of the Cowal peninsula, looking across the channel called the Kyles of Bute towards the Island of Bute.(this waterway goes right round the north of Bute, and has a car ferry - very short passage - from Colintraive to Rhubodach on the north-east Bute coast.)

The Isle of Arran lies directly south, and the Mull of Kintyre to the south-west, of the peninsula. There's also a regular car ferry from the west side, taking you to Tarbert and the A83 main road to the north, or down into the Mull.

We were very lucky, some years ago, to stumble across a wee hotel in Tighnabruaich; it was called the Royal Hotel, and had the best food we've experienced for a long time - nearly all local-produced; caught, farmed, grown or shot. The local ghillie, who provides the venison, is called Winston Churchill,and the menues quote this - (...shot by...); there's correspondence from the Churchill family disputing the hotel's right to use that name - and an apology when they learned that there is indeed a ghillie of that very name, providing that very service. The hotel also gives an overall level of service and willingness to help, in a really old-fashioned, pleasant way, that has to be experienced to be appreciated. An Lochan, our favourite place to get away from it all...

 It's called An Lochan now, which means "by the lochside"; we've been there quite a few times, and will continue to do so, any time we feel the need to be pampered. 

If you want a wee look, their website is, and Hazel, the General Manager, will be very happy to see you.



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