This weekend I took our newest Campervan 'Bréatha' to Argylls Secret Coast and I have really fallen in love with the landscape and the nature there. Here are some of the highlights.
Kilbride Bay Beach
Two hours from our Glasgow base I reached Tighnabruaich, its a lovely drive from Milton of Campsie. I drove over to Loch Lomond and then west at Tarbert which takes you along The Rest and Be Thankful, but I didn't stop like the travellers in days of old.
The Rest and Be Thankful
I kept going and took a left before Inveraray and travelled down adjacent to the town on the other side of Loch Fine until the road took me off inland for a while, through lush and sunny Glendaruel. I knew I was almost there when I came across this viewpoint looking down Loch Ridden and the Kyles of Bute.
It wasn't long until I reached the pretty little village of Tighnabruaich or Taigh na Bruaich in Scots Gaelic meaning 'House on the Bank'. I can see why it was voted 'Prettiest Village in Argyll'
View from just South of Tighnabruaich
I had wanted to try out our new Bréatha van's leisure battery, so I looked up on the Park4night app to see if there were any spots people had recommended. I don't like to park on grass, as I don't like to disturb any wildlife and I don't trust lumpy ground not to damage the underneath of our Campervans. So although there were a couple of spots people had said were nice, I opted for this spot just south of Kames.
Kames Motorhome Bays
This was a great spot, even had a couple of bins and picnic tables. And was just across a very quiet road from the beach. It was away from the houses, but within easy reach of the town and the shops and restaurants there.
Next morning after the quietest night known to man. No joke. I woke and after spilling my overnight oats all over the van, (yes it happens to the best of us) I headed off south on my bike around the coastal roads.
I don't like road cycling all that much, but it was great here, I think I passed two cars the couple of hours I was out.
Quiet single track roads
Kilbride Bay Beach
This beach on the south west is also known as Ostell Bay, was truly beautiful. It had one man and his dog on it before I turned up. It's a 20 minute walk from the road, and the path is fine for mountain/hybrid bike types.
I had grand plans of cycling back up towards Kames and heading west into Portavadie for a nosey, my good friend Vicky is heading there soon. There is a campsite and to be fair if I stayed another night I would of definitely of looked to get an electric hook up.
Bréatha leisure battery performed just fine, although I think it's best to alternate responsible off grid evenings with campsites where possible. Just means you can use plug points for charging phones etc. There is also a restaurant and spa at Portavadie. although I ran out of time what with the gorgeous beach and perhaps a little bit of my laziness kicked in as it meant turning away from home after a particularly hilly section.
I had a lovely guy messaging me about a Camper hire and each time I stopped this cheery local would over take me on foot and then laugh as I passed him again, this happened about three times. Everyone I met was so lovely.
Time for just a couple more photos and then I returned back down the road to Glasgow. The Cowal Peninsula had such a beautiful relaxed feeling to it. I will definitely return, hopefully for a little longer with loved ones next time. Thanks to another good friend Fiona McConachie for putting it on my radar.
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