Taychreggan sits alone on its own bay, within forty acres of woodland and gardens on the banks of Loch Awe.
We can arrange trout and salmon fishing with our Ghillie John on our very own boat, the fishing season is from March 15th Until October 14th – this can be both full and half day.
We can arrange small boat trips for up to 12 people, this can include visiting Kilchurn Castle by boat or simply taking in the beautiful scenery. Kayaking and other water sports can also be arranged through the hotel.
Falconry displays are available at Taychreggan to include a ‘Hawk Walk’ to fly a bird as if it were your own or full falconry displays.
Bow and Arrow, Tomahawk & Shooting
For a true Highland Experience why not book some of our outdoor activities? From Clays to Archery all can be arranged in our grounds with Charles – this is ideal for individuals or groups. Why not try ‘The Huntsman Experience’ of up to three activities for only £60!
Bicycles and safety equipment can be delivered to the hotel for your use. The team will happily source you a suitable route for all abilities.
Top Ten Experiences
Kilchurn Castle & St. Conan's Kirk
Situated at the head of Loch Awe, Kilchurn Castle is one of the most beautiful and photographed castles in Scotland. Located nearby is St. Conan’s Kirk, a l9th century church with a surreal and affecting mixture of styles – including gothic gargoyles – and worth a visit.
Loch and River Awe have always been famous for their wild brown trout and salmon fishing. In 2000, the British record was broken at Loch Awe with a brown trout of 30lbs. 8oz. Taychreggan has its own Loch Awe fishing rights and ghillie.
Bikes & Walks
Lochaweside forests have nearly 90 miles of forest roads, six waymarked walks, and old public rights of way, all freely open to the public on foot or bike. Our local bike shop can deliver bicycles and gear for your use.
There are 20 munros for bagging within 90 minutes of Taychreggan, including nearby Ben Cruachan. You can also visit the hollow ‘heart’ of Cruachan – the home of Scottish power hidden in a massive cavern below ground – and learn how eco-friendly electricity is produced using our local waters.
On our Loch
Small boats can be rented for exploring the loch.
Oban has a fine 13 century castle, Dunstaffnage, where Flora McDonald was once held prisoner. You can also enjoy an informative guided tour at Oban Distillery with the chance to enjoy a ‘wee dram’ at the end. Here you can also visit McCabe’s Folly, the Oban War & Peace Museum, and the pier from where you catch a ferry boat to Mull and Iona.
Western Isles of Mull and Iona
A scenic 45 minute ferry ride from the Oban pier takes you to the Inner Hebrides Isle of Mull. Those with a fascination for history can visit Duart Castle – home to the chief of Clan MacLean or Torosay Castle located at the end of the railway line. Mull is also the ferry departure site for Iona: the birthplace of Celtic Christianity and burial place of kings.
Our local golf course is the Taynuilt Golf Club, a challenging 9-hole parkland course. The course is surrounded by majestic scenery located close to the base of Ben Cruachan and with stunning views up Loch Etive. Visitors are welcome.
Kilmartin Glen and Museum
If you are at all interested in Celtic and early Christian history, then you can’t miss Kilmartin; the glen is full of cairns, cup and ring marked stones as well as several stone circles. In the village of Kilmartin is an informative museum and right next door the church is home to very interesting tombstones and Celtic crosses.
Much of the Highlands is available within a day’s drive back and forth from Taychreggan. Scroll below for 25 more suggested attractions and links.
To See & Do
Inner Hebrides Day Cruise -
A 45 minute ferry trip from the Oban pier takes you to one of Scotland’s largest islands, the Isle of Mull. Those with a fascination for history can enjoy ancient Duart Castle – once home to the chief of the Clan MacLean – or Torosay Castle, the final destination of Scotland’s first island passenger railway. Traveling west you will find the ferry terminal for the island of Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry website.
Informative guided tours with the chance to enjoy a ‘wee dram’ at the end. Open Easter to October. www.discovering-distilleries/oban
Bon Awe Iron Furnace
Loch Etive, Taynuilt
Founded in 1753, this is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain. Well maintained by historic Scotland, it has very interesting displays on how iron was made here. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
2 miles north of Kilmartin
A tower house and hall combined. The home of John Carswell, first Protestant Bishop of the Isles and translator of the first book printed in Gaelic. Offers very fine architectural details of the late 16th century. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Loch Fyne Oysters
Offering a superb range of fresh seafood both in the shop and Oyster Bar restaurant. Situated at the head of Lcch Fyne. www.lochfyne.com
Ardkinglas House & Woodland Garden
This beautiful and well maintained woodland garden includes Britain’s tallest trees. It is part of a vast estate owned by descendants of a family who, among other things, founded Loch Fyne Oysters. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1907, Ardkinglas House is a must-see for lovers of architectural details – an example ofs Edwardian craftsmanship at its finest. Guided house tours are available Fridays, April to October, and must be reserved in advance. House tours are available other days with a minimum fee of 50 GBP. www.ardkinglas.com
A 13th century castle built on a rock with chapel ruins close by that of superb architectural design. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Duollie Museum & Castle
Dunolilie is the seat and ancestral home of Clan MacDougal. Here you can learn about the history and life of the noble MacDougals – a clan that once ruled over much of Argyll and the Isles. The grounds include woodland trails and a ruined castle keep overlooking Oban Bay. Opened mid-April though end of October. www.dunollie.org
Glencoe Visitors Centre
Glencoe is a place of towering, spectacular, brooding hills and a famous yet tragic event in Scotland’s history. The Centre is part of the National Trust of Scotland. Open all year. www.glencoe-nts.org.uk
Situated at the head of Loch Awe, Kilchurn is one of the most attractive and photographed castles in Scotland, enjoying magnificent views of the loch. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Glencoe Mountain Resort
One of the top ski centres in Scotland, complimented by unforgettable scenery. www.glencoemountain.com
Seat of the clan Campbell since the early 15th century; the Duke and Duchess still live in part of the castle with their family. www.inveraray-castle.com
Oban War & Peace Museum
Corran Esplanade, Oban
Founded during the bicentennial celebrations for the ending of WWII. Donated memorabilia and photographs documenting the contribution of Oban and its residents to the war effort. www.obanmuseum.org.uk
North End of Loch Awe
Home to a small but impressive graveyard with Celtic crosses. Many of the Dukes of Argyll have been laid to rest here. Was also the home to a group of 16th century nuns. Is only accessible by boat and requires a good guide around the rocky shallows.
Imaginative exhibitions, courtroom, costumed guides and furnished cells set in the 19th century. Open all year. www.inverarayjail.co.uk
Board an original three masted schooner moored in Inverary Harbour and take the helm. On board cinema brings the past to life. Open all year. www.inveraraypier.com
St. Conan's Kirk
Sitting on Loch Awe in Awe Village is St. Conan’s Kirk, a 19th century church with a surreal mix of architectural styles and worth a look at.
Inverawe Fisheries and Smokehouse
Visit this traditional smokehouse w/picturesque riverside walks. www.smokedsalmon.co.uk
Cruachan Power Station
Pass of Brander, Loch Awe
Take a tour of the ‘heart’ of this hollow mountain. The home of Scottish power hidden in a massive cavern l kilometre below ground. Scenes from the James Bond’s Dr. No movie were filmed here. Open Easter to November. T: 01866 822 618. www.visitcruachan.co.uk
Jacobite (Harry Potter) Steam Train
Take an 84 mile round-trip on the train used in the Harry Potter movies and see some stunning Highland scenery along the way. www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite
Known for its garden and interesting medieval tombstones. This priory was founded in 1230 and burnt by Cromwells Troops in 1654. Behind the Priory (now a private house) lie the ruins of the chapel, in the care of Historic Scotland. Directions: From Oban, cross the Connel Bridge on the A828 heading north. First turning right, well signed. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Craignish Whirlpool & Wildlife Cruises
Cruise through spectacular scenery down Loch Craignish and the Sound of Jura, reaching the Gulf of Corryvreckan where you’ll experience a wild boat ride on the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world. Craignish Cruises – Sea Leopard II, Ardfern Yacht Centre, By Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8QN
Tel: 07747 023 038; www.craignishcruises.co.uk
Sea kayaking, gorge scrambling, canyoning, canoeing and coasteering can be provided in half or full day outdoor activities by Stramash based in Oban. From adrenalin-infused coasteering and canyoning trips exploring the depths of rock and water, to watching the sun set over Oban bay in their evening paddle sessions, they have something for everyone They provide all the equipment, instruction and transport you require. www.stramash.org.uk. Tel: 01631 566080.
accessible at Taynuilt
It is through Glen Lonan the ancient Kings of Scotland were carried from Scone to Iona, thus known as the burial route of Kings. The corteges of Kenneth MacAlpine, MacBeth and other nobles moved somberly through this glen. When you’re there, you can visit Angus Gardens, the closest National Gardens Scheme garden to us. Set on 9 acres, it is a spring flowering woodland garden underplanted with rhododendroms, azaleas and other blossoming bushes and trees. It’s best seen March through June although any time of the year it makes for a pleasant woodland walk. To get there, retrace our 7 mile single track road back to the main junction. Turn left, go 1/2 mile, then turn left again at signposted Glen Lonan (just before the Taynuilt Hotel). Proceed two and half miles on the single track road, looking out for the yellow Garden Schemes signage on your right.
Our loch dominates this peaceful corner of Argyll with its 25 miles of fresh water. Over twenty long abandoned Crannogs (prehistoric island huts) are still in evidence, along with the semi ruined Castles of Kilchurn – once the Clan Campbell seat which still dominates the loch.
Relax & Unwind
We are able to offer you a variety of treatments in the comfort of your own guest room. Treatments include:
Pure Bliss Full Body Massage | £75.00
Treatment lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours
Traditional Swedish Massage | £55.00
Treatment lasts approximately 50 minutes.
Indian Head Massage | £55.00