Taynuilt is sited next to Loch Etive, a sea and fresh water mixed Loch that flows from Glen Etive and has an abundance of wildlife to see including a small seal colony which can be visited via a tour boat from Airds Bays called Mara booking in advanced is advised (07721 732703) On board you will receive commentary, hot drinks and toilet facilities are available,

 Once back on dry land you can head to the village of Taynuilt which has a few local shops and a small tea room Robins Nest which serves right through the day delightful selections of coffees/teas and cakes.

Just past the village is Bon Awe Furnance the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753. Displays bring to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrate how pig iron was made. Some of the 42000 cannon balls made are said to have been used in the battle of Trafalgar.

A short journey from the village center is Taynuilt golf course with its brand new club house, here you can play either 9 or 18 holes with pleasurable views of Loch Etive and the mountains in the distance.

 

Further along the road is Inverawe Smoke House home of smoked goods which are supplied to the royal house hold, here you can take a tour and buy smoked goods from the gift shop and cafe. you may also like to try their fly fishing courses.

From the Village you can see the impressive Ben Cruachan a  3694ft mountain sited in the historic Brander pass the site of the famous Battle of Brander. The Brander Lodge Hotel family owned and operated and set tranquilly in 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens in the rural valley of Bridge of Awe offers a perfect base to stay or to eat & drink for locals and visitors alike with dishes made from local produce including local meats from the village butchers and smoked products from Inverawe. It is open 12-10pm everyday and offers local mountain advise to those wishing to tackle the mountain (01866 822243) You can ascend opposite the hotel where you can park safely and free of charge, this is a different route to the normally taken route which is 5 miles down the road at Lochawe.

Cruachan is also known as the Hollow mountain as it host  the biggest hydro damn in Europe,tours are available at the visitors center where they will take you on a mini bus journey through tunnels 1 kilometer into the core of the mountain,this is a fascinating feat of engineering achieved in the late 50's and the visitors center has a fine display of the construction workings in picture form and a pleasant cafe over looking Loch Awe and the start of the River Awe.

St Conans Kirk is sited a 2 mile further along, here you can see a marble statue of Robert the Bruce the kirk is one of the most romantic spots in Argyll with  features everywhere you look including the guttering, its free to enter but please donate to the roof fund to help save the church.

The Jewell of the Area has to be Kilchurn Castle, the most photographed castle and an inspiration to artists and film makers alike and was the inspiration for the castle in animated movie Brave. The castle has on going improvements and the towers are now accessible to climb. Although it may not be open in the winter,