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Tayvallich & Loch Sween

Sea Loch that stretches into Knapdale area of Argyll on the long peninsula stretching down to Kintyre. Tayvallich is the largest settlement

Loch Sween sits on the west side of the Knapdale Peninsula just north of Tarbert which is the ferry port for Islay and Mull.

Situated on the Knapdale Peninsula to the west of Scotland, in the region known as Argyll and the Isles, Tayvallich is this charming harbour village with an excellent seafood restaurant, inn, coffee shop, shop and post office. The town’s name has Gaelic origins, and translates to 'the house of the pass’. It sits on the shore of Loch Sween in a horseshoe bay surrounded by woodland. A mecca for boating and sea kayaking with public slipway and pontoons.

An all purpose sports court sits next to the village hall, where ceilidhs are regularly held. A 10 minute walk takes you to the opposite side of the peninsula, to a pretty little beach called Carsaig Bay where you can enjoy views across Jura Sound and spectacular sunsets over the Isle of Jura. Fast ferries travel across the sound so you can easily explore the island.

On the peninsula itself, there is plenty to see and do to explore the history of this delightful area.

  • Visit the medieval Chapel of Keills and admire its display of carved stones, as well as its beautiful view of the MacCormaig Islands.
  • You can also explore the National Nature Reserve on the Taynish Peninsula, which is home to one of the oldest oak forests in Britain
  • Explore the Scottish beaver trail in Knapdale Forest.
  • The 12th century Castle Sween sits on the opposite side of the loch and in a very interesting exploration.
  • Kilmory beach is easy to reach and a lovely destination for an afternoon stroll and picnic.

The village is an ideal base to explore the Mull of Kintyre and enjoy it’s world class golf courses, surfing and beaches or visit Oban, 1 hours drive north, where you can ferry across to Mull for a days exploring. Alternatively travel down to Tarbert and travel to Islay and Jura to explore the legendary distilleries or visit George Orwell's house on the tip of Jura.

A stunning, secluded corner of Scotland, with endless heritage and beauty to discover as well as plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and fishing.