The town of Tighnabruaich, on the Kyles of Bute, are quite remote situated as they are on the Cowal peninsula. The Island of Bute in the Clyde estuary creates a narrow passage between itself and the Cowal peninsula, this is known as the Kyles of Bute, a very beautiful part of Argyll. Tighnabruaich is the main population centre in this area and is a popular stopping off point for travellers in both cars or boats.
According to an article in the Scotsman (29th Mar 2007) The A8003 along the Kyles of Bute is "Gob smacking". High praise indeed. To get to this area from Glasgow, you can either drive down Loch Lomond side, another beautiful area and then up over the "Rest and be Thankful" another great area for scenery and then take the Dunoon turnoff, and then head for Tighnabruaich, or alternatively take the car ferry from Gourock if coming from the Central belt or the Car ferry from Tarbert if coming from Kintyre. The journey from all directions is rewarding in its splendour.
The general area has many walks including the Cowal way which is a 47 mile long route along the Cowal peninsula. It is also a popular area for cycling as the roads are generally quite and there are numerous forestry tracks as well including Ardlamont forest and Glenan woods.
Tighnabruaich is also popular for canoeists, photographers and anglers. One of the great things about the Kyles coastal road is that there are a large number of places to stop and in for the canoeists, you can just about launch a canoe anywhere here. Equally so you can fish anywhere on the Kyles with plenty of places to stop and park. You can also permit fish for Salmon and Trout on the rivers and inland lochs. There is also boat hire in the area and diving is very popular here too.
The small village of Kames near Tighnabruaich is also worth visiting.