Tighnabruaich

Last updated

Tighnabruaich
PS Waverley At Tighnabruaich - geograph.org.uk - 2742657.jpg
The PS Waverley at Tighnabruaich (2008)
Argyll and Bute UK relief location map.jpg
Red pog.svg
Tighnabruaich
Location within Argyll and Bute
Population550 (mid-2020 est.) [1]
OS grid reference NR 98000 72900
Council area
  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TIGHNABRUAICH
Postcode district PA21
Dialling code 01700
UK Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
List of places
UK
Scotland
55°54′24″N5°13′59″W / 55.906685°N 5.2331850°W / 55.906685; -5.2331850

Tighnabruaich; ( /ˌtnəˈbrəx/ ; Scottish Gaelic : Taigh na Bruaich) is a village on the Cowal peninsula, on the western arm of the Kyles of Bute in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. In 2011 the population was 660. [2] It is west of Glasgow and north of the Isle of Arran.

Contents

Tighnabruaich is now part of a continuous coastal strip of housing that joins onto Kames.

Transport

An Optare Solo M880SL running the 478 route in Tighnabruaich in 2006 10609 YJ06YSD West Coast Motors.jpg
An Optare Solo M880SL running the 478 route in Tighnabruaich in 2006

Tighnabruaich is on the A8003 road, which is 8 miles (13 kilometres) long and travels to the A886 in the east. The A8003 was built in the 1960s. [3] The B8000 the original road, travels down the west coast of the Cowal peninsula from Newton in the north again on the A886, 25+12 miles (41 kilometres) away. [4] The village was more reliant on the sea for the transport of passengers and freight until the completion of the shorter A8003. [5]

The village is served by the 478 Dunoon–Portavadie bus, operated by West Coast Motors. [6]

History

Royal an Lochan hotel (2014) The Royal Hotel at Tighnabruaich - geograph.org.uk - 3986187.jpg
Royal an Lochan hotel (2014)

A pier was possibly built in the 1830s by the Castle Steamship Company, a forerunner of Caledonian MacBrayne. It was a stopping place for paddle steamers and Clyde puffers. The wooden pier was rebuilt in 1885 by the Tighnabruaich Estate who owned it from 1840 until 1950. George Olding owned it until 1965 when it became the responsibility of the local council.

Passenger services on and around the Clyde were developed after the PS Comet was introduced into service in 1812 and tourism developed with the introduction of cruises through the Kyles around Bute, to Arran and along Loch Fyne. [5]

The 1st Glasgow Company of the Boys Brigade own a camp-site near Tighnabruich which is used by many Boys' Brigade Companies from around the country. This follows in the tradition of the 1st Glasgow camping in the area since 1886.

The Royal an Lochan hotel was established in 1865. [7]

RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) maintains an inshore lifeboat station in Tighnabruaich and currently has an Atlantic 85 type lifeboat and tractor on station. [8]

Sport and leisure

Kyles Athletic Shinty Club

Shinty is the major sport in the village which is home to Kyles Athletic who have won the Camanachd Cup more than any other team apart from Newtonmore and Kingussie. [9]

National Cycle Route 75

Tighnabruaich is on the NCR75 a route from Edinburgh to Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula. [10] The National Cycle Network is maintained by sustrans. [11]

The pier at Tighnabruaich is called at by the paddle steamer Waverley during its summer season sailings on the Firth of Clyde. [12]

Tighnabruaich is popular for sailing and yachting and has a sailing school. [13]

Tighnabruaich was voted "the prettiest village in Argyll, Lomond and Stirlingshire" in 2002[ citation needed ] and featured in the More4/Channel 4 programme Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages (Series 3, Episode 2).

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Islands of the Clyde</span> Scottish island group

The Islands of the Firth of Clyde are the fifth largest of the major Scottish island groups after the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. They are situated in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute. There are about forty islands and skerries. Only four are inhabited, and only nine are larger than 40 hectares. The largest and most populous are Arran and Bute. They are served by dedicated ferry routes, as are Great Cumbrae and Holy Island. Unlike the isles in the four larger Scottish archipelagos, none of the isles in this group are connected to one another or to the mainland by bridges.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Argyll and Bute</span> Council area of Scotland

Argyll and Bute is one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland and a lieutenancy area. The current lord-lieutenant for Argyll and Bute is Jane Margaret MacLeod. The administrative centre for the council area is in Lochgilphead at Kilmory Castle, a 19th-century Gothic Revival building and estate. The current council leader is Robin Currie, a councillor for Kintyre and the Islands.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dunoon</span> Town in Scotland

Dunoon is the main town on the Cowal peninsula in the south of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is located on the western shore of the upper Firth of Clyde, to the south of the Holy Loch and to the north of Innellan. As well as forming part of the council area of Argyll and Bute, Dunoon also has its own community council. Dunoon was a burgh until 1976.

The Isle of Bute, known as Bute, is an island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, United Kingdom. It is divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kilcreggan</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Kilcreggan is a village on the Rosneath peninsula in Argyll and Bute, West of Scotland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cowal</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Cowal is a rugged peninsula in Argyll and Bute, on the west coast of Scotland. It is bounded on the west by Loch Fyne and on the east by Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde. The Kyles of Bute separate it from Bute to the south.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Loch Long</span> Sea-loch in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

Loch Long is a body of water in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The Sea Loch extends from the Firth of Clyde at its southwestern end. It measures approximately 20 miles in length, with a width of between one and two miles. The loch also has an arm, Loch Goil, on its western side.

PS <i>Waverley</i> 1946-built preserved seagoing paddle steamer

PS Waverley is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world. Built in 1946, she sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973. Bought by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS), she has been restored to her 1947 appearance and now operates passenger excursions around the British coast.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Port Bannatyne</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Port Bannatyne, is a coastal village on the Isle of Bute, Firth of Clyde, Scotland that is home to many steamers. Port Bannatyne developed into the 1900s as a quieter alternative to Rothesay. It is a popular harbour, with a small yacht marina and boatyard and an unusual 13-hole golf course rather than the standard 18.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kyles of Bute</span> Channel in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

The Kyles of Bute form a narrow sea channel that separates the northern end of the Isle of Bute from the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, on the Scottish mainland. The surrounding hillsides are roughly wooded, and overlooked by rocky tops and areas of moorland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sandbank, Argyll</span> Village in Scotland

Sandbank is a village on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is located 2.5 miles north of Dunoon on the coastal A815 or the inland A885 and sits on the southern shore of the Holy Loch, branching off the Firth of Clyde.

MV <i>The Second Snark</i> Passenger ferry built in 1938 in Scotland

MV The Second Snark is a small passenger ferry, built in 1938 by William Denny of Dumbarton, later operated by Clyde Marine Services on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tarbert, Kintyre</span> Village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Tarbert is a village in the west of Scotland, in the Argyll and Bute council area. It is built around East Loch Tarbert, an inlet of Loch Fyne, and extends over the isthmus which links the peninsula of Kintyre to Knapdale and West Loch Tarbert. Tarbert had a recorded population of 1,338 in the 2001 Census.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Colintraive</span> Village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Colintraive is a village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Once the site where cattle were swum across the narrows to the Isle of Bute, the MV Loch Dunvegan — a ferry operated by Caledonian MacBrayne — now provides a link to the island.

National Cycle Route 75 runs from Edinburgh to Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula, via Glasgow. It is often known as the Clyde to Forth cycle route.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kames, Argyll</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Kames is a small village on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the shore of the west arm of the Kyles of Bute.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Blairmore, Argyll</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Blairmore is a village located on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Blairmore lies within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. It is situated on the western shore of Loch Long and around 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Strone. The village was largely built during the Victorian era and has a small wooden pier which dates to 1855.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rosneath Peninsula</span> Human settlement in Scotland

The Rosneath Peninsula is a peninsula in Argyll and Bute, western Scotland. Formerly in the historic county of Dunbartonshire, it is formed on its eastern shore from the confluence of the Firth of Clyde with the Gare Loch, and of the Clyde with Loch Long to the west.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ardtaraig</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Ardtaraig is a hamlet lying at the head of Loch Striven on the Cowal peninsula, Argyll and Bute, West of Scotland. The hamlet is on the single track B836 road.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Millhouse, Argyll</span> Human settlement in Scotland

Millhouse is a village in the parish of Kilfinan. Located on the B8000 inland from Kames in the east and Portavadie in the west, on the Cowal peninsula, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

References

  1. "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. "Population: Where We Live". Argyll and Bute Council. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. "A8003 - Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki". www.sabre-roads.org.uk.
  4. "B8000 - Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki". www.sabre-roads.org.uk.
  5. 1 2 "The Pier's Origin And History". Tignabruaich Pier Association. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. "SCOTLAND'S BERMUDA TRIANGLE". www.keybuses.com. 21 May 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
  7. Alan (4 August 2022). "Argyll 'hidden gem' is shining bright | Scottish Licensed Trade News". sltn.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  8. "Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Station". rnli.org.
  9. "Kyles Athletic Shinty Club | About The Club". kylesathletic.co.uk. 7 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  10. "National Cycle Network routes in Glasgow and the West". Sustrans.
  11. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/about-us//
  12. "Scotland – Waverley Excursions".
  13. "Tighnabruaich Sailing School Home". tssargyll.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2012.