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The area

Crispie Estate is around five miles from the village of Kilfinan on the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll. This is a beautiful part of Scotland’s west coast, called Argyll’s Secret Coast because of its undiscovered charm. The landscape is typical of the west Highlands, and yet you won’t find crowds of tourists here. What you will find is peace, tranquillity and magnificent views. What’s more, it’s only two hours’ drive from Glasgow Airport.

Sailing and boating
With a slipway, mooring in the bay and private pier, Crispie Estate is the ideal place to bring your own boat. The sailing waters around here are world famous, with many islands, moorings and sheltered anchorages to explore. Portavadie Marina, with its world-class berthing, is less than 2 miles down the coast. The Kyles of Bute are great for dinghy sailing, with its sheltered waters and stunning views. You can learn to sail at the Tighnabruaich Sailing School.Our motor boat is available free of charge for our guests’ exclusive use subject of course to the weather - and somebody in your party will need to have at least the RYA Powerboat Level Two qualification with Coastal (not Inland) endorsement. Kayaking is also a great way to discover the coast.

Other activities
There are lots of coastal and woodland rambles locally and the quiet country roads are great to explore by bike. The Kyles of Bute golf course is a nine-hole course in Kames with views from every tee. And if you want to try your hand at fishing head to the shore to catch mackerel and cod or trout fishing permits are available at the village Post Office for local lochs.

The deep glens and narrow sea lochs are host to a huge variety of Scottish wildlife. Depending on the season, you’ll see deer, pheasants and other birds. Explore further afield and you might spot seals, porpoises, otters, red squirrels or even a basking shark.

Although you’re well off the beaten track at Crispie Estate, there’s easy access to the local villages and places to eat out. The historic village of Kilfinan with its old coaching inn is around five miles away. A few miles on is Otter Ferry, where you’ll find the Oystercatcher Pub and Restaurant on the beach. Pretty Tighnabruaich with its art gallery and selection of shops, cafes and hotels is just nine miles away. If you’re feeling fit, you can follow the coast round to Portavadie on foot to visit Portavadie Marina with its restaurants, bars and cafés. From Portavadie it’s a short ferry ride over to the bustling fishing village of Tarbert where you can pick up fresh shellfish from Prentice Seafoods.

Eating out
This area is renowned for its fresh fish and seafood from the loch and delicious game from the hills. Many of the local pubs and restaurants serve up locally sourced fare, including the Kilfinan Hotel, Inver Cottage, the Oystercatcher Pub and Restaurant, the Kames Hotel, Portavadie Marina, the Royal An Lochan, the Wellpark Hotel and the Burnside Bistro. Try the Barn at Millhouse for lovely lunches. Further afield, your holiday won’t be complete without a trip to the world-famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, with its unbeatable seafood platters. Stock up on all your essentials plus a few local specialities at Duncan’s Village Store in Kames.

There are loads of things to do while you’re here, but one of the great joys is the chance to get ‘back to nature’ in the Scottish countryside. Marvel at the views, listen to the birds, star gaze, have a fire on the beach, catch fish, or even swim in the bracingly cold loch.

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