The village of Taynuilt is located in Argyll and Bute, in the Highlands of Scotland. Built mostly from local grey stone, it lies at the narrow entrance to the Pass of Brander, a spectacular mountain pass where the railway makes its way between Loch Awe and the towering mountain of Cruachan. Holiday cottages in Taynuilt are a stone’s throw from the banks of the River Nant, close to where it flows into Loch Etive at Airds Bay. For centuries, Taynuilt was a resting place for travellers making the crossing to neigbouring Bonawe. In 1880, a station on the Callander and Oban Railway opened in the village, which has been a popular place for visitors to the Highlands ever since.
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Taynuilt remains a quiet place with a population of roughly 800, and there is no main road through the village. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Taynuilt, there are two stunning beaches, the pebble sweep of Airds Bay, with views across the water to Bonawe and Duirinnis Hill, and Kelly’s Pier, where boats are launched.
Many beautiful walks can be enjoyed in and around the village, with breathtaking views of Mount Cruachan and beyond. In the village centre, there are a handful of family-run businesses, including a post office and a small supermarket. The Robin’s Nest is a cosy café serving sandwiches and other light dishes, and the Taynuilt Inn has a historic bar serving local whiskies. The village is home to a renowned butcher and a shop where locally produced clothing and crafts are sold.
Boat trips to visit the seals on the Anne of Etive are popular in the summer months. Just north of the village, Bonawe Iron Furnace is an interesting attraction where visitors can learn about how iron ore was produced in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Every summer, Taynuilt host its own traditional Highland Games, attracting visitors from far and wide. Self-catering holidays in Taynuilt are also a good opportunity to play a round or two at the village’s excellent golf club.