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Tighnabruaich; (/ˌtnəˈbrəx/ (About this soundlisten); 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.[1] It is west of Glasgow and north of the Isle of Arran. The road to Ormidale was built in the late 1960s, and until then the village was more reliant on the sea for the transport of passengers and freight.[2]

Lifeboat Station, Tighnabruaich.jpg
Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Station of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Location within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNR 98000 72900
Council area
  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA21
Dialling code01700
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
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55°54′24″N 5°13′59″W / 55.906685°N 5.2331850°W / 55.906685; -5.2331850Coordinates: 55°54′24″N 5°13′59″W / 55.906685°N 5.2331850°W / 55.906685; -5.2331850

A pier was possibly built in the 1830s by the Castle Steamship Company, a forerunner of MacBrayne. Its 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.[2] The pier is used by the paddle steamer Waverley. Its Royal National Lifeboat Institution inshore lifeboat station currently has an Atlantic 85 type lifeboat and tractor on station.

Tighnabruaich is popular for sailing and yachting and has a sailing school.[3] Shinty is the major sport in the village which is home to Kyles Athletic who have won more Camanachd Cups than any other team apart from Newtonmore and Kingussie.[4]

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).


  1. ^ "Population: Where We Live". Argyll and Bute Council. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Pier's Origin And History". Tignabruaich Pier Association. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Tighnabruaich Sailing School Home". Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Kyles Athletic Shinty Club | About The Club". 7 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.

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