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Visit Portavadie from Tarbert

Port Avadie, Cowal Peninsula

Portavadie is just a short ferry journey from Tarbert on Loch Fyne. The area is very quiet with many walks and areas for cycling. There are many short coastal walks and of course Portavadie is at one end of the famous Cowal Way which runs to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. Close to the ferry slip is Portavadie Marina offering restaurant pub and other facilities.

A fabulous short walk starts at the Glenan Forest Nature Reserve Car park very close to the ferry slipway and takes you to the deserted village of Glenan dating back to 1300 or so.. It is a recommended walk for this area.

This area of Loch Fyne is known for the rich bounty of sea fishing available from the rocks, beaches or by boat. The warm summer waters bring a plethora of fish to this coast.

For those that like Kayaking, this coastline is very popular with groups of Kayakers who explore all the islands, coves and beaches.

Interestingly, Portavadie was to be a yard building deep water drilling platforms and you can still see the ruins of the village (Pollphail) which was purpose built for the workers at the yard. There was millions of pounds of taxpayers money pumped into the project with a total of "zero" rigs built. However it is that legacy which has given the area the great deep water marina that we have today.

A Ferry to Port Avadie from Tarbert