Local Attractions to Visit and Explore
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Taking the road from Dalavich to Ford will bring you out on the A816 from Oban to Kilmartin. Take a left and you will shortly see Carnassarie Castle rising above you on the right. Brown signs will direct you to the car park and the castle is a short walk up hill from there.
The tower house and hall remain an unusually good example
of a 16th century castle and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It was destroyed
by Royalist forces after the 9th Earl of Argyll supported the failed Monmouth
Rebellion of 1685 against the Catholic Monarchy, and was never repaired.
Taynish National Nature Reserve
Situated on a scenic peninsula in the heart of Knapdale, Taynish is one of the finest examples of Ancient Atlantic oak woodland in Europe. Taynish is located on the B8025 immediately south of the delightful coastal village of Tayvalich, and can be reached by taking the minor road from the south end of Tayvalich and following it to the small car park. Take care and drive slowly as the road is rough in the later stages.
Taynish, having survived for over 7000 years, is one of the
finest examples of 'temperate rainforest' in the United Kingdom, and is
home to a wealth of wildlife. Mosses, lichens and ferns thrive in the mild,
humid climate of the west coast. A wide range of insect life including
butterflies, moths and dragonflies flourish in flower rich grasslands and
water-logged mires. Whether you visit in spring, summer, autumn or winter
there is something spectacular to see; blankets of springtime wild
flowers, the delicate dance of the rare marsh fritillary butterfly, wild
orchids, or a glimpse of the secretive otters as they slip through the