this is an ancient parish with roots in the once thriving keltic church systems of culdees and is a growing and enterprising community of followers.Before His Ascension, Jesus commanded His disciples to go to every nation and to preach the good news to all people (Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15). The disciples scattered and took the news of Jesus'...more
The Village is remote, small, friendly and totally charming. Tayvallich's old Gaelic name is 'Tigh a'Bhealaich which translates as 'House of the pass' referring to days long gone by when drovers came by here with their cattle to take them to the tryst or market. There are no pavements here just a single track road which is shared equally by locals...more
North Knapdale Parish Church is an unassuming Church which belongs to the Church of Scotland so no surprises here. I was pleased. given the last sentence to see this Parish did recognise the Easter Period - for me the most important celebration in the Christian Church. The architecture of the Church was much of a muchness - but it did differ from...more
The Coffee Shop is at the rear of the village store. They have seating inside in a 'wrap around deck' or outside on the patio. We chose to sit outside because here the dog could join us and we all could have a relaxing rest. Seating outside is comfortable with large picnic tables and wooden benches. Ordering is easy and relaxed - just note your table number then go inside and order whatever you want. They serve light meals and snacks here as well as hot and cold drinks. They also have a mouthwatering array of tray bakes and ice cream. Open Monday to Sunday Summer Easter to October 9.00 - 17.00. Winter October to Easter Monday to Sunday 10.00 - 15.00
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the freshly brewed coffee, I usually prefer instant coffee but this time the blend was mild and delicious. We both chose the homemade 'Malteser Cake' a type of chocolate biscuit with pieces of Maltesers and chocolate chunks. When the waitress came and saw Cuileann, she returned with a large bowl of fresh water and a hug for the dog.
The local church has a really active session organising a variety of varied events and social assemblies.
Travelling to Tayvallich seemed like a very slow long and winding single track road but proved a piece of cake when compared to the road we took to Keills Jetty. The road starts at the end of Tayvallich village where you have a choice of two roads both merge into one at this point. From here the road is similar to any other single track road, but after the gate which takes you to a small car park things change dramatically. Most people park in the car park but not us - Kenny's philosophy is 'Why walk when you can drive' The road 'B8045' seemed more suited to goats and sheep than cars - it is small wonder the sign prohibits
caravans and motor homes = they would never make it here. We stopped to ask a passing walker if we were really on the right road, he did assure us that yes this was indeed a public road but the powers that be wanted people to think it was just a private track to some lonely crofts. The grass growing down the middle of the road, huge rucks and potholes should have given us a clue this road is hard on the car = walking would have been quicker and less stressful. When we finally reached our destination my nerves were shot to bits - but yes there is room to turn your car for the long journey back - but only just!
There are many superstitions around these parts - One story tells of cattle which were protected from the "evil eye" by putting a piece of metal, usually a blunt needle, on a string which was tied to the horn of the leading cow who was known as the Queen. It was felt that a stranger passing by and looking at the animals for longer than just a...more
The entire west coast needs to be forsted starting with rowan then birch and oak ,but first and foremost rowan as it.s abundant berries will feed the bird population thru the winter to cope with the august midgie invasion who need centuries of thriving without local birds in enough numbers culling this investation which is ruining our land all alon g the west coast. iwant to see forests of Rowan and other berry ./fruit trees thriving.
Unique Suggestions: from christies of forres seed men you can buy rowan trees by the hundred or thousand for literally peanuts and it is amazing how little land is covered by 1000.............................
Fun Alternatives: come in May and June before they hatch
There are over 350 pictish/keltic stones and ruins in ine parish alone showing how lush and populated this area once was. In those days it had a) native woods esp. rowan which fed the bird population keeping the midgies to their native bogs not the heather heath caused by deforestation and the evil ,truly evil introduction of the desert animal...more
Surprisingly Keills is in VT's Data Base - such a remote place and difficult to get to. We had heard and read that Keills Jetty was the best place to see the Isle of Jura. The views over the waters - known as the Sound of Jura were fantastic, the cool blues of the waters mingled perfectly with the dark landscape and just enough clouds in the sky to...more