Day 126 : Tayvallick – Carsaig

I leave Tayvallich by road and walk past a small inland loch, Loch Taynish, to the Taynish Nature Reserve. It is an Atlantic Oak woodland, grassland and bog interdispersed with smaller trees covered in lichens and moss.

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They have set up a couple or circular trails and an artistic trail to follow. Down by the lochside I find an old water mill. It was a corn mill which now serves as an outdoor art gallery. The trail and artwork was very interesting to follow.

Down at the remoter end of the peninsular I met Simon who was out walking with his dog. He has a cottage there and relies on a diesel generator for all his power. Sounds OK in summer, could be a bit tricky in winter.

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Onwards I go, and at the end of the next peninsular is Keills Chapel. It is a simple rectangular building similar to the one at Kilmory Knap Chapel I had passed a few days ago. There is a 2 metre high stone cross that stands outside the chapel.

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Carsaig Bay sits just to the west Tayvallick with great views to the Isle of Jura. It has a sandy beach and  a few boats. Some of the look as if they will never be sailed in again.

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Argyll has quite an artistic community, they produce an art map of the area. The reason is to support and promote art work in the area. Whilst walking I have passed places where you see a flag with a red dot in it. This is let you know that it may be a studio, gallery or display and you are welcome to come and look.

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