Some Memories Of Tighnabruaich - a Memory of Tighnabruaich.
My father's family had holidayed in Tighnabruaich at the end of the 19th century. My parents, when young, stayed at Stronecarrick (end house next to boatyard) and at Lismore which was home of the Olding family. Peter Olding who was the skipper of a posh yacht, Mrs Olding, and daughters Jessie (who was the postwoman during the last war), Mamie (who had the tearoom in the village) and Lizzie who latterly lived at GlenInnens upper flat. Then, Wellpark was owned by Winnie Beaton and her husband in the thirties until the fifties or maybe later. Mr Lamont of Tigh na Mara hired out a few rowing boats that were moored on trip lines at Port Driseach. Jessie Olding bought Tigh na Mara and lived there around the 1980's.There used to be two cottages up on the hill above the school called Learmount. I wonder of they are still there? My brother, Grahame Cross, taught at Tighnabruaich School. During the war there were ex-admiralty grey painted cabin cruisers moored in the bay, and I liked rowing out to get a close look at them. The big ex-admiralty ship anchored in the Kyles was the Mountcalm, I think.
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