Bannatyne is a 19th Century detached lock keeper’s cottage carefully renovated to 21st Century standards. The Crinan Canal is known as ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ and when you stay at Bannatyne Cottage, you’ll see why! This nine mile waterway link through the Kintyre Peninsula is completely surrounded by incredible scenery, and connects to the white sands and clear waters of the Inner Hebrides and Western Isles. The small hamlets of Cairnbaan, Tayvallich and Achnamara are close by and there are plenty of walks, cycle paths and watersports to enjoy.
The history in the area goes back more than 5,000 years. Pre-historic ‘cup and ring’ marks carved into the rocks of Kilmartin Glen have been puzzling archaeologists for generations. Nearby there’s the impressive Iron Age Dunadd Fort, from which the ancient kings of Scotland surveyed their realm. The intriguing and sometimes strange history of Scotland comes vividly to life at the internationally-acclaimed Kilmartin House Museum.
There’s plenty to see in the wild, too. Eagles hunt overhead as seals bask on the beaches. Nearby Knapdale is home to the Scottish Beaver Trail, so there’s always the chance of seeing one gnawing on a tree trunk somewhere!
Destinations by ferry from Oban include Mull, Staffa, Iona and Colonsay, while from Kennacraig you can reach Gigha, Islay and Jura. Dolphins, diving birds, puffins and even the occasional basking shark can be spotted from the many boat trips on offer. Lochgilphead is seven miles away with a variety of shops, restaurants and bars, whilst Tarbert, Inveraray and the Mull of Kintyre are accessible by car.
Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
Lounge/dining room: With wooden floor, multi-fuel burner, 22" Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
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Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
All electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden. Unfenced canal, 15 yards.