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Oban

This busy port is ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ but it’s also perfect for exploring Argyll to the south and the Highlands to the north.

Oban is the ferry port that starts many a Scottish island adventure but this pretty and vibrant town deserves a much closer look in its own right.

The crescent shaped hills that surround Oban Bay forms the port town of Oban, where there are plenty of excellent shops, cafes and restaurants, many of which overlook the picturesque bay, in fact Oban has a great selection of seafood restaurants which is why it’s known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’.

One of the town’s most prominent features is McCaig’s Tower, the grand Victorian folly that looks more like a misplaced Roman Coliseum high above the town; the views from there over the town and far out to sea are well worth the effort. There are also great views at Dunstaffnage Castle, once the stronghold of the McDougalls, nowadays offering superb panoramas over the Firth of Lorn.

To get active try kayaking, gorge walking, coasteering and more at Stramash Outdoor Activities or for less energetic activity why not stroll the Arduaine Gardens, learn about local history at the free War and Peace Museum or surround yourself in traditional music at the Skipinnish Ceilidh House.

Oban cottages also give you a great base for visiting the nearby islands of Mull, Iona and of course, Staffa with the unique and world-famous Fingall’s Cave rock formation.

There’s a lot to do in and around this small town so why not start searching for Oban Holiday Cottages.
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  • Cuil Lodge

    Kilmelford, near Oban

    Grade
    8
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: UK5158
    Situated in the small hamlet of Kilmelford, this detached holiday property is set in its own garden and makes an ideal base for touring the West Coast of Scotland. Surrounded by magnificent scenery, rugged glens and sea lochs, there are plenty of historic castles and beautiful gardens to explore. Kilmartin Glen is steeped in history and rich in archaeological and historical remains. The small villages of Ardfern and Craobh Haven offer some of the best marina facilities in Scotland. Sea-fari excursions from Seil Island, across the famous Atlantic Bridge, offer high adventure boat trips to the famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Nearby Oban, known as the seafood capital of Scotland, has a variety of shops, a leisure centre and a very good selection of restaurants. From Oban there are regular ferries to the Inner Isles, including Mull, Iona, Staffa, Kerrera and Lismore. The area is exceptional for wildlife watching and is a hot spot for porpoise, dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks. Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles and puffins, wild otters, seals, and deer are also often seen. There are plenty of walks and outdoor activities with horse riding, fishing, cycling, golf and a variety of watersports to name but a few. Shop and café 20 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: With wood burner and beams.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Bedroom 5: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire and wood burner included. Cot and highchair available on request. Lawned garden. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Caddleton Farmhouse

    Ardmaddy Castle, near Oban

    Grade
    12
    5
    3
    4
    Ref: UNP

    "Stunning locations in breathtaking scenery..."

    In a magnificent setting by the sea, Ardmaddy Castle sits in its own bay with unrivalled views over Seil Sound and the world famous local Slate Islands, designated one of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas. Graded ‘4 Star’ by the Scottish Tourist Board, these four cottages (SBZ, SRW, SRX and SRY) and Caddleton Farmhouse (UNP) are set in secluded, peaceful locations around the estate and offer an ideal base for exploring this stunning part of the West Coast of Scotland.
    The castle’s spectacular gardens are open all year round through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and are a delight for gardening enthusiasts. The area is renowned for its abundant wildlife with porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, deer, eagles and wealth of seabirds often seen. Sailing, rowing and motor boats are all available for guests to hire, and there is free fishing on Ardmaddy’s stocked hill loch. There is also a central games room with table tennis, darts and a pool table, whilst Caddleton Farmhouse (UNP) and The Stables (SBZ) have their own games room. Guests can also use the castle’s tennis court.
    The bustling harbour town of Oban known as the ‘Gateway to the Islands’ is only 12 miles away and has wonderful seafood restaurants, shops and bars. From Oban there are boat trips to the Inner Hebridean Isles, including Mull, Iona, Staffa, Colonsay and Tiree. For the outdoor enthusiast, local activities include horse riding, coasteering, canyoning, canoeing, sailing, diving and golf. Fort William and Glencoe are a short drive away offering very popular climbing and skiing. Explore beautiful gardens and ruined castles in an area rich in historical legacy or take a leisurely walk or cycle along one of the many forest tracks. Visit Bonawe Iron Works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, the Sealife Centre and Inveraray Jail. Or relax and enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty surrounding the cottages at Ardmaddy. Shops 12 miles, pub/restaurant 2½ miles.

    Large carport with dry, level access to large games room/cloakroom leading to spacious living room and well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen, 4-oven Aga, low level ceramic hob, combination microwave, dining and sitting areas and open fire leading to large conservatory overlooking the garden and sea. Larder. Utility room. Drying room. Cloakroom. Twin bedroom with adjacent shower room and toilet (suitable for disabled). Large sitting room with piano, open fire and stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. Second double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Second twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two steps up to very spacious attic-style twin bedroom with two additional full-size single beds (for +2).

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Child fireguard
    • Baby alarm
    • Two Sky TVs
    • Aga included
    • Combi microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Food processor
    • Large garden with patio
    • Garage space
    • Children’s play area with sand pit
    • Games room with table tennis, small snooker table and darts
    • Piano
    • Kennel available
    • Wheelchair access – facilities for the disabled Category 1 (ground floor only)
    • NB: Fenced stream outside garden and drops within grounds

    • Open fire(s) - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Freezer meals and food available at cost
    • Over 3,000 acres of grounds
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Use of hard tennis court
    • Fly fishing
    • Shared games room with darts, snooker and table tennis
    • Sailing, rowing and motor boats available for hire
    • Private water supply
    • NB: Loch close by and drops within the extensive grounds

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