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The Argyll and Bute region has been a favourite with holidaymakers for years and it’s easy to understand why with so much beautiful countryside, lochs and coastline to admire.

The extensive choice of holiday cottages in Argyll and Bute provide the perfect base for great outdoor breaks, lovers of breath taking views and those who simply enjoy relaxing holidays!

With miles of unspoiled coastline, fantastic gardens, a wealth of history and heritage and lots of fantastic opportunities to get out and about amongst lovely countryside, there’s so much on offer here it can be tricky to decide where to spend your days.

The region is perfect for walkers and cyclists who want to escape into an unspoilt landscape of mountains, forests and lochs and its extensive coastline offers visitors plenty of opportunities to get onto the water; there is excellent sailing, kayaking, surfing and windsurfing.

You’ll find holiday cottages that aren’t exactly short of beautiful surroundings that are literally right on the door step, for example take some of Argyll’s stunning gardens such as Benmore Botanic Garden, which has an incredible mountainside setting and a world-famous horticultural collection, including a stunning array of flora from all over the world or Inverary Castle Gardens and stately home on the edge of Loch Fyne covering 16 acres.

Of course whisky plays a large part of Argyll and Bute’s heritage so it goes without saying that a visit to the Oban Distillery is well worthwhile. Learn all about single malt production on the tour then maybe sample a wee-dram afterwards!

If you’re looking for something a little more active then drop by Stramash Activity Centre where you can enjoy lots of adventure and activities including kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering and more.

The landscape of Argyll and Bute is rich and varied, offering a wealth of choice and a variety of different holiday themes to suit families and couples alike. The rolling open countryside and large expanses is a delight for humans and pets alike, which will enjoy the opportunity to stretch their legs!

Visitors can choose from a great selection of cottages and will find plenty of different ways to explore and enjoy the region.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Argyll and Bute to find your perfect retreat.

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  • New York Cottage

    Dalavich by Taynuilt

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: CC523121
    New York Cottage has an uninterrupted view overlooking Loch Awe and to the mountains beyond. This is a  wonderful peaceful location on the quiet single track road which runs the length of Loch Awe - Scotland’s longest inland loch at 24 miles long. This detached self catering cottage sits with one other lodge, each property has spacious surroundings with a shared mature garden over 2 acres of grounds and open lochside access where you can launch a boat/canoe or enjoy bank fishing for brown trout and pike. The lounge/dining room has a wonderful wood burning stove and comfortable sofas to relax in. There are double doors leading out into a sun room with view down to the loch. From the sun room, if you pop some seed into the feeders, you can see a variety of birds feeding on the patio area, the ducks may come along too! Pine martens and ospreys may be seen, as well as red deer. The galley style kitchen is well equipped. Downstairs also has two double bedrooms with en suite facilities, as well as a shower room. Upstairs there are two single rooms with coombed ceilings and velux window.This property can also be booked with The Lodge (CC523122 - sleeps 4) providing accommodation for up to 10 people.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With multi fuel stove, Freesat TV and radio, DVD player, CD player, comfortable seating, old piano and dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric fan oven, electric ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
    Porch: With good space for outdoor clothing, boots etc, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Sun Room; With seating, loch views, patio area with bird feeders and BBQ.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, en suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, en suite with bath, WC and wash basin.
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With single bed and coombed ceiling.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and coombed ceiling.

    All electricity and bed linen included. Coal provided. Payphone. Stairgate and fire guard provided. Certified private water supply. Wi-fi internet access availableMature shared garden with open lochside access. Garden furniture and BBQ. It is possible to launch a boat/canoe from the garden and lochside fishing is available. Off road parking 3 cars. Property not suitable for children under the age of 5 due to open lochside access and river running through the garden.

  • Kames Castle Estate - Clutha

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: SSBA

    Situated in a wonderful coastal location in Kames Bay on the east side of Bute, the lovely traditional stone cottages that form Kames Castle (refs SSBA, SSBB, SSBC, SSBD, SSBE, SSBF, SSBG and SSBH) are situated in approximately 19.5 acres of woodland and parkland and provide a superb, secluded location.
    Within the estate there is a wonderful B listed, 18th century walled garden containing a listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines, tennis court, river running through and plentiful walks and wildlife to observe. The estate lies only yards from the shore and boasts views to the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven, and to the Cowal Peninsula beyond. A small car ferry is only 5 minutes along the coastal road providing easy access to the Cowal Peninsula, and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the highlands of Scotland.

    Kames Castle dates from the 14th century, at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be chamberlains to the Stewart kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates, and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th century, before it came into the possession of the Marquess of Bute.

    The island has been named as one of National Geographics ’Top10’ global adventure trips. There are many breathtaking scenic walks, the West Island Way Walks and the Kelspoke Trail are close by and take in the glorious sea views. There is an interesting 13-hole golf course at Port Bannatyne. Kingarth has a 9-hole course, with views towards Arran, and there is a scenic 18-hole course in Rothesay, with views from Canada Hill towards Loch Striven and The Kyles of Bute. Bute is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of freshwater and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the west, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.

    A couple of miles away is the island’s main town of Rothesay, a traditional, Victorian, seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. It still has its ancient castle, built to fend off the Vikings, and a museum. From Rothesay harbour, trips can be taken around the islands on the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer ship in the world. Further along the coast is the pretty harbour town of Port Bannatyne. There are also other sites such as St Blanes Chapel and Ascog Fernery to be found.

    The island attracts many annual festivals including the Jazz Festival in May, ’T in the Port’ in June, ButeFest, for music and food in July, the Bute Highland Games in August, the Baird Festival of Flight, and in September to mark the first ’All Scottish, heavier than air, powered flight in 1910’, just a few years after the Wright brothers first flight to France. Close by is Mount Stuart House, an extravagantly decorated stately home. It is said to contain more marble than any other building in the British Isles and has become a popular location for celebrity weddings. Days out to Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily managed by the train link from Wemyss Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with electric woodburner. Large kitchen with tiled floor and French doors to patio. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Play room with TV.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Partial gas and ’Economy 7’ central heating included
    • Cot, travel cot and high chair on request
    • 24" Freeview TV
    • Xbox 360
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Children’s toys
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared lawned garden
    • Shared 19-acre natural grounds with walled garden and parkland
    • Shared tennis court
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, varied distance of 25 yards to 250 yards away

  • Ardabnaign

    Kilchrenan, nr. Taynuilt

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: W1180

    Beautifully secluded in its own acre of well landscaped gardens

    This Canadian-style, cedar clad, detached bungalow is a real ’home from home’. Bright, exceptionally spacious, well furnished and with free wi-fi, this property makes a charming holiday retreat at the end of a full day’s touring. Situated near the shores of Loch Awe, this property is ideally located for nearby Oban, gateway to the western Isles and a centre for those attracted by the grandeur of the western Highlands. The town has much to offer if you enjoy natural beauty and traditional entertainment and its magnificent setting combining the delights of a busy harbour with views across the Sound of Mull is simply unsurpassed. Visit Inverary with its castle, jail and crofting museum. During the winter skiing can be found at Glencoe, a short drive away. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with patio door, 1 twin, 1 single. 2 shower rooms, one with large sit-in cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil fired central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Two high chairs. Satellite HD TV (family, movies and sports package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There are 3 steps with railing to the patio from the living room.

  • Crubisdale

    Blairmore, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 29713

    Boasts stunning views over Loch Long
    An ideal base for walkers and cyclists

    Situated within The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this spacious, detached, holiday cottage boasts stunning views over Loch Long and is ideally placed to explore the beauty of the surrounding areas. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. An abundance of outdoor activities are on offer with sailing, sea fishing, windsurfing, fast speed RIB boat tours, quad bikes, clay shooting and more. Nearby, the magnificent woodland gardens at Benmore Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. Located within the Loch Lomond National Park the area is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery, with dramatic peaks, waterfalls, hidden caves and mysterious, forest covered slopes. Beach 20 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin (one with 4ft beds). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden 10 yards.

  • Anchorage House

    Tighnabruaich

    Grade
    8
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: 30649


    Located in the quiet and picturesque coastal village of Tighnabruaich, with facilities including local shops and restaurants, this spacious, upper Victorian villa boasts stunning views over the open water to the Kyles of Bute. Known as ’Argyll’s Secret Coast’, Tighnabruaich is tucked away in a small corner of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Bordered by Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute, this is an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. ’Argyll’s Secret Coast’ is packed with places to visit and things to do, and sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Explore the forests and coastline by foot, bike, kayak or boat. Abundant with wildlife, with deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and even, if you are very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. A short drive takes you to Portavadie, with its marina and the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula, with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. Horse riding and fishing nearby. Beach 20 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    14 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft four poster), one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation 2. Wii. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • The Boathouse

    Isle of Kerrera, nr. Oban

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 30963

    In a truly unique location on the beautiful Isle of Kerrera, this detached holiday cottage enjoys an idyllic seaside setting. Well furnished and equipped, the Boathouse is perfect for nature lovers, sea kayakers, groups of walkers, bird watchers and anyone who loves remoteness and extraordinary scenery. It is ideal for relaxation in the day where you can watch the goings on at the marina just in front of the house, or in the evenings when you can look across to the lights of Oban, and if you are lucky, catch the Northern Lights in the winter. The owners will collect guests, food and luggage from the town pier. Guests are welcome to bring their own boats (by arrangement) and moor them at the marina. The layout and facilities make it ideal for families or friends wishing to share a holiday. Kerrera has a very small shop, bar/grill restaurant and a café. Whilst situated on an island it enjoys the benefit of a peaceful location but is only a few minutes’ ferry ride to the bustling harbour town of Oban (known as the ‘Seafood Capital of the UK’) with its restaurants, shops, tourist attractions and access to Argyll and the Inner Isles. Shop, pub and restaurant (Apr-Sep) 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural spring water supply. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden. Sea frontage 50 yards.

  • Alexandra Apartment

    Oban

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC523160
    In an enviable location on the seafront of the bustling harbour town of Oban, with stunning sea views across to the Isle of Kerrera, this second floor apartment has been tastefully furnished and is very well equipped. It is ideally placed for those wishing to explore the west coast by day and sample the variety of restaurants and bars in the evening. Oban is known as the ’seafood capital of the UK’ and the ’gateway to the isles’. It is also home to the magnificent McCaigs Folly which towers above the town and it boasts a leisure centre and cinema. From the pier, regular boat trips leave for the inner isles, including Mull, Iona and Staffa, or a shorter 10 minute boat trip to the Isle of Kerrera makes a great day out. Argyll is steeped in history, with breathtaking scenery, and an abundance of wildlife. Thrill seekers can enjoy a sea safari trip to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales and eagles, as well as the famous Corryvrekan Whirlpool. Forest trails offer leisurely walks, or mountain biking and a variety of other outdoor pursuits are available locally including kayaking, sailing, golf and fishing. Both Fort William and Glencoe are easily reached, are steeped in history and offer some popular climbing and skiing routes. Other places of interest include the Kintyre Peninsula, Kilmartin Glen and Inveraray. Bus and train terminals are within walking distance of the apartment.

    Second Floor: The property is all on the second floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Smart TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven and gas hob range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking).
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Public car park, 10 yards (at cost). No smoking.

  • Bonaid

    Stronafian, By Colintraive

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: CC523133
    Bonaid is a stunning new built detached property with a commanding position overlooking Loch Riddon on the Cowal Peninsula and out to the mountains of Arran. This fabulous architect designed holiday home has floor to ceiling windows in the main ground floor rooms which provide fantastic light and offer magnificent sea loch views. The cottage has been finished to a high standard and has state of the art air to air heat recovery system, supplying the underfloor heating downstairs. The lounge has windows on three sides ensuring you can enjoy a great view when relaxing and has a vaulted ceiling making the room feel very spacious. The kitchen is fully fitted with dining area adjacent and there is a large wooden family dining table. Above the dining room has a vaulted ceiling and also enjoys the same magnificent views as the lounge. Downstairs has a double bedroom and a kingsize bedroom with en suite; the other has its own access to the main bathroom. Upstairs has a further two bedrooms with combed ceilings and velux windows. The large master bedroom has a king sized bed and en suite facilities. The property has Wi-fi and a large enclosed garden. There are some lovely walks directly accessible from the house.Seafront access can be found only a short drive away, where you can fish from the rock shoreline, or a canoe/kayak could be easily launched.

    Ground Floor: Property is heated by air heat recovery system with under floor heating on the ground floor and comprises:
    Lounge: With leather suite, TV, DVD, sky package, loch view, double height room.
    Dining Room: Adjacent to kitchen with loch view, double height room, large dining table and chairs seating 8 (more chairs available),
    Kitchen: With electric range cooker - double ovens, 5 ring hob and warming plate, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and loch view.
    Large Hall Cupboard: With washer/dryer
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, loch view, built in wardrobe, access to bathroom
    Bedroom 2: With king sized bed, loch view, built in wardrobe, en suite with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With king sized bed, his & hers fitted wardrobes, en suite with a large deep bath, large shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail
    Bedroom 4: With two single beds and TV
    Landing: With large storage area and hanging space for bedroom 4

    All power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi available. Small library (books, dvd’s and games for children). Travel cot, high chair and stair gate are all available. Only one small well behaved pet is welcome.Outdoor seating and enclosed garden, there is a pretty stream running through however it has been fenced out of the main part of the garden leaving a large area for children and pets. Storage for bikes and canoe/kayak. Off road parking for 5 cars.

  • Island View Lodge

    Tarbert

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W41957

    Ideal touring base/Elevated loch views

    Situated in a small lodge park and boasting elevated, panoramic views over West Loch Tarbert to the islands beyond, these luxury single-storey, detached holiday lodges are furnished to a good standard and offers an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. Close by there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura - all of which are well worth the visit. Jura, one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides, is an ideal place to go for peace and quiet and some great walking. Islay is a great place to visit for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a Wildlife Information Centre. The picturesque Crinan Canal offers beautiful, peaceful walks and Lochgilphead has indoor sports facilities, horse riding, golf and cycling. Close to the traditional town of Tarbert with an attractive little bay backed by rocky hills, where both fishing and sailing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Bed linen included. Two satellite TVs. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars).
    Both properties: Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. No smoking.

    Both properties: Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. No smoking.

  • Lochnell Cottage

    North Connel, nr. Oban

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: SBBE

    With magnificent views over Loch Etive and the Falls of Lora, this spacious detached single-storey cottage is a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a quiet rural location. The cottage is a short drive from Oban, a bustling town with ferries leaving for many of the islands including Mull, Iona and Kererra. Travel north to Fort William and admire the rugged mountains. Travel south along the varied coast of southern Argyll with its many coves and beaches. Boat mooring and salmon fishing can be arranged on arrival. Sealife Centre, castles, gardens and great walking are some of the activities to enjoy. Shop 3 miles.

    Large living/dining room with electric fire, laminate floor and French doors to decking areas. Large well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and fitted units. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet/cloakroom.

    • Electric coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs (one flatscreen)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large enclosed decking areas
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops in grounds to the beach, sea
      20 yards

  • Airy Cottage

    Kames, Tighnabruaich

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC523017
    This lovely detached cottage sits within the village of Kames on an elevated position, facing east. The property has an enclosed decked area to the front, where you can enjoy your breakfast as the sun rises over the Kyles of Bute. The cottage is close to the essential amenities; only a gentle stroll from the local village shops and post office and a hotel with pub and restaurant is down by the shore. The cottage dates back to the 1850’s and offers great space for the extended family with ground floor lounge and an additional TV room on the first floor. There is a separate dining room which sits 8 (table can be extended) and it has a lovely working open fireplace. The large kitchen has all the modern appliances you need - even an 8 slice toaster - so no one needs to wait for breakfast! There is a large grassy garden (1 acre), which can be enclosed, and is shared with Carnethy Bungalow next door - a great property to book together with Airy Cottage to accommodate the gathering of up to 12 family and friends.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal effect fire, large flat screen TV, Sky HD, DVD, wireless broadband and radio.CD
    Dining Room: With open fire.
    Kitchen: With electric range style cooker with 5 ring hob and 2 ovens, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer
    Shower Room: With electric shower over French bath (sit or stand only), WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, hairdryer and ipod docking station with radio.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed featuring original fireplace and decorative old stove, ipod docking system with radio.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds.
    Bedroom 4: With two single beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    TV Room: With decorative fire place, 2 sofa’s, TV, DVD, video. Wii console with motion plus and stereo system.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal and logs provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi available.Large, enclosed garden with furniture on decking area. Off road parking for 3 cars.

  • Kames Castle Estate - Kames

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: SSBD

    Situated in a wonderful coastal location in Kames Bay on the east side of Bute, the lovely traditional stone cottages that form Kames Castle (refs SSBA, SSBB, SSBC, SSBD, SSBE, SSBF, SSBG and SSBH) are situated in approximately 19.5 acres of woodland and parkland and provide a superb, secluded location.
    Within the estate there is a wonderful B listed, 18th century walled garden containing a listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines, tennis court, river running through and plentiful walks and wildlife to observe. The estate lies only yards from the shore and boasts views to the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven, and to the Cowal Peninsula beyond. A small car ferry is only 5 minutes along the coastal road providing easy access to the Cowal Peninsula, and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the highlands of Scotland.

    Kames Castle dates from the 14th century, at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be chamberlains to the Stewart kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates, and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th century, before it came into the possession of the Marquess of Bute.

    The island has been named as one of National Geographics ’Top10’ global adventure trips. There are many breathtaking scenic walks, the West Island Way Walks and the Kelspoke Trail are close by and take in the glorious sea views. There is an interesting 13-hole golf course at Port Bannatyne. Kingarth has a 9-hole course, with views towards Arran, and there is a scenic 18-hole course in Rothesay, with views from Canada Hill towards Loch Striven and The Kyles of Bute. Bute is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of freshwater and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the west, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.

    A couple of miles away is the island’s main town of Rothesay, a traditional, Victorian, seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. It still has its ancient castle, built to fend off the Vikings, and a museum. From Rothesay harbour, trips can be taken around the islands on the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer ship in the world. Further along the coast is the pretty harbour town of Port Bannatyne. There are also other sites such as St Blanes Chapel and Ascog Fernery to be found.

    The island attracts many annual festivals including the Jazz Festival in May, ’T in the Port’ in June, ButeFest, for music and food in July, the Bute Highland Games in August, the Baird Festival of Flight, and in September to mark the first ’All Scottish, heavier than air, powered flight in 1910’, just a few years after the Wright brothers first flight to France. Close by is Mount Stuart House, an extravagantly decorated stately home. It is said to contain more marble than any other building in the British Isles and has become a popular location for celebrity weddings. Days out to Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily managed by the train link from Wemyss Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove. Large dining room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen with oil Aga (for cooking) and tiled floor. Utility. Two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full oil central heating included
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • Oil Aga included
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared lawned garden
    • Shared 19-acre natural grounds with walled garden and parkland
    • Shared tennis court
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, varied distance of 25 yards to 250 yards away

    Note: Can be booked with Ninian (ref SSBF) and Blane (ref SSBC) to accommodate 14 guests.

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