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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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  • The Cartshed

    Nr. Tarbert, Loch Fyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: S4096

    This farm steading, formerly part of the Stonefield Castle Estate, has been skilfully converted into attractive holiday cottages which now form part of a courtyard surrounded by 30 acres of countryside grounds. The cottages are situated on the beautiful Kintyre Peninsula, 2 miles north of the picturesque harbour at Tarbert, which is popular for sailing and hosts the Scottish sailing regatta in May. There are numerous activities available around Tarbert: sample the fresh seafood caught at Loch Fyne in local restaurants, enjoy exploring nearby beaches and coves, walk all or part of the Kintyre Way, a marked walk stretching the length of the peninsula. The area is a nature lover’s paradise - red squirrels, deer, sea eagles, buzzards, otters and beavers can be spotted locally. For the energetic, windsurfing, horse riding, mountain biking and clay pigeon shooting are all nearby. Golfers can enjoy five local courses including the championship course at Machrihanish near Campbeltown. Clay pigeon shooting, sailing, cycling and horse riding available by arrangement (at cost). Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included).

    Both properties: Electricity and convector heaters by meter reading (first £20 included). Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Microwave. Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared garden with patio and furniture. Shared 30-acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Children’s play area. Private water supply. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Tigh an Uillt

    Strachur, nr. Inveraray

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25431


    Nestled in a sea front position beside the shore of a west coast sea loch, in the peaceful village of Strachur, this stylish holiday cottage is light and airy with picture windows facing south and west, which fill the rooms with sunlight and give uninterrupted panoramic views over Loch Fyne and the mountains beyond. It is in an area of great natural beauty, lying between the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the Argyll Forest Park, and the spectacular seascapes of the west coast of Argyll, yet is very accessible (approximately a 90-minute drive from Glasgow) and makes a perfect base for touring and walking. Strachur village itself is well provided with amenities and has an excellent hotel which welcomes non residents for drinks and meals. It also has a well-stocked village shop with attached tea room and bistro, all of which are within easy walking distance of the cottage. There is a slipway where a small boat or dinghy can be launched, and also tennis courts. Nearby, there are interesting and historic towns and villages. Inveraray is the closest town. Oban, known as the ’Gateway to the Isles’, with its colourful harbour, and the dramatic mountains of Glencoe, near Fort William are scenic day excursions. In a different direction, the Kyles of Bute are nearby and in yet another direction, you pass through the mountainous scenery of the National Park to Loch Lomond with its cruise boats. Wildlife is abundant, there are some glorious gardens to visit and there are plenty of outdoor pursuits including walking and cycling. Shop/bistro 1/4 mile, hotel pub 1/2 mile.

    The property has 4 steps to entrance, is all on ground floor and comprises:
    Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and wooden floor.
    Dining room: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Rear porch: With drying area.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Garden, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced stream in the garden.

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  • Ardbrecknish House - Upper Tower

    South Lochaweside

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15458

    Magnificent setting in mature woodland by Loch Awe

    Ideal area for fishing, walking and cycling

    Children’s play area, pool table and darts

    Traditional bar - ideal for family functions

    Motor boats, rowing boats and canoes for hire, 300 yards, launch facility

    Late 16th century Ardbrecknish House is in a magnificent Highland setting with wonderful views of mountains and glens. These attractive holiday properties are set amid 20 acres of mature woodland close to beautiful Loch Awe - 26 miles long and Britain’s longest freshwater loch. A whole host of indoor and outdoor amenities are available on site, and although the setting is quiet and peaceful, it is within easy reach of restaurants, shops, golf courses, and the small village of Kilmartin Glen and museum, the richest area in Europe for prehistoric remains, making these properties an ideal holiday location and a perfect touring base. A visitors’ reception/library area provides a wealth of information on the local history, archaeology, wildlife, gardens, forest and hillside walks, as well as the year-round activities available around Argyll and the West Highlands.
    The Ardbrecknish Room has a welcoming open fire, small dance floor, pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. The adjoining cosy traditional bar with its woodburner provides a perfect way to end the day; perhaps sampling one or two of the many malt whiskies.
    At the shore, just 10 minutes’ walk, motor boats, rowing boats and canoes can be hired to explore the enchanting islands and ruined castles of the loch, or maybe fishing the loch for salmon, char, monster pike and brown trout. A British record brown trout of 31lbs 10oz was caught in March 2002. Tuition and/or a fishing guide is available by arrangement.
    The surrounding area offers a wealth of interest and fantastic scenery. Opposite Ardbrecknish is majestic Ben Cruachan, and further north are the impressive Glen Coe and Ben Nevis ranges, a mecca for hill walkers all year round. Both regions have ski centres and within an hour’s drive is the busy town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, from where modern ferries take you to Mull and Iona, the cradle of Christianity, Staffa, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, and to other Hebridean gems. Oban has a sea life centre and an excellent golf course. The elegant town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne only 12 miles away, to the south is the Crinan Canal with its stepped locks, you can walk or drive a delightful route along its 9-mile length. Family-friendly bar and restaurant on site.

    First floor: Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Stairs to second floor: Living room.

    All properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry. Shared garden grounds. Children’s play area. Picnic/barbecue areas. Ample parking. Access to pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. No smoking. NB: Loch 300 yards from properties.

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  • Shore Cottage

    Nr. Tarbert

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: S4600

    Boasting glorious sea views and a breathtakingly lovely setting on the shores of east Loch Tarbert, this beautifully renovated holiday cottage, originally built over 100 years ago for the quarryman, is now an idyllic and secluded holiday retreat. With a shoreside garden and great walking from the door, visitors can enjoy watching deer, seals and seabirds in their natural habitat, nearby is the village of Tarbert, a picturesque fishing and sailing port with a variety of shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and craft galleries. The Mull of Kintyre is a delight to explore, there are fabulous sandy beaches at Carradale and day trips to the famous gardens on the Isle of Gigha or to the Isle of Arran are also easily accessible. Enjoy fishing in the sea which is directly in front of the property, or laze on the sandy beach, 5 miles. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room included. Electricity underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity by meter reading. Satellite TV (basic package). Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Private water supply. Parking. No smoking. NB: 3ft drop from patio to fenced garden leading to sea shore.

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  • Barcaldine Cottages - Staffa

    Barcaldine, nr. Oban

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 30835

    Enjoying a peaceful setting in the grounds of Barcaldine House, a 16th century mansion, these holiday cottages are an ideal base from which to explore this magnificient part of the west coast of Scotland. Iona Cottage (ref 29133), Tiree Cottage (ref 29578)and Staffa (ref 30835) adjoin the owner’s home, whilst Easdale Cottage (ref 29134) stands detached. Close to the village of Benderloch and the sandy beach at Tralee Bay, there are plenty of attractions to visit, including the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Castle Stalker, Bonawe Iron Works and Cruachan Hollow Mountain. On the doorstep to Barcaldine House is Sutherland’s Grove, offering a superb range of forest trails for walking, and mountain biking at Sustrans cycle track, allowing miles of easy cycling for all the family, whilst enjoying magnificient views and an abundance of wildlife. The nearby harbour town of Oban offers a full range of shops, excellent restaurants, a leisure centre and cinema. From the bustling harbour, you can catch a boat to the Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or from Port Appin, you can hire a bike and take the little ferry to Lismore. Glencoe and Fort William are both a short drive away, and offer excellent skiing, walking and climbing. Shop 4½ miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps to dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared ⅓-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Carry Farm - Buzzard

    Tighnabruaich

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24249

    These two Scandinavian style holiday lodges boast a stunning beachfront location overlooking the Kyles of Bute and are situated close to Tighnabruaich village on the west coast of Scotland and offer 66 acres of natural, unspoilt countryside to explore. With coastal walks direct from the property, sailing school (must be pre booked) sea fishing from the point, slipway for boat launching and childrens play park, all on site. Visitors are free to explore the points of interest that the west coast of Scotland has to offer - from the old jail and castle in Inverary to Oban. Tighnabruaich and Cowal provide some of the most stunning scenery in the world, ideally located to provide that remote feeling, whilst still being within easy distance of many interesting places to visit. A short ferry trip, for example, leads to the popular village of Tarbert on Loch Fyne and then on to explore the Kintyre Peninsula, which makes a fine day trip! Sailing, golf, cycling, fishing and walking are popular pastimes in the area. This is an ideal place in which to relax and unwind, whilst enjoying the many outdoor activities and diverse wildlife the area has to offer. Tighnabruaich has shops, a post office and tea rooms. There are pubs, a bistro serving seafood and a number of walks close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas hob. Electric oven. Dishwasher.

    Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Lawned garden and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden and 30 yards to sea.

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  • Blackmill Cottage

    Taynuilt, nr. Oban

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 27585

    In a quiet village setting, this beautifully renovated, semi-detached holiday cottage is close to local amenities and perfectly situated for touring Argyll and Lochaber. Oban, a small bustling fishing town is close by, and regular ferries leave the harbour for the Inner Hebrides, including Mull, Staffa and Iona. Explore famous castles, stunning gardens or enjoy forest trails suitable for walking and cycling. Visit Bonawe Iron Works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, Oban Distillery and the Sea Life Centre. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with French doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Esplande Apartment

    Oban, Argyll

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43007

    A handsome and lively Victorian town, Oban is the gateway to the highlands and its rugged landscape of wild heather moors and mountains tumbling into the sea. Beautifully situated on Oban’s esplanade, this ground floor apartment, one of a group of family-run apartments, enjoys partial sea views over the bay and the islands of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard with great attention to detail, providing spacious, airy and comfortable accommodation, within convenient walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment - Highland style. From Oban’s bustling harbour, there are daily boat trips to the surrounding islands, where an abundance of birds and wildlife can be spotted. Other interesting places to visit in the vicinity include the castles of Dunollie, Ardmaddy and Dunstaffnage, as well as Torosay and Duart across on Mull – the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands. For families, there is a Sea Life Centre, World in Miniature and Rare Breeds Park close by, and the annual Argyllshire Gathering, featuring the Highland Games, is sure to be a highlight for young and old throughout the summer season. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi area (in communal lobby). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Home Farm - Dairy Cottage

    Glendaruel

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SXXF

    "Surrounded by 150 acres of glorious wooded grounds, abundant in wildlife. . ."

    Amidst a glorious landscape of unspoilt wooded glens, fragmented coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking bays, the delightful cottages at Home Farm nestle in the peaceful wooded valley of the River Ruel. The steading and cottages, formerly the home farm to the estate, have been lovingly restored and are very comfortably furnished in contemporary Scottish style.
    Their spacious courtyard setting affords each of them a sense of privacy and they all boast access to 150 acres of wooded grounds, abundant in bird and wildlife, with free trout and salmon fishing on the Ruel - the fishing hut provides an ideal picnic spot. One of the most admired views in Scotland, The Kyles of Bute, awaits discovery just 6 miles away, as do the tranquil village of Tighnabruaich’s lovely natural bays, sandy beach, shops, restaurants and 9 hole golf course. Colintraive (9 miles) offers a pub serving good food and there is a summer shop (limited opening hours) adjacent to Home Farm. Beach 5 miles. Shop 13 miles, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Open plan, spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Access to freezer
    • Verandah
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full ‘Econ 7’ NSH (except SXXL, SXXM and SXXN), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV (basic package)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Sitting-out area with patio and furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared 150-acre grounds and woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Trout fly fishing foc (1st May - 30th September) with fishing hut and picnic area
    • Shared games room with snooker table, table tennis, table football, telephone (honesty box) and wi-fi
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced burn, waterfall and drops in shared grounds

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  • Neadbost

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC523186
    On the sea front overlooking Rothesay Bay, this spacious, second floor holiday apartment is situated close to the island’s main town of Rothesay, a traditional Victorian seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. 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, and there’s also St Blane’s Chapel and Ascog Fernery to visit. 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 and the Baird Festival of Flight in September. The island has been named as one of National Geographic’s ’Top 10’ global adventure trips.
    Enjoy scenic walks close by, with the West Island Way Walk starting in the village, as well as the Kelspoke Trail which enjoys lovely sea views. There are three golf courses on the island, as well as cycle tracks, horse riding, kayaking and lots of wildlife. For those interested in fishing, the inland lochs are popular with anglers for coarse and game fishing. Loch Fad offers anglers an opportunity to fish for rainbow trout, while those with a passion for sea angling are spoilt for choice. Close by is Mount Stuart House, an extravagantly decorated stately home. A ferry can be taken from Rhubodach to Colintraive, a five minute journey, so you can explore Argyll’s Secret Coast and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, or head further north to Inverary and beyond.

    Second Floor: The property is all on the second floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 22" Freeview TV and sea views.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sea views.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Stairgate fitted. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Private lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Beachfront Lodge

    Muasdale, nr. Tarbert

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41784

    Located on the beach

    10 yards to sea

    This detached, single storey holiday lodge situated along Kintyre’s stunning west coast boasts unrivalled views across to Gigha, the Paps of Jura in the distance and magnificent sunsets, and is a tranquil retreat from which to explore the surrounding area. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wildlife, the clean environment and clear waters are home to all sorts of interesting wildlife. Walkers will not be disappointed at the amount of walks available in Carradale, Tarbert, Skipness and the Mull of Kintyre. There is also plenty of coastline and walks to explore within minutes of the property including a superb section of soft sandy beach accessed from the lodge. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: 10 yards from the sea.

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  • Cruinn and Moy - Cruinn

    Achnamara, nr. Lochgilphead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: URW

    Enjoying lovely views and sunsets over Loch Sween and Jura, Cruinn (ref URW) and Moy ( ref UXU) are comfortable holiday cottages on the owner’s working farm. Cruinn stands beside natural woodland, and Moy is situated within a wooded glade and offers opportunities to watch deer from the windows or explore the seashore where seals and otters may be spotted playing. This secluded peninsula abounds with birds, flowers and wildlife, with seals, otters, deer and badgers. There are several sandy beaches and opportunities for walking, cycling, riding and boating. Ancient Castle Sween, Kilmartin Glen and the ruined chapels at Kilmory and Keills add archaeological interest. There are opportunities to view the beavers in Knapdale Forest or visit Taynuish Nature Reserve. Lochgilphead (16 miles) offers shops, restaurants, a golf course and an indoor swimming-pool, while a seafood meal can be enjoyed at picturesque Tayvallich or Crinan. Shops 16 miles.

    Living/dining room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire, French door to patio and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen area. Two bedrooms with fitted wardrobes; one double with 5ft bed and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘log-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Natural woodland grounds
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Unfenced stream in grounds

    Note: Cruinn ref URW and Moy ref UXU both sleep 4 people and can be booked together to sleep 8Note: Cruinn ref URW and Moy ref UXU both sleep 4 people and can be booked together to sleep 8

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