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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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  • Kirnan Cottage

    Kilmichael Glassary, nr. Lochgilphead

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29258


    Nestling in the heart of Kilmichael Glen, this traditional, detached country cottage has a large enclosed garden, and close proximity to the River Add. With original wood panelled feature walls in the hallway and bedrooms, it makes an ideal base for exploring Argyll and the Kintyre Peninsula with its stunning scenery and rugged coastline. The area is surrounded by Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments, ancient castles, standing stones and ruined forts. There is a choice of forest trails, offering excellent mountain biking, or the Crinan Canal towpath is ideal for easy walking and cycling. Other activities include river and loch fishing (Loch Awe 5 miles), riding or sailing, and there is an abundance of wildlife. Sail from Oban or Kennacraig to one of the Inner Isles, including Islay, Gigha and Mull. Explore the white sandy beaches by Campbeltown, art shops in Tarbert or visit the Old Jail House at Inveraray. Also golf course in nearby Lochgilphead. Visit Oban, 34 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Willows Lodge

    Rashfield near Dunoon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523158
    Situated within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, this detached holiday lodge is situated on the edge of the Argyll Forest Park, close to the beautiful Loch Eck. Red squirrels, deer and birdlife are in abundance throughout this area and there are innumerable forest, loch and river walks right from the door. The deep glens and narrow sea lochs are typical of the west coast and there, you can find a huge selection of Scottish wildlife, with red deer, roe deer, buzzards and golden eagles to name but a few. The area is also full of history - standing stones, burial cairns and rock carvings abound. 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 biking, clay shooting and more. Nearby, the magnificent woodland gardens at Benmore Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. 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.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Clover Cottage

    Campbeltown

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523149
    This is a charming, very spacious, fully equipped, private cottage which offers fabulous views, giving peace and tranquillity with amazing sunsets over Islay and Jura. It is surrounded by open countryside and situated in an elevated position away from the main road with an enclosed garden making it ideal for children and pets. Kintyre boasts wonderful stretches of secluded beach and coastal walks (with coves and rockpools, ideal for children), and the fascinating little island of Davaar with its lighthouse, cave painting and wild goats can be reached on foot at low tide. There are marvellous coastal and woodland walks where seals, otters and a variety of birds can be seen, and in the hills, where golden eagles soar. Activities locally include surfing, sea fishing, horse trekking, mountain biking and island hopping to Gigha, Islay and Arran. Kintyre is home to five golf courses - the most famous is the championship course at Macrihanish with its stunning and infamous first hole. There are a further two 18-hole golf courses - Southend and Machrihanish Dunes, and two excellent 9-hole courses in Carradale and Tarbet. Campbeltown has supermarkets, shops, restaurants and leisure centre (with swimming pool, gym, sauna and sun beds). In its day, Campbeltown had over 30 whisky distilleries. Today only two survive – Glen Scotia and Springbank, with the latter offering tours by appointment. Further attractions in Campbeltown include the Campbeltown Cross, the quaint Art Deco cinema, the Birds of Prey Centre, the museum, the Linda McCartney Memorial Garden and the Mull Lighthouse. Ferries are close by for trips to Islay and Jura. There is a seasonal ferry to Ayrshire and the ferry from Tarbert takes you to Portavadie and the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll’s secret coast. Pub, shops and restaurants are all 3.5 Miles

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With open fire, 32" Sky TV with basic sky package, DVD player, radio and French doors to garden.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet

    The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and all oil,electricity, bed linen and towels provided. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi.Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Tigh Beg Croft

    Lerags, near Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5116
    Tigh Beg Croft has to be one of the ultimate secluded Highland hideaways - there are no garden fences, only the open land and the sea to gaze at. This classic ’get away from it all’ location near Oban in Argyll is set in some fifty acres of informal hill land and shore line giving way to spectacular walking country. The detached croft and this part of the coastline were used in the 1968 filming of ’Ring of Bright Water’ and more recently in the final scenes of ’Enigma’, based on the Robert Harris thriller. This special place is quietly situated at the sea entrance to Loch Feochan, with spectacular views down the ’Firth of Lorn’, and yet only 6 miles from Oban with all its quality amenities, shops and restaurants. Access is by a private track road of about 1½ miles with the final approach over unsurfaced track - perfect for four wheel drive, but not essential! You can also access Tigh Beg Croft by sea. A country pub is situated further up the glen offering fine home cooked food and ales with informal music nights during the season. Tigh Beg Croft makes a great holiday destination at anytime of year and will allow you to totally relax and unwind. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.
    Tigh Beg Croft can be booked together with Pitstruan (30916) to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With open fire, 28" Freeview TV, iPod dock and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Ladder stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (can be kingsize on request).

    Economy 7 heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire included, remainder at £3 per day or £14 per week.Decked area with garden furniture and BBQ. 50 acres of grounds. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: Access to the property is via a steep path. The property has a natural water supply from a spring. The grounds have sloping banks and direct access to the sea loch, 20 yards.

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  • Benmore Byre

    Benmore near Dunoon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC523100
    Benmore Byre is a beautiful barn conversion set within the grounds of a working farm near Dunoon and is located within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.  This semi-detached cottage has been lovingly restored from the ruins of an old barn. The building has wonderful original features and is full of character; thick stone walls, some narrow slit windows, coombed ceiling upstairs and all the interior wood is Douglas Fir which has been harvested from the grounds of the farm itself, then hand crafted to achieve a high standard of detail.  The open plan living area is spacious with an additional wooden extension providing a light & airy kitchen/dining area, with views over the farmland and to the hills beyond. The lounge has a wood burning stove, leather suite and the single bedroom leads off from here.   There is a further two bedrooms upstairs with the master bedroom having en-suite facilities.  The cottage has its own small enclosed garden to the front and also a private patio area off from the kitchen. Benmore Botanic Gardens are only a short stroll along from the cottage and you are provided with passes which allow you free access to the gardens during your stay. 

    Ground Floor: The property is heated by an electric wet system and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Lounge / diner:  with wood-burning stove, Freesat TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1:  with single bed
    Shower room:  with large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin with under-floor heating

    First Floor: Bedroom 2:  a family room with one double bed and one single bed, TV monitor, DVD
    Bedroom 3:  a master bedroom with double bed and en-suite facilities comprising  bath, WC and wash basin with under-floor heating

    All electricity included.   First supply of fuel for stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Travel cot, highchair and fireguard available on request.Enclosed garden area with outdoor seating and BBQ (coals not included). Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times (working farm). Storage available for bikes/fishing tackle. Private certified water supply. Free passes available to access Benmore Botanic Gardens. Two rod permit available to purchase at a reduced rate for the River Eck – both trout and salmon. Owners can organise various outdoor activities by prior arrangement – rock climbing, abseiling, quad biking, archery, clay shooting and horse riding. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Old Smithy

    Port Appin

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC523183
    With stunning views across Loch Linnhe to the Port Appin lighthouse and the Morven hills beyond, this beautiful detached stone cottage is deceptively spacious and has been lovingly restored. The Old Smithy is set in its own garden in the pretty village of Port Appin and is ideally located for those wishing to explore the west coast of Scotland and the Inner Isles.

    Surrounded by breathtaking scenery this is a popular area with walkers and cyclists. There are regular passenger ferries from the village to the Island of Lismore, Castle Stalker is nearby and the cycle track (bikes can be hired locally) from Ballachulish to Oban can be reached by crossing the Jubilee footbridge just over a mile away. Oban, a small bustling fishing town with an array of shops, bars and restaurants is a half hour drive, and from the harbour you can take a ferry trip to Mull, Staffa or Iona, all with an abundance of wildlife. Bonawe Iron Works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, Oban Distillery, Inveraray Jail and the Sea Life Centre all make for great days out.
    Glencoe and Fort William are also easily accessible and offer excellent walking, mountain biking, climbing and skiing. Take the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William across the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in the Harry Potter Movie, or ride the Gondola up Anoch Mor Mountain. Other outdoor activities in the area include horse riding, diving, sailing, canoeing, golf, mountain biking and fishing. There are plenty of famous castles, beautiful gardens and historical sites to visit. Port Appin has a small village shop, post office and two restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with open fire, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Sun room.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed with super king size bed, 32" TV and en-suite with bath, shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: Beamed with twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Lagnakeil Lodges - Conifers

    Lerags, nr. Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30899

    Lagnakeil Lodges are set in a truly unique and unrivalled location. The beautiful Scottish land of mountains, lochs and islands can be experienced from the comfort of these well-equipped, single-storey, detached holiday lodges (refs 30897, 30898, 30899, 30900, 30901, 30902, 30903, 30904, 30905, 30906, 30907, 30908, 30909, 30910, 30911, 30912 and 30913), all set in their own large private grounds situated overlooking the sea Loch Feochan. The lodges are nestled throughout 7 acres of scenic wooded hillside in the peace and calm of Lerags Glen. Only three miles from Oban town centre, the ’gateway to the isles’, this picturesque harbour town is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands. Oban means ’little bay’ in the old Gaelic tongue and with its many attractions, shopping facilities and fine eating establishments, known as ’the seafood capital of Scotland’, it is ideal for those wishing to relax and explore. The town was first made popular in the time of Queen Victoria. She called it ’one of the finest spots we have seen’ and from the early 1800s, visitors flocked to the place aboard the Comet steamship which linked Glasgow and Oban. The Inner Hebrides consist of Kerrera, Lismore, Mull (with the small town of Tobermory which has become famous as ’Balamory’) and the granite mountains of the Morvern Peninsula. Beyond them are Coll, Colonsay, Tiree and Iona. All are accessible to visitors through organised trips. Ferries to the islands run regularly. There are lots of activities for all the family, ranging from an exciting boat trip, a visit to Oban Distillery or any one of thirty spectacular gardens, to the Atlantis Leisure Centre with its water slides, the intriguing Oban War and Peace Museum, and the The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue facility for abandoned seal pups. Over 50 natural marine displays with talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day every day. Discovering the surrounding countryside is fun - horse riding at one of Oban’s many riding schools or perhaps take in a round of golf at Oban’s 18-hole golf course. Oban’s tourist information centre in Argyll Square is a great place to find out what’s going on in the area during your stay. Take to the clear waters around Oban and Lorn for sailing, sub-aqua diving, canoeing and sea angling, or cruise to the head of Loch Etive for a unique experience. Lagnakeil’s well-appointed lodges and cosy cottages are set in a haven of tranquillity that is guaranteed to revitalise the most world-weary guest. Yet only a short walk up the glen, a country pub can be found serving home-cooked food and ales. This is truly a magical place for all ages! Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile (1/2 mile on foot) and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Private decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 7-acre grounds. Barbecue. Shared games room with pool table, table football and board games. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply. No smoking. NB: Step to garden. Sea loch, stream, steps and sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Island View

    Tralee, nr. Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SEEQ

    On the beautiful west coast of Scotland, near the bustling fishing town of Oban with an array of shops, bars and restaurants, Island View is an ideal base for exploring the region. Offering spacious holiday accommodation, this croft house has been decorated and furnished to a high standard, and lies in the pretty village of Benderloch (just yards from Tralee beach) with outstanding panoramic views across the bay to the islands beyond. The long sandy beach is reached by a short walk along a country lane. There are plenty of forest walks, many of them suitable for cycling, and other popular activities in the area include golf, sailing, canoeing, rally karting and fishing.
    Drive to Oban where it is possible to take a short ferry trip to one of the Inner Hebrides, including Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree, all bursting with a wonderful habitat of wildlife, or explore some of the famous castles and gardens. Bonawe Iron Works at Taynuilt, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, Oban Distillery, Inverary Jail and the Sea Life Centre make a great day out for all ages, whilst Ardfern Riding Centre offers the chance to ride out on one of their Appaloosa horses. The Sea.fari Adventures at Ellenbeich specialise in high adventure, thrills and close encounters with Scotland’s magnificent sealife. Glencoe and Fort William are easily accessible by car and offer popular walking, mountain biking, climbing and skiing centres. Licensed restaurant a short stroll. Lochnell Arms restaurant/pub 3 miles. Tea room opposite village shop. Shop/PO ¾ mile.

    Ramp to entrance. Living room with open fire, bay views and French doors to garden. Open-plan, stone-flagged, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with bay views. Sitting room with small library, games TV/DVD. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and bay views; one with juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with views to hillside of Ben Lora. Main bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, underfloor central heating (ground floor), rads (first floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Three HD satellite TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • CD
    • Two iPod docks
    • Small library/games
    • Combi microwave oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed, paved, pebbled garden with furniture
    • Gas barbecue
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Three Oban

    Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30883


    This well-appointed, first floor holiday apartment is well-equipped and has been tastefully furnished. Enjoying views over Oban harbour, 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. Argyll is steeped in history, with breathtaking scenery and an abundant of wildlife. Visit unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and gardens, or take a short boat trip from the harbour to one of the inner isles, including Mull and Iona. Thrill seekers can enjoy a Sea Safari trip to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales and eagles, as well as the famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Forest trails offer leisurely walks or mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor pursuits are available locally. Oban is known as the ‘Seafood Capital of the UK’ and the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, it also boasts a distillery, leisure centre and cinema. Glencoe, Fort William and Inveraray are easily accessible. Bus and train terminals are only a short walk from the apartment. Beach 2 miles. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Rowan Cottage

    Blairmore, near Dunoon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523089
    Rowan Cottage is a lovely detached property which sits on the hillside beside three other holiday cottages and the owner’s home overlooking Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, near Dunoon and is situated within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Sited close to the Argyll Forest which offers numerous forest tracks, marked walks and cycleways, all easily accessible and right on your doorstep. On the ground floor there is an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area with a wood burner, with feature glass hearth. There is also a shower room and separate toilet and a double bedroom downstairs. Large patio doors leading out onto a deck with magnificent views over the sea and hills beyond and complete with garden furniture. There is access to a barbecue area in the shared garden surrounding the cottage. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms; one family room with a double and single bed, the second room is a single, both rooms have coombed ceilings.
    Nearby, the magnificent woodland gardens at Benmore Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit while 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.
    Known as Argyll’s secret coast the Cowal Peninsula is tucked away in a small corner of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Bordered by Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute, it’s 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 natural 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’re very lucky, basking sharks while you are out and about. 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 new Marina and the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the Islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. Beach 600 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.
    Rowan Cottage can be booked together with Larch Cottage (UK5117), Alder Cottage (CC523090) and Birch Cottage (CC523105) to accommodate up to 24 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, oak floor and patio doors leading to decked area.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed, single bed and coombed ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and coombed ceiling.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Cot and highchair available on request. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.Decked area with garden furniture. 3000 acres of shared grounds with BBQ. Shared use of on-site facilities including Wi-Fi, pool table and VisitScotland 5* outdoor activities which include quad biking, clay shooting and archery (15% reduced rates). 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 1 car, additional on road parking available. No smoking. Please note: There are streams and sloping banks in the grounds.

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  • Kames Castle Estate - Colmac

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: SSBB

    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.

    Open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom leading to further double bedroom.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Full gas central heating included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • 24" Freeview TV
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • 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

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  • Dunans Lodge

    Glendaruel, near Dunoon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: UK5118
    This historical lodge dating back to 1825 has large gardens and a stunning barbecue hut, and offers a peaceful retreat. It is located amidst a glorious landscape of unspoilt wooded glens, fragmented coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking bays, and provides a great base from which to explore this stunningly beautiful area and sample the wide range of activities on offer. The Argyll Forest, part of the simply gorgeous Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, is on the doorstep and has numerous forest tracks, marked walks, cycle ways and wonderful waterfalls to explore. Walkers should seek out the Cowal Way, a long distance walk running from Portavadie to Arrochar. A number of public gardens are located in the area such as Ardkinglas, Crarae and Benmore Botanic Gardens with its avenue of giant Redwood trees. There are three golf courses available locally and many opportunities for a spot of fishing. At Colintraive there is a short ferry crossing over to the picturesque Isle of Bute and a visit to the fabulous Victorian Gothic Mount Stuart House is a must. Tighnabruaich has a RYA sailing school and a selection of small shops. Dunoon has a good centre for shopping, leisure facilities and a small cinema. Inveraray is also a great day out with the castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and the 19th-century Inveraray Jail all well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 10 miles.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance.
    Living room: With multi-fuel burner, 42" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ hut. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river and stream in the grounds, 10 yards away, and there is a natural water supply from a spring.

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