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Argyll and Bute

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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  • Achabeg

    Inverlussa, nr. Achnamara

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    3
    Ref: S4597

    Sitting in the hamlet of Inverlussa, just 1 mile south of Achnamara, this spacious and very comfortable property’s contemporary design and a first floor living area with roof window makes the most of views over the hills and Loch Sween to the Isle of Jura. The loch is ideal for sailing and fishing and the pretty harbour village of Crinan (5 miles) is a lovely spot for watching boating activity. The canal tow path affords pleasant walking and cycling and there are many way-marked woodland walks in the area. Island day trips to Gigha, Arran and Jura and ferries to Mull from Oban are easily accessible, and Lochgilphead (8 miles) has a selection of shops and pubs.

    Ground floor: Living/reading room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with French doors. Second living area with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in first floor living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone–honesty box. Garden with terrace and furniture. Balcony. Private parking for 2 cars. Private water supply. No smoking. No children under 6 years. NB: Drops in grounds.

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  • Kames Castle Estate - Marnoc

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SSBE

    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. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Full electric central heating and Wi-Fi included
    • 22" Freeview TV
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Sitting-out area with 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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  • Esplanade Court - Apartment

    Oban, Argyll

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: B5890

    Ideal base for visiting the Isles

    Esplanade Court is situated in a particularly superb location overlooking Oban Bay, on the lovely west coast of Scotland. The holiday apartments have qualified for the STB 4 Star rating. They are equipped and furnished to a good standard with each one having a panoramic view over the bay and out to the isles of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Oban is a lively west coast town with lots going on for the visitor. It is central for touring the west coast, or take a boat trip to the above islands and Iona which leave daily. There is a lovely sandy beach at Ganavan which is 1½ miles away. There are some very good restaurants in which to eat dinner in the evening, after maybe a days climbing, walking or enjoying some of the wonderful animal and plant life which the west highlands has to offer. Elevator to all floors.

    Lift to apartment entrance. Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment.

    Cot. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared payphone. Wi-fi (in lobby). Visit Scotland 4 Star.

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  • Tigh an Daraich - Holly Tree

    Taynuilt, nr. Oban

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28340

    These detached Scandinavian style holiday lodges (refs 28339 and 28340) with 3 similar lodges on site, are adjacent to the Bridge of Awe, with unspoilt views of the River Awe and mountains. The bustling harbour town of Oban is 14 miles, and the small, thriving village of Taynuilt, 2 miles. Wildlife, golden eagles and buzzards are often seen, or spend a day on the seas dolphin spotting. Catch a ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull and visit the colourful harbour town of Tobermory, Torosay and Duart Castles, or to the beautiful, historical Isle of Iona. Visit Inveraray Jail and Courthouse, where men, women and children were jailed as early as the 1820s. Glencoe and Fort William are within easy reach. Visit the historic Banawe Ironworks, venturing inside the hollow mountain at Cruachan and the Sealife Centre. Enjoy golf, fishing, canoeing, sailing, walking, climbing, birdwatching and cycling, or a lazy day on the beach. Can be booked with property 24092. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (underfloor in bathroom) by meter reading. Microwave. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Decking area and furniture. Shared 5-acre natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: River and steep banks in grounds.

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  • Heatherbank

    Cairnbaan near Lochgilphead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC523161
    Overlooking the Crinan Canal, Heatherbank is tastefully furnished, well-equipped and makes an ideal holiday base for exploring the west coast of Argyll. Relax and watch the yachts sail through the locks or take a peaceful walk along the towpath. You can catch a ferry from the village of Tarbert to the Cowal Peninsula. Other places to visit via ferry include Mull of Kintyre, Arran, Gigha and Islay, which are accessed via different departure ports, some of which are just a 40-minute drive away. Kilmartin Glen is steeped in history with fabulous Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. Travel south to Kintyre Peninsula, with beautiful white sandy beaches, fabulous golf courses and a variety of watersports. There are woodland walks, cycle paths, horse riding and sea kayaking nearby. The picturesque yachting villages of Tayvallich and Crinan are within a 20-minute drive. Oban, a bustling harbour town, known as ’the gateway to the Isles’, is an hour’s drive away and Inveraray is home to a historic jail and castle.

    Ground Floor: The property has night storage heating and electric convector heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Nr. Tarbert, Loch Fyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4092

    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 with French doors/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room 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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  • Baravullin

    Benderloch near Oban

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523184
    Enjoying a peaceful setting, this detached, single-storey holiday cottage makes an ideal base from which to explore this glorious area of the west coast of Scotland. Close to the pretty village of Benderloch and the sandy beach at Tralee Bay, there are plenty of attractions including the Sea Life Centre, Castle Stalker, Bonawe Iron Works and Cruachan Hollow Mountain. There is superb walking and climbing with miles of forestry tracks and cycle ways to discover. The Hebridean islands of Mull, Lismore, Staffa and Iona are easily reached and offer wonderful scenery and wildlife. The nearby harbour town of Oban offers a full range of shops, excellent restaurants, leisure centre and a cinema.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Rockvale

    Innellan near Dunoon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5009
    Boasting superb sea views and a large balcony, this spacious, upper villa conversion is located in the village of Innellan, just 25 yards from the shore and within walking distance of two pubs serving excellent food and a local shop. There is also pony trekking, golf and tennis in the village. Innellan is an excellent base for walking and cycling along the shore and around the peninsula to Loch Striven and in the forest above, providing wonderful views of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Close by is Dunoon, the main town of the Cowal Peninsula and the south western gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Local attractions include Castle House Museum and Gardens, Bishop’s Glen, Dunoon Ceramics and Morag’s Fairy Glen. There is a swimming pool and leisure centre at Dunoon, as well as a cinema and a range of pubs and restaurants, and an extensive scenic promenade.

    Cowal, the area between Loch Long and Loch Fyne, boasts excellent opportunities for walking, hill walking and cycling. The Kyles of Bute, Tighnabruaich and the beautiful sandy beach at nearby Kilbride Bay make a fantastic day out. The Arrochar Alps in northern Cowal offer some of the finest hill walking in the southern Highlands, and the Cowal Way (Portavadie-Arrochar), Kilmun Arboretum and Loch Eckside are particularly recommended. The highly popular October walking festival, CowalFest, is now firmly established as a highlight of the year in the Cowal calendar, with all walks graded and numbered. There are also cultural and social events to accompany this event, which usually lasts about 10 days around the middle of the month - a must for keen walking enthusiasts.

    Excursions on the famous Waverley paddle steamer are available direct from Dunoon pier, up to five days each week during the season. The wonderful Benmore Botanic Gardens near Loch Eck provide an idyllic setting for a fascinating day out. The nearest train station is Gourock, just 6 miles away, which can be reached by taking the bus (short walk away) and a ferry ride. Dunoon is also well-known for the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest and most spectacular Highland games in the world, which is held the last weekend in August.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV with Netflix, Blu-ray player, iPod dock and sea views.
    Dining room: With door to balcony.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility/cloakroom: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking) and sea views.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Garden to rear. Balcony with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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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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  • Barcaldine Cottages - Easdale Cottage

    Barcaldine, nr. Oban

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 29134

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Cot on request. Lawned garden with 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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  • Woodend Cottage

    Carrick Castle, nr. Lochgoilhead

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25639

    This lovingly restored cottage, located in the heart of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and offers beautifully presented holiday accommodation. Carrick Castle is a small village situated on the banks of Loch Goil, with stunning views and its own ruined 15th century Tower House on the shore line. A superb location offering pony trekking, walking and cycle paths over the beautiful countryside where eagles and deers roam. Nearby Drimsynie Holiday Park has activities available such as swimming, golf and play areas, Loch Goil has many watersports. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Separate toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (£25per week April-September, £35per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steps and stream in garden.

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  • Seileachan

    Arduaine, by Oban

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 19172

    A well presented chalet bungalow, situated in lovely gardens sitting area and a stream, in an AONB. Beautiful view out to the west over Luing and Jura. Great for enjoying magnificent sunsets. Visit the town of Oban, take trips by ferry to Mull and Iona, evening cruise to Colonsay with dinner, or visit Arduaine Gardens (NT) close by or just relax and enjoy the splendid holiday location on the terrace. Shop 4 miles, pub 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream in garden.

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