Self Catering Kyles of Bute

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Ardencraig Kames near Tighnabruaich PA21 2AG

For Owner Direct Rates Tel 01729 851181 Texts 07885 211787 (7 Days)

Offering a beautiful self catering Holiday apartment in Kames with stunning Sea Views across the Kyles of Bute to the Isle of Bute, Argyll. Ozing character and comfort this shore front Holiday Home is of traditional Scottish design dating back to the 1870’s, with traditional stone and slate construction. There is a large communal landscaped and well maintained back garden with loads of space for barbequing your freshly caught, or bought fish!

Open the windows in the morning and enjoy your coffee and croissant with the sound of the Oystercatchers and waves lapping on the pebble beach just some 10 metres form the front door of the building !

The shoreside villages of Kames and Tighnabruaich close by, are both thriving villages situated in the scenically beautiful Kyles of Bute on the west coast of Argyll with a village shop, doctor’s surgery, bank, hotels, restaurants, sailing club, sailing school, and arts and craft gallery all close by. The village is approximately 25 miles from Dunoon and offers a fantastic touring base for all of Cowal and Argyll.

  • 2nd Floor Partment, Sleeps up to 5, Traditional, Seaside Location, Sea Views, Car Parking, Open Gardens, Bedding and Towels, WIFI, Fridge, Electric Heating, Tennis Court nearby, No Smoking, village location.

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The Benmore gardens

Discover the True Beauty of Scotland

If you enjoy beautiful scenery, seabirds, seals and boats and if you love the tranquility – without the long trek to the North West of Scotland, Kames is perfect for your needs. Set directly by the Shores of the UK’s very picturesque “Kyles of Bute” and commanding panoramic sea views. Holiday Takers are welcome to bring their own boat and moor it close trip up or down the Kyles. Tighnabruaich abounds in wildlife. Seagulls, Cormorants, Gannets, Eider Ducks and Swans are frequent passers-by. During the long summer evenings the holiday taker often enjoys the company of a Seal or two, curious to see what is going on.

The Spectacular Kyles of Bute

The spectacular Kyles of Bute as seen on television (Scottish Gaelic: Na Caoil Bhòdach) are a narrow sea channel separating the northern end of the Isle of Bute from the Cowal peninsula, part of the Scottish mainland. The narrowest strait is only some 300m across and is spanned by the Calmac ferry from Rhubodach to Colintraive. The Kyles are split into the east and west kyles. The east kyle (An Caol an Ear) runs from Rothesay Bay north west up to the entrance to Loch Riddon. Here at the northern end of the east kyle are the Burnt Islands and the island of Eilean Dubh. The west kyle (An Caol an Iar/An Caol Ceathrach) runs from here south west, past the village of Tighnabruaich out to the Sound of Bute. The Kyles are designated as a National Scenic Area. The Kyles are reflected in the name of Tighnabruaich based shinty team “Kyles Athletic”


The magical Isle of Bute

Combine these spectacular views of the Isle of Bute…with a trip to the captivating Isle of Bute a beautiful little island about 15 miles long and nearly 5 miles wide and within 20 minutes of Hill Cottage, always a favorite day trip with much to offer with hills in the North and plenty of sandy beaches, ruined chapels and castles, yachting, fishing, golf, etc. Bute’s many gardens benefit from the Gulf Stream which gives the island a mild climate enabling palm trees and other exotic plants to grow here. One of the main visitor attractions is the spectacular Mount Stuart house and gardens. Canada hill offers the best views from this island.


The Benmore botanic gardens

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The Benmore gardens

Within a most scenic 30 minutes drive lie The world famous Benmore Gardens, a specialist garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is a magnificent woodland garden set amidst the mountains of the Cowal Peninsula. Its 140 acres are renowned for the wide collection of trees and shrubs, which includes over 250 species of rhododendrons. One of the most spectacular views is the avenue of Giant Redwood trees (pictured below) which greets every visitor on entering the garden.

Throughout there are way marked walks, which lead to a beautiful pond and formal garden which display a wide variety of Himalayan and Oriental plants. Continue up the richly planted hill slopes, which rise to 450 feet to a dramatic viewpoint overlooking the Eachaig valley and the Holy Loch. Refreshments are available. The Botanics Shop sells a range of books, gifts and plants some of which can be found in the garden. Facilities are also provided for those less able, including wheelchairs.

The Pucks Glen forest and waterfall walks

While visiting the Benmore gardens it is well worth visiting Pucks Glen and a choice of 3 mouth watering woodland trails all Pet Friendly and sign posted and marked out. Offering a sometimes tropical rainforest feel with magnificent views from the summits. The waterfalls walk (below) features a meandering tour up the valley involving a series bridges crossing streams, cascading waterfalls and pools, particularly delightful after a strong downpour of rain !


Inveraray – the castle, the old Jail, the Puffer and museum

Well worth a visit during your stay and less than 60 minutes drive is the lovely town of Inveraray (Inbhir Aora in Gaelic) a former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, located on the western shore of Loch Fyne near its head. One time traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his new home, Inveraray Castle. Its distinctive white buildings on the loch shore make it very photogenic and it is a very popular tourist destination, with a number of attractions in addition to the castle. The Georgian Inveraray Jail in the burgh is now a museum. Other attractions include the Argyll Folk Museum at Auchindrain. The Celtic Inveraray Cross can also been seen in the town. The Arctic Penguin ship Maritime Museum is moored at the pier, along with the Clyde puffer VIC 72, renamed Eilean Eisdeal.


Mountain bikes and Walking Holidays

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The Benmore gardens

For walkers and mountain bikers…you may choose to sample a part of the Cowal way. The Cowal Way is a long distance footpath split into 6 sections, running the length of the Cowal Peninsula. It starts at Portavadie, beside Loch Fyne, and finishes in at Ardgartan, by Loch Long. It is 47 miles (75 km) long, climbing 5050 ft (1540 m) on the way. The route follows existing rights of way and public roads, most of which are extremely quiet, or cross Forestry Commission land, which includes a good deal of open hill. Access is not an issue. For more information on guided walks, please contact Nikki Dayton Tel 01369 860324 or For further information please click here. You can hire bikes daily / Weekly from either Quadmania Ltd 01369 810246 Or ProAdventure Scotland 01369 707456


Dunoon and the Cowalfest

The highly popular October walking festival know as the Cowalfest is now firmly established as a highlight of the year in the Cowal calender, with all the walks graded and numbered. There are also cultural and social events to accompany this event, which usually last about 10 days around the middle of the month – A ‘must’ for walkers! and based around the popular capital town Dunoon, which offers all services, including 2 x supermarkets, high street shops include giftware, electrical, grocery, health. One local hospital (Dunoon general), doctor, vet. Numerous leisure facilities include crown green bowling, tennis courts, swimming baths, quad biking, golf and crazy golf. There are 2 ferry regular ferry crossings to Gourock and the Waverley Puffer calls in the summer.

Evenings out and the Locality

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The Benmore gardens

The villages of kames and Tighnabruaich lie by the Shores of the Kyles of Bute in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Local amenities include a sub post office, Well stocked spar shop, Golf club and Tennis Courts. Less than 2 miles away Tighnabruaich is popular for sailing and yachting and has its own boat hire and sailing school Tighnabruaich, Tel: 01700 811717. Fax: 01700 811717.

Tighnabruaich also has a Spar shop for your groceries and wines etc, a gift shop, art gallery, post office and a couple of coffee shops. village centre of Tighnabruaich which has a village shop, doctor’s surgery, bank, hotels, restaurants, sailing club, sailing school, and arts and craft gallery. There are many local handicrafts being made in the village with a number of craft fairs being organized each year.

Eating out The An Lochan Tel: 01700 811239 offers top quality local fish, meat and game to guests wanting to sample the best of West Coast produce. There is also the Kames Hotel Tel 01700 811489

serving excellent food using local produce – freshly caught fish and shellfish, as well as fine Scotch beef and wild venison. This Edwardian hotel has a restaurant overlooking the water and its bar offers real ales, good malts and local history with their extensive collection of Edwardian and Victorian photographs.

Self Catering Kyles of Bute – Accommodation

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The Benmore gardens

Ardencraig Apartment is accessed via single track road off the main A815 Dunoon road and offers you very comfortable accommodation. The apartment is double glazed with total control electric heating, its thick stone walls keeping the cold winters and oppressive summer heat waves away.

The double bedroom has a double bed and two sets of drawers with sea view over to the Isle of Bute. The sitting room has seating for 2, with a small table and 2 chairs in bay window for dining, reading and socializing. Terrestrial TV, Radio, CD System. There is a good sized bed settee and a single childs bed in the recess off the lounge.

The kitchen is brand new and fully equipped with all the necessary modern equipment including Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Iron, toaster; kettle. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.

Shower room with WC and wash hand basin, bathroom, fully tiled walls and extractor fan. Garden Maintained landscaped communal garden suitable for barbeques.