Melfort Harbour Waterside Holidays, Kimelford by Oban PA34 4XD
For Owner Direct Rates Tel 01729 851181 Texts 07885 211787 (7 Days)
Waterside Self Catering Holiday homes near Oban offering ultimate Luxury and living comfort with Saunas, Spa’s and Wood Stoves with spectacular Sea Views of The Isles of Jura, Mull and Colonsay in a Idyllic Waterside location near to Oban “The gateway to the Highlands and Islands”
Melfort Harbour Self Catering Holiday Cottages – Oban offer an escape for all seasons located on Loch Melfort – one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland. There is a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom self catering accommodation finished to the highest standards, providing freedom, flexibility, privacy and service. Sensible and thoughtful design make the harbour houses blend with the environment and each property is to a Scandinavian design with all “home from home” comforts.
This location provides and fantastic touring base for the Argyll and the Western Highlands, in the day time you can take a short trip to Oban, the Isle of Mull, historic Inverary, the Kintyre peninsula or even Glen Coe and Fort William. At night you can simply sit and look out over the peaceful water and watch the most stunning sun sets.
- Luxury Holiday Homes, Sleeps 2, 4 and 6, Waterside Apartments, with en-suites, Sea Views, Fridge / Ice Box, Washing Dryer, Dishwashers, Pets Welcome, Car Parking, TV / DVD, Electric Heating, Multi fuel Stoves, Under-floor Heating, Sauna’s and Spa’s, All Bedding and Towels.
Melfort Pier and Harbour
Located on the Shores of Loch Melfort, protected on the seaward side by uninhabited islands and sheltered by the hills of Melfort to the North.
Agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland where the Highlands come down to the Sea. Historically Melfort was a busy shipping harbour in the 19th century, it’s waters deep enough for large Steam ships to make deliveries. Nowadays, Melfort Pier has been used for leisure-based activities – yachting, wind-surfing and fishing and the wildlife has returned after the lively 19th century and Seals, Dolphins, Otters and many Sea Birds are often seen.
Nearby Loch Awe and Fishing
Close by lies magnificent Loch Awe is the third largest freshwater in Scotland with a surface area of nearly 15 square miles. It is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 25.47 mile from end to end with an average width of 0.62 miles. Loch Awe is renowned for its trout fishing attracting anglers from all over the world.
Loch Awe is plentiful in char, salmon, pike and trout, both brown and rainbow. Loch Awe Lodges give you the perfect opportunity to embrace the breathtaking Scottish country. Loch Awe held the record for the largest brown trout caught in Britain in the year 2000 with a weight just shy of 32lbs. There is no need to pay for an expensive fishing permit whilst you stay in our Lodges we allow our guests to fish for free on our land. Portsonachan has fishing rights for all species over the whole of Loch Awe. The game season for salmon and trout is from mid March to mid October. The perfect time for a group holiday or group vacation, fishing in Scotland. However coarse fishing for perch, roach and pike can be enjoyed all year round.
Fantastic Day Trips from Melfort Pier and Harbour
Inveraray it’s castle, the old Jail, the Puffer and museum
Well worth a visit during your stay and less than 30 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.
Panorama of Inverary (left) the high street, the harbour, the castle and estate (right)”
Seil, Luing and Easdale Island
Approx 90 minutes drive away lies the delightful inner hebridean chain of 3 small Islands. Accessed via the unique and only bridge over the “Atlantic” Seil Island leads to the historic Easdale slating Island via foot ferry to the West from Ellanbeich. To the south lies the delightful island of Luing accessed via car ferry. Easdale made famous by it’s many picture postcard appearances has a population of around 150 people and the centre of population including a village shop and Pub is based around the beautiful harbour inlet. Luings major areas of population lie around Tobernochry and Cullipool and is accessed by a short car ferry crossing from the south of Seil Island.
The bridge over the Atlantic (left) leads to Seil, Luing (centre) and Easdale (right)
Oban “The Gateway to the Isles”
The central location of Melfort Pier provides a fantastic touring base for Cowal and Bute, the Kintyre peninsula, Mull, the islands and the Western Highlands, everywhere is well placed and easily reached in a matter of hours. Less than 60 minutes drive away lies the busy fishing town of Oban “The Gateway to the Isles” with supermarkets, high street stores, Shops, restaurants and Pubs.
Oban is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn. Oban Bay is a near perfect horseshoe bay, protected by the island of Kerrera, and beyond Kerrera is Mull. To the north is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour. Oban has a large Gaelic speaking population. All road and street signs are translated into the Scottish language. Attractions in Oban include the Waterfront Centre, the Cathedral of St Columba, the Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and McCaig’s Tower, which dominates the town’s skyline.
Oban is an excellent base to explore the sights of Kilmartin Glen and you take the ferry from here to visit the Isle of Mull, Tobermory (The fictional Balamory) and the sacred Isle of Iona.
The Isle of Mull
Just 40 minutes from Oban on the ferry, eagles and otters go about their daily lives. The Isle of Mull has an abundance of wildlife from basking sharks and dolphins to Golden eagles and Corncrakes. Take a day trip and discover about it’s history, the hidden geology and structure, the contemporary island culture. Since the first pilgrims arrived in small boats, Scotland has welcomed visitors into the life of it’s islands. Mull is a real place with real lives going on round about you, both on land and sea. To the North of the Island lies the lovely fishing capital Tobermory the fictional Balamory, built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on Mull. It is a picture-postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high wooded hills surrounding the bay. The village has a good variety of shops as well as being the administrative centre for the island. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan during the summer months. To the North West Lie the great landscapes and towering hills and Munros such as Ben More.
While on the Isle of Mull, a visit to the sacred Isle of Iona reached by a 5 minute ferry crossing from Fionphort on the North West tip of Mull is highly recommended. If you really want to test you see legs you can also take a boat trip from here to the Isle of Staffa and Finglas cave!
The Isle of Iona
While visiting Mull the sacred Isle of Iona lies to the West of Mull and is accessed by a short 10 minute ferry crossing from Fionnphort. Iona is a tiny island, of typically Hebridean beauty, it holds a unique place in the story of Scotland and kindles the imagination of thousands who journey there each year. Yet it is also where people have lived, worked and worshipped over many centuries. To and from its shores have come monks and pilgrims, clan chiefs and kings, artists and craftsmen, farmers and fishermen. Of the earliest, we catch only fleeting glimpses now.
With luck you can also see Otters, Seals, Porpoises, Gannets, Peregrines, Artic Terns, Cormorants, Buzzards. Deer tend to keep to the high ground during the summer. The islands provide total peace and tranquility. The landscape and history together with the hospitality of its people provide a wonderful escape from the pressures of modern life. There are towering hills and Munros such as Ben More, tranquil valleys, colourful wild flowers and beaches and bays packed with wildlife. Whether you see Mull on foot, bike, bus or car. the Isle of Mull is renowned for it’s landscape, wildlife, beaches and hills – but there’s a lot more to Mull than this.
Staffa and Fingal’s cave
It is spectacular and most definitely one of the 10 wonders of the world. Made famous by Mendelssohn’s Classic Hebrides overture “Fingals Cave” this amazing lost world is reached in a 45 minute sea journey from Fionnphort (Mull) Fingal’s Cave is always splendid and atmospheric with basaltic columns formed 59 million years ago. Puffins can be seen ashore in season and often guillemots, fulmars, great skuas, eider ducks, gannets, kittewakes, black-backed gulls, great northern divers and razorbills on the water. If you are lucky it is possible to see occasionally a passing whale, basking shark, porpoise, dolphin or otter. The boat trips last up to 3 hours and you can disembark at Fionnphort or Iona. Tel: 01681 700358 Website: www.staffatrips.co.uk
The Kintyre Peninsula
To the South lies the wonderful Kintyre peninsula about forty miles long containing everything which makes Scotland such an attractive holiday destination. Here you will find more hills, lochs, rivers, forests, seascapes, sandy beaches, history and archaeology and the sea food which have made Scotland so famous. Palm trees and many other tropical varieties benefit from the effect of the Gulf Stream and the low annual rainfall.
The south of the Peninsula boasts the world famous Mull of Kintyre and the busy capital town of Campbeltown, from here you can walk out to Davaar Island at low tide to see it’s caves and paintings. To the north west lies Tayinloan where you can take the ferry to the magical Isle of Gigha “Gods Island in Gaelic” and to the North East the harbour village of Carradale affords spectacular views of the Isle of Arran, along with picture postcard memories to savour.
To the far North of the Kintyre peninsula lies colorful Tarbert by Loch fyne, with its delightful harbour, Pubs, Restaurants, Shops. Kintyre is almost unique, the very cradle of Celtic Scotland, and According to Norse sagas, King Magnus Barelegs, while trying to re-establish control over parts of western Scotland reached an agreement with King Malcolm of Scotland that Magnus could have all the islands off the west coast of Scotland round which he could sail his boat. Determined to have the Kintyre Peninsula as well, King Magnus had his warriors drag a Viking longboat across the narrow lands at the northern end of the peninsula a feat repeated by King Robert the Bruce in the 14th Century.
Evenings out and local area information
The nearest pub / Inn is the Shower of Herring Tel 01852 200345 in the nearby village of Kimelford (approx 10 minutes walk) here there is also a local shop with also basic supplies. There is also the local Melfort Mermaid Seafood Restaurant and a Hotel called the Cuilfail Hotel Tel 01852 200274. Also locally there is the Puffer 01852 20 579 Skerry Bistro Bar & Loch Melfort Hotel 01852 200233 Lord of the Isles Restaurant 01852 500658
Local boat trips and fishing are available at the Sea fari Adventures, Easdale, 01852 300003 There is also Farsain Cruises, Craobh Haven 01852500664, Caledonian MacBrayne day cruises, Oban 01631 566688, Borro Boats 01631563292
Free fishing from the pier (mackerel from July to late August) All other fishing is permit fishing Kilmelford shop 01852200271 Fishing lessons at Inverawe, rods provided 01866822446 Watersports (ask at the office for availability) Craobh Haven Watersports 01852500664 Mountain Bikes Ardfem Cycle Hire 01852 500662.
Horse riding Ardfem Riding Centre Appaloosa horses 01852 500632 Brenfield Estate, near Lochgilphead 01546603274 Clay Pigeon Shooting Brentfield Estate, near Lochgilphead 01546 603274. Go Karting Tralee Rally Karting, open weekends and school holidays 01631 720297 Aromatherapy etc Treatments available – Aromotherapy , Reflexology, Therapeutic massage. 01631 567054
Historical sites Gunpowder factory remains in Melfort Standing stones near Kilmartin en route to Lochgilphead Ardchattan Priory, founded in 1230 by Vaalliscaulian monks. Free Museums Kilmartin Archaeological Museum 01546 510 278 Easdale Island Museum (see brochure in office) Oban War & Peace Exhibition, North Pier, Oban. Free entry
Local Golf Courses Glencruitten Golf Club, Oban 01631562868 Dalmally Golf Club 01631200 619 Lochilphead Golf Course 01546602340 Machrihanish Golf Course 01586 810213. Rare Breeds Park Feed the animals and have a pleasant Walk. Atlantis Leisure Oban 01631 566800 or Lochgilphead 01546 606676 for Squash, Badminton, Table Tennis. Oban Distillery – Visitor Centre 01631 564262 Sea Life Sea Life Centre – Marine life displays.
Outdoor adventure playground, picnic area and restaurant 01631 720386 Cruachan Power Station a fascinating journey into a hollow mountain. Restaurant and visitor centre Station 01866 822618. Skiing Ski in the winter months at Aonach Mhor (Glen Coe). In summer take the gondola and enjoy the magnificent views. Restaurant at the top
Animals Zoological World – Small zoo, based South of Oban, 10 am – 6 pm 01631562481 Sea Mamals Whale and Dolphin Watching Trips – Based in Tobermory, on Mull, enjoy a trip in the local waters looking for whales, dolphins and porpoises 01688 400223. The Best local Beaches are Ganavan Sands Oban – Tralee Beach, Benderloch -Crinan Ferry, By Lochgilphead.
Further afield there is also the world famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar / restaurant (pictured below) with 30 minutes drive of your accommodation. Further information about Loch Awe and outdoor activities in this region is available at www.loch-awe.com
Oban Self Catering Waterside – Accommodation
Three bedroom 2 storey holiday homes, semi detached sleeping 6
Three bedroom 2 storey holiday homes, semi detached sleeping 6
The 3 Bedroom Holiday Homes are built on top of our private harbour, and standing on your large patio with barbeque area you can see the starfish underwater. Downstairs, you have your own gourmet kitchen with all the accessories you need to make a delicious meal. Open log fire. Stretch out on the leather settee and relax. Upstairs is your Sauna and Spa bath. Every bedroom has en suite bathrooms for extra privacy. A great family home with fun for everyone.
Downstairs Bedroom 1 – Twin beds and en-suite bathroom. Bathroom 1 – Large shower (for access of wheelchair into shower), basin and W.C.
Large kitchen, dining area and lounge with patio doors leading onto a balcony.
Upstairs Bedroom 2 – Double bed with en-suite bathroom, patio doors with small balcony. Bathroom 2 – Spa bath, sauna, separate shower, basin and W.C. Bedroom 3 – Double bed and en suite bathroom. Bathroom 3 – Bath, shower, basin and W.C. Conservatory area on the landing with triangular window The house is equipped to a very high standard with the following
The content of these Holiday Homes include Cooker – electric hob, oven, Spa Bath, Sauna, Hi-fi Radio, Tape Deck, CD Player, DVD Player Second TV in Master Bedroom Satellite TV Linen and towels Under floor heating, Microwave, Fridge, Dishwasher, Freezer, Hair dryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Parking, Vacuum cleaner Open log burning fire. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
Two Bedroom – single level Holiday Homes sleeping 4
Two Bedroom – single level Holiday Homes sleeping 4
The 2 Bedroom Holiday Homes are all on one level. The warmth and light of these tastefully furnished, open plan designs are both welcoming and appealing. The kitchen is finished off with an unusual but interesting triangular window which has views westwards over the hills of Melfort. The living room is complemented by a high cathedral ceiling, which with the blending’s of the green leather furniture and the pine wood, create a warm and relaxing atmosphere, which is further emphasized by the log burning stove and the patio doors which are south facing, with an enticing half circle balcony where you can relax and enjoy the antics over Loch Melfort. Outside is a green area and beyond that is a rocky shore where one can observe the tranquillity of our sea loch. These are an open plan homes on one level with large Kitchen, Dining room, Living room with Patio Doors leading to a semi-circular balcony.
Bedroom 1 – Double Bed and en-suite Bathroom. Bathroom 1 Spa bath, shower, basin and W.C Bedroom 2 – Twin Beds or Kingsize Beds and en suite Bathroom
Bathroom 2 Bath, separate shower, basin and W.C. All the beds are made and towels are ready to use and a welcome tray awaits you, to start your stay with a cup of tea or coffee. The content of these Holiday Homes include Cooker – electric hob, oven Spa Bath Sauna Hi-fi Radio, Tape Deck, CD Player, DVD Player Second TV in Master Bedroom, Satellite TV, Linen and towels, Under floor heating, Microwave, Fridge, Dishwasher, Freezer, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Parking, Vacuum cleaner Open log burning fire. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
One bedroom Holiday Homes – single level sleeping 2
One bedroom Holiday Homes – single level sleeping 2
The one bedroom Holiday Homes sleep 2 people and have the most beautiful views of Loch Melfort. You feel like you are on a cruise ship without getting sea sick! Gourmet kitchen with all the things you need to create a masterpiece. Most important – a his and hers full bathroom – no more disturbance when you take a bubble bath. This style of Holiday Home is on 1 level, upstairs (sleeps 2), with private stairs up to the entrance
This is a great home for honeymoons, anniversaries or just to pamper yourselves! All the beds are made and towels are ready to use and a welcome tray awaits you, so that you can start your stay with a cup of tea or coffee.
This is an open plan house on one level with a large kitchen, dining area. Living area with windows on either side and patio doors leading to a large balcony. Stunning panoramic views of the Loch and pier. Bedroom 1 – King size bed and en suite bathroom
The content of all these Holiday Homes includes Cooker – electric hob, oven and extractor fan Microwave Dishwasher Freezer Washing Machine / Tumble dryer Hi-fi Radio, Tape Deck, CD Player, DVD Player, Second TV in Master Bedroom Hair dryer Private Sauna, Under floor Heating, Parking, Hot Water bottle, Fridge, Satellite TV, Linen and towels, Ironing Board, Vacuum Cleaner, Spa Bath, Log burning stoves, Iron. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
The endangered Red Squirrel
Around Argyll you may see some of the endangered Red squirrels they have a typical head to body length of 19 to 23 a tail length of 15 to 20 cm and a mass of 250 to 340. The red squirrel is slightly smaller than the common eastern grey squirrel, unfortunately the grey squirrel is the main reason for the red squirrels decline and you will see particularly in this area of Cowal, the many measures taken to try to preserve this endangered species such as their own rope bridges and tunnels across the busier roads !
Basic Scale of Weekly Hire Charges
1 Bedroom Holiday Home Sleeping 2 people – Low Season from £90 (per night) £600 (per week) Highest Season £130 (per night) £900 (per week)
2 Bedroom Holiday Home Sleeping 4 people – Low Season from £130 (per night) £900 (per week) Highest Season £180 (per night) £1200 (per week)
3 Bedroom Holiday Home Sleeping 6 people – Low Season from £160 (per night) £1100 (per week) Highest Season £240 (per night) £1400 (per week)
The hire charges include all Bedding, Towels, Heating, Electricity and Logs for the Stove.
Pet Friendly – Rabbits, turtles, birds, dogs and cats…. at Melfort Pier and Harbour we welcome all your pets. We welcome a maximum of two well-behaved pets per house and the cost is £20 per pet. Please note that your pet(s) must be well controlled as the surrounding lands are working farms with sheep and cattle. A pet-basket is essential as it must be clearly understood that pet(s) must not lie on beds or furniture. Please also use a pooper-scooper!
Melfort Harbour Waterside Holidays, Kimelford by Oban PA34 4XD – Listed since 2010
For any help or assistance with this or any other enquiry please call 01729 851181, text’s to 07885 211787 – you will not find these Lodges listed anywhere else for any less.
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