Kyles of Bute
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This Remote Highland Cottage is really out in the Scottish Wilderness, no Luxuries or Hot Tubs here ! but its homely Wood Stove and Open Fire offers wonderful cosy charm to compliment a unique Escape from reality.
Set in deep Countryside the Cottage does not have central heating let alone electricity. However the cottage is beautifully constructed, maintained and insulated with thick stone walls.
There is as much fresh mountain spring water, fire wood for the Stove (with Back Boiler) and Open Fire, lamp oil and candles as you need available during your stay. A Calor Gas cooker and back up heating is also provided to compliment a rustic self catering holiday suiting all needs.
Situated in a stunning scenic sheltered setting in an elevated position over looking the sparse western shores of the Isle of Bute, the Cottage enjoys distant views of the Isle of Arran and it’s Holy Isle. The view is most dramatic in winter and spring months when the leaves have fallen from the trees. The cottage is a wonderful place to stay for rest, relaxation and recreation.
Located close to Tighnabruaich and the adjoining Kames (1.5 miles) on the West coast of Scotland less than 2 hours from Glasgow. Hillside Cottage feels serenely remote yet all services required are close at hand. In the villages are 2 excellent supermarkets, freshly caught, fish, garage with petrol and workshop, 3 hotels, sailing school, Kyles Shinty pitch, Tennis courts, and 9 hole golf course with spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute.
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- Unique Rustic Detached Highland Cottage NO Luxuries – sleeps up to 5 people
- Remote Hillside location distant Sea Views
- Accessed by 2 mile firm single track but 4×4 not usually Necessary
- NO Electricity – Candle Lighting only with Log Fire and Log Stove Heating
- Natural Spring Water Supply heated by Back Boiler
- Living room and Kitchen diner
- 2 Double Bedrooms & 1 Single Bed
- Bathroom with cast Iron Character bath W/C and Washbasin
- Kitchen area including Gas Oven / Hob, Ice Cool Boxes, Sinks with Hot and Cold Water
- Modern Conservatory
- Sitting Room with Sofas
- Open Fire and Log Stove
- Off road parking
- Large Open plan garden
- Bedding and Towels
- Pets Welcome Inn village shop Restaurant 1.5 miles
Remote Highland Country Cottage – Accommodation
Hillside Cottage is accessed via remote single track (1 1/2 miles) off the main A886 Tighnabruaich road and offers you very basic, clean, dry country accommodation. The Cottage sleeps 5 people comfortably, is a wonderfully rustic place constructed of stone and slate in 1896 for use as a gamekeepers abode for the old Caladh Estate. The interior has stone walls and pine clad roof and wooden floor boards.
The new conservatory, offers wonderful distant views to the Kyles of Bute and a midge free environment for those long early summer evening.
Heating is by virtue of One Open fire & One Log / Coal Burning Stove there is also additional calor gas heaters for those cold nights. The most efficient Log / Coal Burning Stove has a back boiler which produces piping hot fresh water from a wholesome mountain stream in which you can bathe in a wonderful deep Victorian cast iron bath. Take the candles in with some wine and music and a good friend and keep topping up the hot! Lighting is by virtue of oil lamps and candles, and there is a torch and battery powered light for late night visits to the WC.
There is also a stereo cd radio cassette. Please note there is no electricity or land telephone line, and be assured you won’t miss them.
Kitchen for cooking there is a gas cooker with oven and grill with all the necessary modern equipment including Cooker, Hob, Ice Cool Storage Box’s, kettle. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
The main bedroom has a pine double bed with tall boy chest of drawers, two small bed side chests of drawers a recess for hanging clothes and log fire. The second bedroom has a bunk bed with double bed on the bottom and single up top and a small wardrobe for hanging and storing clothes.
Two of the cottage boundaries are small streams with a small wooden bridge to the front of the cottage over the Alt Dubh (Gallic for black water) to an open area where it is possible to cut wood and build fires outside should you be inclined. Should you wish to stay at Hill Cottage you will be forwarded an information sheet which will provide information of must do’s, time permitting; amazing secret beaches to visit and have a picnic, scenic rambling routes, the best routes to walk up the mountain to the rear of the cottage – stunning views of peninsulas and islands, cycle routes – a couple of older adult bikes are in the shed – excellent places to eat and have coffee and cake, and does and dont’s for those not familiar with log fires and oil lamps, etc. Also note that the cottage is a really beautiful place to visit all year round and winter is a favourite time for getting warm a cosy and spending some quality time
Discover the True Beauty of Scotland
Once you have arrived and settled in at this beautiful remote cottage, it is unlikely you will want to leave in a hurry.
However if you enjoy lot’s of beautiful scenery, seabirds, seals and boats and if you love the tranquility, Argyll is perfect for your needs. 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.
Evenings out and the Locality
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 organised 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.
The Benmore botanic 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
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.
Boat hire on Loch Eck and fishing permits
Motor boats are available from (£12 per hour / £40 per day / £25 half day) Rowing boats are available at the Coylet Inn by Loch Eck from £5 per hour / £15 per day / £10 half day Tel 01369 840576 or 01369 840426. Salmon Fishing permits are available for the river Eachaig from May and Loch Long from early February at £5 per day / £20 per 7 days. The Brown Trout Season is from the 15th of March until the 6th of October, Coarse fishing, Sea fishing and Rainbow Trout fishing are permitted all year round and no national rod licence is required in Scotland. Fishing permits of all kinds are available from the Coylet Inn Tel 01369 840426
Fishing Tackle hire in Dunoon
For the novice and if you are not bringing your own fishing tackle you can visit or call the tackle shop in Dunoon. I.C. Purdie 112 Argyll Street, Dunoon. Tel. 01369 703232 for fishing advice and permits for all the local Lochs and Rivers.
Owners Direct Website for – Hillside Cottage Tighnabruaich Argyll
The Hire charges include all Solid Fuel, Gas, Candles, bedding and towels.
Pet Friendly – Yes by prior arrangement only, up to 2 well-behaved pets are welcome a supplement of £10 per pet per booking applies. Pets must be kept under strict control at all times around the gardens and must not be allowed in the bedrooms, or on any furniture.