West Loch Fyne
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A unique detached Shoreside holiday Cottage near Tarbert by Loch Fyne. This beautiful Cottage offers a remote hideaway feel with breath-taking waters edge setting with Wood Stove and un-rivalled peace, tranquility and sheer natural beauty
This is a fantastic retreat for 4 people with one double en-suite bedroom and one Twin Bedroom with separate bathroom. The gardens stretch to the waters edge, your only neighbors will be local Grey Seals, Otters, Red Squirrel, Deer and Sea Birds.
From Shore Cottage a 5 minute stroll through Historic Grounds brings you to Stonefield Castle Hotel and the bustling picturesque Town of Tarbert and it’s Harbour. Shore Cottage offers clear un-restricted views of Loch Fyne.
This is a truly Idyllic location the big bay windows in the living room let you watch the seals basking and the yachts gliding up and down Loch Fyne. The supplementary Log Burning Stove keeps you homely and cosy when the evenings draw in. The French Doors open directly out to a Patio and Shore Cottages extensive Gardens sloping to the Shore side. Open the door from the charming Kitchen and you can hear the ways lapping the Shore, you cannot help but cherish this beautiful environment. All the rooms are heated by under floor heating via an electric air exchange system and ecologically sound washing materials are all provided.
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Shore Cottage – Simply stunning you wont want to leave
It’s hard to capture the splendour of Shore Cottage. It lies just 50 feet from the sea facing Barmore Island, the only property in the bay. When the tide goes out, you can wander for hours scouring the exposed sandy bay and mussel beds for sea-side finds. Or you can take a quick hike round the Island where you’ll usually disturb a deer or two. From the summit of the island you can see north to Inveraray and the hills beyond and south to Arran and the Clyde coast.
Tarbert is a natural spot for messing about on the water and once out of the calm of one of Scotland’s most photographed natural harbours, Loch Fyne almost feels like the ocean. With a long fishing pedigree, Tarbert still boasts great sea-food as well as a testing 9 hole golf course and pathways to the Kintyre Way.
A great base for touring, you can head south towards the Mull of Kintyre passing through historic settlements, sandy beaches and challenging golf courses, or north through the ancient Kilmartin glens to Oban, the gateway to the hebridean islands. If island bagging is your thing, within 30 minutes of Tarbert, you can be aboard heading for Gigha, Islay, Jura or Arran.
This is a family owned much enjoyed cottage for the last 40 years. The cottage was completely refurbished in 2008 and is now a relaxing, cosy and comfortable holiday home in a wonderfully idyllic location.
So if you enjoy beautiful scenery, seabirds, seals and boats and if you love the tranquility – without the long trek to the far North West of Scotland then Shore Cottage is perfect for your needs. Loch Fyne 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 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” (pictured above) 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.
15 miles south down the coast from Skipness lies the picturesque village of Carradale with another excellent sandy beach overlooking the Kilbrannan Sound and the west coast of the Isle of Arran. To the north of Carradale is the coastal peak known as Torr Mor; nearby are the hamlet of Dippen and Dippen Bay. Carradale still has a number of small shops 2 Inn / Hotels, Golf Club and small fishing fleet, largely dealing in shellfish.
Loch Awe and Fishing
Less than 1 hour to the North West Lies magnificent Loch Awe 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. Salmon also pass through the loch, coming past the barrage in the River Awe and continuing into the River Orchy. Loch Awe also contains several ruined castles on islands, and at the northern end has one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, Kilchurn Castle, which in summer may be visited by a short boat trip or by a half mile walk from a small car park just after the bridge over the River Orchy. It was from Loch Awe and surrounding area that Clan Campbell established itself as a powerful family.
There also a small Island within Loch Awe called Innis ChonnellAlong with being extremely productive to anglers, Loch Awe is the site of two hydroelectric projects. One is a conventional turbine power station, with water extracted from the River Awe at a barrage, fed through underground pipes, and generating electricity as it flows into Loch Etive. The second is a more unusual pumped storage project, using a man-made loch in the hills above the loch; water is pumped up during times of surplus power, and used to power generators at times of peak demand. The second project, known as Cruachan from the name of the hill above, has a visitor centre, which includes tours into the heart of the mountain. Throughout there are waymarked 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.
Fantastic Day Trips
Oban the Gateway to the Isles
The west coastal location of Loch Sween 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, hotels, and other accommodation 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.
Boat Trips to the Isle of Islay and Jura
The ferry port of Kennacraig is less than 1 hour away from Loch Sween inviting you to a magical trip to the Isles of Islay and Jura known as “The Queen of the Hebrides” (Banrìgh nan Eilean)
The regular ferry service of up to 5 return journeys a day offers a pleasurable cruise of just over 2 hours to either Port Askaig or the capital town Port Ellen. Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, just to the west of Jura and around 25 miles (40 km) north of the Irish coast, which can be seen on a clear day.
In Gaelic a native of Islay is called an Ìleach, pronounced and the plural is Ìlich: Scottish Gaelic is spoken by about a third of the population. The island’s capital is Bowmore, famous for its distillery and distinctive round Kilarrow Parish Church. Port Ellen is the largest settlement. Islay is the fifth largest Scottish island and the sixth largest island surrounding Britain with just over three thousand inhabitants.
It has a total area of almost 620 square kilometres (239 sq mi). Its main industries are malt whisky distilling, and tourism largely based on whisky and birdwatching. The island is home to many different species of wildlife, including Barnacle Geese, Grey Seals, Otters, Shags, Red Deer, Buzzard, Peregrine, Golden Eagle, Rock Dove, Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Raven, Chough, Wildcats and Adders. The influence of the Gulf Stream keeps the climate mild compared to mainland Scotland. Snow is rarely seen and frosts are light and short-lived. One might expect therefore a gardener’s paradise and indeed, it is not unusual to see exotic plants growing in gardens.
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)
Evenings out and local area information
The nearest town nearby such as Tarbert just 5 minutes in the car with shops, pubs, hotels and houses settled snuggly around Tarbert’s welcoming natural harbour, one of the very few in Scotland. Renowned for Tarbert Castle, associated with Robert the Bruce, that overlooks the clear harbour waters. Tarbert is also renowned for some of the finest, freshest and tastiest seafood money can buy and remembered for the superb events and festivals that happen annually including the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series, Tarbert Seafood Festival and the Tarbert Music Festival.
Within 20 minutes drive lies the Seaside Village of Skipness and the Sound of Kilbrannan, here there is a beautiful castle and fantastic sandy beach.
Shoreside Holiday Cottage Argyll – Accommodation
Shore Cottage offers a truly Idyllic location the big bay windows in the living room let you watch the seals basking and the yachts gliding down Loch Fyne. All accommodation is on the ground floor all the rooms are heated by underfloor heating via an electric air exchange system and ecologically sound washing materials are all provided. If the sea air hasn’t sent you to sleep, you’ll find plenty of books and games entertain you. And there is a tv – although it struggles to beat the quality of the viewing out the windows.
The Sitting room with Comfortable Sofas and Satelite TV D/V/D enjoys spacious comfort and supplementary Wood Burning Stove keeping you homely and cosy when the evenings draw in. The French Doors open directly out to a Patio and extensive Gardens sloping to the Shoreside
The charming Kitchen comes fully stocked with all self catering facility including Crockery, Dishware, Cookware and Cutlery, Microwave, Washer / Dryer. Dish / Washer and Fridge / Freezer and Breakfast Bar.
Open the door from the kitchen and you can hear the waves lapping the Shore, you cannot help but cherish this beautiful environment
2 bedrooms: 1 double Bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet: 1 twin Bedroom with 2 single Beds, both with ample hanging and drawer space.
Plus a separate family Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking.
No smoking. Sunday to Sunday changeovers – please note – there is a 1 metre drop from patio to unfenced garden leading to sea shore
The Red Squirell – Eagles – Buzzards and Red Deer / Stag are also local residents
The endangered Red Squirrel
Around the Argyll and Kintyre peninsula, 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 !
Boat hire on Loch Fyne and fishing permits
Loch Fyne is renowned – for it’s exellent sea fishing and you can catch cod, pollack, coalfish, conger, plaice, turbot, mackerel and ling. Boats can be hired through the Inverary Tourist board . Fishing permits for Loch Fyne can be obtained from the the Creggans Inn Tel 01369 860279 at just £10 per day (maximum catch 2 fish). Fishing Equipment and fishing advice, permits can also be hired from the tackle shop in Dunoon. I.C. Purdie 112 Argyll Street, Dunoon. Tel. 01369 703232.
Guest Book Sample
Perfect cottage, amazing location … this is a pretty magical place.
Kevin, Lisa and Belle the dog
Absolutely stunning cottage in fab location. Jude loved to sit in bay and ‘dig dig dig’. Gigha – wow!
The Ellisons, Lancashire
What an idylllic spot for a holiday.
The Davidsons, Stirlingshire
Great holiday, lovely cottage, fab location. Our silly springer spaniel even finally learned to swim here!!
Debbie, Iain, Guy and Max, The Midlands
The cottage, and its setting, is a little piece of paradise.
The McKees, Strathaven
Best location, so relaxing. Have enjoyed amazing walks and seen otter, seal and eider ducks. Thank you.
David, Kaye and dog, Dorset
What an absolute gem of a cottage. Set in an idyllic spot.
Wanless Family, Northumberland
Shore Holiday Cottage near Tarbert Loch Fyne Argyll – Listed since 2014
Lowest Season Weeks £519, Highest Season Weeks £1036
The Hire charges include all Bedding and Towels. All Heating and Electricity is by metre reading at the end of the rental.
Pet Friendly – prior agreement only, at an additional cost of £25 per week. Guests must agree never to leave dogs unattended in or near the property for any length of time whatsoever; to ensure dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms or on any soft furnishings, and that all traces of the dogs are removed from the garden and immediate surroundings.
Telephone Enquiries 09:00am to 22:30pm – 0345 319 1045 / 07885 211787
General enquiry – please note this does not constitute a booking