Local Information

We have grouped up lots of local information along with our personal views and guest feedback which we hope you will find useful when planning your stay.



Supermarkets PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Shops

Co-Op Oban Road, Lochgilphead, PA31 8NG 01546 602060.  A good sized store with enough to stock up for a short break.

Tesco Express Paterson Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8JP.  A small shop alongside the petrol station for your basic needs.

Tesco Lochside, Oban, PA34 4HP. Large store with everything you could possibly need.

Lidl Lochavullin Drive, Oban, PA34 4PL

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:08
 
Local Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Restaurants

Lord of the Isles     Craobh Haven, PA31 8UA                        01852 500658

This is a pub which serves food and in the summer it is worth booking a table as it can get busy when Craobh harbour is full.  During winter they open evening only Mon-Fri from 5:30, weekends are 11am Sat, 12:30 Sun all day although it is worth a call to check during winter.

Loch Melfort Hotel   Arduaine, PA34 4XG                              01852 500648

This local hotel which is a short walk from the cottage offers casual dining in their Bistro and fine dining in their Restaurant.  Both are of a good standard and it is advisable to book in the summer months.  Also situated next to the hotel is Arduaine Gardens which is part of the National Trust and offers spectacular views.  The hotel is shut for a period in early January each year.

Kilmartin Hotel        Kilmartin, PA31 8RQ                               01546 510250

Kilmartin Museum / Restaurant        Kilmartin, PA31 8RQ         01546 510278

The museum is well worth a visit and the attached restaurant is good for a light bite.  It is open 11:00-16:00 Nov & Dec then 10:00-17:00 Mar-Oct.

Shower of Herring Restaurant Kilmelford, PA34 4XD               01852 200345

This is a pleasant restaurant serving lights lunches and hearty dinners.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:54
 
Local Towns PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - General Local Information

The Mid Argyll Show is held on the second Saturday in August each year near Lochgilphead and if it coincides with your visit is a great attraction.

Island of Seil - a very picturesque day out.

Mull of Kintyre - Ferry terminals for Islay, Jura, Arran and Gigha from West Loch Tarbert - all possible destinations for a day out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:56
 
Other Boat Activities PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Boat Trips & Fishing

Corryvreckan whirlpool

Boat trips to visit this can be taken from Craobh Haven or using the boat trips mentioned here.  A DVD is in the cottage that can explain more about this if you aren't able to make a trip.

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

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:20
 
Others PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Places of Interest

Oban Distillery

Town Centre, Oban 01631 564262

Oban Chocolate Company

Town Centre, Oban 01631 566099

Sea Life Centre

Marine life displays (check for seal feeding times) Outdoor adventure playground, picnic area and restaurant.  A good family day out 01631 720386

Cruachan Power Station

A fascinating journey into a hollow mountain. Restaurant and visitor centre 01866 822618

Kanpdale Forest

A visit to a Beaver colony where you can walk, cycle or have a picnic.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:19
 
Swimming PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Other Activities

Atlantis Leisure Oban 01631 566800

This is a good sized pool with a smaller kids pool and a slide, they also have a cafe and soft play area.

Lochgilphead pool 01546 606676

A 20m basic pool without frills.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:06
 
Kilmelford PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - General Local Information

The nearby village of Kilmelford at the head of Loch Melfort is the centre of a thriving community and your first stop for local amenities. The post office and general store provide essentials, or drop into the Quaich Café for some home baking or snacks for a picnic. Also be sure to visit local artists and craftsmen at Namaste Silverwork, Sue Walford's watercolour painting, and KTB fleece designs. For the latest village news visit the Kilmelford community website.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:10
 
Local Food Shops PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Shops

These are all small village shops for you to get your newspapers and a few supplies. We would recommend Ardfern Village shop as we feel it has the best selection.

 

Ardfern Village Shop Ardfern, PA31 8QN. 01852 500298

 

Kilmelford Village Store Kilmelford, PA34 4XA. 01852 200271

D Kelly 12 Kilmartin, PA31 8RN. 01546 510222

 

Tayvallich Shop Tayvallich, PA31 8PJ. 01546 870281

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:55
 
Further afield Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Restaurants

Crinan hotel      Crinan, PA31 8SR                                            01546 830261

The seafood selection here is great although it is slightly more expensive than others in the area.  You can see boats leaving the Crinan canal beside the hotel.

Cairnbaan hotel CairnBaan, PA31 8SJ                                        01546 603668

A well situated hotel for a meal before or after a walk along the canal, lunch and dinner are served in either the bistro or restaurant.  This is situated very close to the road from the cottage towards Lochgilphead.

Kilberry Inn       Kilberry, PA29 6YD                                          01880 770223

Excellent locally sourced food served for lunch and dinner - the menu is short and changes almost daily to reflect the seasons.  This restaurant was voted Scottish Restaurant of the Year in 2009, it is south of Lochgilphead and worth a visit.

Tayvallich Inn    Tayvallich, PA31 8PN                                       01546 870282

Quality local food with a great seafood selection.  Great views in a quiet village.

Skipness Seafood Cabin by Tarbet, PA29 6XU                            01880 760207

Quality local food with a great seafood selection.  Great views in a quiet village.

Oban has many good restaurants to offer especially around the harbour area.  A couple of recommendations are:

 The Barn Bar Lerags Glen near Oban PA34 4SE

Award winning food and drink. Sunday music sessions recommended also..check site for details

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:54
 
Fishing PDF Print E-mail
Local Information - Boat Trips & Fishing

Fyne Tackle 2 Colchester Square, Lochgilphead, PA31 8HL 01546 606878

We have not personally done any fishing locally but have had guests to stay whose entire week was spent fishing!  This local shop will give advice, local information and provide frozen and live bait in store.

 

Also willing to give out local advice are the Oban and Lorn Angling Club on 01631 710649 with a lot of local information on their website.

 

Local area fishing:

Loch Awe: Rainbow trout ~ Specimen Pike ~ Perch ~ Wild Brown Trout ~ Ferox Trout (British record 32 pound) All legal bait

Loch Ederine: Coarse fishing for specimen Pike and Perch

St. Mary's Loch: Rainbow trout ~ fly only

Ederline Hill Lochs: Wild Brown Trout on 12 hill lochs ~ fly only

Knapdale Hill Lochs: Wild Brown Trout on 10 hill lochs ~ fly only

Kilmelford Hill Lochs: Wild Brown Trout on 20 hill lochs ~ fly only

River Add: Salmon and Sea trout ~ fly only

Seafishing: daytrips from Oban ~ inclusive: boat, experienced skipper and Tackle

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:20
 
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