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Ardfern PDF Print E-mail

5 miles to the south on Loch Craignish the village of Ardfern boasts the popular pub 'The Galley of Lorne' and 'The Crafty Kitchen' café. Sailing enthusiasts use Ardfern Yacht Centre as a sheltered base for exploring the west coast, and a short drive down to Craignish Point provides fine views of the Sound of Jura and the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Ardfern is also the starting point for walks to Craignish point and cycle hire is available from the village.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:13
Craobh Haven PDF Print E-mail

Craobh Haven and Craobh Marina lie just 2 miles to the south of the lodge. This is home to the a well recommended pub and restaurant 'Lord of the Isles'.

Built around a natural harbour, Craobh Marina can accommodate up to 250 vessels of all sizes up to a length of 22 meters. It boasts a deep entrance which can receive craft with a 4 meter draft at low water and the incoming basin can take craft with a draft exceeding 8 meters. Facilities include a well-stocked chandlery and fully enclosed workshop.

During West Highland yachting week (Scotland's second largest yacting event) the yachts stop and start from Craobh. The cottage provides an excellent viewing point for this event and easy access to the many social events around this week.

Horse Riding is available from Lunga Riding Stables which are situated in nearby Craobh Haven and offer group or private lessons.  Daily cruises start from Craobh Haven with Farsain Cruises.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:55
Crinan PDF Print E-mail

The hotel at western end of The Crinan Canal known for its seafood, sunsets. This small village is 17 miles away and its annual seafood festival is reknowned.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:14
Crinan Canal PDF Print E-mail

You can stroll along the canal from Cairnbaan and watch boats manouvere the numerous locks and finally pass out from the Firth of Clyde to the Atlantic when you reach Crinan. Boat trips to the Corryvreckan whirlpool are hired here. It is a popular venue for cycling along the canal (pubs along the way). More information on the Crinan Canal can be found at

National Nature Reserve of Moine Mhor (wealth of birdlife, rare plants, dragon- and butterflies, etc.)

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:14
Inveraray PDF Print E-mail

This small town is 42 miles away and has shops, restaurants, fishing, pony-trekking, watersports, Inveraray castle and Inveraray jail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:56
Kilmartin Glen PDF Print E-mail

Around the village of Kilmartin there are many attractions to visit including the Kilmartin museum/Historical centre. There are prehistoric monuments dating from 5,000 years ago including stone-circles, carvings. The ancient kings of Scotland were crowned at Dunadd which was part of The Kingdom of Dalriada, birthplace of 'The Scots'. There is also a local shop and hotel which serves meals.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:14
Kilmelford PDF Print E-mail

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 Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:50
Local Produce PDF Print E-mail

Barbreck Farms Situated on the left just before you reach the Ardfern road end, this local beef and lamb produce comes well recommended. 01852 500271

Inverawe Fishers & Smokehouse Visitors centre with shop, cafe, walks and trails along with fish sales, 01866 822777

Corranmore Farm near Ardfern rears Highland Geese which are excellent tasting.

The fishing fleet in Oban specialist in catching scallops, langoustines, crab and lobster and land their catches every day except Saturday.  They can be seen on Oban's South Pier between 6pm and 9pm Sun to Thurs and 6pm on Friday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:58
Local Towns PDF Print E-mail

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 Monday, 17 June 2019 13:42
Lochgilphead PDF Print E-mail

Lochgilphead is situated 19 miles to the south of the cottagel.

The local area provides an abundance of outdoor and sporting activities including hill walking and mountain biking. There are also some well-stocked hill lochs for trout fishing and some spate streams for salmon and sea-trout. Lochgilphead and Crinan both provide opportunities for sea-fishing and sailing. Crinan also offers a stunning beach where the Atlantic waters can be slightly warmer.

Lochgilphead also has a petrol stations, tesco metro, co-op, banks, pubs, restaurants and a swimming pool

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:15
Mull & Iona PDF Print E-mail

Mull is an Island that is highly recommended by many guests.  There are various tours of Mull & Iona available from Bowmans Tours on 01631 566809

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:15
Oban PDF Print E-mail

Oban is situated 18 miles to the north of the cottage and has many shops, restuarants and activities.


Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:15
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