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The Dolls' Houses, Killean Estate, Kintyre Peninsula, Argyll


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This part of Scotland offers one of the most spectacular, yet romantic, environments in the world, quite unspoiled by the relentless march of mass tourism. Killean Estate, on the Atlantic coast of Kintyre, steeped in Scottish history, is an idyllic location for a holiday in Argyll. There are 3,500 acres of hills, lochs and woodland on the estate and with the Gulf Stream warming the climate is mild.

You can explore some of the Scottish islands from here: the exotic Isle of Gigha lies two miles off-shore with regular ferry services - a visit to the beautiful Achamore Gardens is essential for garden lovers. Further up the Argyll coast the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries sail to and from the islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay and one can sail across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran from nearby Skipness.

For those fond of walking there are numerous routes - a popular option is to start in the small fishing town of Tarbet from the 13th century ruins of Tarbet Castle. You can then walk for 11 miles to Skipness, climbing through native woodland and conifer forest. Along with walking other outdoor activities include horse riding, golf and bird watching. There are four fishing lochs on Killean Estate and you can fish for trout free of charge if you are staying in one of the self-catering cottages - making this an ideal place for a fishing holiday in Scotland. The sandy beaches are spectacular - often deserted and ideal places for a picnic whilst you explore the hidden bays.

The world renowned Macrihanish Golf course is located just 17 miles from Killean Estate. Golfing fanatics come from far and wide to play on this world famous course. The opening hole at Macrihanish has been voted “the best opening hole in golf” by golf architects and players and listed in the top 100 golf courses outside the USA by the Golfer's Digest.

For those that want a relaxing break amongst some of the finest scenery that Scotland has to offer then these gorgeous holiday cottages couldn’t be more perfectly situated and this can best be appreciated at sunset. Prepare yourself a drink, sit out on the veranda and watch the sun drop down into the sea, whilst in the distance the mountains of Jura loom large over the island of Gigha and the water beyond.

  • Three cottages each comprising:
  • Sleeps - 4
  • Bedrooms 2 - (1 double,1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Oven and microwave
  • Open fire
  • TV/DVD
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Gardens front and back
  • Pets welcome in one cottage
  • Campbeltown 17 miles
  • Machrihanish Airport half hour drive
    from Killean Estate.
    Daily flights from Glasgow with BA
  • Macrihanish Golf Course - 17 miles
  • 3,500 acre estate to walk on
  • Free trout fishing
  • Beach very closeby
  • Great views
  • 10 min walk to friendly pub
  • Fabulous views and scenery

The Dolls’ Houses quaintly epitomize the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style and are listed Category A (of national architectural importance!). Standing back from the coastal road with attractive fenced gardens to the front, the wooden seat on their covered verandahs provide perhaps the best vantage point on the estate for sublime views of the sunsets beyond the isles.

All the cottages retain many original features, like the combed bedroom ceilings and steep, narrow stairs to the bedrooms and have similar layouts. The fireplaces in the sitting room have all been restored for cosy year round appeal.

Ground Floor: Sitting room + colour TV/DVD + open fire, kitchen/dining room, bathroom, back hall and garden door, stairs to: First Floor: Double bedroom, twin bedroom.

What's included:
Linen, heating and electricity.

Cottage directions:
Travelling by car from England take the M6 followed by the M74 into Glasgow. From Glasgow take the M8 that will take you round Glasgow and over the Erskine Bridge. At the end of the M8 you will come to the A82. Stay on this until you reach Tarbet where you will then fork left onto the A83. This road will take you around the top of the loch heads passing Loch Long, Loch Fyne and finally Loch Gilp. Stay on this road until you reach Killean. A mile after you have passed the small ferry port of Tayinloan you will see the Dolls’ Cottages on the left hand side of the road.

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The Dolls' Houses, Killean Estate, Tayinloan, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6XF, Scotland

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