Ardlarach Lodge, Isle of Luing, Argyll
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The Lodge, which was the former head shepherd's house, has had a total make-over. It is situated on a busy working farm but with no loss to the peaceful tranquillity that is offered on this most beautiful island. In short, it is a wonderful place to visit for all ages. The island only measures 6 miles long and 1.5 miles across, so there is no problem for you to get all around it in one day, be it on foot or bicycle.
Cullipool is the largest village on the island and it is a very picturesque setting with pretty white cottages. Isle of Luing has not changed very much over the centuries and when you step ashore here you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. The lush green pasture and the abundance of wildlife make this a dream vacation for nature lovers. From here you get a commanding view of the "Isles of the Sea", made up of the islands of Mull, Lunga, Scarba, Black Isles and Garvellachs. Colonsay and Jura can be seen in the distance.
Some of the best sailing in the world is in this area. For boat owners a mooring in the bay directly in front of the house is provided and the bay is safe for water skiing in. As the Isle of Luing is near to the Corryvreckin (second largest whirlpool in the Northern hemisphere) a good knowledge of boat handling is essential and up to date safety equipment a must.
There are many beaches on the island - the sand is mainly dark grey (it is known throughout the world for the former slate industry), but there are many white beaches close by, on the mainland or other islands. The nearest golf course is on Seil - it is 9 holes but quite tricky as there are a couple of old slate quarries on it, not to mention the tide rushing in and out! Isle of Luing has fabulous walks and being on an island they all eventually lead home! There is sea fishing all around the island and many boats for hire. Cycling is fun here as well, as there are some good rough roads as well as the main single track (always shutting gates behind you!). There is excellent bike hire on the island.
If you like to see various flora and fauna then you will think you are in heaven on Isle of Luing as it is home to otters, hares, dolphins and seals. The wild flowers in the spring and summer are sumptuous; banks of primroses going onto bluebells followed by wild iris and many more in-between. Local shellfish and seafood is always available to buy directly from the boats which land on Luing - delicious lobster, huge prawns and magnificent scallops all for the buying!
- Sleeps - 7+1
- Bedrooms - 4 (1 super king double, 1 twin, 1 king double, 1 single)
- Bathrooms - 3 (1 ensuite shower, 1 bathroom, 1 wet room)
- Washing machine
- 32 inch TV/DVD with family package Sky
- Blue tooth stereo
- Wood burning stove
- Underfloor heating
- Large garden
- Outdoor table for 8 and a BBQ
- Cot and high chair available
- STB Disabled No 1 access
- Sadly no pets as a working farm
- Short breaks in the low season
- 5 star Scottish Tourist Board rating
- Glasgow Airport - 2 and a 1/4 hours
- Nearest station - Oban
- 3 excellent restaurants on the next door Isle of Seil
- Golf - Balvicar Golf Course on Seil and 9 hole course in Oban
- Sea fishing
- Cycling, Bike hire
- Sailing - mooring available in front of the house
- Boat hire
- Skiing - Glen Coe is c1 hour 15 mins drive
- Bird watching
Ardlarach Lodge has 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a superking sized bed facing the window with glorious views beyond and an en-suite shower room. There is a twin room upstairs that has the family bathroom beside it, again with southern views.
Downstairs there is a king size double room and a single bedroom with a pull out bed, both face north up the expanse of the island, very rural and bucolic. Both rooms are wheelchair friendly and are carpeted. They share a wet room. The sitting room is open plan with the stairs and porch, and has a multi-burning stove. There are oak floors and tiles with underfloor heating throughout downstairs. The dining room has a large oak table that sits in front of one of the most panoramic window views ever to be found. The kitchen has all the mod cons. There is a large range cooker, gas on top with electric below, an American fridge freezer with cold water and ice machine, the usual dishwasher/microwave/washer machine/dryer. Everything is up to 5 star standard!
There is a "lean to" at the back door fitted with pegs for wet jackets and plenty of room for muddy wellies, also good for a wet-day smoke! The garden has a terrace all around the front so you can take in the stunning sea views. There is a large picnic table and a couple of stone benches. A BBQ is supplied with 2 bags of charcoal. The garage is available to store your bicycles and any other toys you may have brought with you, and where you will find a washing line for those dry windy days.
Isle of Luing's "Cuan Ferry" is just 16 miles south of Oban. Turn off the A816 eight miles south of Oban onto the B844, sign posted "Luing Ferry". After crossing the famous 'Bridge Over the Atlantic' onto the Isle of Seil, follow the signs for Cuan Ferry/Isle of Luing. Take the 3 minute ferry crossing over to Luing, the ferry runs every half hour starting at 7.30am to 6pm apart from Sunday when it is a foot passenger only - except in the summer when the car ferry goes to 10pm, 7 days a week. Then drive for 3 miles straight down the island to a churchyard, turn right, sign for Blackmill Bay and right again at the grid and you have arrived.
Heating: under floor heating throughout downstairs and central heating in the upstairs bedrooms is included.
The multi-burner comes with a basket of logs and shuttle of coal. Thereafter it's £10 a bag of logs.
Bed linen and towels and dressing gowns are provided.
There is a welcome pack of coffee, tea, sugar and milk as well as a bowl of fruit.
Cost and availability:
Ardlarach Lodge is rented out throughout the year. Depart 10am arrive 4pm (a 3.30pm ferry would be good).
Short breaks available in low season.
Discounts - 10% off for low occupancy ie a couple.
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Ardlarach Lodge, Blackmill Bay, Isle of Luing, By Oban, Argyll PA34 4TZ Scotland