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The cottage at Achlian is set above the shores of Loch Awe - a truly amazing location, with spectacular views overlooking the loch and mountains. It is surrounded by a working farm which has cattle and blackface sheep. Loch Awe is famous for the British record brown trout as well as its pike and perch fishing. Ben Cruachan overlooks the cottage; a munro to challenge your fitness and with breathtaking views to the Island of Mull from the summit. From the doorstep, forest and open hill walks abound as well as cycling through some of the best and unspoilt scenery in Europe. You are very likely to spot one of the ospreys nesting on Loch Awe, a golden eagle, a sea eagle and other magnificent wildlife, including red and roe deer on the lawn, highland cattle and copious bird life in and around the loch.
Glencoe, Inveraray Castle, Crarae Gardens (National Trust for Scotland), Dalhenna Riding Stables and Outdoor Adventure Centre, 3 golf courses, Sea and Marine Life Sanctuary, Hollow Mountain Power Station, Bonawe Furnace, Inveraray Jail, Kilmartin Museum and Standing Stones are but a taste of the many varied activities you can choose from within an hour's drive of the self-catering cottage. Loch Awe itself is an unspoilt and quiet loch: boats are available for hire and trips to the many historic islands in the loch make for enjoyable day trips with buckets, spades and barbeques. The romantic ruins of Kilchurn Castle are only a 5 minute drive and this is the most photographed castle in Scotland.
There are some great places to eat out in this part of Argyll so if you want a break from cooking on your self-catering holiday then the renowned pub The George in Inveraray is a must, as is the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar with its double storey tree house a short walk up the hill behind - a great place to take your coffee and sit and look down the loch. There are lots of other excellent restaurants, cafes and pubs in the area serving wonderful local produce. Try your hand at wool felting on the station platform in Dalmally and visit oe of the highland games and agricultural shows every weekend throughout the summer. Oban, the gateway to the islands, is within easy reach so you can take day trips by ferry to Mull, Iona, Coll, Tiree etc to explore these fascinating Western Isles.
The surrounding countryside is at times wild, remote and very rural - the perfect place to switch off from a hectic life. The cottage has a lovely garden and you can walk down to the loch (fresh water, no tide) for a swim in the morning, or walk up the hill behind the cottage for a picnic with a stunning view looking down the Pass of Brander towards the Isle of Mull.
- Sleeps 5
- Bedrooms - 2
(1 double with single, 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 1
with bath and shower over
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Electric cooker and hob
- Fridge freezer
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Electric heating
- TV, DVD, stereo
- Free WiFi
- Ping pong table
- Cot and high chair available
- Mature garden with stream
- Garden furniture - table and chairs
- Short breaks
- No pets
- Inveraray - 11 miles, Dalmally 5 miles
- Airports - Glasgow 65 miles,
Edinburgh 95 miles
- Station - Dalmally 5 miles
- Variety of excellent restaurants,
pubs 5, 7 and 11 miles
- Loch Fyne Oyster Bar - 18 miles
- Variety of excellent restaurants
- Golf courses - 5, 11 and 13 miles
- Fishing on the doorstep
- free from the owner's shoreline
- Riding - 14 miles
- Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail
- Swimming pool, leisure complex,
spa in Inveraray
- Boat trips and day trips to the Isles
Achlian is a working farm in the Highlands of Scotland overlooking Ben Cruachan and Loch Awe and was featured in the BBC series This Farming Life in 2016 and 2017 The cottage has been totally refurbished and the rooms are full of character, colour and light. Being an artist, the owner has added many little touches so expect quirky painted items of up-cycled furniture, blasts of colour, and handmade items in the rooms.
Recently refurbished, this spacious cottage has a superb country style equipped kitchen, with a traditional walk in larder cupboard, a 4 hob electric cooker with 2 ovens, fridge freezer and microwave. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in the milking shed by the back door (its quieter having it out of the house). The informal dining area and the sitting area look out to the garden and stream and there is unlimited WiFi, CD/tape machine, mobile phone reception and a flat screen TV with DVD. There are a selection of DVDs, childrens toys and puzzles, plus a good selection of books for all ages in the bookcase. There is also a second sitting room with comfortable chairs for relaxing in, perhaps with a good book and a dram after a day exploring. The property is full of interesting antique furniture and paintings.
The large main bedroom has a double and a single bed, and the lovely twin bedroom is also upstairs. A cot and high chair are available on request. There is one bathroom with a bath and shower over.
Outside is a large garden with many interesting plants and shrubs plus a garden table and chairs and a drying line. There is ample parking. There is a ping pong table available for your use and there are various swings in the trees and a zipwire.
The owner lives in the next door house and she's always happy to help or advise about how to spend your days in Argyll, both at known and lesser known places - she's lived here all her life so is very knowledgeable!
This is a wonderful place to stay in Argyll for a self-catering holiday!
Achlian Cottage can be reached either via Glasgow (A82), Loch Lomond, Inveraray where you turn right for Dalmally and proceed for a further 11 miles or via Stirling (A84), Callander, Dalmally, turning left 1 mile beyond Dalmally onto Inveraray road (A819) and proceed for further 3.1 miles.
Turn into the driveway where you see a collection of bins which are covered in bright flower stickers (you can't miss them!).
Bed linen and towels provided. Electricity included.
Unlimited wireless internet. Ample parking. Free fishing from the owner's shoreline on Loch Awe.
Cost and availability:
Changeover day is flexible but predominantly Saturday with check out by 10am and check in 3pm.
Short breaks are available excluding July and August - please ask if you require a different changeover day