Five star self-catering to rent near Crianlarich with free fishing

Offering five star holiday accommodation, 19th century Merlin Cottage was originally the pig byre for Portnellan Farm. Free fishing and use of kayaks, canoes and boats on estate lochs and rivers. The cottage is very centrally located for touring central Scotland.

self-catering Portnellan Merlin Cottage

Merlin Cottage, Portnellan Estate
Loch Dochart, Stirlingshire

Set within a courtyard the 'topsy turvy' accommodation with the bedrooms downstairs has extensive views across the lambing meadow to the River and Loch Dochart.

The area around Portnellan estate is steeped in history and full of dramatic scenery. Two miles west of Portnellan lies the village of Crianlarich. In the 1750s two military roads met in Crianlarich and in the 19th century it became a railway junction on what is now the West Highland Line. This spectacular train line was voted the most scenic railway in the world. Nowadays Crianlarich is the meeting point of the A82 and the A85 coming in from Glasgow in the south and Perth in the east respectively.

With Oban in the west and Fort William in the north, Crianlarich and in particular Portnellan are the perfect place to be based in order to explore the surrounding countryside and for taking day trips to Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

To the east of Portnellan lies the beautiful Loch Earn. In the summer the loch is a hive of activity with sailing, water sports and even the occasional sea plane. At the head of the loch is Lochearnhead and as you drive along the northern shore you can take in the stunning scenery, stopping at the various view points. Towards the end of the loch is the pretty village of St Fillans with its sailing school and water sports centre.Beyond St Fillans the A85 takes you on to Comrie, Crieff and then on to the city of Perth which stands on the mighty River Tay.

Merlin Cottage is located in the courtyard of Portnellan Estate and offers well appointed 5 star self catering accommodation sleeping up to five people. there is free salmon and trout fishing on estate lochs and rivers, bike hire and use of Canadian canoes and kayaks on site.

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  • Sleeps - 5
  • Bedrooms - 2
    (1 king, 1 double with extra single bed)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • 37in LCD TV, SKY, Blue Ray DVD
  • Free Wifi
  • Hotel grade mattresses
  • Egyptian cotton bedlinen
  • Double glazing
  • Open fire
  • Weber BBQ on request
  • Pets strictly by prior arrangement
map to locate property
  • Crianlarich 3kms
  • Airports – Glasgow International 80 kms
  • Edinburgh 100kms
  • Station – Crianlarich 3kms
  • Oban – 45 minutes
  • Geocaching on Ben More
  • Lochlomond 20 minutes
  • Glencoe 40 minutes
  • Stirling and Fort William 1 hour
  • Water sports
  • Pubs and restaurants – lots in the area
  • Golf courses – lots in the area
  • Walking and cycling from the doorstep
  • Bike hire from estate
  • Mountain biking (lots of trails)
  • Free salmon and trout fishing on estate
  • Free use of Canadian canoes, kayaks
    and rowing boats on river and loch
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open plan living room in rented chalet dining area


The accommodation in this semi-detached cottage is laid out on two floors. On the ground floor there are two bedrooms (one king-size and one family room with one double and one single beds) and a beautiful fully tiled bathroom. On the first floor the open plan living / dining area offers extensive views across the lambing meadow to the River and Loch Dochart and there is also a separate kitchen.

This well appointed holiday property has recently been refurbished and redecorated to include low energy LED lighting, new mega flow hot water system, new carpets and a beautiful fully tiled bathroom with deep bath and power shower above.

You access Merlin from Portnellan's private courtyard via a stone built porch area where the garden furniture is stored.

To the left and right are the bedrooms and straight ahead is the bathroom. There is one double room with a king-size bed and one family room with a standard double bed and a single bed. The shared bathroom has a bath and an overhead power shower.

Stairs lead to an upstairs landing. To the left is a fully fitted modern kitchen with all modern conveniences including washing machine, dishwasher, ceramic hob, oven, fridge/freezer and microwave.

To the right is a living / dining area with a large comfortable sofa and built in dining bench seating, LCD TV with SKY package and Blu Ray DVD. Wi-Fi is available free of charge as well as a weber gas BBQ.

With 3 foot thick stone walls, Merlin Cottage offers the experience of living in a truly Scottish cottage but with all the comforts of your own home. The property is fully double glazed with low energy electric heating throughout and a real flame fire in the living room with hearth and surround.


By Car: From Glasgow: Follow signs for A82. Continue over the Erskine Bridge towards Loch Lomond and follow signs to Crianlarich. Turn right at Tarbet. Continue to Crianlarich. Turn right at the roundabout towards the village of Crianlarich. At the hotel junction turn right onto the A85 towards Stirling. 3kms outside of the village you will find Portnellan on the right hand side.

From Edinburgh: Follow signs for M9 Stirling Exit at junction 10 for Crianlarich. Continue on A84/A85 towards Crianlarich. Portnellan is situated 1.5 miles before the village on the left hand side.

By Rail: Trains run along the West Highland line from Glasgow to Crianlarich each day. The Caledonian Sleeper (known to many as the Hogwarts Express!) operates overnight every day except Saturday night from London Euston direct to Crianlarich.

What's included:

Bed linen, towels, tea towels and bath mats are all provided.
Free fishing and use of kayaks, canoes and boats on estate lochs and rivers.

Cost and availability:

This beautiful accommodation is available for short breaks, weeks or longer.
Flexible changeover day
Check in from 3pm and checkout 10am. These times are flexible by prior arrangement.
Short breaks available.

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Merlin Cottage, Portnellan, Glen Dochart, Crianlarich, Stirlingshire, FK20 8QS

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Portnellan offers the perfect location to get away from it all. Gaze through the windows or step outside your front door to enjoy the dramatic scenery in Glen Dochart. A short walk across the lambing field or along the dismantled railway line takes you to the banks of the Loch.