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Curlew Cottage with Ben More in background

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Curlew Cottage is a delightful, 19th century cottage that in days passed was the Pig byre to Portnellan Farm. Nowadays, Curlew is fully upgraded to a Visitscotland 4 star holiday cottage.

Located in Portnellan's private courtyard with views across the lambing meadow to the Loch and River Dochart, this topsy turvy (living quarters upstairs, sleeping quarters downstairs) this semi detached cottage has had a recent interior refurbishment to include redecorated walls, doors and ceilings, low energy LED lighting, new mega flow hot water system and new carpets.

You enter Curlew from Portnellan's private courtyard into a stone built porch area where your garden furniture is stored. To the left and right are the bedrooms and bathroom. One double and one twin. One bathroom with a bath and an overhead shower. Stairs lead to an upstairs landing. To the left is a fully fitted modern hand built Cherry wood kitchen with all modern conveniences including washer/dryer, dishwasher, NEFF ceramic, fridge, hob, oven and combination microwave.

To the right is a living and dining area with suite, writing chest, TV with SKY package and DVD. Upstairs with views across the lambing field across to the river and Loch Dochart where you can explore the island with its very own castle ruin. The property is fully double glazed with low energy electric heating throughout.

You can really experience living in this truely Scottish cottage, complete with 3 feet thick stone walls and all the comforts and conveniences of your own home.

Gaze through the window or step outside your front door and you you will met by the dramatic and atmospheric mountains within Glen Dochart. A short walk across the lambing field or along the dismantled railway line takes you to the glistening waters of loch and river Dochart.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow Airport, Nearest railway: Crianlarich
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Boat available
General TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region

Portnellan is located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, amidst the magical part of the Central Highlands people think of as 'real' Scotland. The picture books, the vivid memory of ex-pats, the immediate response of the first-time visitor... it is all here, all year round.


Portnellan is centrally located to reach many Scottish towns and cities with a good road network to travel on. There are many activities to see and do as well as great shopping at every level. However, in the immediate location of Portnellan there are a number of shops and mobile facilities to help with providing day to day groceries. I have listed a few below. Please note that Crianlarich Village Store, MacGregors and Gourlay Butchers work in partnership with Portnellan to provide order forms. This way you can order all your provisions in advance, delivered free of charge to your lodge or cottage on the day of your arrival. These order forms will be sent to you as part of your confirmation when booking.

Crianlarich Village Store

The village of Crianlarich which is less than 2 miles from Portnellan hosts a well stocked village store family owned by Isla and Bryan Craig. Here you will find all necessities of a well stocked village shop. They are open 7 days a week from 8am until 6pm (open times are reduced throughout the Winter)

Killin Co Op

Located in Killin offering a wide selection of mini supermarket produce

Gourlay Butchers

Mr Gourlay has a mobile fish van that visits Portnellan on a Wednesday afternoon. A wide section of fish is readily available to buy.

Andy Fish

Andy visits Portnellan with his mobile fish van every Thursday morning

Petrol Stations

The 2 nearest petrol stations are Lix Toll to the East and the Green Welly Stop to the West. Both are approximately 10mins drive.

Local Restaurants and pubs

Crianlarich Hotel

The Green Welly Stop

The Real Food Cafe

The Bridge of Lochay

The Smiddy

The Bridge of Orchy

The Killin Hotel

The Old Flax Mill


Ben More is literally in the back garden of Portnellan and it is here where the first Geocache box was located. There are now 3 in total on Ben More itself and many more in the immediate area to be found.

Flora and Fauna.

There is an abundance that is ever changing day by day, week by week, season by season. Most of which can be seen around your lodge or cottage. Deer, Pinemarten, many birds and wild birds of prey can all be seen regularly.

Bird spotting.

From Goldfinch to Golden Eagle. Bullfinch to Buzzard, Kingfisher to Kestrel. You will not be disappointed with the show of birds on the Portnellan estate. There are bird feeders on the estate to encourage our friendly winged visitors.


Sailing, kayaking, river rafting, jet skiing/biking, water skiing, speed boat tours can all be arranged at our local watersports centre. Portnellan would be more than happy to help with reservations.

Gorge walking and canyoning.

Can all be arranged at our local outdoor adventure centre. Portnellan would be more than happy to help with reservations.


Portnellan has its own castle ruin on a small island on Loch Dochart. This can be explored and reached by a Canadian canoe. Other castles in the area include Inverary Castle, Blair Castle, Kilchurn Castle and Stirling Castle. Even Edinburgh Castle

Historical Interest.

Scotland has so much historical interest as I am sure you will be aware. In the immediate area there is the Clan MacNab burial ground, the Crannog, Moirlannich Long House, the history of St Fillan, the Holy Loch. The Breadalbane legacy


Something we do quite well in Scotland. Local distillieries include the Famous Grouse (previously known as Glen Turret. The oldest distillery in Scotland), Dewar's of Aberfeldy, Bell's, Edradour (the smallest distillery in Scotland). Ben Ne

Marine wildlife spotting.

There are many marine wildlife boat trips that are based in and around Oban which is less than 1 hours drive. These include Seafari, Coastal Connection, Wildlife Cruises, Craignish Cruises, Wild Boat Trips.


Be it 18 hole championship or testing wee 9 hole Highland golf courses there are an abundance within the area.

Arts and Crafts.

Be it galleries, artists studios, local pottery, cafe book shops, seasonal fetes and markets there are many to be found in the local area.

Highland Games.

Please view the website for a full listing of the Highland Games in our area. Killin, Aberfeldy, Oban, Taynuilt, Calander, Kenmore to name but a few

Traditional music and festivals.

From T in the Park to evening musical sessions in the local hotel and pubs. The local area is vibrant with local musicians and festivals.

Open water swimming.

I am a keen open water swimmer and always willing to spot on the boat whilst you swim Loch Luibhair on the Portnellan estate.

Running and hill running.

With being a keen triathlete there are plenty of running routes and hill runs in the immediate area. I have maps and guidance advice in recption.

Triathlon and Endurance events.

The Killin 10K, the Highland Fling run, West Highland Way marathon, 10 under the Ben, Glencoe marathon. The Craggy Triathlon, the Kindrochet Quadrathlon, the Rob Roy Challenge and the Caledonian Challenge to name but a few.

Clay pigeon shooting

Can be arranged at our local clay pigeon shooting centre, Chesthill. Portnellan would be more than happy to help with reservations.

Horse Riding.

Available at mains of Taymouth and Crieff Hydro Hotel both of which are within 35 minutes drive from Portnellan and offer riding for all standards

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22 Apr 2014


"A beautiful base to explore and see some of the most amazing scenery."

My family and I (husband, 15 and 12 year old) spent 3 nights at Curlew cottage and wish we could have stayed more. The cottage itself is furnished to a high standard, comfortable, clean and has everything you need. The views are stunning overlooking Ben More and we were very lucky to have great weather. The cottage is maintained by the welcoming staff of 'Portnellan' which is across the road. Here you are able to use their equipment such as bikes, oars, wetsuits for any activities and also their local knowledge is useful for any walks, cycle routes or places to visit. Wi-fi is available at an extra cost which we found useful for our 2 at the end of a day.
Our trip consisted of walking sections of the West Highland Way, a trip to killin to see the beautiful 'Falls of Dochart' and a great fish and chips in the Good Food restaurant! We will definately be back to 'bag' Ben More.

Thank you so much for the great review.

It is hugely appreciated as, new owners of Curlew Cottage, it proves we are doing something right.

I do hope you return.

27 Jan 2014


"Stunning views and a cosy cottage - what more can you want from a break?!"

We stayed at Curlew Cottage in Portnellan as a last minute decision to celebrate Hogmanay.

Best decision ever. Fireworks were ace and the 'Loony Dook' on New Years Day was so much fun!!

The cottage itself was exactly what we needed for a getaway and the welcome by Cameron
and his family was second to none.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay in the 'real scotland' then come here.

We're coming back in summer!!

Many Thanks for your great review.
Its much appreciated. It is a cosy cottage and New Year is always great fun.
Look forward to welcoming you back in the summer for boating and fishing maybe.
Alan H

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