Killean Estate is an exceptional Scottish farming estate, beautifully situated on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. Spread over 4,000 acres, the land encompasses over 1 mile of coastline and beaches and rises to 1,200 feet at its highest point, from where there are many vantage points enjoying panoramic views over the sea to the islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay. In fact on a clear day, the views extend as far as Northern Ireland!
The landscape is dramatically varied with farmland, forests, moorland and lochs. Killean Estate also has a number of interesting Iron Age sites, including Burial stones and chambers, cup and ring marked stones and the remains of a prehistoric fort. The ruins of a 12th Century church (one of the oldest in Scotland) is beside the Killean burn. The estate is also a working farm with sheep, Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle grazing on the land. This huge expanse certainly makes for fantastic, highly entertaining walks, right from the doorstep and an opportunity to explore without seeing another person all day!
For those with an interest in countryside sports, complementary trout fishing can be enjoyed on the estate's lochs or from the gorgeous sandy beach, where you might also spot a seal or otter, basking in the sun on the rocks. Excellent shooting can be arranged on the estate - from a day's clay pigeon, to grouse shooting or deer stalking.
Our location on the Kintyre Peninsula benefits from warming waters of the Gulf Stream, so it is usually far warmer here then the rest of Scotland, and even allows for tropical plants to grow within the gardens!
Killean House is the largest of the estate's 18 properties and is a splendid grade A listed property dating back to the early 1880's. It is a fine example of the Scots Baronial style of architecture, with crow step gables, crenellated parapet and tall French roofs and is uncharacteristically light inside, which is generated by a huge number of large astragalled windows and a glass cupola lighting the hall and galleried first landing. Exquisitely restored, whilst maintaining all of its original features, Killean House now exudes a grand and luxurious yet homely and welcoming atmosphere and is certain to impress you and your guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 10 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Killean Estate 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Campbeltown 22 km, Nearest railway: Tarbet & Arrochar 100 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (7), Single beds (6), Dining seats for 34, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Killean Estate is conveniently located just off the A83. Killean House is approached through a stone pillared gateway next to the Gate Lodge, over a drive which snakes through the woodland past a waterfall, terminating at a gravel sweep at the front door. Stone steps lead up to the fine wooden porch, large wooden storm doors then open onto an internal glazed and astragalled door, which in turn leads into the Inner Hall with its ornate marble fireplace and galleried landing.
The house itself consists of three wings, accommodating a variety of reception rooms on the ground floor, including two cosy TV rooms, formal drawing room, and stunning circular library which provides the perfect setting, with its real fire and comfortable sofas, to enjoy an after-dinner-drink. The large country kitchen provides ample facilities in order to accommodate large parties, with its fabulous oil-fired 4-oven aga cooking range and separate pantry and cooking area. The atmospheric formal dining room overlooks the lawn and views beyond, and has a beautiful table to seat 20 people. After climbing one of the three staircases, the first floor offers ten bedrooms, comprising seven double rooms and three twin rooms, served by five bathrooms (two bedrooms are en-suite and one has a dressing room). Stone steps lead to the upper floor, where you will find the sluice room with original porcelain fittings, a fantastic games room and access to the turret, roof terrace and the best views of the house.
Whether it's a shooting weekend, conference, short break or Film location, Killean House is the ideal venue to spend some quality time, here on the beautiful Kintyre coastline. Discreetly sheltered within the lush woodland gardens, with fabulous views over the lawn down towards the coastline of the Sound of Gigha and the islands beyond, this really is the ideal setting for a country retreat. You will be made to feel most welcome, yet able to spend the most private of stays. Rentals are on a self-catering basis, however, we can arrange for local chefs to pamper to your every culinary need should you desire.
|Further details outdoors|
Killean Estate encompasses 18 properties and you are free to roam the entire estate. Please ask for advice to accommodate larger parties.
The region of Argyll, Scotland offers some of the most stunning scenery you will see anywhere in the world. On your car journey to Killean Estate, you will leave the hussle and bussle of Glasgow and within a matter of minutes of travelling over the Clyde on the Erskine Bridge, you will enter a new, quieter pace of life. The A82-A83 route leads you past the tranquil waters of Loch Lomond, over the stunning Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass and around the scenic coastline of the Fyne and Gilp lochs. Eventually, you will head to the western coast, where the backdrop of the isles of Islay and Jura will draw your eyes, especially if the sun is setting down behind them.
There is plenty to do in the area and throughout the year, various events and festivals are held.... from the World stone skimming championships held in Oban every October, to the popular MOKrun charity run in Campbeltown every May. Highland Games and music festivals draw big crowds and the annual yachting regatta in Tarbert is truly spectacular. We have a full listing of events and what to do on our killean estate website, so please feel free to browse this at your leisure.
Welcome to the Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland's Only Mainland Island. Join us on the Kintyre Trail and find out what captivated and inspired Sir Paul McCartney to wrote one of the world's best selling hit songs, 'Mull of Kintyre'.
Kintyre is on the extreme west coast of Scotland, joined to the mainland by a narrow stretch of land (isthmus) at Tarbert. It has all the characteristics of island living without the inconvenience and expense of essential ferry crossings (although you can choose to use one of three ferry routes should you choose). Kintyre is accessible by both road and ferries.
The Kintyre Peninsula is about forty miles long and offers a variety of attractions, set in a beautiful coastal location. There are fantastic days out and on your journey to and around Kintyre you will discover stunning scenery, sandy beaches, dreamy sunsets, impressive history and archaeology, and of course the seafood which has made this part of Scotland famous. Additionally there are small extras that make Kintyre almost unique; the palm trees in Campbeltown shows the effect of the Gulf Stream, low rainfall (less than 40% of the rest of the west of Scotland), rare golden eagle nesting sites (the most expensive eagles in the world), the absence of traffic jams (our one traffic warden is the last example of an endangered species), two world class golf courses on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean featuring the 'best first hole in the world', and a great established Scottish walk that has to be attempted. Kintyre is a land which is the very cradle of Celtic Scotland, and much more bedsides.
There's plenty to see and do in the area. A boat trip to Gigha is highly recommended where we suggest you hire the bicycles from the beach-shack, tour the Achamore Gardens and take lunch at the boathouse overlooking the bay. A 25-minute drive north from Killean Estate will take you to Tarbert harbour, home to some of Scotlands finest restaurants, and if you continue another 15-minutes onto Skipness, you'll discover a castle, fabulous bay and our previous guest's top-rated destination for seafood. A short trip south from Killean will uncover horse-riding and an historic house at Glenbarr, a couple of superb surfing beaches at Westport and Machrihanish, the Mull of Kintyre and the harbour town of Campbeltown which has plenty to do - whiskey tours, museums, leisure swimming pool, pubs and the opportunity of boat trips such as whale watching. If golf is high on the agenda, there's plenty of choice - there are five course nearby including Owd Tom's famous Machrihanish Links! But why not take a quick tour around the Kintyre Trail and find out for yourself?