The rich purpley-blue of the blaeberry is the theme for this superb cottage, set on the north-west corner of a courtyard of ten newly-built cottages, it has panoramic views across the coast towards the islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura. Furnished with dark oak antique pieces, it has a rich, traditional cottage-y feel, yet is also light and airey due to the large windows. Opened in the summer of 2009, Blaeberry Cottage is a firm favourite with those who stay here.
The Courtyard at Drumnamucklach (pronounced Dram-na-mook-lak) is set on the hill of the Killean Estate - a 5000 acre working farm which you are free to explore. The location is fantastic, half-way between Tarbert and Campbeltown on the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula, the estate encompasses over a mile of beaches which includes 'seal bay' - a rocky outcrop on which you will probably spot our resident grey friends! You might even be lucky enough to spot the otters. There are sand-dunes, fields, heather clad hills, farmtracks, woodland, lochs and ancient monuments to explore all over the estate. Kids and grown-ups alike will love the scenery and wildlife, and as for the peace and quiet .....! If a getting away from the rat-race break is what you're after, with plenty of fresh sea air and a bit of local sight-seeing thrown in then, this is the place for you.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Killean Estate Beach 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Campbeltown 25 km, Nearest railway: Tarbet & Arrochar 100 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Ground Floor: Hall, bathroom, open-plan living/dining/kitchen, bed 1 (double)
First Floor: Bed 2 (large twin divans), Bed 3 (single), shower-room
|Further details outdoors|
Shared gardens, mainly laid to lawn and surrounded by farmland. The shingle drive winds its way up from the road and is quite steep in places. Patio area with A-frame type picnic table for each cottage. Childrens play area is located down the hill in the walled garden (approx 10 min walk)
Argyll stretches from the outer limits of Glasgow to the most westerly point in the UK and is a region of stunning natural beauty. With an island-dotted coastline and picturesque towns, this whole area is the birthplace of Celtic Scotland and there are monuments and castles aplenty to explore during your stay. Renowned for its beauty as well as its native wildlife, it's the holiday destination of choice for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors.
During your drive to Killean Estate, you will pass Loch Lomond, climb the mountain pass of the Rest and be Thankful, and then meander around the loch edges of Lochs Long, Gilp and Fyne. The town of Inverary, with its famous castle and jail is well worthy of a quick stop-off, as is the fantastic oyster restaurant at Loch Fyne before you head into the Kintyre Peninsula.
Alternatively, if you are travelling via the Isle of Arran, this too is well worthy of further inspection as it is a land of contrasts, from lush green pasture to rocky interior mountains. We highly recommend you do a day-trip here,mid-way through your stay with us.
In fact, there are three other islands close by if you fancy a bit of island hopping….
Isle of Gigha - Sometimes known as 'God's Island', Gigha is reached from Killean's nearest village - the ferry port of Tayinloan, where you can take a short ferry journey to the Island. Well worthy of a day trip, Gigha boasts beautiful bays, sandy beaches, clear green seas, amazing views, lochs and hillsides and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. There are various historic sites to visit and the glorious, well-known Achamore Gardens.
Isles of Islay and Jura – Totally stunning and famous for the whisky distilleries and red deer, these islands are suitable for an overnight stay as a day trip is not really long enough.
The Kintyre Peninsula is about 40 miles long and is almost an island, where it not for the thin strip of land attached to the mainland to the north. The coastal road runs right around the peninsula, taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. The two main towns in Kintyre are the harbours of Tarbert and Campbeltown (Killean Estate is located midway between both).
Tarbert is a pretty fishing village at the mouth of Lochfyne, regarded by many as Scotland's greatest natural harbour. In days gone by, the Lochfyne fishing fleet anchored here but these days, the fishing boats are far outnumbered by yachts – indeed, the town hosts the second largest yachting regatta in the UK. The ferry to Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula leaves from a slipway east of the village. The village is extremely beautiful and tranquil, surrounded by rocky cliffs fringed by young firs. Overlooking the harbour are the ruins of a castle built by Robert I of Scotland in 1326. Famous for its seafood, Tarbert hosts a seafood festival every year and is home to some of the best restaurants in Scotland. There are also some boutique-type shops, a small supermarket and several hotels, bars and places to eat.
Once known as the Whisky Capital of the World thanks to its 34 distilleries, the historic Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is a larger town with a decent selection of shops, two supermarkets, facilities and thanks to its wartime past, an airport! Visitor attractions include the heritage centre, leisure centre with swimming pool, tourist information centre, the famous art nouveau Wee Picture House (Scotland's oldest cinema), Linda McCartney's Memorial Garden, the Scottish Owl Centre and the Campbeltown Cross. There's also the museum, library, a whisky distillery tour is offered by Springbank and boat trips to Davaar Island operate from the port to enable viewings there of the cave painting of the Crucifixion. Again, plenty of places to eat and drink.
Glenbarr Abbey is a large historic 18th Century house which is open to the public for guided tours by the laird, from Easter to mid October (closed Tuesdays). It is also home to the MacAlistair Clan Visitors Centre, offering a glimpse of family living in a beautiful 18th century house, with 19th century fashions, family jewelry, a unique thimble collection, wonderful patchworks and gloves worn by Mary Queen of Scots. Saddell is home to the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey and the 16th Century Saddell Castle, which appeared in Paul Mccartney's "Mull of Kintyre" music video. Skipness Castle is the largest surviving castle in Kintyre, dating from the early 13th Century. Unusually, the castle was built in a flat area of grazing land, inland from the shore, however, the strategic nature of the site relates to the sea routes it commands, at the entrance to Lochfyne and the Clyde to the east, and the Kilbrannan Sound and Arran to the south. The castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland.
Other 'Must-see' tourist hot-spots
Ronachan Point 'place of the seals' - an excellent stopping place, providing observation of the basking seals and in winter, large numbers of migrating geese.
Mull of Kintyre. Stand at the top of the cliffs, looking across the Atlantic to Ireland, barely 11 miles away and you can well understand why Sir Paul McCartney was so captivated. Brimming with an abundance of sea-life, such as seals, whales and seabirds, the area offers boat trips to Sanda Island and its bird observatory. Carradale, a pretty village with a harbour, golf course, tea-room and shop and heritage centre offering exhibitions. With fantastic views over to the Isle of Arran, this is a lovely place to stop for afternoon tea.
WAVERLEY is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass and mighty engines providing a whiff of nostalgia. During July and August, there are weekly sailings from Tarbert Harbour of Loch Fyne and Arran (duration 2-hours). There are also a couple of excursions from Campbeltown.
Tayinloan (1 mile north) Big Jessie's tearoom, set on the dockside of the ferry-port.
Glennbarr (5 mins drive south), the Abbey and Garden Centre both have tearooms
Bellochantuy (8 miles south - 10 mins by car), two fantastic hotel-type restaurants called the Argyll Hotel and the Putechan, both with stunning sea views
Machrihanish (21 miles south – 35 mins by car) has the Old Clubhouse (quality pub grub) and the Kintyre Club Restaurant,Ugadale Hotel (fine dining), both part of the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Village
Campbeltown (18 miles south – 20-25 mins by car) has a wide selection including the Royal Hotel's Harbourview Grille Restaurant & Black Sheep Pub, Fresh Bytes (deli), The Taj Mahal (Indian), Bluebell Café, Golden Ocean (Chinese take-away), Mattaus (fish & chips), a couple of tearooms, Mussell Ebb bistro within leisure centre, Ardshiel Hotel's Garden Restaurant and Whisky Bar & Lounge as well as others in the town centre, including pubs.
Tarbert (18 miles north – 25-30 mins by car) has several hotel-restaurants, a fish and chip shop, a bistro and a tearoom
Skipness is renowned for the Seafood Cabin, open daily throughout the summer it's an absolute must! (22 miles north - 35 mins by car). The Kilberry Inn (33 miles north, 45 mins by car) is also highly recommended as it's been voted one of the best restaurants in Scotland
Local festivals and events
Throughout the summer: Springbank Whisky School – 7 x weekly courses
April: WalkIslay walking week
May: Oban Festival, Kintyre Way relay run, Gourock Highland Games, Loch Fyne Food Fair, Tarbert's yachting regatta, Loch Lomond Highland Games, Islay Festival, Kintyre Song Writers Festival
June: Mull of Kintyre half marathon
July: Tarbert Seafood Festival, Tarbert traditional boat festival, Inverary Highland Games, Taynuilt Highland Games, Tarbert Fair, West Highland Yachting week, Campbeltown Highland Games,
August: Kintyre agricultural show, Isle of Arran Highland Games, Mull of Kintyre music festival, Tarbert film festival, Oban Highland Gathering,
September: Inverary 'Best of the West' festival, Tarbert music festival, world stone skimming championships (Oban)
October: Mull of Kintyre bike challenge
December: Campbeltown & Tarbert both have a Xmas light switch on party
The fishing opportunities on the estate are fantastic, with two huge lochs and a secluded pond offering good numbers of brown trout. Fishing from the beach can also be enjoyed from the boat jetty. Guests at Killean Estate are free to fish with our complements. Sea fishing is also available from the big jetty at the ferry terminal at Tayinloan. There are several fishing locations on the lochs and rivers surrounding Campeltown and good sea fishing opportunities are available around Kintyre, you can even charter your own bespoke boat trip with the Mull of Kintyre Seatours. More info on our website.
Kintyre is home to 6 golf courses, providing a variety of challenges suitable for the novice to the professional. Many of these are fantastically challenging links courses and include the famous Machrihanish Golf Club featuring the best opening hole in golf and listed in the top 100 in the world excluding the USA (as voted by Golfers Digest) You also have the choice of the Dunes Golf Course, Dunaverty, Carradale, Tarbert and Gigha clubs to test your skills!
We offer various game shooting and deer stalking on the estate with our resident gamekeeper. Yu can also arrange clay pigeon shooting if you are not familiar with the sport. Lots of info on our website.
There are three riding centres located withing easy reach of killean, the nearest being just 10 minutes south in the village of Glennbarr. Argyll Adventure (nr Inverary) also offer various other activities such as paint-balling, crossbow, rock climbing, laser storm and bungee-trampoline.
Operating from Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre Seatours offer various boat tours around the area, including wildlife-watching.
Water-sports and Surfing
Westport and Machrihanish Beaches are listed in Scotland top 10 surfing hot-spots. They are fantastic sweeping sandy bays with crashing waves when the winds are up…..perfect for the water-sport fan. In milder conditions, families with youngsters will love them too!