Located on Scotlands west coast, with aMAZing sea views over the atlantic towards the islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay, Killean Estate will not fail to impress. The area remains one of Britain's unspoilt wonder-lands with dramatic coastline to rival any world tourist hotspots! You could spend a quiet contemplative week here, enjoying the tranquil nature of the countryside, or you can have a fun-filled break trekking the entire Kintyre peninsula in search of history, activities and tours. There really is something for everyone.
Primrose Cottage, with a fabulous sunny disposition provided by the bright yellows and greens of the décor, has amazing westerly 180 degree views over the coastline. Furnished in cottage-y pine, this lovely holiday home really does have its own personality and we are certain you will enjoy your stay here. The cottage is located within a small courtyard of nine other cottages and is set halfway up the hill within acres of farmland. Indeed, the Courtyard at Drumnamucklach is utterly surrounded by sheep grazing on all four sides, with just the farmtrack leading up to it from the road at the foot of the hill. Its very family friendly and there is a walled garden with a childrens climbing frame a short walk away. Not to mention the mile of beaches which includes an area called Seal Bay, regularly inhabited by our grey seal residents.
You are welcome to explore the 4000 acres of estate on your doorstep - take a walk up the hill and gasp at the views, fish from one of the three lochs, arrange some clay pigeon shooting with Donald the Gamekeeper, count the rabbits in the sandunes or go rockpooling on the beach! Alternatively, go exploring around Kintyre - go swimming/surfing at Westport Beach, or on a more inclement day head for the leisure centre pool in Campbeltown. Visit the Mull of Kintyre made famous by Paul McCartney, take a whale watching boat tour, explore Skipness Castle and then dine at the Seafood Shack. There's horse riding, golf and cycling readily available nearby. Ferry trips are on the doorstep to the islands - try Gigha - all our previous guests recommend it, Arran too is a must. If whiskey is your bag, take the Springbank Distillery tour in Campbeltown. There's lots more. But whatever you do, be sure to return to Killean before sun-down because at Primrose Cottage, we can guarantee you'll experience the best sunsets you've ever seen!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Killean Estate Beach 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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|
|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||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Ground Floor: Open-plan living/dining/kitchen, bathroom
First Floor: Bed 1 (double); bed 2 (twin)
|Further details outdoors|
Primrose Cottage has a sliding french door which leads out to a small patio area with a-frame type picnic bench. Beyond this, the Courtyard at Drumnamucklach is surrrounded by lawned gardens which are enclosed by a wire fence from the adjoining farmland.
There is parking to the rear of the Courtyard. Please note that the drive leading up the hill is quite steep in places.
The beach is located by walking down the drive, across the road and then across the field (cows grazing).
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, where you can learn all about the Stone Age Picts, early Irish Dalriata as well as Viking invasions, the Somerled uprising and much more besides. 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 along the lochside of Loch Lomond, pass over the mountain pass of the Rest and be Thankful, and then meander around the loch edges of Loch Long , Loch Gilp and Loch Fyne. The towns of Inverary, with its famous castle and jail are 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. Although, you can easily do a day-trip here too 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.
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!