Set in a lovely tropical garden setting, The Garden House is the oldest building on the estate dating from the 1800's and offers two completely separate Argyll holiday homes.
The Garden House is a very secluded holiday property situated beyond the main house next to the walled garden. It was created from the only surviving wing of the original Killean House, most of which was destroyed by fire. In its original state, the upper floor housed the Billiard room and its highly decorated ceiling now forms part of one of two bright, spacious holiday apartments which have both been recently refurbished.
The property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and woodland with pheasants, squirrels and rabbits frequently darting around the undergrowth. The adjoining walled garden is laid to lawn with seating and a climbing frame, complete with swings and slides – ideal for children to play safely. It is a short walk down the winding estate driveway to the coastal road (200yds) and the beach is just down the farm track from there (another 10 minute walk).
A cosy 2-bed holiday apartment in a peaceful tropical garden setting. Cara sleeps 4 in total, within a double and twin room.
Cara is located on the ground floor of the Garden House. As there are no stairs to climb except for a small step leading into the lounge from the kitchen, it is suitable for guests with walking difficulties or those with toddler-aged children.
The accommodation comprises a nice bright hallway from which the bedrooms and washroom lead off, with the dining kitchen to the rear. The cosy lounge is tucked away at the end of the apartment and is accessed from the kitchen.
Cara has lovely views out over the tropical gardens and hours can be spent just sitting next to the window watching the pheasants pick their way through the undergrowth outside. Adults and children alike will love spending holiday time in the walled garden, sheltered from the sea breezes and surrounded by nature at its best.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||on the estate 50 m|
|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|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
Argyll is both accessible and remote. Stretching from the outer limits of Glasgow to Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point in the UK, it 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. There are various historic sites to visit and the glorious, well-known Achamore Gardens. These 50 acres of beautiful woodland gardens include exotic plants, a walled garden, greenhouses and Achamore House (also known as the Jewel in the Crown), and are open all year. Tel: 01583 505254. The village of Tayinloan is also home to a small shop, post office and local pub, serving good home-cooked food.
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!