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Excellent 5/5 16 reviews

Peaceful garden

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Gairnshiel Cottage offers delightful recently refurbished holiday accommodation. It is situated between West Calder and Carnwath in the heart of the Scottish countryside but still within 40 minutes drive of two stunning cities – Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The views from the cottage are breathtaking: it has a wonderful position on the organic farm of South Cobbinshaw overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch. The road leading to the cottage is a typical uneven farm track that crosses the loch via a causeway adding to the feeling of 'getting away from it all'. The 310 acre loch was built in 1818 to feed the Union Canal and was also used by passing steam trains to collect water. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) due to wintering wildfowl and is popular with anglers and birdwatchers.

For those who enjoy the outdoors but would like to take it a bit easier, fishing on the loch can be organised for you. Nearby Harburn Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole parkland course and there are walks of all levels starting literally on your doorstep, taking in stunning scenery and fascinating history. If shopping and attractions are your thing - the designer shops of Livingston are 15 minutes away and unique little shops and galleries are found in Biggar and Peebles.

Not far away is New Lanark World Heritage Village. Surrounded by beautiful native woodland and close to the Falls of Clyde, the 200 year old cotton mill village is Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution. Take a stroll along the riverside on one of the woodland walks and experience the outstanding beauty the Falls of Clyde - where the River Clyde cascades 85ft.

For those who like to travel a bit further afield the scenic splendours of the Borders, Perthshire, Fife, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are all within easy reach and make for great day trips.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 25 km, Nearest railway: West Calder 8 km
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 Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The cottage has been furnished to a high standard and has an enclosed garden with a decked seating area with views over open fields towards the Pentland Hills. The galleried entrance hall and Shaker-style kitchen have flagstone floors and the kitchen has access to the back garden. The kitchen itself is equipped with everything you need for your stay including fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fan oven and hob.

The sitting room has a solid wood floor and includes a wood burning stove, colour TV, free view, DVD and video. The separate dining room, also with a solid wood floor, has a table to seat 6+.

Upstairs there are 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms one with a king-size bed and the other with twin beds. The bathroom has a white bathroom suite with a Victorian-style shower attachment.

Further details outdoors

The private enclosed rear garden is accessed through a stable style door from the kitchen directly onto a decked area. There is a small lawned area and the garden borders fields with views of the Pentland Hills. Parking available for 2 cars next to the cottage. BBQ available on request.

Further details

Available all year: changeover day is normally a Saturday, but the owners can be flexible. Departing guests are asked to be out before 10am and new guests to arrive after 4pm.

Short breaks are available off peak. Short breaks are available with a minimum stay of 3 nights; weekend breaks from Friday to Monday.

The Lothians region

Set within the peaceful tranquillity of an organic farm overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch, this gorgeous 2 bedroomed cottage is the perfect retreat for a relaxing Scottish holiday while being only 22 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, 30 from the hustle of Glasgow and 7 miles from the designer shops of Livingston. A perfect base for exploring many areas of scenic Scotland. Travel north, south, east or west and you won't be disappointed....

EDINBURGH Our capital city and a definitely a must for a day trip or two. Take a walk along the Royal Mile, the original main street of Edinburgh, which links the Castle, perched high on its volcanic rock, and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, check out the Museum of Childhood and St Giles Cathedral. Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, is an easy climb with magnificent views over Edinburgh, Fife and the open sea.

GLASGOW Travel West to Glasgow's towering spires, elegant crescents, magnificent civic architecture and restful open spaces. Experience the distinctive neo- classical style of Alexander "Greek" Thomson and the unique art nouveau creations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Visit Pollock House and the Burrell Collection set in the 361acre Pollock Country Park. If a bit of shopping takes you fancy Princes Square is set in a renovated Square dating from 1841.

PERTHSHIRE Cross the Forth Road Bridge and up the motorway Pitlochry colourful and vibrant Victorian town surrounded by the most brilliant mountain scenery. Its fame as a holiday resort dates from the 1860's. One of the town's best-loved attractions is the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder.

Visit the outstandingly beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie, three miles north of Pitlochry and the Queens View, one of the most famous views in Scotland.

THE SCOTTISH BORDERS From rolling hills to moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains, to rocky coastline with secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. Friendly towns and charming villages, visit the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums. Traquair House, Innerleithen is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, with its tales of Scottish kings and catholic priests who have stayed there. Wander round Peebles, on the banks of the River Tweed, and enjoy its nice shops and wonderful atmosphere.


LIVINGSTON DESIGNER OUTLET You will find your personal shopping paradise at Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland's largest designer outlet. There are over 100 famous brands under one roof — all with up to 60% off. Our 'Cathedral Mall' is the brainchild of architect Don Hisaka, with its opulent glass roof inspired by London's Crystal Palace.

THE UNION CANAL Work on the canal was started in March 1818 and continued night and day until it opened in May 1822 at a cost of £290,000. It is 31.5 miles long and linked to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk. It closed to commercial traffic in 1933. The Millennium Link project has restored the canals from the Forth to the Clyde. The unique Falkirk Wheel has now replaced the previous connecting locks. Cruise the calm and peaceful Union Canal in comfort on a canal boat trip from the Linlithgow Canal Centre where there is a small museum, a tea room and a picnic area. The Edinburgh Canal Centre at Ratho, nr Livingston offers year round cruises, sightseeing trips and and dinners on canal boats.

PENTLAND HILLS Their mountain shapes, their sudden profile at the end of many an Edinburgh street, the tangible imprint in history, their neighbourly wilderness - all these endear the Pentland Hills to countless thousands. They offer a huge range of walking from gentle strolling to more strenuous routes.

THE NEW LANARK WORLD HERITAGE VILLAGE Surrounded by beautiful native woodland and close to the Falls of Clyde, the 200 year old cotton mill village of New Lanark is Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution. In the new ride at the Visitor Centre, the 'New Millennium Experience' has amazing special effects and dazzling illusions which bring the past - and the future - to life. Take a stroll along the riverside on one of the woodland walks and experience the outstanding beauty the Falls of Clyde - where the River Clyde cascades 85ft.

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30 May 2014


"Stunning and more"

There is something quite wonderful about this place. As you turn down the single track road towards the cotttage, you drive through a pine wood, down to the Loch then across it and up to the cottage. … More

19 Feb 2014


"An ideal retreat from a busy world."

I booked Gairnshiel Cottage as a wee trip away for my other half and myself after Christmas. It was absolutely perfect. The weather was foul, but we were curled up in the cottage nice and warm. The quiet was wonderful, too, of the kind you can't get in town.

The kitchen is also the most well stocked I've ever seen, as mentioned in previous reviews. Fabulous.

The only downside is that the wifi is slow- which was perfect for us, but if anyone needed lots of fast access it's possibly something to think about.
Really, honestly wonderful. We'd go again in a heartbeat.


15 Jan 2014


"Beautiful & Peaceful weekend get-away location"

Fantastic cottage, easy to find, stunning location, perfectly equipped (every kitchen utensil you can think of + more!) - We booked for a weekend away after the busy Christmas period, and couldn'… More

29 Dec 2013


"A Lovely Little Gem.."

We decided to book a christmas family holiday online and come across this little gem. We stayed 21/12 - 28/12The cottage was really warm and cosy from the moment we walked through the door and the bea… More

Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm so happy that you had a great time despite the terrible weather! Look forward to seeing you all in the summer. All the best for 2014. Lynda

5 Jun 2013


"Great location for our wedding anniversary"

We saw this cottage on holiday lettings and loved the pictures, but when we got here the views were magnificent.
It's a great base to explore Edinburgh and the local areas.
The cottage was lovely and clean with all the mod-cons.
We had daily visits from the farms ginger Tom, I can say that he likes boiled eggs.
All in all we enjoyed our stay and can fully recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

3 Feb 2013


"Nicest cottage we've ever stayed in!"

We stayed the last week of Jan 2013, the cottage was really warm and cosy, from the minute we walked in the door, it felt so homely you could live there, the cottage was spotless and well presented, David and Lynda are wonderful people, very welcoming and friendly.

We had snow, hail, rain and gale force winds but we were never cold the log burner was brilliant along with the oil fired heating.
Having use of the broadband meant we could keep in touch with my family from the ipad
The kitchen was equipped with all the utensils and nick naks that you would ever need and the welcome pack of organic fruit, eggs, milk and a bottle of wine was awesome.
The cottage is located in a stunning part of Scotland with views out over the loch and the hills.

Only thing I will point out is that part of the approach track through the farm is a bit bumpy, as it is an unmade road, but the owners are in discussion to get this rectified soon.

We really enjoyed our stay, in fact so much we booked to return in September.

thank you David and Lynda for a wonderful holiday.

8 Jan 2013


"Cosy and comfortable!"

An excellent self-catering property, extremely well-appointed. We came for a New Year break and settled in very easily. Although the cottage is in a beautiful, quiet location, with fabulous views ove… More

4 Oct 2012


"Well-appointed cottage in stunning location."

A very comfortable and well-appointed cottage in stunning surroundings. Peaceful, with wonderful views and starlit night skies.Driving over our 'own' causeway to reach the cottage was a special experience even if the route was very bumpy! The eggs (with date of laying pencilled on) and fruit provided on arrival were much enjoyed. There was a wide variety of places to visit in the area and Glasgow and Edinburgh were within easy reach by car or train - we found the trains from Bathgate (four an hour) and the underground system in Glasgow to be very efficient. We wanted a place in the 'back of beyond', but within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and that's exactly what this cottage provides. Highly recommended.

18 Sep 2012



Perfect cottage, perfect location, everything you could wish for a restful holiday, yet not far from Edinburgh, Glasgow and lots of lovely places to discover in Scotland. Perhaps the only downside is … More

16 Sep 2012


"A True Home from Home-ideal spot to de-stress"

Countryside location the cottage is a true home from home. Ideally located in the countryside between the Cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh being just a short drive away. The cottage is light and airy with all the mod cons and if you want it a fresh supply organic veg and eggs are just out the front door the owners are organic farmers . Countryside track to the cottage was an "interesting" but not challenging has a few of the expected potholes that made our choice of low slung sports a bit of bumpy Advice you take "his" car not "hers" unless he's having a 'mid life' then visa versa.

Glad you enjoyed your stay. The road has now been fixed(not the first 30m section which is owned by our neighbours)and now has a slope to allow the water to drain off so hopefully will last. Re the shower completely understand and am hoping to resolve this in the future by adding a shower room downstairs. Thanks for the positive review.

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