About the home
Killean Estate is an exceptional Scottish country estate, beautifully situated on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. Spread over approx 4,000 acres, the land encompasses over 1 mile of coastline and beaches and rises gradually to about 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, all the way to Northern Ireland!
The landscape is dramatically varied with farmland, tree-clad lower slopes, woodland policies, and the heather clad Killean Hill where there are rocky outcrops and tranquil hill 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 the original 12th Century church of Killean and Killkenzie, one of the oldest in Scotland is beside the Killean burn. 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 also be arranged on the estate - from a day's clay pigeon, to grouse shooting or deer stalking. The estate also runs a successful farming enterprise with sheep, Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle grazing on the land.
Whilst the estate is situated within the highlands of Scotland, the Kintyre Peninsula benefits from the Gulf Stream, a warm flow which stretches across the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean, bringing with it a temperate climate, 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, 500m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|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 / 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:||Single beds (6), Double beds (7), Dining seating for 34, Lounge seating for 20|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake / river, Climbing frame, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
Killean House is approached through a stone pillared gateway, 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 a fine wooden porch built by famous shipbuilders, Denny of Dumbarton. 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 capable of seating 20. After climbing one of the three staircases, you will discover the first floor, where there are ten bedrooms, comprising seven double rooms and three twin rooms, served by five bathrooms (two with en-suite and dressing room). Stone steps lead to the upper floor, where you will find the sluice room with original porcelain fittings, a fantastic games room, with access to the turret, roof terrace and the best views of the house (Northern Ireland being seen on a clear day).
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, but 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 emcompases 18 properties and you are free to roam the entire estate. Please ask for advice to accommodate larger parties.
The Central Scotland / Strathclyde / Argyll and Bute region
Welcome to the Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland's Only Mainland Island! Join us on the Kintyre Trail, journey from Tarbert through Campbeltown on the way to the Mull Of Kintyre 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 isthmus at Tarbert and has all the characteristics of island living without the inconvenience and expense of essential ferry crossings, although Kintyre is accessible by both road and ferries from Arran and further north at Tarbert.
The Kintyre Peninsula is about forty miles long and contains fantastic family days out, plenty of things to do and see and Scottish attractions making Kintyre an attractive family holiday destination. On your journey to and around Kintyre you will find the stunning hills & lochs, sandy beaches and stunning sunsets, history and archaeology, and of course seafood which have 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's 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 of 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 a 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 your bag, 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?
The Kintyre / Tayinloan area
FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2012
Year-round - Campbeltown Museum (Library building Campbeltown) 01586 552366
May – September Concerts at Crear (Kilberry) 01880 770369 www.crear.co.uk
Jan 27th (Fri) Taste of Loch Fyne (Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL) all day £95pp
Feb 24th (Fri) Taste of Loch Fyne (Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL) all day £95pp
Mar 28th (Wed) Taste of Loch Fyne (Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL) all day £95pp
Apr 7th – 8th (Easter) Geocaching mega event (Carradale)
9th TBC Easter Bunny Hunt (Carradale Forestry Commission)
14th – 20th WalkIslay (Islay & Jura) walking week
27th – 29th Mull Music Festival (Isle of Mull) www.mishnish.co.uk
May 3rd – 6th Highlands & Islands Music/dance Festival (Oban) www.obanfestival.co.uk
4th – 6th Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
(TBC) Wildlife week (Isle of Mull) www.wildisles.co.uk
13th (Sun) Gourock Highland Games (Gourock) 12pm-6pm)
19th – 20th Loch Fyne Food Fair – Inverary Castle (11am-6pm)
May 25th – 3rd June Islay Festival of Music & Malt www.islayinfo.com
June 1st – 4th Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series Yacht Race – Tarbert’s annual regatta
1st – 3rd Kintyre Song Writers Festival – various locations, Campbeltown
2nd (Sat) Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games (Loch Lomond)
2nd – 3rd Fyne Fest (Fyne Ales Brewery, Cairndow PA29 8BJ) www.fyneales.com
3rd (Sun) Mull of Kintyre half marathon (10K) – Campbeltown. 10.30am
16th (Sat) Kintyre Way Relay Run – 6am start. www.kintyrewayrelay.co.uk
24th (Sun) Round Britain Race….land-sea-air (Campbeltown 4.30pm) www.RB12.com
June end (TBC) Gigha Music Festival (Isle of Gigha)
July early (TBC) Tarbert Seafood Festival – Harbourside, Tarbert
July early (TBC) West Highland Tennis Championships (Oban)
1st – 7th Mendelssohn on Mull (Isle of Mull) classical music festival (www.mullfest.co.uk)
14th (Sat) Taynuilt Highland Games, Taynuilt 11am-5.30pm
15th (Sun) Rosneath & Clynder Highland Games, Rosneath
17th (Tues) Inveraray Traditional Highland Games (Inverary) 10.30am-5.30pm
19th (Thurs) Mull Highland Games (Tobermory, Island of Mull) 10.30am-4.30pm
19th (Thurs) TBC Dalmally Annual Agricultural Show (Dalmally, PA33 1AP)
July (w/c 28th) TBC Tarbert Fair - Harbourside
July 27th – 3rd Aug West Highland Yachting Week (Craobh, Oban, Tobermory) (www.whyw.co.uk)
July 28th (Sat) TBC Southend Highland Games (Campbeltown)
July 30th (Mon) Kilmore & Kilbride Highland Games (Kilmore, Nr Oban)
Aug 3rd (Fri) TBC Kintyre agricultural show (Campbeltown) 10.30am-4.30pm
4th (Sat) Brodick Highland Games (Isle of Arran)
4th (Sat) TBC Lorn agricultural show (Oban) 10am-5pm
8th (Wed) Bute agricultural Society Summer Show (Rothesay, PA20 9NW) 10am-4pm
Aug (TBC) Islay agricultural show (Isle of Islay) www.islayinfo.com
9th (Thurs) TBC Salen Show (Isle of Mull) one of Britains longest running agricultural shows
16th – 19th Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (Campbeltown)
18th (Sat) Bute Highland Games (Isle of Bute)
23rd (Thurs) Argyllshire Highland Gathering & Oban Highland Games (Oban)
23rd – 25th Cowal Highland Gathering (Dunoon, PA23 7RL)
Sept 2011 (date TBC) Taste of Mull & Iona food festival (Isle of Mull) - week-long festival
Sept 14th – 16th Black Bottle Islay Jazz Festival (Isle of Islay)
15th – 16th Best of the West (Inverary Castle/George Hotel, Inverary) www.bowfest.co.uk
16th – 18th Tarbert Music Festival
23rd (Sun) World stone skimming championship (Easdale Island, Oban)
24th – 26th TBC Jura Music Festival (Isle of Jura)
Oct 2010 (date TBC) Tiree wave classic (Island of Tiree) – annual windsurfing competition
Oct 7th – 16th TBC Cowalfest – 10-day programme of walks, arts & events (Cowal Peninsula)
12th – 14th Tour of Mull Rally (Isle of Mull) – vintage car race www.2300club.org
12th – 19th Royal National Mod – Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival (Dunoon) www.acgmod.org
How to get there
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(Glasgow to Killean by road is 116 miles, and will take approx 2.5 hrs). Travelling by car from the South you will
take the M6 northbound to the Scottish Border, followed by the M74 into Glasgow. Follow the signs for the M8 westbound (towards the airport) that will take you through Glasgow Centre. From the M8 fork left onto the M898 which takes you over the Erskine Bridge. At the end of the Erskine Bridge turn a sharp left onto the A82 (towards Crainlarich and Loch Lomond). Stay on this until you reach Tarbet where you will then fork left onto the A83 (towards Campbeltown). This road will take you all the way to Killean, travelling over the ‘Rest And Be Thankful’ mountains, around the top of the Loch heads of Loch Long, Loch Fyne and finally Loch Gilp and passing through the towns of Inveraray, Lochgilphead and Tarbert and finally the small ferry port of Tayinloan. 1.2 miles after you have passed through Tayinloan, you will see the Dolls Cottages on the left hand side of the road, which are the first of the Killean Estate Properties. An excellent way to travel to Killean, is to drive there, whereupon you will experience driving through the fantastic highland landscape, and then return by ferry, thereby sampling the delights that the coastline has to offer. This will work out a slightly more expensive option, but is well worth it!
Ferry (Glasgow to Killean by ferry will take approx the same time as by road)
From the mainland (ie Glasgow), the favoured option is to sail with Caledonian MacBrayen (Calmac) from Gourock to Dunoon and then from Portavadie to Tarbert. There are ferries every hour during the day however it is best to book in advance as they can often get very busy. Once in Tarbert, Killean is 20 miles south, along the A83 coastal road. Another option by ferry is to sail from Ardrossan, which is just south of Glasgow, to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Once you have crossed over the Island, you will then sail from Lochranza to Claonaig on the east coast of the Mull of Kintyre. This is an ideal route to take should you wish to see Arran. Again booking is advisable, particularly during the summer as the ferries can get booked up. For up to date ferry information and prices, please visit www.calmac.co.uk
Bus services between Tarbert and Kennacraig, Campbeltown, Gourock, Glasgow and Oban are operated by Scottish Citylink Coaches (Tel: 08705 505050). Bus services between Portavadie and Dunoon, Tarbert, Kennacraig and Claonaig are operated by Argyll & Bute Council (Tel: 01546 604360). Bus services on Arran are operated by Traveline (Tel: 0870 608 2 608).
Local train services are operated by First ScotRail (Tel: 08457 484950). We recommend that if travelling to Killean by train, you disembark at Glasgow and take the 926 Citylink Coach Service (Campbeltown service), which travels immediately in front of the properties of Killean Estate. However, if you do prefer to travel as far as possible by train, the nearest stations to Killean are Gourock (then take the ferry/buses) or Tarbet & Arrochar or Loch Awe (then take the bus).
There are twice daily return flights operated by British Airways (weekdays only), between Glasgow International and Campbeltown Airport (Machrihanish) - 16 miles away. Machrihanish Airport has one of the longest runways in the UK and can land almost any type of private aircraft. You can also take a seaplane from Glasgow, which can land into Tarbert harbour (www.lochlomondseaplanes.com).
Activities near Kintyre
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 20|
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|Killean House Prices||12 Jun 12||1 Feb 14||£ 7000||£ 1300||£ 1300||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Please enquire for prices for large groups. We are not currently able to accomodate large wedding parties and do not permit marquees.Enquire now
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