About the home
Killean Estate is a 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 highlands and islands beyond, 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, 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!
Harebell Cottage is set within the Courtyard at Drumnamucklach, on the hill behind the main house. Newly built in 2009 from the remains of the old farm buildings, the Courtyard comprises ten luxury 4* cottages of varying sizes. Harebell is positioned on the northern aspect and enjoys views over the adjoining farmland, down the hill across the waters of the 'Sound of Gigha' towards the islands of Gigha and Jura.
The interior of the cottage is light, bright and filled with the blues of the harebell flower (or for those horticultural types - the Campanula). Furnished in antique pieces throughout, the cottage has a serene yet homely feel to it, and we're sure that you'll have a very tranquil stay here.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Killean Estate Beach, 500m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable 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 bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
Ground Floor: Open-plan living/dining/kitchen, bed 1 (double), bathroom
First Floor: Large landing, Bed 2 (large single), Bed 3 (single), shower-room
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.
But why not take a quick online tour around the Kintyre Trail and find out for yourself?
The Kintyre / Tayinloan area
A trip around the Peninsula……..
Taking the west coast road from Tarbert, you will find yourself spellbound with the views down west loch Tarbert to the islands of the Inner Hebrides, Islay and Jura, dominated by the mountainous Paps of Jura. Ferries can be taken from Kennacraig to the islands of Jura and Islay (famous for its whiskey distilleries) which are both well worthy of a trip.
The road then drops down to the Atlantic shore, passing Ronachan Point ‘place of the seals’ at the southern entrance to west loch. This is an excellent stopping place, providing frequent observation of the basking seals and in winter, large numbers of migrating geese. Continuing southbound to Killean, rocky coves, miles of sandy beaches and crashing Atlantic rollers form the perfect setting for the outstanding views to the Island of Gigha.
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. There is a fantastic cafe on the beach which we recommend you visit before heading back on the ferry. The village of Tayinloan is also home to a cafe serving good food, small shop-post office and petrol station.
The coastal pass then continues on to Killean, and then towards Muasdale, which dates from 1263 when King Haakon of Norway anchored his longships off the coast and named the area. Now you can find a small village, housing a small local store/post office and the Doctors Surgery. The next village you will fall upon is of Glenbarr, home to the MacAlistairs of Glenbarr. Glenbarr Abbey - although not actually an abbey - is in fact 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. Tel: 01583 421247, as well as a tea-shop.
Just south from here at Westport lies a fantastic sweeping sandy bay with crashing waves, perfect for the water-sport fan or beach-lover and this is where the road swings inland and here you will discover an excellent restaurant by the name of the Argyll Hotel, Bellochantuy (Tel: 01583 421212) where you can dine right on the sea-front. The road then crosses the Peninsula to Campbeltown, the ‘Wee Toon’. While it is possible to continue northbound at this point up the east coast, it would be a pity not to explore the small roads leading to the spectacular 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. We also recommend you visit Machrihanish, which as well as the two golf courses has a good pub/restaurant called the Old Club House overlooking the bay.
Once known as the Whisky Capital of the World thanks to its 34 distilleries, the historic Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is a large town with a population of over 5,500, many shops, facilities and thanks to its wartime past, an airport! Visitor attractions include the heritage centre, museum and library, leisure centre with swimming pool, tourist information centre, the famous art nouveau Wee Picture House, Linda McCartney’s Memorial Garden, the Scottish Owl Centre and the Campbeltown Cross. A whisky distillery tour is offered by Springbank (tel: 01586 552085) and boat trips to Davaar Island operate from the port to enable viewings there of the cave painting of the Crucifixion. You can also book whale watching trips from the tourist information office on the harbour.
Continuing northbound, the contrasting eastern coastal road plunges from one river gorge to the next – one moment there is wild moorland, then forest, but all-the-while magnificent views across to the Island of Arran. Wild life is in abundance and you may even be lucky enough to see the eagles over the hills.
Saddell is home to the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey and Saddell Castle, a tower house built for the Bishop of Argyll in the early 16th century. When the Campbells took it over in the late 17th century, they moved into a new house nearby around 1774, and the castle deteriorated over the years before being bought by the Landmark Trust. In 1976 the Landmark Trust contracted Mr Robert R Mauchline to restore the castle to its former glory. Soon after its completion the castle appeared in Paul Mccartney's "Mull of Kintyre" music video. The Trust now owns both Saddell Castle and the newer Saddell House, and allows pedestrian access to the beach below at Saddell Bay. At the end of the bay is Pluck Wood and the remains of an Iron Age fort dating from before 500BC. This area is known to have been a favourite of Linda McCartney, and is where her daughter Stella chose to marry.
Further onwards you will discover 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.
At the north-east corner of the Peninsula, 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. An absolute MUST is to visit the Seafood Shack - many of our previous guests recommend it, not only for the quality of food but the views whilst you are eating!
Nearby Claonaig provides the ferry port to Arran, again another gorgeous island worthy of a trip.
At this point, the road bears west, towards the starting point at Tarbert, a fishing village at the head of East Loch Tarbert, an arm of the sea on the west shore at the mouth of Lochfyne. With a population of 1,400 (known locally as Dookers), its main feature is its pretty harbour, 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.
How to get there
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Killean estate, Tayinloan, Kintyre, Argyll, PA29 6XF
How to get there……
(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!
(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.
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 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|High Season||9 Jul 12||28 Jul 12||£ 475||£ 103||£ 103||3 Nights|
|Peak Season||28 Jul 12||25 Aug 12||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||25 Aug 12||22 Sep 12||£ 475||£ 103||£ 103||3 Nights|
|Mid Season||22 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 375||£ 81||£ 81||3 Nights|
|Low Season||27 Oct 12||22 Dec 12||£ 275||£ 59||£ 59||3 Nights|
|Xmas'12 & NY'13||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||5 Jan 13||23 Mar 13||£ 275||£ 59||£ 59||3 Nights|
|Mid Season||23 Mar 13||18 May 13||£ 375||£ 81||£ 81||3 Nights|
|High Season||18 May 13||20 Jul 13||£ 475||£ 103||£ 103||3 Nights|
|Peak Summer||20 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||£ 475||£ 103||£ 103||3 Nights|
|Mid Season||28 Sep 13||2 Nov 13||£ 375||£ 81||£ 81||3 Nights|
|Low Season||2 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 275||£ 59||£ 59||3 Nights|
|Xmas'13 & NY'14||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
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NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Minimum 3 nights stay most of the year except peak school holidays (summer = 7; Xmas = 4)
20% deposit to book, balance due 30-days before arrival.
Xmas & New Year Specials:
Sat 22 Dec 12 - Wed 2 Jan 13 (11 nights) £750
Mon 23 Dec 13 - Thurs 2 Jan 14 (10 nights) £700
Book the full fortnight and get 20% off the 2nd week
Discounts available to repeat visitors, multi-property bookings and 14-night+ bookings.
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