Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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|
Features and Facilities
|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).
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde 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?
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.