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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Perfect for those with walking difficulties or very small children, Rosemary cottage is set over one level and is easily accessed throughout by wheel-chair (or buggy!) Furnished with Mexican-look pine furniture and complemented by a contemporary brown and red décor, this lovely cottage has a warm and cosy feel and has great easterly views over farmland to the rear, with southerly views towards Ireland to the side from the lounge.
The cottage is located within a new restoration of the old farm buildings at Drumnamucklach, which has created ten gorgeous mews cottages of varying sizes, which sleep 4, 5 and 6+ people.
Each cottage has been named after a native Scottish flower and is individually styled accordingly so that each one has its own character. Some cottages are furnished in a more traditional way with an abundance of antique pieces and some in a lighter more modern cottage-y style. There is sure to be something to suit everyone.
What all the cottages have in common though is their superb location – set atop o’ the hill above Killean House, with the most magnificent views over the coastline to the islands beyond, as far as Eire……. You are certain to be impressed and indeed awe-struck!
Killean Estate itself isa beautiful Scottish country estate and farm situated midway down the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. With a dramatic 4000 acre landscape encompassing beaches, woodland, lochs and gardens, there truly is a wealth of things to see and do. Whether it’s a stroll through the woodland gardens watching the pheasants darting around the undergrowth, a hike up Killean Hill and perhaps a glimpse of the wild Sika Deer, or simply taking advantage of a relaxing afternoon in the Victorian Walled Garden, there is something for everyone.
For golf enthusiasts, nearby Machrihanish Golf Course will certainly impress, with its first hole voted by Golfers Digest as one of the best in the World! Shooting, deer stalking and trout fishing can all be enjoyed on the estate itself and beach lovers will appreciate the gorgeous sandy waterfront.
However, the estate’s greatest feature of all is sure to be the panoramic view over the ‘Sound of Gigha’ to the highlands and islands and the sea beyond, all the way to Northern Ireland! Whatever your reason for visiting this beautiful, un-spoilt Scottish coastline, you will without doubt discover that Killean Estate provides the perfect residence in which to stay.
|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)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|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|
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 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
All accommodation is on the ground floor:
Open-plan living/dining/kitchen, bathroom, bed 1 (double), bed 2 (twin).
|Further details outdoors|
Central courtyard with lawn areas and picnic table. Shared driveway which winds up the hill from the main road to the parking areas to the rear of the courtyard. Drumnamucklach is surrounded by farmland which is fenced off.
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.
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11 Apr 2013
"Lovely comfortable warm cottage"
We thoroughly enjoyed our short break at Rosemary cottage. It was well equipped, nice and warm ( which concerned us given the recent power outages in the area) We had some great walks on the beach, fo… More
11 May 2012
"Very high standard of rental cottage, facilities and rooms excellent."
Beds and Bedrooms very comfortable, Kitchen facilities excellent. Sitting room and dinning accommodation was combined with kichen - open plan, plenty of space and very comfortable. Staff very friendly… More
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