Beach House at Carrick Castle
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Beach House is an extremely spacious and comfortable detached holiday home on the west bank of Loch Goil in the lochside village of Carrick Castle. For more information on the village please go to the Location tab.
This characterful, 2 storey holiday home has been totally refurbished and is available from mid-2013. The work has been carried out to offer a good standard of accommodation and facilities while still retaining many of the original Victorian features.
Just yards from your front door you are on the shores of this scenic, tidal sea loch. Perfect for fishing, boating, exploring the crystal clear waters between the rocks with nets or just gazing out and skimming stones. With views north towards Lochgoilhead, south to the entrance from Loch Long and with mountains all around, this is a stunningly scenic and peaceful place to stay.
Entry from the roomy, off-road parking area to the rear of the house with space for 3 or 4 cars, is via the back door, leading into a porch area. Carry on into the house to the spacious hallway where you will find a WC cloakroom and a broad, dramatic staircase. The drawing room is at the front of the house with a magnificent bay window giving you a full sweep of the ever changing panorama. This is the place to relax and socialise - with a baby grand piano, you can even enjoy live music if anyone in the party plays!
At the rear of the ground floor is a TV/games room with a 32” TV, DVD, iPod docking station as well as a selection of board games, plus mountain and loch views for added distraction.
Across the hall is a separate dining room with a table for up to 8 guests, who can also feast their eyes on the view of the loch and the 14th century castle through another huge window.
The modern kitchen is behind the dining room and is fitted with all the appliances, crockery and utensils you will need for a self-catering holiday – it also has views across fields to the farmstead behind and up onto the mountainside rising beyond to distract you from the washing up!
Large landing and four large bedrooms to sleep 8
Bedroom 1: 4-poster bed, loch view, en-suite shower and WC.
Bedroom 2: double bed, loch view, en-suite bath with shower over bath and WC.
Bedroom 3: sleigh style double bed plus single bed, mountain and loch views.
Bedroom 4: single bedroom with space for a put-u-up (you can see a bit of mountainside past the corner of the house next door, but I wouldn't want to mislead you by claiming it's a mountain view)
Family bathroom with shower over the bath and WC.
· Free WiFi
· Central heating throughout
· Freesat TV, Hi-Fi and Docking Station
· Fridge, freezer, microwave, 4 hob cooker, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer and BBQ
· Linen included - beds made up for your arrival
· Iron and ironing board
. Travel cot and high chair available
· Towels not included - optional towel pack available - £25
· No smoking property
· Off road hard standing to park 3-4 cars
· Games, books, fishing rods and binoculars
· Access to a choice of walking trails nearby
One well behaved dog is welcome. Please be aware that your dog is not allowed upstairs in the house.
No smoking inside the house please.
Beach House has a raised patio area at the front of the house with a viewing bench and steps down to a lower lawn, which finishes just yards from the bank across the lane with further steps down to the high tide mark. There is a grassy area to the rear beyond the parking area, with extensive open views to the surrounding mountains, in the middle of which the house nestles as if in a bowl of green and purple peaks.
Straight out of the front door, there are low level coastal walks along the side of the loch round to the next villages in each direction; mid level forest walks across the face of the mountains; and high level peak walks over the tops – not for the unprepared or the inexperienced at this level though.
And bring your binoculars! Depending on the time of year the gannets put on a marvelous display diving for fish, and you can look out for seals, which are common. The oyster catchers are great fun running frantically around on the foreshore, stopping to thrust their long, bright red beaks into the ground; the hooded crows are fascinating as they fly up with shellfish and drop them onto the road and the rocks to break them open; deer are regular visitors to the shoreline in search of seaweed; and a rare red squirrel has recently been seen scampering along a bridge parapet barely 50 yards from the house.
Porpoises are also regular visitors to the bay and in the last two years there have even been sightings of what are believed to have been minke whale. To add to the excitement, there are currently (Spring 2013) not one but TWO pairs of Golden Eagles nesting in the mountains behind the house - you might just get lucky! No matter what, you're in a perfect spot to look out for all of them with easy access to the shoreline, the woods and the mountains.
We have to admit that the beach is not golden, tropical sand but primarily pebble and shingle, although there are sizeable areas of sand exposed as the tide retreats. However, the nooks and crannies among the rocks and the clarity of the water make for fascinating exploration territory as you paddle along the waterline, following the tide out and back – getting the kids back in for meals can be hard work!
There is a collection of 'House Wellies' in a variety of sizes in the back porch to facilitate such adventures, even for those who only brought sandals – the water can be chilly on the toes and nobody comes to Scotland with a plan to lounge around working on their tan now, do they!.
Who will enjoy staying at Beach House?
This spacious and well-appointed house will be ideal for larger families or groups of friends looking for good facilities within the property in a get-away-from-it-all location. Carrick Castle is at the end of a 5-mile single track road from Lochgoilhead, which is 5 miles down a single track road from the high point in the pass through the Arrochar Alps known as Rest And Be Thankful. Having made the effort to get here, Carrick Beach House is the ideal base for enjoying time together as well as getting out on foot and exploring what the area has to offer. This is a place for people looking to enjoy a family holiday, a get-away-from-it-all break or perhaps a special birthday or anniversary.
You can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish; you can choose the pace of life that YOU want to live for a truly magical break in a world that really does seem to be somewhere else entirely, in the house on the beach at the end of the road.
Truly, this is a house where you can rest and be thankful.
Activity Guide for Lochgoilhead & Area. There is much to do in the area. We are not able to add a link to this listing on Holiday Lettings but get in touch and we will send you the guide including: Local Bike Hire, Fishing & Boat Hire, Lochgoilhead Centre, Argyll Voyageur Canoes, Drimsynie Leisure Centre, Quadmania & Argyll Adventure in Inveraray. All the local activities brought together in one place.
The Drimsynie Estate Leisure Centre - 5 miles
There is no doubt that the choice of things available in the area is a major attraction. The Drimsynie Leisure Centre is 1 mile from the village and offers: 25m indoor Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Gym • Crazy Golf • Indoor Bowls • Snooker • 9-hole loch side Golf Course • Snooker • Badminton • Table Tennis • Children's Indoor Play Area. From Spring 2014 a new range of activities will be added - information to follow. Please note that for bookings made after 6th January 2014 the unlimited leisure pass will not be available. The centre is open to the public and all activities are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.??
The Lochgoilhead Centre - 5 miles?If it's outdoor adventure you are looking for the nearby Activity Centre welcomes visitors, subject to availability, to join in with other groups. Please check with them by phoning 01301703217. Sailing • Orienteering • Rock Climbing • Burn Run • Archery • Jacobs Ladder • Kayaking
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow Airport is 90 minutes away, Nearest railway: Tarbet Arrochar is 15 miles away|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Centred on Loch Lomond, and including several ranges of hills, Loch Lomond and Trossachs was the first national park established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002.
It includes 21 Munros and 20 Corbetts, two forest parks and 57 designated special nature conservation sites. The park consists of many mountains as well as inland and sea lochs. The main principal attractions are scenery, walking, and wildlife.
For walkers seeking a challenge, the West Highland Way passes through the park, and sections can be done as a day trip from Lochgoilhead and Cowal in conjunction with Loch Lomond Cruises. They run a daily boat from Tarbet that will drop you off and pick you up on the north Loch Lomond section. This not a difficult walk and makes for a great day out. For the nearby Munros, Ben Lomond, and The Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps attract most hikers.
There is a national park visitor centre at the southern end of Loch Lomond, called Loch Lomond Shores, which includes a visitor information centre at the most popular gateway to the park, as well as an aquarium, shops and restaurants.
Day trips include Loch Katrine where you can travel on the historic steamship SS Sir Walter Scott, while cruises on Loch Lomond can be taken from Tarbet and Balloch.
Munros within the Park - a list of mountains over 3000ft within easy travelling of Lochgoilhead and Cowal include:
· Beinn Ime (1011m), Arrochar
· Ben Lomond (974m), Balmaha
· Ben Vorlich (943m), Ardlui
· Beinn Chabhair (933m), Ardlui
· Beinn Narnain (926m), Arrochar
· Ben Vane (915), Ardlui
What to do in the area
Eating Out - Sitting at the head of the loch is The Shorehouse Inn. Open for lunch and dinner (closed Monday & Tuesday) it has a bar as well as a seperate dining room with loch views. In the village as The Goil Inn, again serving lunch and dinner. The Drimsynie Leisure Centre has the Rob Roy Lounge and a Coffee Shop. All of them offer a Take-Away service. For restaurants outside the glen you will find a number of options shown on the Information Map.
Entertainment - Friday nights in The Shorehouse Inn is an informal accoustic night usually kicking off around 9pm. This is very much a wait-and-see-who-turns-up night, but there has been a regular crew coming for years and it can be a good night. The Goil Inn has regular bar lounge entertainment on a Friday night. The Drimsynie House Hotel also has regular entertainment throughout the year.
Boating – You can hire a motor boat all year round as well as fishing boats during the main season. New for 2013 – Argyll Voyageur Canoes offer a number of escorted trips on the loch and for a larger party they will do a special excursion from Carrick Castle.
Wild Life – Bring your binoculars as there is plenty of bird life on the loch. You are likely to see deer, red squirrels, buzzards – and, no joking, we have had whales in the loch the last 2 summers that were visible from the village.
Hill Walking – More hills than you can shake a stick at. There are marked trails starting in the village. Choose from circular walks on good paths or get the kit on and head up into the higher hills. No matter what walk you do, the views are always rewarding and ever changing. Bring your camera. Use the Information Map on this website to get a better idea of what walks are available, If you want to take on some Munro's Ben Ime and The Cobbler are just a short drive away outside the glen.
Touring - If you look at the map you will see that Lochgoilhead is a great base to explore a wonderful area. Day trips north take you to Oban and Fort William. South heads towards the Cowal Peninsula. Cruise boat trips on Loch Lomond available all year as well as the Paddle Steamer Waverley from Dunoon during the summer.
Getting to Carrick Castle
Carrick Castle is at the end of an 11-mile single track road leading off from the Rest-and-be-Thankful viewpoint on the A83. That in itsself makes it pretty special.
Coming from the Glasgow direction your holiday starts when you drive up the shores of Loch Lomond. Getting to Carrick Castle takes about one and a half hours from the Erskine Bridge and the M8. Allow some time to take in the scenery of the Arrochar Alps from the viewpoint at the Rest-and-be-Thankful. You then take the 6-mile single track road that twists and turns its way down to the village of Lochgoilhead before following the signs and carrying on for another 5 miles of single track road hugging the west shore of Loch Goil until you come to the village. This is not a place for driving fast, take your time and enjoy the views.
Tourists used to arrive by steamer so as to enjoy the beauty of this village nestled along the shores of Loch Goil. The steamers may have gone, but the scenery is still just as impressive. For today's visitor who travel the road down from Lochgoilhead they mostly come to see the location of the Castle. Constructed on what was then a rocky outcrop in the 1400's, history records that Mary, Queen of Scots visited here in 1563. The castle was pillaged and burned in 1685 during Argyll's rebellion. The property is currently being restored into a private dwelling. There is an excellent linear walk from the end of the village via a good path to the village of Ardentinny. There are also walks up into the hills as well as a circular walk nearby called Cormonachan. By far the easiest walk is just strolling along the lochside via the road and taking in the scenery. There are few cars to distract you from your walk. There are no shops in the village, the nearest being a Costcutter store 4 miles away towards Lochgoilhead. The natives are friendly and visitors are welcomed.
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