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Despite first impressions, the neighbours are very friendly and may invite you in for a paddle

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Catch your own private ferry from Oban to Kerrera for the 10 minute journey to your new home. The Boat House is a charming centrally heated detached cottage set in a mature enclosed garden on the car-free Isle of Kerrera.

The accommodation is perfect for families, sailors, nature lovers, sea kayakers, groups of walkers, bird watchers and anyone who loves remoteness and extraordinary scenery.

It is ideal for relaxation in the day where you can watch the goings on at the marina just in front of the house, or in the evenings when you can look across to the lights of Oban, stargaze without light pollution or - if you are lucky - catch the northern lights in the winter.

The layout and facilities make it ideal for families or friends wishing to share a holiday. Situated on an island, it enjoys the all the benefits of a peaceful location, but it is only a short boat trip to the busy holiday town of Oban with its restaurants, shops, tourist attractions and access to Argyll and the islands of the west. In the season (May-Sep) a free ferry runs hourly from 7:30 in the morning till 11 pm and daily every two hours in the winter.

The slipway in front of the house means you can easily launch a dinghy or RIB, or have easy access for sea kayaking.

At very high tides, the house is cut off from the marina, and access is a 10 minute walk along a path behind the boatyard.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow 60 km, Nearest railway: Oban
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden

The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region

Argyll is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, with history and wild places everywhere you look. Enjoy walking, cycling, watersports, fishing or golf.

There are inspiring castles and stunning gardens to visit or, for a unique day out, go under Ben Cruachan to discover the power station creating hydro-electricity.

Argyll is home to Scotland's beaver trial in Knapdale Forest. Hunted to extinction in the 16th century but re-introduced in 2009, they might be elusive, but leave plenty of teeth-marked evidence for you to discover. Join one of the guided dusk walks for your best chance of spotting these shy creatures.


Oban - Seafood Capital and Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town, Oban (or Little Bay) has a wealth of things for all the family to enjoy on land or on the sea. You can go walking in the area explore and mountains, beaches or woods.

Oban is the hub for island travel with people arriving from or leaving for Mull, Lismore, Barra, Coll and Tiree throughout the day. Take a day trip to Lismore, Mull or Iona or grab a coffee and just watch. There are a wealth of boat trips for fishing or wildlife spotting.

Isle of Kerrera - With a population of around 35 and only one road in the opposite end of the island, you really are in a special place here.

To the south of the Boat House is the site of a drove road that has a special place in Scottish agricultural history. Before the advent of steamships and railways, the only way to transport beef cattle from the glens of the north to the towns was to walk them. Cattle from as far away as Coll were collected by cattle dealers, shipped in small boats via Mull to the pier at Barr-nam-Boc on Kerrera. They were then driven past Slaterich and the Fairy Hills to Ardentrive where they were swum across the narrow kyle from Rubha Chruidh Dunollie and on to Oban and the markets of the south.

Hutcheson's Memorial - A short walk from the Boat House takes you the memorial to David Hutcheson who set up a regular steamer service to the Hebrides in 1835. This service was the forerunner of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries of today. From here you can walk to the west side of the island where there is a small beach with safe swimming if you are brave enough for the North Sea. If you are prepared to battle the ferns in the summer, you can continue round on a circular path back to the Boat House.

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7 Aug 2014


"Amazing place, an remote island only 10 minutes from Oban"

We stayed three nights during our tour of Scotland and this was undouably the best accommodation we had. After a 10 minute boat ride from the centre of Oban you are completely lost is the wilderness o… More

5 Aug 2014


"Lovely house with amazing views and only a very short boat ride to Oban"

Me and a group of friends had a lovely stay in the Boathouse. Its close proximity to Oban meant we could enjoy island life during the day, walking around the beautiful island of Kerrera, and also visi… More

9 Jun 2014


"Do not hesitate to stay here. It's a FANTASTIC find!"

We consider this house to be far and away the best place we stayed on our tour of the UK (and we stayed in some really nice places). The setting is dreamy, the house itself is EXTREMELY nice and clean… More

It was lovely to have you stay with us. I'm only sorry we never got more of a chance to chat but it is good to hear you liked the Boat House and we look forward to welcoming you again when you return to Scotland.
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