House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
CREAG-an-FHITHICH (pronounced craig-an-eeoch) meaning 'Rock of the Raven', is available as a self catering holiday house for a relaxing or busy holiday on the sea shore at Loch Melfort, in Argyll. When the weather is good, the sun shines on the house all day and meals can be taken alfresco on the picnic table, even out of season. The beautiful views of the loch, marina and hills, with the isles of Shuna, Luing and Scarba in the distance, are ever-changing. The sunsets are breathtaking.
• The stone and slate Victorian manse was built in 1850. It has been modernised and is a comfortable house, whilst retaining its original character.
• Watch the seals, cormorants, eider duck, varied sea birds, the elusive otter and red squirrels, all from the garden. Fish on the sea loch from the shore in front of the house. Local freshwater lochs can be fished by permit from the village Post Office.
• Front porch and hall.
• Sitting room with inset wood burner, TV, Video, DVD, books and games.
• Dining room, seating eight plus comfortably.
• Large modern well equipped kitchen, with Everhot (Aga type) cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and walk-in larder.
• WC with washbasin.
• Utility room with Belfast sink, washing machine, tumble drier, under-counter freezer and broom cupboard.
• 1 single room, with washbasin.
• Small bunkroom (sleeps 2).
• Master double bedroom with large ensuite bathroom.
• 2 twin bedrooms, each with washbasin (photos above).
• Bathroom with WC and washbasin.
• Shower room with WC and washbasin.
• Pull-out picnic table for 6, in summer.
• Wooden garden benches
• Garden fold-up chairs and parasol, find in the porch
• BBQ in the lean-to
• Garden hut, with chairs (key hanging in the scullery)
• Delightful wild flower garden.
• Duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases and towels can be provided, as a set per person, on repayment.
• Cot available.
• Wood-burning, inset stove in the sitting room. A basket of logs with kindling is supplied as part of the rental.
• All-Electric. Heating is night-storage, convection and blow heaters.
• WiFi internet access available.
Change-over is Saturday: arrival 5 pm, departure 10 am.
Heating is by night storage, convection and blow heaters.
Electricity for lighting and heating is included (upto a value of £50.00, by meter reading, at the current Scottish Hydro rates).
Creag-an-Fhithich is a private home, no smoking please.
Maximum number of people: 9.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||On the shore in front of the house and Ganavan San|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow International 163 km, Nearest railway: Oban 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Oban is the largest port in the West of Scotland and the main ferry terminus for the Hebrides. Ferries from Oban serve Mull and many of the inner Hebridean islands as well as Barra and South Uist in the Western Isles.
The town is famed for its fabulous views, the ocean promenade, island vistas, amazing sunsets, ancient monuments and castles and outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, bird-watching – even whale spotting.
Oban (meaning 'little bay' in Gaelic) has a population of approximately 8,500 and is known as 'The Gateway to the Isles'. It originally existed as a small fishing and trading village until the steamers of the late Victorian era started arriving in greater numbers. The arrival of the railway in 1880 confirmed its growing status. The most outstanding feature in Oban is McCaig's Tower which is also known as McCaig's Folly. This was built in 1897 to provide work for local stone masons and provide a lasting monument to the McCaig Family. The original intention was to complete it with a large tower placed in the middle but this, like the intended statues of the McCaig family, never materialised.
When Queen Victoria paid a visit to the town in the late 18th century she gave it the royal seal of approval by describing it as "one of the finest spots we have seen!".
There is sea shore fishing (spinning for mackeral etc) from the point in front of the house or from 'Tinker's Point, 400m west. If you have a boat, it can be launched in front of the house, as well. There is freshwater fishing is on 12 local lochs, by permit, purchased at the Post Office in the village. North of Oban is the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary (Strictly NO FISHING there!)
The world renowned championship course at Machrihanish is about 1½ hrs spectacular drive south to the Mull of Kintyre and there are 2 courses closer to home: the challenging 18 hole course at Oban and the 9 hole course on Seil Island. Both are within ½ hour's drive away.
Enjoy gentle treks through forest tracks and along scenic coastlines at Lunga Riding Stables. Only a 30 minute drive away, there is an outdoor arena for practicing, children are made very welcome and there are pub rides for the grown ups.
A particularly exciting excursion is a fast boat ride through the Corryvreckan whirlpool which is the third largest whirlpool in the world and is situated between two islands not far from Loch Melfort. Regular sightings of grey seal, golden eagles and red deer on deserted neighbouring islands. Then there is the famous Sea.fari at Easdale on the Isle of Seil.
Argyll has some of the most spectacular and interesting gardens to be found in Scotland. Arduaine Gardens are close by and well worth a visit at any time of the year but especially in spring and early summer.
A 30 minute drive takes you to the bustling ferry port of Oban, making the house ideally located for day trips and visits to the nearby islands of Mull and Iona and also Staffa and Fingal's Cave.
• On a fine day, nothing better than al fresco at the front of the house!
• Nearby are the Shower of Herring, at Melfort Village, the Loch Melfort Hotel, at Arduaine, the Galley of Lorn, at Ardfern, the Lord of the Isles, at Craobh Haven and The Seafood Temple in Oban. It is a half-mile walk, along the sea road, to the Post Office and shop and the Cuilfail Hotel.
• Kilmelford: The Post Office, mini-mart.
• Ardfern: the Village Stores. Excellent mini-mart.
• Barbreck: Farm Shop. Excellent meat.
• Oban: Tesco; Co-op; Aldi; Lidl; Farmfoods; The Kitchen Garden.
• Moorings are available at Kilmelford Yacht Haven (across the Loch) and at Craobh Haven (a few miles south).
• Small boats can be launched across the shore in front of the house.