Killean Estate is an exceptional Scottish country estate, beautifully situated on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. Spread over approx 4,000 acres, the land encompasses over 1 mile of coastline and beaches, farmland, woodland, hills and lochs and the most amazing coastal views over the west coast islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay. On a good day, you can even see the northern coast of Ireland. This huge expanse certainly makes for fantastic, highly entertaining walks, right from the doorstep and an opportunity to explore without seeing another person all day!
For those with an interest in countryside sports, complementary trout fishing can be enjoyed on the estate's lochs or from the gorgeous sandy beach, where you might also spot a seal or otter, basking in the sun on the rocks. Excellent shooting can also be arranged on the estate - from a day's clay pigeon, to grouse shooting or deer stalking. The estate also runs a successful farming enterprise with sheep, Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle grazing on the land.
Whilst the estate is situated within the fringes of the highlands of Scotland, the Kintyre Peninsula benefits from the Gulf Stream, a warm flow which stretches across the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean, bringing with it a temperate climate, so it is usually far warmer here then the rest of Scotland, and even allows for tropical plants to grow within the gardens!
The Villa House is the second largest property on the estate and is a beautifully appointed, late Georgian property, with tall ceilings and traditional sash windows providing exceptional views across the Sound of Gigha to the Islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay. The house was remodeled by the renowned Arts & Crafts architect JJ Burnet, including the stained glass windows and fireplaces. Recently restored and modernised to form a significant property in its own right, it has a grand, yet wonderfully warm and welcoming atmosphere, and is truly a superb residence in which to stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Killean Estate 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Campbeltown 22 km, Nearest railway: Tarbet & Arrochar 100 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (3), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation comprises an impressive hall, wonderful farmhouse-style breakfast kitchen complete with Rayburn stove and separate pantry, cloakroom, a cosy television sitting room with French doors leading to the garden, tranquil front drawing room with superb coastal views and stunning dining room that can seat up to ten, again with sea views. All reception rooms have real open fires (some working, some for decoration only).
Once you have climbed up the grand sweeping staircase, you will discover five beautifully decorated bedrooms and three bathrooms, sleeping nine people in total in three double rooms (one King), a twin and a single. The standard of decoration and quality of fixtures throughout this gorgeous house are truly superb and are sure to impress.
Outside, a backdrop of woodland overlooks lawned garden areas which provide plenty of room for enjoying an al-fresco dining experience, to be particularly enjoyed in the evening, whilst watching the sun dipping down over the sea behind the islands beyond.
4 large Bedrooms (1 king, 2 doubles, 1 twin)
1 smaller bedroom (single)
|Further details outdoors|
The Villa House stands in lush gardens, which are not enclosed. There are lawns to the front and side, which are bordered by a natural burn (small shallow river) and with woodland to the rear. There is a shared driveway with the Farmhouse and Shepherds Cottage. A map of the estate can be viewed on our website.
Prices include heating and electricity. An inventory can be viewed on our website. Bedding and towels are provided. Self-catering basis, but chefs can be arranged if you require.
Pets: no pets allowed inside the Villa House itself, however we have outdoor-type kennels available on the estate if required.
Argyll is both accessible and remote. Stretching from the outer limits of Glasgow to Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point in the UK, it is a region of stunning natural beauty, with an island-dotted coastline and picturesque towns. This whole area is the birthplace of Celtic Scotland and there are monuments and castles aplenty to explore during your stay, where you can learn all about the Stone Age Picts, early Irish Dalriata as well as Viking invasions, the Somerled uprising and much more besides. Renowned for its beauty, as well as its native wildlife, it's the holiday destination of choice for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors.
During your drive to Killean Estate, you will pass along the lochside of Loch Lomond, pass over the mountain pass of the Rest and be Thankful, and then meander around the loch edges of Loch Long , Loch Gilp and Loch Fyne. The towns of Inverary, with its famous castle and jail are well worthy of a quick stop-off, as is the fantastic oyster restaurant at Loch Fyne before you head into the Kintyre Peninsula.
Alternatively, if you are travelling via the Isle of Arran, this too is well worthy of further inspection as it is a land of contrasts, from lush green pasture to rocky interior mountains. Although, you can easily do a day-trip here too mid-way through your stay with us.
In fact, there are three other islands close by if you fancy a bit of island hopping….
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.
Isles of Islay and Jura – Totally stunning and famous for the whisky distilleries and red deer, these islands are suitable for an overnight stay as a day trip is not really long enough.
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.
There's plenty to see and do in the area. A boat trip to Gigha is highly recommended where we suggest you hire the bicycles from the beach-shack, tour the Achamore Gardens and take lunch at the boathouse overlooking the bay. A 25-minute drive north from Killean Estate will take you to Tarbert harbour, home of some of Scotlands finest restaurants, and if you continue another 15-minutes onto Skipness, you'll discover a castle, fabulous bay and our previous guest's top-rated destination for seafood. A short trip south from Killean will uncover horse-riding and a historic house at Glenbarr, a couple of superb surfing beaches at Westport and Machrihanish, the Mull of Kintyre and the harbour town of Campbeltown which has plenty to do - whiskey tours, museums, leisure swimming pool, pubs and the opportunity of boat trips such as whale watching. If golf is your bag, there's plenty of choice - there are five course nearby including Owd Tom's famous Machrihanish Links! But why not take a quick tour around the Kintyre Trail and find out for yourself?