Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Available to let all year round, Hillview Cottage is a traditional 2 bedroom property situated in a beautiful sheltered scenic setting in an elevated position over looking the sparse western shores of the Isle of Bute with the mountains of the island of Arran in the distance. Heating and hot water are provided by a wood burning stove and lighting by enclosed candle lanterns. There is no electricity or landline, and you won't miss them! The cottage is a wonderful place to stay for rest, relaxation and recreation.

Built in 1896 as a game keepers cottage for the former Caladh House estate, the property's rustic and antiquated nature have been retained to provide an opportunity to escape from all mod cons and the demands from everyday living. Set in 3 acres of land.

Situated 1.5 miles north of the villages of Tighnabruaich and the adjoining Kames, the Cottage feels serenely remote yet all services required are close at hand. In the villages you will find 2 excellent supermarkets, garage with petrol and workshop, 4 hotels with public bars and restaurants, restaurant, vegetarian cafe, Kyles Athletic shinty pitch, tennis courts, and 9-hole golf course with spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute. The Tighnabruaich Sailing School lies about 2 miles from Kames at Carry Farm.

Hillview Cottage was featured as one of the three best Scottish hideaways in the issue of the Observer Magazine on 26 August 2012 as part of a weekly travel feature called 'Joanne O'Connor's Great escapes'. It's also featured briefly on the Guardian website as part of the same article.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom
Nearest beach Caladh 700 m
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow Airport 137 km, Nearest railway: Greenock 48 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Sea view
General CD player
Standard Kettle
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker
Furniture Double Beds (2), Single Beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Swing set
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Comfortably rustic, the cottage, which sleeps 5, was constructed of stone and slate in 1896 for use as a gamekeepers abode for the Caladh Estate. The interior has stone walls and pine clad ceilings throughout, with exposed beams and wooden painted floor boards in the main two rooms and painted stone floors to the rear rooms. Heating is by virtue of a recently installed (late 2011) wood-burning stove and log fire. The wood stove has a back boiler, which produces piping hot fresh water from a wholesome mountain stream source so you can bathe in the wonderful long and deep Victorian cast iron bath. Light the candles and take some wine and music and a good friend and keep topping up the hot! Lighting is by virtue of enclosed candle lanterns, and there are torches for when after the lights are out. For cooking there is a 4 ring gas cooker with oven and grill and the kitchen is well equipped for most purposes. There is also a stereo CD radio cassette with lead to accept stereo media input and additional stereo tape player. Please note there is no electricity or land telephone line, and be assured you won't miss them! The local hotels and cafes are very accommodating to allow visitors charge up their media devices.

The main bedroom has a pine double bed with tallboy chest of drawers, two small bedside chests of drawers a recess for hanging clothes and log fire. The second bedroom has a bunk bed with double bed on the bottom and single up top and some large wall shelfs.

We have just installed a small conservatory to the rear side of the cottage with a lovely view over the Kyles of Bute.

The Scotland region

Argyll and Bute is located on the West coast of Scotland, stretching from Campbeltown in the South to Oban in the North, and includes the inner Hebridean islands of Islay, Jura, Mull, Coll and Tiree to the West. Much of the landscape is wild and remote, with mountainous areas, hills, glens, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, sea lochs, fresh water lochs and ancient forests.

Ferry links from Portavadie to the Kintyre Peninsula and from Colintraive to the Isle of Bute provide excellent opportunities for exploring more of the region.

The microclimate that subsists due to the prevailing Gulf Stream from the South West provides significantly more sunshine than Glasgow, and significantly less rain!


Tighnabruaich and it's adjoining neighbouring village of Kames are located on the Kyles of Bute at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula, which lies between the Isle of Bute and the Kintyre / Campbeltown peninsula. The sheltered coastal waters and breathtaking scenery of the hidden peninsula combine to make the area an idyllic choice for people looking for tranquility and a peaceful getaway.

There is no real throughput of traffic, people visit specifically as their destination, and the laid-back community feel of the peninsula is much akin to that of an island.

The villages are approximately 2 hours from Glasgow, whether you chose the ferry route from Gourock over the Clyde estuary, and the drive past Loch Tarsan, Loch Striven and Loch Riddon, or the drive round past Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Fyne and Loch Riddon; both journeys equally spectacular.

The Scotsman newspaper identified the road from Glendaruel to Tighnabruaich as the best scenic drive in Scotland in its issue of 29 March 2007.

The area is popular for bird watching, sailing, hill walking, rambling, cycling, sea kayaking, art, sea and fresh water fishing, (fresh water permits obtainable from the post office), etc. There are also facilities for tennis, golf (9 hole course with glorious views over the Kyles of Bute), sailing tuition at the Tighnabruaich Sailing School, etc. You can also catch a game of shinty on Saturday during the season, when you will see the famous Kyles Athletic play.

Only a few miles drive, and a subsequent walk will find you at Ostle Bay, a kilometer of white sands overlooking the North of the Island of Arran, or Auchalick Bay with it's beautiful lagoon and views over Loch Fyne to the Kintyre peninsula.

The Waverley, the world's last ocean-going paddle steamer, docks at Tighnabruaich during summer months.

Kames, and the adjoining village of Tighnabruaich, provide a range of services, including 2 supermarkets, 4 hotels with bars and bistros, bistro, cafe, art and antique shops, 2 post offices, petrol filling station, car maintenance, hair dresser, massage, etc.