Queensgate 3 Bedroom Victorian Holiday Villa

Amidst a stunning backdrop, this spacious Victorian first floor holiday villa sits only yards from the Loch Fyne shoreline and boasts panoramic views over Loch Fyne and the Cowal Peninsula.

Tarbert, the gateway to Kintyre, offers local shops, pubs and restaurants and local events include the  Scottish Series yacht race, Tarbert Music Festival and Tarbert Fair.

The Kintyre Peninsula is renowned for its rugged beauty and beautiful beaches with The Kintyre Way.

Along 100 miles over 4-7 days you can discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, woods & forests, castles & fishing villages and an abundance of wildlife. Stretching from Tarbert in the North to Machrihanish in the South, the seven graded & way-marked sections offer a variety of walking terrain from serious hiking to gentle rambles.

It is in an ideal location to explore the local area, including the villages of Skipness with its castle and seafood shack, Carradale, Campbeltown, Machrihanish with its world-famous golf course and the Mull of Kintyre. Ferries to the islands of Islay, Gigha, Jura and Arran are easily accessed as is the ferry to Ireland from Campbeltown.

Wildlife is abundant with red squirrels, sika and roe deer, feral goats and a large variety of birdlife, including red grouse, hen harriers, buzzards and Eagles.

Machrihanish is also home to the Sea Bird and Wildlife Observatory. Seals and otters are seen regularly, and whale watching tours are available from Campbeltown in the summer months. There are also many golf courses nearby, including the links course at Machrihanish. Beach 20 yards. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 150 yards.

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Cnochachanach Cottage The Blissfully Peaceful Break

A perfectly peaceful retreat. Just 10 miles from the heart of Tarbert is the very small and secluded village, Ardpatrick,

The village is built along the north western shore of West Loch Tarbert.

Ardpatrick Point forms a headland at the north of West Loch Tarbert and looks south west to the island of Gigha.

Ardpatrick is as beautiful as it is peaceful with miles of forests and country walks, pretty little secluded beaches and sandy bays.

An ideal getaway for a romantic break.

Cnocachanach Cottage, is a cosy, detached cottage located in the remote village Ardpatrick, near to Tarbert.

The cottage consists of one double bedroom with an ensuite shower, basin and WC, and can sleep two people.

The rest of the cottage is made up of an open plan living space with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a woodburning stove.

To the outside off the cottage is off road parking for two cars and an enclosed garden with a decking area. Located in a stunning part of Scotland, Cnocachanach Cottage is the perfect tranquil getaway all year round.

CNOCACHANACH COTTAGE, with open fire in Tarbert, Ref 958924. Holiday cottage for rent with the added security of our fraud protection. 8366589

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Watch Me See Featuring Argyll

Watch Me See is a fantastic website featuring Scotland, the places to see, travellers tips and guides as well as stunning photos of all the areas covered.

Recently Watch Me See visited Argyll  check out the road trip video below.

Inspired by Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre we decided to spend the first day of our Argyll road trip exploring the Kintyre Peninsula. The peninsula is really off the beaten track – more island than mainland -, and there was hardly any traffic on the road.

Don’t stop there, carry on and check out the 50 travel tips for Scotland, some sage advice and great photos!

My favourite tips from the list are;

 

15) Bring your dancing shoes and pray you’ll happen upon a Ceilidh – Sloans in Glasgow actually puts on a Ceilidh dance every Friday night (tickets are £10)!

19) Ask what’s in haggis after you tried it, not before!20) Black pudding is not a pudding. Also, the same rule applies as with the haggis.

32) It’s easy to meet locals in Glasgow. Just go to a pub, stand by the bar and someone will start chatting to you.

33) Glasgow is all about its music. Listen to the buskers around the city centre, or stay overnight and check out a live music venue like The Butterfly & the Pig!

34) Always check the weather forecast, especially before heading out into the hills. I rely on yr.no, a Norwegian weather service.

35) Never trust a blue sky – expect every kind of weather on every day. A typical days in Scotland is going through all four seasons. Within an hour.

36) Invest in a good waterproof jacket and don’t let a bit of rain drag you down!

37) Bring proper hiking equipment, including waterproofs, hiking boots and map material – if you plan to hike in the Highlands.

45) A wee dram increases your chances to spot the monster of Loch Ness.

50) Don’t lift up a man’s kilt!

Scotland is a great location for first-time solo travellers, and my 50 super useful travel tips for Scotland will make your trip even better!

Source: 50 Useful Travel Tips for Scotland | Watch Me See

Barr Na Criche Traditional Stone Cottage With Sea Views

Barr na Criche Cottage (Self Catering Cottage) is peacefully situated a two minute walk from Barr na Criche House (a separate Bed & Breakfast), with views to West Loch Tarbert and Kintyre.

West Loch Tarbert, Barr Na Criche, Dunmore
West Loch

The cottage has one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, both with built in wardrobes. The twin room has furniture which was used by the Olympic Athlete’s at the London 2012 Olympic Village, you never know which famous Gold medallist may have slept on them before!

The bathroom is between the two bedrooms and has a lovely old fashioned cast iron bath and a walk-in shower. The spacious hall way leads to the utility room which has a washing machine and there is a tumble drier up at the main house which is available for guests use. The kitchen is well equipped and includes an electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and plenty storage room. It has a lovely archway which leads through to the spacious lounge/dining room. The wood burning stove burns wood and peat which is included in the price of your stay. Satellite TV and a DVD player are available as well as a large range of books and games.

The separate B&B at Barr na Criche House is a two minute walk away. The large en suite B&B room can be set as a twin, double or an extra bed can be added for a third person. This is a delightful room which opens out onto the balcony from where you can sit and watch the world go by, with views of the West Loch and Islay ferry as it sails by several times a day. The en suite bathroom has a shower over the bath and guests are given a hearty breakfast served from a table beside the picture window with wonderful views, across from the balcony.

There is plenty of walking in the area, the fishing village of Tarbert is nine miles away and a little further are the terminals for catching day trips on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries to the Islands of Gigha, Arran or Islay & Jura. You might just wish to relax down at the sea, a ten minute walk from the cottage, in your own Beach Hut which is well equipped for BBQ’s, bucket & spade ventures etc., The well known Kilberry Inn is four miles from the cottage, serving the most delicious gourmet meals. Pet lambs, Shetlands and Peanut the pony graze nearby. A great base for a family holiday.

tarbert Harbour, Loch Fyne, Kintyre, Tarbert Loch Fyne
Tarbert Harbour

Linen, towels and electricity are included in the price.

www.barrnacriche.com

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Ross Cottage Dunmore

A luxury 4 Star two bedroom ensuite cottage

If you are looking for a beautiful coastal retreat to unwind Ross Cottage is perfect!

Ross Cottage is a luxury 4 Star traditional stone cottage all on one level, which has recently been renovated to a very high standard.

Visit Scotland has awarded Ross Cottage 4 stars.

The Cottage comprises two en suite bedrooms on ground floor with underfloor heating in the en suite’s.

The Blue Bedroom has a walk-in shower and large bath. The white bedroom has a walk-in shower en suite.

Both bedrooms have king size beds.

The kitchen and dining room are fully equipped to the highest standard. A 60″ curved screen TV is in the living room with views out through the trees to the West Loch.

No light pollution in this area give wonderful clear skies, perfect for astronomers and Aurora hunters!

A luxury 4 Star two bedroom ensuite cottage, furnished to a very high standard.. Holiday cottage for rent from £107/PN

Source: Ross Cottage – luxury 4 Star: A luxury 4 Star two bedroom ensuite cottage, furnished … – 8262893

Turn the sound down and enjoy this short flight over Dunmore Estate to see a better view of the location of Ross Cottage

For further information, to speak to the manager or to book please visit Ross Cottage by clicking here!

 

A Fantastic Chance To Exchange From London To Kintyre!

If you fancy upping sticks and escaping to the beautiful Western Coast Of Scotland, here is your chance!

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Looking for a council / HA house exchange.

I have a lovely 3 bed (2 double, 1 single) house on the west coast of Kintyre, Scotland in a small, quiet, rural village between the towns of Tarbert and Campbeltown with stunning views of the Atlantic ocean and the Islands of Gigha, Cara and Islay from the house.

Beaches and beautiful scenic walks all around.

It is a popular place with surfers and tourists. There is a village shop and a small cafe.

You can also get the ferry from the village to the lovely Island of Gigha and a ferry a few miles down the road which takes you to Islay where you can also travel onto the Island of Jura.

We love living here but we have to move to be closer to my husband’s elderly parents.

We are looking for a 3 bed house in the South of England, with easy access to London. Would love a pretty village but would also consider some areas of London. We would be looking to move around May/June 2018, maybe before for the right property.

Looking for a council / HA house exchange. I have a lovely 3 bed (2 double, 1 single) house on the west coast of Kintyre, Scotland in a small, quiet, rural village between the towns of Tarbert and Campbeltown with stunning views of the Atlantic ocean and the Islands of Gigha, Cara and Islay from the house. Beaches and beautiful scenic walks all around. It is a popular place with surfers and tourists. There is a village shop and a small cafe. You can also get the ferry from the village to the lovely Island of Gigha and a ferry a few miles down the road which takes you to Islay where you can also travel onto the Island of Jura. We love living here but we have to move to be closer to my husband’s elderly parents. We are looking for a 3 bed house in the South of England, with easy access to London. Would love a pretty village but would also consider some areas of London. We would be looking to move around May/June 2018, maybe before for the right property.

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Pets Welcome!

Pets Welcome

With so many woodland and coastal walks  it is so easy to find the perfect tranquil spot to unwind and give you that well earned peace a holiday on the West Coast can bring.

For a huge majority of us, there is always that problem of finding a place to stay that welcomes pets.

Some kennels offer a great service in taking care of your pets while you have a break, but here in Scotland there are many fabulous walks that your dog will love just as much as you would!

I decided to ask online so I could quickly gather a list of all pet friendly place to stay in and around Tarbert, so in no order of preference here is what we have so far;

West Loch Hotel, a short walk from the centre of the village on the shores of West Loch, easy access to forestry walks, you are also very close to the starting point of The Kintyre Way, a beautiful walk that criss crosses the whole of the Kintyre Peninsular.

The Kintyre Way

 

Also at West Loch are a selection of cosy lodges set on a hill they have spectacular views over the Loch.
West Loch Shores are set right beside Corranbuie, a natural woodland beside forestry land, you can follow the track all the way along to bring you back to Tarbert village.

The track is popular with other walkers, runners and dog walkers.
Although more often that not you can walk the full track without seeing another soul.
Also at West Loch you will find Kayak Majik, you can hire a canoe, try sea kayaking, even meet some of our local seal population,
A truly relaxing way to explore the lochs.

Argyll Haven also sits at the West Loch, another lodge sat in a quiet and beautiful location yet not too far from the village centre, surrounded by forest overlooking the loch. What better place to unwind!

Have you ever tried Glamping?
Well now you can, and what’s more you can bring your dogs too!
Kennacraig Camping Pods have small and cosy wooden pods , allowing you to enjoy the fun of camping outside but with the comfort of a sturdy and cosy shelter with washing and cleaning facilities.

Tarbert From The Hills

In the village The Tarbert Hotel allows pets, with a friendly bar and delicious food it is another popular place to stay!

The Mews is a pet friendly guesthouse in Tarbert village

Also overlooking the beautiful Harbour is The Islay Frigate Hotel, it has a popular bar, a harbour view restaurant and a beer garden out the back, a pretty little sun trap to sit and relax in.

Overlooking the Tarbert Church is the Cullins Bed and Breakfast, a perfect base to relax after a day of exploring.

Just outside of the village, before you come in to Tarbert are Barfad Self Catering Holiday Cottages set in farmland, surrounded by woodland and near the shores of Loch Fyne.
There are 2 Cottages Available At Barfard the underlined text takes you to their site for further details. Lesley from the Loch Fyne Gallery told me on the All Things Tarbert Facebook Page

“Years before I had my cottage in Tarbert, I stayed at Barfad Farmlands a couple of times with dogs, the cottages were lovely, and direct access to White Shore was fab for the dogs. I met people with dogs over the summer who stay regularly, so they obviously still allow them”

So much exploring for a pup to do!

Barmore Farm Holiday Cottages at Stonefield are also pet friendly, currently their website doesn’t have all the info, but there are more details and photos at Hoseasons holiday site.

Sitting right on the shores of Loch Fyne near Stonefield castle is Shore Cottage, a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings.

Skipness is one of my personal favourite places, you can walk there from Tarbert, see the map on the Kintyre Way Website for the specific details for the track.
Be warned you may meet livestock on some sections.

The Seafood Cabin offers freshly prepared sea food along with tea and coffee, see their website for opening times and the menu.

If you visit Skipness do visit the castle, in the Summer the tower is opened allowing you to climb up to the top for magnificent views on a clear day.

Skipness Holiday Cottages are in a fantastic location, with beautiful walks and stunning views over to the Isle Of Arran, it is breathtakingly beautiful all year round.
Contact Sophie and ask for a brochure and booking form

Scotland, it’s very cool in Winter! <3

On the other side of West Loch is The B8024, with spectacular views of Kintyre and the Inner Hebrides, Jura, Islay, Gigha, if you come all the way to Tarbert you really should take a gentle drive along this road!

Dunmore Villa and Anchor Cottage sit right on the shore, totally wonderful if you love the sea!
Both are large, private self catering holiday lets with total privacy.

A short drive past the villa and slightly up the hill on your right is Dunmore Court, with self catering cottages in a shared courtyard.
Surrounded by ancient Oak woodland and wildlife with beautiful views from the hills.

Back over on the right hand side, with views over the loch, a few miles from Dumore Court is Barr Na Criche offering self catering or bed and breakfast holiday accommodation. It is a perfect get away from it all! Relax on the shores of the loch, walk miles through forest or countryside track or drive into one of the little villages for fine foods and excellent hospitality!

Standing Stones Loch Stornoway, Knapdale

Port Bàn Holiday Park is further along the road, it is set in a beautiful location and you are able to rent or buy a static caravan here.
You can also camp there with pitches for tents and hook ups for tourers and caravans.
Totally pet friendly, the whole site has poop bags and bins, making cleaning up easy, please keep all dogs on the lead on site.

Still within roughly a 30 minute drive from Tarbert Harbour is the beautiful Ellary Estate the cottages and chalets are situated on the Loch Caolisport side of Ellary Estate.
The cottages all stand in their own grounds, offering privacy and seclusion and are equipped with everything that you are likely to require on your holiday.

Just across the loch from Tarbert Harbour is the Portavadie Mariner with a superb spa and leisure centre.
The cottages and studio apartments are dog-friendly so you can bring your dog too!
The ferry trip takes less than half an hour, so it’s easy to pop over and back again.
Take a look at all the facilities on offer at Portavadie there is so much to see and do you will be wanting another holiday after your holiday! Set in beautiful surroundings with luxury accommodation.

Ferry To Portavadie. Photo by Blue Wave Services.

The George Hotel at Inveraray also accepts dogs, take a look at some of the virtual tours on their website for an excellent view of the rooms available.

Going further afield but still within easy travelling distance Mellow Melfort accepts all pets.
They have accommodation to suit a wide range of needs.

If you have holiday accommodation and allow pets in or near Tarbert please contact me and I will add your details.

If you are booking a holiday with your pets, please make sure you inform the owner you intend to bring pets, be sure you are happy and agree with any terms and conditions they may have prior to booking.
Please clean up after your pets and keep them under control around wildlife and livestock.

Thank you

Christmas In Tarbert

Christmas Day, Skipness 2014

It’s that time of the year again! It seems to come around faster and faster!
Christmas starts in Tarbert with the Christmas Fair on the 4th December.
Come visit the stalls in Templars Hall and local shops for some late night shopping
Join in the Community Carol singing as the Christmas Tree lights are switched on by the Seafood Queen.
You can follow the Tarbert Christmas Fair on Facebook for the latest details and updates.

Tarby Teds, the unique hand crafted beautiful Teddy Bears can also be found about and about during the Christmas Fair.
If you want to be in with a chance to take home one of these gorgeous bears you can donate something to the Kintyre Foodbank in return for a raffle ticket.
There are many other ways you can help, please see The Kintyre Foodbank Website for further details.

You can also send gifts to the Kintyre Foodbank through paypal, you don’t need an account to do so.

Christmas party nights at the Anchor Hotel on the 11th & 12th December

At the moment I can’t find details for The Islay Frigate, but their Facebook Page is looking very festive, so pop over there and follow them for updates or bookmark their website,
also keep and eye on The Tarbert Hotel for details of their festivities, either through their website or Facebook Page.
The Corner House is another worth following, if I get more updates I will add them.

West Loch Hotel  has a fantastic Christmas Menu, offering a 2 course or a 3 course meal, opening times and full details can be found here. Or by clicking the Christmas Banner On Their Homepage. You can also follow West Loch Hotel On Facebook.

Stonefield Castle Hotel are offering luxurious 2 or 3 Night Breaks over Christmas or the New Year enabling you to relax, be pampered and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, more details on their website.

Raising funds for Marie CurieMid Argyll Fundraising Group with a whisky and cocktail tasting night at The Stag Hotel Lochgilphead on Friday 4th December

You will find some of Springbank’s finest tipples for your entertainment.
Excellent, interesting and educational evening trying some of the finest Whisky in Scotland if not the world and also Donald’s fabulous cocktails using some of the other spirits produced by the distillery. The evening is being hosted by the Stag Hotel Lochgilphead and begins at 7.30pm. Every last penny of the £15.00 entry goes to Marie Curie with both Springbank and The Stag Hotel offering their assistance free of charge for the evening.

If you are holding an event over Christmas in or near Tarbert and I have not included your detaisl please contact me and I will add them to the website and  Tarbert Public Calendar.

Relax At Stonefield

Hotels In Tarbert

Rhu Wood

There are many fantastic Places To Stay In Tarbert.
Below is a list of hotels in and around Tarbert.
The links take you directly to their sites.
If your hotel isn’t listed or you know of one I haven’t listed please let me know and I will update this page.

Anchor Barge Hotel And Seabed Resturant is in the middle of Tarbert overlooking the harbour.
As well as their luxury hotel they now offer wonderful rooms aboard their Barge On The Loch!

The Islay Frigate is also in the middle of Tarbert with views over the harbour and a beer garden out the back.

Stonefield Castle Hotel is a beautiful Scottish castle built in 1837 overlooking Loch Fyne it is a beautiful retreat set in stunning grounds.

The Tarbert Hotel is easy to find in the middle of Tarbert overlooking the loch, stunning views and with everything on your doorstep, it’s ideal for a holiday or a short break whild exploring the islands.

West Loch Hotel sits on the shores of West Loch, is a pet friendly hotel, ideal for hikers and their four legged friends, with breathtaking views of the loch and the hills, it is just a short walk from the centre of Tarbert.

A beautiful village

If you have a hotel in or near Tarbert and I have not listed it, please contact me with the details and I will add it to this page.

Bed And Breakfast Accommodation

30 Nov 2012

After a busy day exploring, there is nothing better than falling into a big comfy bed to prepare for the adventures of the days ahead.

Here in Tarbert there are many B&B’s for you to choose from, however during busy seasons you should book in advance as spaces fill quickly.

Below is a list of B&B’s in and around Tarbert, as always, if I have missed one out or you find an incorrect link, please let me know.

Ardglass B&B In an Elevated position with views over the harbour.

Bàrr na Criche House A quiet, secluded location surrounded by woodland and with views over the loch.


Bluebell Cottage 5 miles from Tarbert, just off the A83 after Kennacraig, ideal position for ferry hopping breaks.

The Cuillins is a pet friendly B&B with parking spaces and room for bicycles, ideal for stopping off while touring.

Dunivaig is a  Scottish Baronial style home with stunning views overlooking Loch Fyne.

Dunultach offers Self Catering or B & B

The Kilberry Inn, a restaurant with accommodation makes a wonderful base for exploring Argyll as well as the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha

Knapp Guest House is right in the heart of the village.

The Moorings is a traditional stone-built fisherman’s cottage in the heart of the fishing village.

The Old Smithy is a former Blacksmiths workshop.

Southcliffe Bed & Breakfast is within walking distance of all local amenities in the village.

Springside is a traditional Scottish cottage overlooking the harbour.

Starfish Rooms is in the centre of the village above the amazing seafood restaurant and gallery.

Struan House is a traditional harbour side dwelling.

A Beautiful Fishing Village