Loch Awe, the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, runs south west from the A85 about 20 miles east of Oban and is one of the most beautiful and most photographed of Scottish lochs, having the iconic ruin of Kilchurn Castle at its northern end. About a quarter of the way down its peaceful western shore, and right on the water, is Achnacarron Boathouse.
It stands in six acres of secluded, south-facing grounds with loch frontage and is reached by about a mile of meandering private track (some potholes and not suitable for low suspension vehicles!) which will bring you to this haven of peace and tranquillity. A hunting lodge stood on this site for several centuries until 1954. The current property is an architect-designed, expertly refurbished and most comfortable house, quite alone in its stunning lochside situation. It is surrounded by lawned gardens and mature wooded policies and is sheltered by a variety of magnificent trees. There is parking alongside the house, which also has its own private pier, slipway and fishing rights.
As you would expect in such a location there is an abundance of wildlife here, including deer, pine marten, red squirrel, and otter, and an even greater variety of birds, including barn owls and osprey.
Downstairs is bright, spacious and open plan, with modern kitchen, dining and seating areas and wood burning stove, together with a door to a decked seating area above the water. The master bedroom, with en suite facilities, is also on this level, along with a utility room, a further bathroom, bedroom and drying room. Upstairs are a further double bedroom and cosy lounge, with a glass wall to provide panoramic views over the water. These both have coombed ceilings. Furniture and fittings are of the highest quality.
For such a quiet and peaceful place you are nevertheless spoiled for choice for nearby eating places, such as The Taychreggan Hotel on the lochside and, just a little further up the road, (for something very special), you also have the choice of the Ardanaiseig Hotel, one of the most prestigious in the country. A gastronomic experience not to be missed.
The cottage also makes an excellent base for the many things there are to do in the area. The loch itself offers fishing and sailing, and there are walks of all levels of difficulty to be enjoyed in the surrounding mountains. For wet weather entertainment, you can go right inside one of them from the Cruachan Visitor Centre and see the hydro-electric station that was built in the heart of that mountain. Taynuilt (8m), has small shops (including an excellent general store), an hotel and a golf course, and is on the shores of lovely Loch Etive, and there you can also visit the old Bonawe Ironworks.
There are superb beaches at Benderloch (turn north across Connel Bridge on the way to Oban), while Oban itself is a bustling port with all facilities including a rail station, and from there you can take all kinds of boat trips, either to the islands or to view the marine wildlife in the surrounding waters. A particularly scenic, if slower route from Taynuilt to Oban is the back road through Glen Lonan.
Heating is by electric CH (first £30 INCLUDED) and wood-burner. Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Sorry, no pets or smoking in the Boathouse or grounds. Wi-fi INCLUDED, subject to provider. Because of the situation of the Boathouse, it is not suitable for children under 10.
Please note that the water supply to the boathouse comes from a private source and is UV filtered and tested. However, it can become discoloured, particularly after rain, and you may prefer to bring bottled water for drinking.