Loch Awe, near Taynuilt, ArgyllGuest Rating
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 the 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.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
Known locally as Loch Awe Boathouse, it stands in 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 areas 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. There is also access to a Canadian canoe, a kayak or a paddle board by arrangement. As you would expect in such a location there is an abundance of wildlife here, including deer, pine marten, red squirrels and otters and an even greater variety of birds, including barn owls and osprey.
Downstairs is bright, spacious and open plan, with a 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 and drying room. Upstairs are a further double bedroom and cosy lounge, with a glass wall to provide panoramic views over the water, both of which have coombed ceilings. Furniture and fittings are of the highest quality throughout.
Small, intimate weddings can be arranged down on the shoreline against the beautiful backdrop of the loch and the owner has all the local contacts needed to set this up.
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. 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 where 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.
Local Events and Attractions
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, fridge, electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Double bedroom with en suite shower, WC and wash basin
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin
Utility room with washer/dryer and freezer.
Sitting room with TV/DVD
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £45 of electricity INCLUDED (approximately) with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric central heating and wood-burner (supply of logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.
Because of the situation of the Boathouse, it is not suitable for children under 10.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|06 Jan 2020 - 07 Feb 2020||£995.00|
|08 Feb 2020 - 03 Apr 2020||£995.00|
|04 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020||£1,095.00|
|25 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020||£995.00|
|09 May 2020 - 22 May 2020||£1,095.00|
|23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020||£1,395.00|
|30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020||£1,095.00|
|27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||£1,395.00|
|29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||£1,095.00|
|19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020||£995.00|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£1,095.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£995.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£1,595.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£1,595.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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Lovely property in the most beautiful of locations. Almost perfect, marked down only because 1) major building work bein...Read More
Excellent! Everything was handled well.
Stunning location and 5 star accommodation....an absolute gem
Fantastic place to stay so relaxing
It was everything you could asked for and more. We spent our first wedding anniversary in such a magical place. The whol...Read More
'This is our second holiday here and already don't want to leave this magical place. We have had another great week.'
'Beautiful house, fabulous changing views of the loch. Fine weather all for our ruby wedding anniversary. Good walks and cycles.'
'Lovely week weather was very kind to us. Lots of wildlife - bats and baby highland cattle just wonderful. Tastefully furnished boathouse with superb views.'
'We have stayed at many waterside boat houses and this one of the best. We will be back next year!'
'An amazing house in a breathtaking location. We will never forget kayaking back across the loch on a sunny day with the house in the distance.'
'Have had an amazing week at the boathouse. The boathouse is the best place we have stayed since we started coming to Scotland 12 years ago it has a magical feel about it.'
'Stunning views no matter what the weather rainbow across the loch was gorgeous. Enjoyed catching the lismore ferry from Port Appin.'
'A truly marvellous week relaxing and being busy doing nothing. We loved the kayaks - so relaxing, a wonderful cosy place.'
'From the minute we walked in the door we knew we would love it here and we did! We went out on the kayaks every day and fished off the jetty.'
'What a fantastic time we have had. Hired a boat from across the loch, visited both castles, fished without success and saw 23 different types of bird.'