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The town lies at the head of Loch Gilp (an extension of Loch Fyne) and is situated beside the Crinan Canal. Sometimes referred to as 'the most beautiful short-cut in Britain', it provides boats with a navigable route between the Clyde and the Inner Hebrides. Its main attraction is the Tarbert Castle ruins.
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Exploring the Beautiful Surrounding Countryside
The Crinan Canal, which used to be used by many yachtsmen to avoid the long sail around Kintyre to the Firth of Clyde, is fascinating to watch the yachts navigate through. Also the views from the fishing village of Crinan, overlooking the sea towards Jura and many tiny islands, are stunning. The minor road on the eastern shore of Loch Sween lead to the ruins of the 11th century Castle Sween and 13th century Kilmory Knap Chapel, both well worth a visit.
Kilmartin Glen, about eight miles north of Lochgilphead, is a remarkable prehistoric site featuring a linear cemetry, Bronze-Age and Neolithic cairns, stone circles, standing stones and rock carvings. The Museum of Ancient Culture in Kilmartin provides interesting archaeological and landscape interpretation and artefacts with opportunities to try out some of the skills used at that period. The nearby peat bog and nature reserve of Moine Mhor is the site of the Iron Age fort of Dunadd.
Croabh Haven, about 10 miles north, is a purpose-built yacht marina and holiday village and Arduaine Gardens further north are famous for their rhododendrons and azaleas. The Arduaine area has stunning views across to the many Slate Islands where slate was quarried in the 19th century. The main islands are Seil (with its famous humpback Clachan Bridge which spans a narrow channel of the Atlantic), Easdale (which hosts the World Stone Skimming Championship) and Luing.
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|13-Apr-2020||Silverburn Cottage EP5 (overall)||Lovely, well equipped and cosy cottage. Perfect for a get away from it all break. The two bedrooms are comfortable and airy. A great living room with stays toasty warm with the wood burning stove - we had it on almost the whole time. Great views down the valley towards the River Tay. A little bit of a shame that quite a lot of forestry work has gone on but still a beautiful vista. Forestry work limits some of the walks, but there’s still a good hike up the farm tracks.|
|23-Mar-2020||Restless Winds BD5 (overall)||Welcome pack was a pleasant surprise and the property was clean, well equipped and home from home|
|22-Mar-2020||Tarken Lodge CR4 (overall)||Website easy to negotiate; communication very clear throughout.|
|22-Mar-2020||Kingfisher Cottage EC6 (overall)||Easy to use website, great range of properties with clear booking instructions.|
|15-Mar-2020||The Black Barn DB7 (overall)||Excellent, very easy online booking arrangement|
|14-Mar-2020||Kirkside Cottage GA8 (overall)||Service good missing towels but problem solved quickly - property very clean|
|13-Mar-2020||The Boathouse DA8 (overall)||I'd definitely recommend Unique Cottages if you're looking for a nice place to stay in Scotland. The selection of cottages was excellent, prices fair and overall service about as good as you could hope for.|
|13-Mar-2020||The Folly at Old Melrose CN7 (overall)||Service is always excellent. Prompt and efficient.|
|13-Mar-2020||Phaup Cottage ER6 (overall)||VERY CLEAR AND HELPFUL AND EASY TO SPEAK TO.|
|12-Mar-2020||Dalnavaid Cottage GB3 (overall)||Excellent we have used unique 5 times now, and so far never had a problem. One thing why is Rannoch edge and Allt na feadh cottages still showing not been able to book them for a few years now ?|