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Loch Linnhe, Near Appin, Argyll

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Balbain is a stylish retreat set amidst the stunning scenery of the Ardsheal Estate, near the pretty shore of Loch Linnhe with a view of it that can easily take one’s breath away.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Fri Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 3
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

Guests will find it so inviting to curl up on the cosy seating around the open fire immediately on arrival but there is much more still to discover in the rest of the house. The dining kitchen has been kitted out well and is decorated in soothing tones throughout with French doors that lead out to the garden and showcase the wonderful view of the loch and mountains beyond.

In the two bedrooms upstairs there are handy zip-link beds so they can both be configured as either super king-size or twin beds for maximum flexibility. There is also a shower room and a contemporary bathroom with a large, walk-in shower and freestanding rolltop bath to have a nice long soak in.

Plenty of off-road parking is provided and out on the patio the table and seating have been perfectly positioned for taking in the loch vista. What could be more delightful than enjoying al fresco meals in good weather whilst admiring the light dancing on the water?

The scene on the loch is ever changing so there is always something of interest including wildlife such as seals, otters and dolphins along the estate’s 3 miles of loch frontage. Buzzards and golden eagles can also be seen in the skies above and a fortunate few may even manage to spot an impressive sea eagle!

Kayaking and canoeing can be tried out on the loch and there is plenty to explore right from the door as the estate extends to around 800 acres with rolling hills and woodland that are good places for walks or wildlife spotting. As there is so little light pollution, the dark skies in the evenings are ideal for star gazing.

Map & Local

In the village of Kentallen (1.5 miles) the houses are dotted around the side of the picturesque bay with an excellent restaurant that has a formal menu or more relaxed dining in the bar.

The scene on the loch is ever changing so there is always something of interest including wildlife such as seals, otters and dolphins along the estate’s 3 miles of loch frontage. Buzzards and golden eagles can also be seen in the skies above and a fortunate few may even manage to spot an impressive sea eagle!

Anyone looking for a real challenge will want to tackle Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, which is reachable in under an hour’s drive. It takes about 7 or 8 hours to scale the peak (up and back) and appropriate clothing and footwear is an absolute must. The nearby Nevis Range resort is the place to go for snowboarding and skiing in season.

From Port Appin (13.5 miles) a passenger ferry runs over to the beautiful Isle of Lismore, taking just 10 minutes. This peaceful island has a very small population who enjoy a nice and relaxed way of life and, as the island is only 1 mile wide and 10 miles long, it is easy to explore on foot or by bike with lovely scenery to appreciate along the way. There is also a car ferry that runs from Oban and arrives within an hour.

Oban (28 miles) is a transport hub for the area with ferry services heading out to many other islands including Coll, Colonsay and gorgeous Tiree with its gorgeous white sandy beaches.

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.




Sitting room with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD and iPod docking station
Kitchen/dining room with gas hob and electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, etc
Utility room with sink and washer/dryer
Wet room with WC and wash basin.


Twin bedroom (converts to king-size double) with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom (super king-size converts to twin) en suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED (for domestic use only, not inclusive of electric car charging). Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (1 basket of logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (speed approximately 35-40MB). 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.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Fri

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

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: Fri

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
02 Feb 2024 - 28 Mar 2024 £895.00
29 Mar 2024 - 18 Apr 2024 £1,195.00
19 Apr 2024 - 02 May 2024 £895.00
03 May 2024 - 23 May 2024 £1,195.00
24 May 2024 - 30 May 2024 £1,395.00
31 May 2024 - 20 Jun 2024 £1,195.00
21 Jun 2024 - 18 Jul 2024 £1,395.00
19 Jul 2024 - 22 Aug 2024 £1,495.00
23 Aug 2024 - 12 Sep 2024 £1,195.00
13 Sep 2024 - 03 Oct 2024 £895.00
04 Oct 2024 - 24 Oct 2024 £1,195.00
25 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £795.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £1,395.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £1,395.00
06 Jan 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 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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