Another fantastic trip to this lovely part of Scotland and these wonderful cottages. We were warmly welcomed by the owner, Andrew on arrival and as ever the cottage was an ace place to stay - with a young child in tow it was a good test of the facilities so with a DVD player, lovely enclosed garden, and a large lounge we were well catered for - the bathrooms and hot water are superb so bath time was a riot of fun!
The Cowal Way has been upgraded since our last visit so the decent walk to Tighnabruaich was especially rewarding and even provided seats with a breathtaking view at the half way point. The major attraction this year was the sun and we found a massive sandy beach just south of Kames.
With fishing, highland games in Dunoon, Loch Fyne and the Portavadie marina there was plenty to keep us busy - for anyone with young children there is a little gem of a playground next to the Glendaruel shinty pitch.
We also use this cottage as a base to visit the inner hebrides and a quick two day 1 night visit to Islay for Whisky tasting was well worth the effort.
Cracking holiday , cracking place to stay.
We have been staying in the Argyle & Bute region for over 15 years and in that time have stayed in many lovely coattages ( never had a bad one ). Shelduck was by far the largest with three double bedrooms and four bathrooms/toilets. The place didn't want for anything and sat proudly in its own ample grounds with a very impressive view of the glen from all aspects.
The main bed was a king size one and the level of equipment that was laid on by the owner Andrew was amazing covering every possible need. Unusually generous was the wood stack outside for the log burner.
The area has a wealth of walks and good resturants but be prepared as a short trip on small roads takes time and watch out for the wild life - many thanks the best yet.
If you are thinking of booking one of these cottages do not hesitate, you will not be disappointed. Very warm, comfortable and well equipped, even fishing rods in the utility room! It was spotlessly clean and furnished beautifully. We only lit the log burner once, it was so warm and cozy. We took our road bikes onto Bute, £4 return for us both and the roads there are smooth and empty. The scenery all round is dramatic, every turn gives a new view. Highly recommended.
The cottage is so comfortable and warm that it was hard to leave and explore, but there are so many places to visit within easy reach, that we did leave the reading till the evening, when we lit the woodburner and poured our drinks! The living room is big and has a sun deck with barbecue at one end, sadly not used in April, but giving lovely views over the loch. Kitchen large and well equipped, and each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom with bath as well as shower. The décor is stylish but cosy, with lots of armchairs and sofas, and we had a very happy week.
We had a great time. The dogs loved it. Andrew the owner was very accomodating as regards one of our party's health requirements. He was helpful and knowledgeable about the area. The whole week was an escape for us all. The weather was pretty wet and stormy so the log fire stove was used to the max, it was wonderful and brought the inner UG out in some of us. As it was so stormy and cold on 4 of our 7 days the wildlife appeared to stay indoors too!! Because of this we will have to go back! Oh dear what a shame!! The cottage was well equipt and very, very homely. We would recommend Tighnariddon cottages and we hope to go back again. All of us appreciated having instant wi-fi, can't fault the holiday.
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The cottage was modern and clean with all the makings of home from home. As described situated right on Loch side so wonderful low tide walks each morning on the deserted beach. The dog and children could run free burning off energy without the worry of disturbing other people, only wish there had been a hose to hose them all down afterwards but the mop bucket worked well! The area was extremely tranquil and extremely difficult to believe only an hour (if that) from Glasgow.
I found a car was a necessity and I should really have researched the area a bit more as feel we missed a few opportunities - the Argyle secret coast scarecrow trail, the ferry to Rothesay, a day trip on the Waverley steamer- but these are all things to think of for next time.
We went armed with board games, football, kites, sticker books and DVDs and the children (6,3 and 1) couldn't have been happier.
We took our food with us and although a Spar shop along the road which is perfect for essentials, the nearest 'big' supermarket is Dunoon.
Otter Ferry beach on a good day is worth a visit and Portavadie Marina has a great children's play area as well as shop, bar and restaurant.
A holiday with a difference, no amusement parks, no queuing or fast food restaurants but definitely an experience worth doing again. Thank you.
We stayed at this delightful cottage (again) to enjoy a trip to the Commonwealth Games at nearby Glasgow followed by the delights Argyll's 'Secret Coast' has to offer. The Games were magnificent and the cottage just as good as our first visit, very clean, comfortable and homely with everything one could hope for after a long day out adventuring. An added bonus this time was excellent wifi internet.
We enjoyed stunning walking all around the immediate area, caught mackerel and pollock in Loch Riddon, a bit of golf up the road in Kames and just as the guide book advised a day trip to Tobormory on Mull. Best of all Brian the Labrador had a great time as well. It being Scotland and summer we got out share of rain but we prepared for that and it made all the sunshine that much better. Butefull!