Have been travelling to Kintyre for over sixty years and have stayed at the Argyll a handful of times in the past where it could only be described as mediocre bordering on poor.
Under the new ownership of Nick and Ian this hotel is absolutely transformed to a complete gem of a place to stay in a stunning location. The welcome was warm, personal and friendly. They are not just "dog friendly" but positively "dog welcoming" and even our neurotic mutt chilled out within minutes of arriving and stayed that way for the 24 hours we were there.
The location is breathtaking with the Atlantic crashing on the shore 30m from the patio area and dining room windows and a great sandy beach to walk on and stunning views over to Gigha, Islay and Jura. Our room was comfortable and clean and the lounge and dining area was welcoming and atmospheric.
The dinner menu was simple but gave a good choice and the food was just delicious. Cost of dinner was very reasonable (£17'ish in total for three courses) and the service was seriously good - friendly and helpful. Breakfast was out of this world - big plateful, well cooked and topped up by home made marmalades made by the owners (try the red grapefruit and mandarin marmalade). The Argyll is a hotel where the owners actually want you to stay and be part of the place for the duration of the visit.
Turn left at Lochgilphead and make for Kintyre - it's a stunning part of Scotland - and make certain you stop at the Argyll. It is a real gem of a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Argyll Hotel sits on Bellochantuy bay, 10 miles north of Campbeltown on the beautiful Kintyre peninsula. It is a small hotel with eight bedrooms, most boasting sea views of the Atlantic across to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha. The conservatory restaurant and lounge area give panoramic views of the ocean and islands too. A great place to chill and relax and of course to eat, with lunches and dinners served daily. Sit on our outdoor terrace and listen to the waves cascading onto the white sandy beach of the curved bay. The terrace leads directly onto the beach where you can walk off your dinner or build up your appetite before dinner. A great place too for children to play or to walk your dog. The hotel dates back to the late eighteenth century when it was built as a coaching inn and has remained as a hotel to this day. Modernised over the years, the hotel still retains the feel of an old west coast hotel with is cosy snug bar, but has the modern conveniences of en suite rooms with TV, free wi-fi access and an affordable restaurant meaning you do not have to leave the comfort of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Argyll Hotel Campbeltown, Argyll And Bute