Stable Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)
Spacious living area with full length windows and patio for relaxing and enjoying Loch Awe and at the end of a day maybe a wonderful sunset. Bed may be twin (2 x single beds) or zip-linked doubles for both bedrooms. Enjoy dining at the picnic table on the patio or sitting on the bench with birds in the trees around. The nearby squirrel feeder attracts both red squirrels and under the cover of darkness Pine Martins also visit. During the autumn/winter months red deer come onto the hill beside Stable to dine on acorns fallen from the oak trees.
On a traditional hill farm by the shores of lovely Loch Awe amidst the west highland scenery of loch and mountain typical of Argyll, we offer four comfortable, well equipped cottages sleeping 2 to 6 people.
All the cottages are comfortable and have been awarded 4 stars by Visit Scotland.
Barn - Sleeping 2
An upside down cottage with lounge, diner and kitchen upstairs.
Stable - sleeping 4 (2 bedrooms)
Spacious accommodation, patio and beautiful view over Loch Awe.
Barr-beithe Lower - sleeps 5 (3 bedrooms)
An easy to live in cottage, sunroom and patio in sunny spot over looking Loch Awe
Barr-beithe Upper - sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms)
Lovely loch view from comfort of master bedroom, lounge, sunroom and garden.
On Blarghour we farm sheep and cattle on 2,000 acres by the shores of lovely Loch Awe. Guests are welcome to walk and explore the farm, fish or walk to the loch shore or to the viewpoint, to old ruined settlements, on a nearby forest walk or to our many waterfalls.
In good weather we enjoy wonderful sunsets.
Loch Awe is 25 miles long and the longest loch in Scotland. Surrounded by forests, farms, hills and mighty Ben Cruachan, Loch Awe is 25 miles long and the longest loch in Scotland.
Boats may be hired for a day to explore the nature and islands on Loch Awe. Fishing for trout and pike is by permit and these are available at the farm or at Loch Awe Boats.
Nature and wildlife:
On the farm and around Loch Awe we have native Red Squirrels, Pine Marten, Red Deer and Roe Deer and Osprey.
Boat trips often provide excellent opportunities to view eagles while maybe visiting the Corryvrechan Whirlpool or to see puffins whne they come ashore to nest in late spring we recommend the boat trip to Finals Cave and the Treshnish Isles.
Exploring Argyll and beyond:
We are well situated for touring Argyll with Oban and it's distillery and ferries to the islands of Mull and Iona, Inveraray Castle and Jail, mighty Glen Coe, Loch Lomond, the standing stones of Kilmartin Glen, Crinan Canal and the many beautiful gardens of Argyll all within easy reach for a day out.
Inveraray Castle and Jail both have a quiz to hold the interest of young people and for activities Argyll Adventure offers pony trekking and zombie games. Another popular afternoon out is to the Scottish Seal Sanctuary which also has otters and an indoor aquarium.
Bicycles can be hired for cycling the tow path along Crinan Canal.
Top Traveller Review
We found a great seafood restaurant in Inveraray called Samphire.
About the Owner
About Catriona O'Keeffe
Catriona was brought up on Blarghour Farm. She went away to secondary school and college then worked in Ireland and Poland for a few years before returning to the farm in Argyll with her husband Martin. Catriona now looks after the self-catering holiday cottages on the farm by Loch Awe and looks forward to welcoming familiar faces and new guests alike.
Why Catriona O'Keeffe chose Scotland
On a quiet country road by the shores of Loch Awe this is a peaceful,tranquil and scenic setting for your holiday in either a converted farm steading or in old shepherds cottages which provide comfortable accommodation on Blarghour Farm.
What makes this cottage unique
Set amidst wonderful Argyll scenery of loch, hill and mountain typical of the West of Scotland, with the mood of each day reflected the gentle waters of Loch Awe, the longest freshwater loch in Scotland.
A haven for wildlife:
Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of a deposit of 50%. Balance of the rent is due approx. 6 weeks before arrival. Gas and electricity are metered and charged before departure.
Until 30th October 2015 - full weeks Saturday to Saturday
During the winter months start/end days and length of stay are flexible.
Short Breaks: 30th October 2015 to 26th March 2016
Minimum stay: Stable 3 nights (winter only)
(12 traveller reviews)
We highly recommend this property, the location is very peaceful & the view from the accommodation is fantastic, overlooking Lock Awe, it didn't matter if the sun was shining or it was raining you could just sit & look at it all day. The accommodation was very clean & spacious, the owners were very friendly & helpful. It was one of those holidays that you never wanted to end, so we will be going back. If you like Scotland you will love this location.
We found a great seafood restaurant in Inveraray called Samphire.
Perfect getaway from the rat race.
We had a great time. The accommodation was very well presented, spotlessly clean, and with views to die for.
Inveraray is the nearest town with all facilities required including shops and excellent pubs for drink or food. Boat rental for a day on tha loch is a must and available a few miles up the road. All in all one of the best places we have stayed at.
Excellent cottage in a stunning setting
We stayed in Stable; it is very well furnished and equipped and was spotlessly clean for our arrival. The views are absolutely amazing (even on rainy days!) and the peace and quiet of the surroundings make it a real 'away from it all' rest from busy lives. Red squirrels came to the garden feeder every morning and red deer were seen most days in the field below the garden. We were welcomed by Catriona on arrival and she made sure that we knew she was close by should we need anything. Highly recommended.
The view out over Loch Awe was incredible and the cottage is
ideally placed to take advantage. Really hard to sit in the lounge
in the evening and not gaze out at beautiful sunset over the loch. Wildlife in abundance - we saw red squirrels, deer and
ospreys on a regular basis. Very comfortable accommodation and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
A sensational holiday you will want repeat.
Stunning - 10/10! Facing west in a spectacular position on the shores of beautiful Loch Awe, we have found this holiday gem - Blarghour Farm.The warm welcome to this 4 star luxury accommodation, from the extremely thoughtful & kind hosts, Catriona Martin and Ile made us instantly feel at home. And from the doorstep we have experienced and enjoyed some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer.
From every window at the Stable we have sat & enjoyed sensational sunsets in a changing kaleidoscope of nature's colours.Also this year Red Squirrels&Deer have been regular visitors.Ospreys have been seen flying along the loch&Dippers feeding their young at the nest.Easy walks with cascading waterfalls have been made from the doorstep.Blarghour Farm is also ideally placed to use as a base with wonderful areas within easy reach to visit. These are just a few of our favourites.The world famous Kilmartin Glen-one of Scotland's oldest landscapes with 5000 years of history on show in the Glen's standing stones,and stone circles.Amazing artefacts are also displayed in Kilmartin's award winning museum.And the cafe there must NOT be missed!
The town of Oban gives you access to the ferries if you wish to travel out&visit the Islands.The large reduction in ferry charges to Mull&Iona this year has been an unexpected&very welcomed treat!! Travelling up the loch you soon reach the dramatic and spectacular mountain&coastal scenery of Glencoe. Taking the circular route up the coast&back through the Glen(or vice versa)is a truly fantastic journey.And when back in the comfort of the Stable you may,as we have done so often,be coaxed into gazing west across Loch Awe while enjoying a glass of wine and being captivated by your own spectacular sunset.Colours which have to be seen to be believed, can develop&reflect on your loch view outside &stretch across the sky.If you are lucky as we have been, you will catch a sunset with colours that go on for hours. And once the sunset is over the stars light up in all their glory,with no nearby artificial light to steal their show.We highly recommend that you book a holiday, you will not be disappointed.
Just be prepared to fall under Blarghour's enchanting spell!
Best choice for the first scotland holidays
It was so lovely and quiet. Catriona and her husband showed us some scottish traditions like hogmanay. There is a great area where you can hike. I also fall in love with the dogs. Someday I'll come back.
From the Owner
“On a quiet country road by the shores of Loch Awe this is a peaceful,tranquil and scenic setting for your holiday in either a converted farm steading or in old shepherds cottages which provide comfortable accommodation on Blarghour Farm.”
Activity and Interests
Boats may be hired on Loch Awe
If looking for a nice quiet sandy beach by the sea we would recommend Crinan Ferry (45 mins by car) or Carsaig beach (1 hour by car)
Glasgow International Airport: 2 hours
Edinburgh Airport: 2hrs 45 minutes
Oban (ferries to Mull & Iona): 1 hour 10 mins
Inveraray: 35 mins
Blarghour is set in a lovely location over looking Loch Awe, but we are remote so a car is essential.
See & do while staying at Blarghour:
Inveraray castle & Jail (35 mins)
Cruachan Power Station "The Hollow Mountain" (35 mins)
Glen Orchy and Glen Coe (40 mins+)
Bird watching on Moine Mhor or a walk along Crinan Canal (40 mins)
Standing stones of Kilmartin Glen (40 mins)
Lunch and a wander round Tavallich (50 mins)
A tour of Oban distillery, shopping and a fish supper overlooking Oban Bay (1hour)
The gardens of Crarae (40mins) and Arduaine (50 mins)
The Sealife Centre
Suggested places to eat:
Locally: Ardbrecknish House serve meals in the bar and games room.
Inveraray: The George Hotel,the Loch Fyne Hotel after visiting the castle or old jail
Cairndow: Loch Fyne Oysters and the Cairndow Inn
Kilmartin: Kilmartin Inn or the museum cafe and a wander round the standing stones
Tayvallich: Tayvallich Inn and a visit toCarsaig Bay
Crinan: Crinan Hotel or the cafe with homemade cakes and a walk along the canal
Tarbert: lots of choices where to eat and a lovely bay to wander around
Oban: Lunch in the Manor House or fish and chip takeaway by Oban Bay after a visit to the distillery
Dalmally: The Orchy Lodge after a drive along Glen Orchy
Appin: Castle Stalker Cafe over looking Castle Stalker and a wander round Kinlochlaich Gardens or visit the Sealife Centre
Port Appin: The Pier House or Airds Hotel and take a ferry over to the island of Lismore.
From the Owner
“Set amidst wonderful Argyll scenery of loch, hill and mountain typical of the West of Scotland, with the mood of each day reflected the gentle waters of Loch Awe, the longest freshwater loch in Scotland. A haven for wildlife: Red Squirrels Pine Marten Red Deer Roe Deer Osprey Dipper”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dishwasher ...
- Oven ...
- Hob ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable ...
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only ...
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- toilet, wash basin and walk in shower
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedrooms are upstairs and both bedrooms have the choice of a large zip-linked double bed or 2 x single beds ie. twin beds Beds are made for the arrival of guests
- Boat ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: Beds will be made for your arrival and towels are provided (one bath towel per person, hand towels in bathroom and kitchen and dish cloths. Gas and electricity are metered and charged at the end of your stay. Guests are asked to leave their cottage clean and tidy, as they found it. Outside: Picnic tables and a garden benches plus stones for a disposable barbecue at each cottage. Walk and picnic: picnic tables also located at lochside were you can also enjoy a small bonfire and at An Sidhean (enchanted hill) a 30 minutes walk on the farm.