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Peaceful farm cottages by lovely Loch Awe in the 'Heart of Argyll' - Barr-beithe Upper Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 14 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



Barr-beithe Upper Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)

Set in a garden of heathers and azaleas, in springtime the garden is a riot of colour. Enjoy Loch Awe from the sunroom, lounge, garden and the comfort of the master bedroom (what a wonderful way to start a day).

A large kitchen/diner looks out onto the hillside at the back of the house. Three bedrooms (King sized double, flexible twin/zip-linked double room and a twin room). Separate bathroom and shower rooms.

About the property


Our self-catering cottages are 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 have been awarded 4 stars by Visit Scotland.

Barn - Sleeping 2

An upside down cottage with lounge, diner and kitchen upstairs. Outside there is a picnic table in your garden area and a bench from which to watch the sunsets over Loch Awe. The loch shore is just a 5 minute walk away.

Stable - sleeping 4 (2 bedrooms)

Stunning loch views and sunsets from this spacious, relaxed accommodation with large open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen. Loch views also enjoyed from the patio with bench and picnic table.

Barr-beithe Lower - sleeps 5 (3 bedrooms)

An easy to live in cottage with open plan lounge/diner/sunroom in a sunny spot over looking Loch Awe. The patio with bench and picnic table enjoys a lovely outlook over fields and along Loch Awe.

Barr-beithe Upper - sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms)

Lovely loch view from comfort of master bedroom, lounge, sunroom and garden and the kitchen looks onto the hill (also nice view). Outside, in the lovely garden of azaleas and heathers, the picnic table and bench enjoy the lovely view over Loch Awe.

There is a field between Barr-beithe Lower and Barr-beithe Upper.

The Farm:

On Blarghour we farm sheep and cattle on 2,000 acres by the shores of lovely Loch Awe in a lovely part of Argyll. Guests are welcome to walk and explore the farm:

- fish or walk to the loch shore

- to the viewpoint for a picnic and amazing views of Loch Awe

- to old ruined settlements

- on a nearby forest walk (circular walk coming back via the farm)

- to our many waterfalls.

In good weather we enjoy wonderful sunsets.

Loch Awe:

Loch Awe is 25 miles long and the longest loch in Scotland. Surrounded by forests, farms, hills and mighty Ben Cruachan.

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 from Loch Awe Boats if hiring a boat.

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 visiting the Corryvrechan Whirlpool or to see puffins when they come ashore to nest in late spring and for this we recommend the boat trip to Finals Cave and the Treshnish Isles.

Exploring Argyll and beyond:

We are well situated for exploring Argyll and the West Highlands with many attractions, walks and wonderful scenery within easy reach of a day out:

- Oban and the distillery

- Islands of Mull and Iona (ferry from Oban) & wildlife tours

- Inveraray Castle and victorian Jail

- majestic Glen Coe

- Loch Lomond

- the standing stones & rock art of Kilmartin Glen

- Crinan Canal

- many beautiful gardens

For children

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.

After a day out you will look forward to returning to your cottage at Blarghour.

More Details

Catriona O'Keeffe
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About Catriona O'Keeffe

Catriona was brought up the 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 and looks forward to welcoming you to Blarghour.

Why Catriona O'Keeffe chose Inveraray

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 the 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



In quality self-catering holiday cottages offering peace, privicy and seclusion on a quiet country road on our farm by Loch Awe.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
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: Barr-beithe Upper 4 nights (winter only)


Accommodation and facilities for Barr-beithe Upper Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)in Inveraray in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Choice of 1 x extra large double bed or 2 x single beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Beds are made for the arrival of guest
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
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. 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.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Lovely Cottage with Great Views

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious, comfortable & clean accommodation with lovely views over Loch Awe & the hills behind. It was very peaceful staying here you could just stay in the cottage & enjoy the views & walks without using your car.

Well stocked kitchen and a dishwasher & washing machine were a great bonus. Catriona is lovely & was very helpful when we arrived explaining everything we needed to know.

We would highly recommend this cottage & hope to go back in 2017

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Happy Memories

  • 5 of 5

The week went so quickly and we walked a lot, we saw wonderful places like Arduaine Gardens, Monument Hill at Dalmally, enjoyed walks along Crinan Canal and through the forest to the Blarghour dam, and we ate out at the Loch Fyne Seafood restaurant.

This has been our fourth visit and we will take away such happy memories of the stunning views of Loch Awe and the sunsets over the hills and lochs.

The cottage is so well-appointed and spotlessly clean to make our stay so comfortable. Thank-you for the delicious shortbread which was here on our arrival. We also found the book on the history of South Loch Awe-side absolutely fascinating. We're sure we will return and thank-you so much. H&J

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

Everything was like the description (even more than we expected), A nice, clean, well prepared home with a good contact to the owners, who cared immediately for the few questions we had.

We could enjoy a week of relaxing, beautiful countryside and would propose everyone coming to this location the view from the sitting-room and the view from the top of the "hill" (take at least half an hour to get on the top, although it seems just a short way) - you will have lasting memories of a beautiful scenery. And there are lots of walks, climbing and (by car) places to visit.

We recommend this property and will probably come back when visiting Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Schitterend gelegen

  • 5 of 5

Het huis is ruim, schoon en van alle gemakken voorzien. Rond het huis is de tuin mooi aangelegd en deze zit vol vogels. Behalve de waterval, de vogels en de schapen hoor je niets. De uitzicht voor was over het loch en achter hadden wij zicht op de helling: allebei prachtig.

Een auto is wel nodig om de omgeving te verkennen en boodschappen te doen. Schotland op zijn mooist.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Cruachan Power Station
"A great place to visit on a wet day and the tearoom which looks onto the loch has lovely hom..."
Inveraray Castle
"Home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, this lovely castle, garden and excellent tearoom ser..."
Inveraray Jail
"A 19th century courthouse and prison in the center of pretty Inveraray with some awful stori..."
Argyll Adventure
"Enjoyable pony treks by Loch Fyne. My nephews have tried and enjoyed the paintball target pr..."
Ben Cruachan Inn
"Good pub food in lovely open plan pub with friendly, helpful, welcoming staff "
Ardbrecknish House Restaurant & Bar
"Friendly bar serving good home cooked pub food also enjoyed by locals "
Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Glasgow International
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Ardbrecknish House
Nearest Ferry
200 Miles
Newcastle to Amsterdam
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Dalmally Golf Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
65 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Glen Coe
Nearest Beach
44 Miles
Ganavan Sands near Oban
Car: necessary

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)

Horse riding

The Sealife Centre

Further Details:

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.