Monday, July 20, 2009

Detached Holiday Cottage near Oban Argyll Scotland

Detached Holiday Cottage near Oban, Argyll, Scotland. Spectacular views over the Firth of Lorne towards the islands of Lismore and Mull can be enjoyed whilst relaxing in this spacious detached house, Ceol-na-Mara, and exploring the extensive landscaped garden. It lies just two miles from the busy harbour town of Oban - where ferries offer popular day trips to Mull and Iona, Islay, Colonsay, Tiree, Coll and Lismore. In town, time can be spent admiring the interesting boats and watching inquisitive seals in the bay. A pleasant evening walk can be made from Ganavan to the town centre past the rocky ruins of Dunollie Castle and along the Corran Esplanade. A five minute stroll leads to the sandy beach of Ganavan where spectacular sunsets can be seen. A further cliff-top walk to Dunstaffnage Castle, ancient seat of the Clan Campbell is a must. For children, Oban’s Sea Life Centre offers a chance to see life under the seas including seals and otters. There are plenty of attractions in Oban, known as the Gateway to the Isles, including a good selection of shops and restaurants, as well as the Oban Whisky Distillery and McCaig’s Tower, a replica of the Coliseum of Rome that overlooks the bay. Oban’s Atlantis Leisure Centre is a great facility for the active. The Oban area hosts many events during the season with Highland Games, festivals and West Highland Yachting Week. The Isles of Lismore and Kerrera are not to be missed for walking and cycling enthusiasts. On Lismore, an abundance of wild flowers and birds can be seen, and visits can be made to the cathedral of St Moluag, Tirefour Broch, Castle Coeffin and Sailean - with its diused limekilns and cottages, the ruins of Castle Achadun and Barr Mor, the island’s highest point. Take a boat trip to the seal islands or Duart and Torosay Castle on the Isle of Mull, the largest of the Inner Hebrides. On Mull, a pilgrimage to Iona or the fishing village of Tobermory - with its colourful waterfront setting is not to be missed. Enjoy the wonderful west coast of Mull with its stunning coastal scenery, the Cliffs of Burg, the leaf beds of Ardtun and the sandy beaches around Calgary. Ceol-na-Mara makes an excellent base from which to explore the southern Argyll coast, which is steeped in legend and tradition with many picturesque villages. Drive over the Atlantic Bridge to Seil Island and visit Easdale and Luing, with their historic slate quarrying villages. Take a Sea Safari from here to see dolphins, whales and eagles as well as the famous Whirlpool of Corryveckan or discover the ancint past at Kilmartin Glen and museum. Everywhere, visitors can enjoy the splendour of unspoilt countryside with its endless sea and wildlife. Large living room with open fire and adjoining dining-room. Large fitted kitchen with door to garden. Double bedroom. Two twin-bedded rooms. Bathroom/W.C. Shower room/W.C. Elec and full oil CH incl. Open fire - fuel incl. Double oven incl. Parking. Shop two miles. TV. Video. DVD. Radio/cassette/CD. Auto wm. M/wave. D/washer. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with sloping paths, furniture and unfenced stream (toddlers beware!). Secure cycle store. Easy walking access (three steps). Duvets with linen and towels. Non-smokers only.
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