This comfortable bungalow sits in a row of shore facing properties on the main route through Minard village, heading from Inverary to Lochgilphead and Campbeltown. The property is set back from the road and has double glazing and electric heating which is included in the price. It sleeps 4 - 6 and has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and, if needed, an additional z bed, bed settee, and child's bed or cot. The spacious living area accommodates a dining area and has a coal fire. There is a fully equipped kitchen with kitchen table, double oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and electrical appliances. The property has one bathroom. The private grounds include ample parking, 2 lawned gardens, a summer house and a patio area, both with loch views. There are outbuildings where any outdoor equipment can be stored. There is a range of books and maps for visitors to borrow with information on local walks and places of interest.
The scenic village of Minard is an excellent location from which to explore the West Coast of Scotland, some of its islands and sea lochs, hill walking, sports such as fishing, canoing and off road cycliing and, further afield, some of Scotland's wonderful mountain and ridge walking, mountain biking and water pursuits such as sea life boat trips and fast ribs.
With The Anchorage as a central point, you can head in any direction - south from Lochgilphead down the Mull of Kintyre to Campbeltown, north via Lochgilphead to Oban, or from Inverary you can head North in the direction of Crianlarich and Glencoe, or south to the Cowal Peninsula, to the busy town of Dunoon, or over to Colintraive and the Island of Bute with its beautiful beaches, Victorian holiday town of Rothesay, Castle and Mount Stuart House and Gardens.
One of the very special attractions to the Mid Argyll area is a sense of traveling back through time, around the village with its Ancient Solar Alignment along the shore towards Minard Castle, Crarae National Trust Gardens where there is a burial chamber, Auchindrain township museum and a forest drive from there which takes you for several miles, ending up by the side of Loch Awe.
This feeling also pervades as you visit the nearby township of Inveraray which is busy with tourist visitors at all times of year, drawn by the stunning views and the history of the town, Inveraray Castle where they can visit the gardens for free / of take a tour in the castle. There are 2 museums (a tall rigged ship and the Old Jail), a Church Bell Tower, craft shop, restaurants and hotels. The George Hotel comes highly recommended by my guests and the Loch Fyne Hotel has the facilities of a swimming pool and leisure suite.
The atmosphere around the area from the Crinan canal to Kilmartin and beyond is the same, (20 miles west) the sense of tranquility in the landscape around you, where you can stand on the hill top on which the earliest Kings of Scotland were crowned, (Dunaad), and which gives this area the name of Dalriada, place your foot in a foot step carved out of the stone, or visit the standing stones and buriel chambers nearby. A visit to Kilmartin museum will bring this history alive. Carnasserie Castle nearby is free to visit as you head on your way up to Oban. Oban is 50 miles away from The Anchorage and you can make it a round trip, returning via the Pass of Brander and Loch Awe.
You will experience the same sense of tranquility on trips over to the islands on this coast - such as Ghia, en route to Campbeltown, Kerrera near Oban, Iona (via Oban and Mull) and Lismore, north of Oban
The walks in Argyll provide for changing views of the landscape and sea board, often with a sense of isolation and remoteness. The range of walking near The Anchorage is very varied, from forest trails behind the house, farm tracks to remote hill lochs and a deserted village, shore walks, or a treck up Ben Ghlass which is framed in the dining window. Or, heading further afield, some cardiovascular exercise awaits you as you head up Meall Mhor, a fairly obvious view point with masts on top which can be seen from the main road as you head towards Tarbert and which has a track all the way.
The Cruachan Range of hills near Loch Awe is manageable from the house (1 hour) and provides for some superb ridge walking. There are also trips to the Cruachan Hydro Dam, cut into the hillside, and an old iron furnace to visit at Taynuilt nearby. Boat trips are advertised on Loch Awe and at Loch Etive for those who like to fish.
The Arrochar Alps are also very popular and manageable from The Anchorage (1 hour), as are the hills of Crianlarich and Glencoe (1.5 hours). Fort William is about 20 miles beyond there, with wonderful walking in Glen Nevis, most notably Ben Nevis, but many more besides.
The route from Fort William to Mallaig affords views of the western isles, spectacular in good weather and sunset, either by road, or train (The Hogwart Express / or the service train). And, if traveling that far, the white sandy beaches around Arisaig and Morar are well worth a visit.
You can also take a boat from Mallaig to Skye or to Inverie in the wilderness area of the Knoydart peninsula.
For adventurous sea trips, inquire at Oban, Crinan and Ballachulish where visitors can view porpoises and dolphins. Or take a trip in a high speed rib.
For my regular guests, they love the peace and tranquility which they find at Minard, the fishing off the headland point in view from the front window, cozying up by the fire and a feeling of being at home.
Gîte accueillant et confortable. La cuisine est très bien équipée, les chambres spacieuses et la literie est bonne. Nous avons passé une très bonne semaine en famille. Merci Margaret pour cette jolie maison.
The Anchorage is a Charming Bungalow in the heartlands of Mid Argyll, with stunning views of Loch Fyne, a sea loch location in the West of Scotland. The property sits in its own grounds with ample parking, open fire in the sitting room and summer house and patio in the grounds, both of which have loch views.
The bungalow comfortably sleeps 4, (one double and one twin bedroom) and the spacious living area accommodates a bed sette as well as a dining area. There is one bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen and kitchen table. Children and pets are most welcome. There are outbuildings to store any outdoors equipment.
The location is ideal for a peaceful holiday, with spectacular walks from the house - the shore line walk to an ancient solar alignment in the direction of Minard Castle (if you are quiet you might see otters swimming in the bay), the walk (or cycle) behind the house up forest trails and farm tracks towards hill lochs, Ben Ghlass and a deserted settlement in the hills, or along the main road to Crarae Scottish National Trust Gardens, spectacular in spring and early summer.
The whole area is very atmospheric and steeped in history. Inveraray (10 miles) is a magnet for tourists with its Castle, museums, restaurants and tea rooms. The Loch Fyne Hotel has a liesure suite and swimming pool.
In the other direction, (about 20 miles) favorite locations with spectacular views are the Crinan Canal along to the Crinan basin, Dunaad (a hill top where the early Scottish Kings were crowned), Tayvallich, Kilmartin, Carnasserie Castle and the Island of Kerrera beside Oban. The views traveling further south are equally good as the road skirts the shores of Loch Fyne almost all the way to Tarbert, the beautiful Isle of Ghia, the white sand and surf of Westport beach and Campbeltown where you can walk across to the island of Davaar at low tide. Or head by the back road where you can take the ferry to Arran and it's beautiful Brodick Castle and Gardens, or visit Skipness Castle.
The Anchorage is also a good location for hill walkers. In just over an hour you can reach the Cruachan range or, slightly further away, the Arrochar Alps, the hills of Crianlarich and the spectacular gorges of Glencoe where tourists stop and gaze from the lay bys as they pass through the dramatic landscape. The Lost Valley can be reached from there, but great care is advised. If going to Glencoe, the single track route via Glen Orchy affords the best views.
Further on, you come to the village of Kinlochleven with the Ice Factor, for learning to climb or ice climb. There is also a watersports centre in Ballachulish with a range of facilities and experiences available. The Ballachulish Bridge enables you to drive all the way round Loch Leven / or carry on to Fort William. The coastal views continue as you look across to the Morvern Peninsula and further dramatic mountain landscapes. From Fort William there is a choice of Train to Mallaig (including the popular Hogwart Express) or the road which leads to the lovely white sands of Morar and stunning views out to the Western Isles. From Mallaig itself you can take a boat to Inverie and spend a while on the remote Knoydart peninsula. The Ferry to Skye still also runs from here.
From The Anchorage, another favorite day trip is the Cowal peninsula to the town of Dunoon, visiting Ben More Gardens en route, or via Collintriave to the Island of Bute with its town of Rothersay, lovely beaches, Castle and the stunning Mount Stuart House and Gardens.
The other main asset The Anchorage has to offer is for those who like to fish, as one of the best locations in the district is the headland point along the shore of Loch Fyne, in view from the front windows. It is also a good place for people who have their own cannoe, or who enjoy other water sports. Some of the visitors have also described life changing experiences on sea life boat trips, which are available now from Crinan Harbour and Oban as seals abound and Porpoises and Dolphins are now swimming in our coastal waters. Come and enjoy.