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Peaceful farm cottages by lovely Loch Awe in the 'Heart of Argyll' - Barr-beithe Lower Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights



Barr-beithe Lower Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)

A sunny cottage with lovely view across fields and along Loch Awe which may be enjoyed from sun lounge and patio.

Kitchen, diner/lounge and sunroom. Three bedrooms (double, flexible twin (2 x single) or double room and a single room). Separate bathroom and shower rooms.

Wheelchair ramp and riser recliner chair though unsuitable for wheelchair bound.

In springtime lambs are born in the field beside this cottage and after only a few days they will be skipping and playing around the field. Ospreys often fish from the bay below.

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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.

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Catriona O'Keeffe
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 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 Lower 4 nights (winter only)


Inveraray Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bath towels are provided (1 per person) plus one hand towel in both the bathroom and shower room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Beds can also be zipped together to make a super-king size
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Beds are made for arrival of guests
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback 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 very fairly at the end of your stay. This is normally about £5 to £15 during the summer. Guests are asked to leave their cottage clean and tidy, as they found it. Outside: Picnic tables and a garden benches plus stand for a disposable barbecue at each cottage. Walk and picnic: picnic tables also located at the loch shore were you can also enjoy a small bonfire and on top of An Sidhean (enchanted hill) which is a 30 minutes walk on the farm.


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Barr-beithe Lower Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in beautiful location. Spotlessly clean, very well equipped and comfortable. Wheelchair ramp and space in cottage great for disabled person to get around. Owner very helpful. One of the best cottages we have stayed at.

Lower Barr-beithe cottage was more like a home form home than a holiday cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Ce séjour était notre premier en Écosse et nous ne regrettons rien dans le choix de cette location.

Située au bord d'un loch, elle vous garantira un dépaysement total. Nous tenons par ailleurs à souligner l'extrême propreté des lieux ainsi que l'équipement de la maison qui est très complet.

Si cela ne suffisait pas, la propriétaire est très agréable et dévouée.

Nous recommandons cette location.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our Favourite Holiday Cottage in Scotland

  • 5 of 5

Recently returned from another week in our favourite holiday cottage in Scotland.Barr Beithe Lower is a lovely,very well equipped & maintained cottage in a perfect setting by Loch Awe.

Loved sitting in the sun lounge enjoying the view & watching the lambs frolicking in the fields. Outside is the perfect place for a barbecue - weather permitting!!

After many years still finding new places to go & things to do within a days drive. This time round drove down to Loch Katrine in the Trossachs & had a sail on the steamship "Sir Walter Scott" - very enjoyable - would do it again.

Enjoyed meals out at Ardbrecknish, Glen Orchy Lodge.Dalmally & The George Hotel, Inveraray.

If you enjoy a wee dram Inveraray now has 2 whisky shops - both well worth a visit.

We hope to come back to Barr Beithe Lower for many years to come.There is a special atmosphere here.

Thank you to the owners who always make us feel very welcome & do their best to ensure that we enjoy our stay.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Barr Beithe

  • 5 of 5

A cottage alongside of Loch Awe, beautiful views of the loch from the lounge window. The cottage was beautifully furnished and well appointed with top of the range items. Three adults shared this three bedroom cottage (sleeps 5) and had a wonderful holiday. Plenty to see and do or just relax and enjoy the view. I cannot rate this particular accommodation highly enough.

Ron Emerson.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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An idyllic getaway in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Well what can we say --- Blarghour Farm cottages are an idyllic getaway in a beautiful location and Ile, Catriona and Martin make you feel as if you are coming home.

We have stayed at Barr-beithe lower on two occasions in the last year, once in June 2015 and the second time in April 2016. At this time of year the lambing season is in full swing and children and adults alike will love watching the lambs have their "silly hour" when their acrobatics are a joy to watch. May is also bluebell time when the whole area carpeted in blue.

The cottage itself is very well presented and scrupulously clean. A welcome tray when you arrive is a nice touch and Ile's shortbread is to die for.

The views of Loch Awe seem to change every few minutes and can hold you enthralled. You feel very much part of the Blarghour Family with all the locals waving and greeting you.

Amongst the places we visited were Inveraray Castle and Jail and we took the ferry from Oban to Mull. Cruachan Power Station is also well worth a visit and demonstrates an amazing feat of engineering. Must all mention the tasty fish supper at Tarbert, Loch Fyne.

This holiday can be as quiet or as busy as you prefer and we can't wait for our next visit.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Clean, warm and well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for my family of five. It is very well equipped, clean, comfortable and warm. The views out over the loch are stunning and the feeling of complete isolation and silence was exactly what we were looking for. The walks into the hills and farm land surrounding the cottage are completely open and accessible. You could do a completely different walk everyday from your door step without having to step into the car. There is also enough lawn around the cottage for the kids to play. A wonderful family holiday.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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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.