Watch the twinkling lights of Ireland, doorstep beachside living and go wild in Ardnamurchan, three new boltholes to discover!

Watch the twinkling lights of Ireland, doorstep beachside living and go wild in Ardnamurchan, three new boltholes to discover!

26/03/2019

Discover the twinkling lights of Ireland from your coastal cottage in Drummore, Mull of Galloway, head to the beach and stay in an old schoolhouse in Dumfries and Galloway or take to the wilds of Ardnamurchan, Strontian and discover a cute apartment for four, alongside a unique crafting centre where you can learn to weave dye and spin!

 

Auld Schoolhouse

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Celebrate in style in this grand 19th-century Scottish schoolhouse minutes from the beach overlooking the seashore, where families will enjoy coming together for special gatherings. This elegant Victorian school house, is situated in the peaceful village of Sandhead, right on the sandy shores of Luce Bay. Tastefully modernised into a luxurious beach house sleeping up to 8 guests in three bedrooms. The perfect location for a family holiday, in a stunning location and very friendly small village. With up to 7 miles of sandy beach on your door step there are lots of great walks and exciting activities to enjoy. On the doorstep of your beach rental property lies the small, beach front village of Sandhead, set in the south west of Dumfries and Galloway - gateway to an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Chill out on luxurious leather sofas by the open fire perfect for relaxing with the family or stretch your legs on the beach out front only 25 meters from our front door. The property has a spacious living room and separate dining area, the perfect opportunity to have quality time as a family whilst dining together around the large dining table. For family nights out or the cook's night off, you are only a minute's stroll from the village pub which serves great food. The kitchen is very spacious, and well equipped with a double oven, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, and a whole range of pots, pans, crockery and utensils. There is also a small breakfast table in the kitchen perfect for enjoying the morning sunrise and your breakfast coffee before everyone else rises. The Auld Schoolhouse also has a utility room complete with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and microwave perfect for storing wet weather gear, also downstairs is a shower room and WC.  There is a second WC and large spacious bathroom on the half landing perfect for families with teenagers!

You'll find a large spacious elegant room in the first bedroom with a double and single bed as well as an additional pull out bed perfect for younger family members. The second bedroom, also a double bedroom with luxurious king-sized bed benefits from the morning sunlight and stunning views across Sandhead beach. The third bedroom is the perfect ‘den' for children, with twin beds, plenty of wardrobe space and a close by additional shower room. There is also a shower room and WC on the first floor.

The Auld Schoolhouse garden is lovely, secluded and totally enclosed with parking for up to three cars. Just across the road from the Auld Schoolhouse is an additional garden space fully enclosed and quite secluded, ideal for catching the late evening sun just a stones throw from the beach, the perfect place to just chill out and relax. If you want to feel the sand between your toes, there is direct access from the garden to the beach. The village has a popular pub restaurant, the Tigh-na-Mara, which is dog friendly and serves delicious food and refreshments. If you need to stock up on any items there is a well-stocked village shop and close by the Woodlea Tearoom, serving delicious home baking and breakfast rolls.

Helendsale

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With an enviable coastal outlook to the twinkling lights of Ireland from its uninterrupted seafront location on the wildly beautiful Mull of Galloway, this family coastal luxury stay offers peace, breath-taking scenery and total relaxation. 

This stunning coastal cottage situated near The Mull of Galloway, in South west Scotland has been tastefully refurbished into a fabulous family holiday cottage sleeping six guests. Set in tranquil open countryside, it is the perfect place to unwind, walk and explore or when the mood takes you simply window watch, overlooking the sea to Ireland.

With numerous sandy beaches to explore just a short drive away and many local botanical gardens there is something for all ages to enjoy. Visit the the small fishing towns and villages close by, take a 10 minute walk down to the rocky shore below perfect for rockpooling or trace the cliff paths of a summers evening.

Helensdale is situated just a couple of miles between Drummore and Mull of Galloway which is the most Southernly point in Scotland. Located on a peninsula with a varying and enchanting range of coastal features from sandy beaches on the East coast to a variety of cliffs, rocks and sandy coves on the West, the most famous of which are the delightful village of Port Logan and the picturesque fishing village of Portpatrick. It is truly a micro- climate here with the sea and air being gently warmed by the Gulf Stream. The area is renowned for its Gardens including the exotic Logan Botanic, Logan House, Castle Kennedy, Dunskey and Glenwhan.

Within an hour's drive you can reach Culzean near Turnberry and Threave near Castle Douglas. Visit the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse which is an RSPB reserve with webcams at nesting sites and seal breeding areas which are delight to watch. This along with the unspoilt countryside and the Mull of Galloway Trail coastal path from Loch Ryan (Stranraer) to Mull of Galloway and the Southern Upland Way which starts in Portpatrick, makes the area a real nature lovers paradise.

If you like to get a round of golf in on holiday there are also many Golf Clubs to play in the area or for the fisherman in your party head to Portpatrick and try a spot of pier fishing. Galloway Forest Park, has many trails for walking, cycling and mountain biking and slightly further away is Laggan Outdoors (home of the longest zipwire) Cream of Galloway (activities and home made icecream), Chocolate Factory (near Twynholm) and Loch Ken watersports near Castle Douglas.

Your stunning holiday cottage comprises of three bedrooms, two of which are at ground level making it ideal for families with youngsters or less abled family members. Downstairs the bedroom layout comprises of a double bedroom with kingsized bed and in the second bedroom a twin bedded configuration awaits you. There is also a shower room on the ground floor with WC. Upstairs there is a double bedroom and bathroom with WC and shower

The property is designed for comfort and relaxation with leather sofas and swivel chairs in the lounge area as well as has a smart TV and an open fire great for gathering round in the evening. The open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area is great for soaking up the morning sunshine as it pours in the windows. The flow of the house creates a lovely space to enjoy a morning coffee on the large leather sofa with your family or friends or maybe a perfect  romantic break for two. The kitchen and dining area is very spacious with a dining table seating 6 comfortably. It is well equipped with all you could possibly need for your holiday stay; double oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, toaster, kettle and all the utensils, and kitchen paraphanelia you could possibly want. Outside you can make use of the garden furniture for some alfresco dining.If bringing any four legged guests with you there's a large enclosed garden perfect for letting them off the lead for a good run around.

A stay at Helensdale offers countless opportunities to get close to nature, relax, fish, golf, visit gardens or simply spend quality family time together in a beautifully unspoiled location.

 

Ariundle Apartment

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Enjoy a dramatic highland landscape with views of the hills and native wildlife; a cosy bijou apartment set beside a crafters workshop centre - where weavers, basket makers, spinners and felters can indulge in their creative side on the Scottish West Coast.

Ariundle apartment

At the head of glorious Loch Sunart lies the tranquil village of Strontian named after the element Strontium which was discovered here. The mines are no longer active but the area attracts a great many geologists every year. The walking here is unparalleled and suitable for all ages and abilities. The local oakwoods at Ariundle form part of the national nature reserve where the trees and rocks are festooned with spectacular mosses and lichens, wild orchids can be found growing in their natural environment and in the spring there are beautiful bluebell and primrose carpets. Nature lovers can seek out the rare chequered skipper butterfly in summer. With virtually no light pollution in and around Strontian the star-gazing opportunities are endless.

Ariundle Apartment is situated on the first floor of the Ariundle bunkhouse and is a private self contained snug for for four guests. The apartment has two comfortable double bedrooms with twin beds sleeping four guests and a further guest bed can be provided on request. There is a well appointed kitchen with seating for 4 and lounge area. Open plan layout, with views from the dormer windows to the dramatic landscape that lies beyond. A travel cot can be provided upon request. There is ample secure parking and bike storage if you want to bring your bikes or kayaks to enjoy in the local water during your stay. Downstairs you wil find a covered walkway ideal for storing wet weather gear during your stay.

Wildlife and nature, hills and lochs

Hills, glens, castles, woods, lochs, the "singing sands" of Kentra, lead mines, deserted villages, coastal paths and magnificent views are just waiting to be explored. Visit a specially created "Living Building" at the Nadurra Visiter Centre, a uniquely rough and natural building designed to attract a variety of wildlife to live in and on it and to enable visitors to watch the birds and animals at close quarters.

There are many activities to try in the area. Fishing is available on local fresh water lochs and rivers, and boats can be hired on Loch Doilet. Cyclists, kayakers, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, climbers, nature and wildlife enthusiasts will find many opportunities in the area to explore and enjoy the natural playground while on holiday. Go otter spotting at first or last light and see these beautiful mammals at play. There is also a slipway at Strontian ideal for launching dinghies, trailer-sailers and other small craft.

 

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