7 (all year)
Buckhyne is a comfortable self-catering cottage in Kintyre with uninterrupted views over Kilbrannen Sound to the Isle of Arran. It dates from the 1800s and is warm and welcoming in every season, sleeping up to four people in two double bedrooms with a layout that suits couples, friends or small families. One of the attractions of staying at Buckhyne is the unspoiled nature of the area so you won't find a slew of amenities on the doorstep. However, the cottage is within walking distance of two friendly hotel bars/restaurants, the village shop and an excellent cafe.
Carradale is incredibly picturesque, with a quiet harbour and sandy, south-facing beach. The views from the headland footpath are fantastic. Don't be surprised to see wild goats on Carradale Point, which is a designated nature reserve protected by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Park the car near Port na Storm for walks through woodland; get a permit for salmon and trout fishing on the river in summer; and play a round at the 9-hole golf course. You might feel that Scottish waters would be far too chilly for swimming but you can actually swim in the sandy bay that's around a mile from the cottage, and easily accessible on foot or by bike if you prefer not to drive. The owners can advise on local companies offering bike hire if it is required.
Day trips can include Campbeltown about 16 miles away with places to eat, drink and shop, as well as a well-curated museum, historic cinema (one of the UK's earliest purpose built cinemas!), distilleries and other amenities. You could even take a foot passenger ferry from Campbeltown to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland in around 90 minutes. Golf courses in Kintyre include Carradale, Machrihanish and Dunaverty in Southend. The Carradale 9 hole golf course is less than 10 minutes walk from the cottage. There is a regular car ferry services from Kintyre to Islay/Jura, Gigha and the beautiful Isle of Arran. The drive to Oban may take just over two hours but its worth it for the scenery as well as time to explore this historic town. From Oban you could take a car ferry to some lovely islands such as Mull, Iona with it's famous Abbey and Staffa which is the home of Fingal's Cave.
You may be perfectly happy to stay close to the cottage, paddling on the beach across the road and enjoying leisurely walks interspersed with pub lunches, the odd nap, and a bit of reading. However you spend your time, you'll feel welcome and comfortable at Buckhyne.
Christine & David Briggs joined Independent Cottages in January 2021
Buckhyne is a single-storey whitewashed cottage with amazing views.
Outside: An enclosed garden slopes down to your parking space in front of the beach, and there's a picnic bench where you can sit and admire the view.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and towels are provided. Well behaved pets are welcome through prior arrangement - please discuss with the owner before booking. Short breaks (minimum 3 nights) are available in low season. Smoking is not permitted.
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