About Jim Makinson
My wife, Sally, and I bought Ardbrecknish House in Scotland in 2005 after 25 years of dairy farming in Warwickshire, England. We both enjoy helping people make the most out of their holiday with us if it is suggesting where to go on day trips or where to see wildlife and birds. We chose to come to Ardbrecknish as it stands on the banks of Loch Awe, one of the most accessible yet natural lochs in Scotland where we are able to live life in peace and quiet surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. We also enjoy providing the locals with a friendly bar which acts as a focal point for them, fishermen and visitors alike. We have been at Ardbrecknish for ten years now and have enjoyed every minute. We feel that we have greatly improved the property but we are always open to suggestions.
Jim Makinson purchased this Castle in 2005
Why Jim Makinson chose Dalmally
Having spent several years visiting the area on holiday we appreciated it's natural beauty. Although seemingly remote it is easily accessible. Glasgow airport is only an hour and a half away. Oban is 40 minutes. Ardbrecknish House dates back to the early 16th century and is steeped in history and folk lore.
What makes this Castle unique
Ardbrecknish House dates back to the days of castle building and clan disputes being originally situated on Campbell lands owned by the Duke of Argyll. The earliest tower is 500 years old, with an addition of a 17th centaury manor house then Georgian estate and farm and finally a Victorian family summer residence and sporting lodge set in 7000 acres. The wealth of architectural and human history is genuinely unique to Ardbrecknish House. Wide open spaces, walking distance of Loch Awe and the boat hire. Friendly bar and restaurant on-site. Family friendly and total peace and quiet with easy access to Inveraray, Oban, Mull and Glen Coe. Red squirrels, pine martens and deer as well as Hen Harriers, Ospreys and both Sea & Golden eagles are regularly seen here from the grounds of Ardbrecknish House.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A week at Loch Awe
Beautiful and calm setting, with extensive cared-for gardens , views over the loch, and lots of great wild life. Roomy apartments well furnished and equipped with brand new stuff. Could have had a hair dryer. A bonus having a bar and restaurant on-site. Lots of character and really friendly.
Would go back!
Beautiful surroundings. Very clean. Friendly owners and staff.
Beautiful- highly recommend!
The area was beautiful, the Tower was spacious, clean, and cozy, and the owners were so sweet. I highly recommend staying here if you are anywhere near this area!
Glasgow International is 1.5 hour drive.
Oban, the gateway to the Isles of Mull etc 35 miles, Inveraray
with its castle and prison 12 miles. Kilmartin, a World Heritage Site with an unrivalled wealth and diversity of natural and cultural heritage 20 miles and Glen Coe for its scenery and history 30 miles.
Castle ruins on Loch Awe here
Ben Nevis at Fort William 75 miles next to the Great Glen and Caledonian Canal
Historic Crinan Canal at Lochgilphead 30 miles
Falls of Dochart at Killin near Loch Tay 40 miles