Farmhouse in Minard, Argyll, Isle of Bute, Strathclyde, Scotland - Peaceful Location, With Large Garden Overlooking Loch Fyne
About Craig MacLeod
Hello, my name is Craig MacLeod and this cottage was bought as an escape from city living. My wife and I manage to switch off here and as we cannot be here all the time we wish to share the cottage's "magic" with others! I am a photographer and work in both the USA and the UK. My website is craegphoto.com
Craig MacLeod purchased this Farmhouse in 2009
Why Craig MacLeod chose Inveraray
In 2009 we discovered a run down cottage hiding in an overgrown garden. Using local tradesmen and craftsmen we renovated and modernised the cottage and garden. It is a perfect location to enjoy and use as a base to tour the local area that has undoubtedly some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace, quiet, a place to recharge and refresh either by sitting in the garden enjoying the local wildlife and views or by using the cottage as a handy base to explore the local area. With not a sound at night a restful and refreshing night's sleep is guaranteed.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
The cottage up the track
A lovely cottage in a secluded spot just off the A83. Perfect for our stay and central to all the visits we had planned. Fantastic views and great local walks. Thank you!
Awaken to birdsong in this lovely cottage
We chose this location as a convenient base for exploring sites from Inverary to Kilmartin, Lochgilphead to Tarbet. And the online images lured us in with beautifully renovated inside spaces plus a garden sitting area for gazing over Loch Fyne. We have traveled all over the Scotland and Inverae cottage is now our gold standard for accommodations. The place has everything you could imagine and more—well-stocked kitchen, wood and kindling for the fireplace, toiletries, a welcome basket with coffee, cocoa, and tea, a bookshelf with pamphlets on local walks and books on Scotland (from cooking to gardening to history to wildlife), games in the closet and DVDs for the telly. Plus a soaking tub in the bath. If you are looking for a quiet place to sit with a glass of your favorite beverage to enjoy Scotland at its finest, stay here!
You little beauty !
What a lovely cottage! Clean, and very well equipped. In fact, many little touches that make the place more like a home than a holiday let. We were blessed with mostly good weather, and fully utilised the excellent outside space, with dreamy views over Loch Fyne.
Recommended: Samphire Restaurant (Inveraray) and the Woodland Walk at Crinan (stunning views). We would warmly recommend this cottage to any couple who like the thought of exploring Argyll.
Lovely cottage in a wonderful setting
The cottage is in a really good setting with easy access to the surrounding countryside, lochs and coastline.
The cottage is perfect! Very well furnished with all the facilities you could need.
It is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the local area aswell as the Scottish highlands. Glencoe is just over an hours drive away - easily accessible for a day trip and a lovely drive. We had the perfect stay. Thank you!
Lovely charming little cottage with beautiful views!!!
The week spent here as been amazing!! It's in a really good location looking across to Loch Fyne. Nestled between Inverary and Lochgilphead. The log fire has made for a nice relaxing time here and we would definitely come back. There's lots of walks near by, we did Port Ann to Loch Fyne and the Ard castle walks.
10 minutes walk to the shores of Loch Fyne.
Glasgow Airport - 1hr 25 minutes away.
Oban Airport - 1hr 9minutes away.
Car hire is recommended to enjoy the surrounding area. Although Minard is on the Glasgow to Campbeltown bus route and Inverae Cottage is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop.
Inverae Cottage overlooks the village of Minard on the shores of Loch Fyne, just off the A83. It is a 15 minute drive from Inveraray, 1hr 40 minutes from Glasgow (via stunning scenery including Loch Lomond, Rest and Be Thankful and Loch Fyne), 2 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh.
When you stay at Inverae Cottage you are spoilt for choice with high quality restaurants all serving locally sourced, seasonal produce and all within a 30-minute drive.
Some recommendations are the world famous original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, the Loch Fyne Hotel, The George and Cairnbaan.
Lochgilphead, a 20 minute drive away has a large Co-operative superstore, a fish shop specialising in local smoked fish, a butchers selling arguably the best steak pie in Scotland, a delicatessen selling local produce and a fair trade shop selling a wide selection of clothes and gifts.
If travelling via Loch Lomond we recommend Auchentullich Farm Shop to stock up on local produce including local gin and produce.
Locally you can order fresh fish from Aray Fish or meat from Barbreck Farms.
There is a village shop and post office in Minard which sells newspapers, milk, rolls and essentials.
Exploring the outdoors
The cottage is perfectly situated for all levels of hill climbers and cyclists. It is less than an hour's drive to the Arrochar Alps. Less strenuous walks are nearby - some give you a chance to spot sea eagles, seals and otters! Crarae Gardens, a National Trust Property is a 5 minute drive away.
Tyrants, TV Stars and Villains
If you fancy catching up on local history, Inveraray is an ideal place to visit just 15 minutes drive from the Cottage. A beautiful heritage town with Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Historic Jail. The Castle was used as the perfect setting for Downton Abbey in 2012.
Want to explore Scotland's beautiful West Coast and Islands? Countless day trips are possible from the Cottage including ones to Islay, Jura, Gigha and Oban, Scotland's seafood capital and ferry gateway to Mull, Lismore and others. Kintyre can also be explored via the "long and winding road" made famous , of course, by Paul McCartney.