We stayed at Crispie Lodge at the end of May 2015.
When travelling to Crispie our Sat Nav took us via the Ferry from Gourock to Dunoon, the ferry cost £21 for a family of 5. On our return journey we went via the Trossachs and Loch Lomond.
Cripsie Lodge itself is excellent accommodation; very clean, spacious, comfortable and warm. The kitchen facilities are particularly good; the chest freezer, quality and selection of cooking utensils and pans make self catering easy. But it is worth bearing in mind you are some distance from a supermarket and may like to bring most of what you need with you.
The views across the loch are truly stunning and the accommodation is well laid out to provide comfortable seating and facilities to enjoy them. The Sky TV and Jacuzzi were very welcome for days when the weather wasn’t so good.
My boys loved the Jacuzzi which was well maintained and warm. The garden is extensive and leads directly onto the beach. The beach shelves very gradually and there is plenty of sand for sand castles and rock pools to explore when the tide is out and lots of pebbles to throw when the tide is in. We used our kayak on several occasions’. On the drive to the estate you encounter deer, pheasants, Highland coos, sheep and red squirrels.
Places we would recommend are Oban for the distillery and great seafood from the seafood hut and excellent fish and chips. Puck’s Glen has nice walks suitable for children. Inveraray Jail is great fun to visit, impressive castle too. The Loch Fyne brewery has good local beer. Cruachan Power station is really interesting. We took the ferry to Tarbert, you can either take the car or travel on foot. Taking the car is quite expensive.
There are several places to eat out which are about 30 mins drive away. The Oyster Catcher at Otterferry and the Kames Hotel all offer good quality local specialities and local beers. Very child friendly too! Portavadie Marina is worth a visit, especially now the new leisure complex is finished, great food, afternoon tea, cakes etc.
Duncan’s shop in Kames sells local groceries as well as essentials.
Lovely to see Lizzie and Paul again, nothing was too much trouble and they provide a cornucopia of local knowledge. This was our first visit to Argyll and Bute; usually we stay near Inverness. But we would definitely recommend Crispie to anyone looking for the ultimate luxury get away from it all holiday. We would love to come back and would highly recommend Crispie to anyone!