What to See & Do

Don’t miss a thing during your stay

The West Coast of Scotland offers some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. We recommend getting out and exploring during your stay, safe in the knowledge that you have a comfortable, cosy croft waiting for you at the end of the day.

From sites of historic interest to abundant wildlife, you’ll find lots to fill your time. And you don’t need to go far to enjoy it. Kilmartin Museum is only a short drive away, and many birds can be viewed right from the house.

History

There is an award-winning museum in nearby Kilmartin which explains how important and well-populated Craignish once was. The area is very rich in burial mounds, standing stones, cup-and-ring marks and early Christian sites. Kilmartin House explains what is understood about these sites and remains, and is active in finding out more. There is a good restaurant here, too!

Carnasserie Castle is only 3 miles from Ardfern and is a fine 16th century keep, which you can climb to the top. Gylen Castle has a wonderful sea outlook and sits on Kerrera Island, a short ferry trip from Oban.

It is almost impossible to walk far in the area without coming across ancient “duns” or defence points, built on high spots. Get hunting!

Wildlife & Nature

Birds, in particular, abound at Lerigoligan. From every window you can enjoy watching visiting garden birds and see passing sea and shore birds. Eider ducks, oyster catchers, and raptors, including sea eagles, are amongst those spotted!

The West Coast of Scotland provides beautiful scenery at every turn. From the door of Lerigoligan, you can take walks all over the Craignish Peninsula. From Ardfern Village you can cycle or walk a quiet, flat 3.5 miles to Craignish Point. There are maps and route plans available to borrow at the house.

Argyll is famous for its rhododendron gardens. One of the best examples is the National Trust for Scotland-run Arduaine Gardens, located 4 miles north of Ardfern. Situated on a steep promontory with wonderful sea-views, the Gardens are a pleasure to visit at any time of year. However, they are at their best April-June.

Boat trips leave locally and, if luck is with you, dolphins and whales can be spotted!

Outdoors Activities

Lerigoligan is the perfect base for getting out and enjoying the Scottish countryside. From Ardfern and Craobh Haven you can take boat trips to the Corryvrechan, Europe’s largest whirlpool. Oban is only 25 miles away and is home to the busiest ferry port on the West Coast, and the Gateway to the Western Isles.

There are plenty of walks from the house itself, throughout the Craignish Peninsula and beyond. There is excellent child-friendly cycling within the Peninsula, too. Take a ten-minute walk up the hill behind the cottage and you will be met by panoramic views of the whole peninsula, islands and over to Jura and Mull. For longer walks, we recommend Glen Domhain and Degnish to Ardmaddy. The nearest Munros (over 3000ft) are Ben Cruachan, at the head of Loch Awe and Ben More on Mull.

The Craignish Peninsula is a great place to relax or to take advantage of outdoor opportunities.  Horse-riding, sailing, walking, cycling, birdwatching, boat trips, fishing and mountain biking are but a few!

Village Events

Ardfern is a lively village with many artists and craftspeople. It has a good village shop, a pub/restaurant and cafe-cum-craft shop for you to enjoy.

Craignish Community website is a goldmine of information about what’s going on and what you can do locally so make sure to take a look! Village Hall events are a regular highlight in the calendar!

Food & Drink

Aside from the wonderful catering available from our housekeeper, Ardfern features a lovely restaurant and cafe. Local meat and seafood can be purchased if you are self-catering. Ardfern Village Shop and Post Office (01852 500298) is less than half a mile from the house and stocks a very good range of food. For a supermarket shop, we recommend the Scottish Coop, Oban Rd, Lochgilphead. And there is always Tesco in Oban.

Watching the sunset from the garden with a glass of wine after dinner is a highlight of any visit.

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