This stunning cottage is situated in beautiful surroundings, off the beaten track. A really warm welcome from Jane and offer of any help/advice if required.
The accommodation itself has been completed to a very high standard and is kitted out with everything you could possible need. There are local amenities; shop, butcher, pub etc. just a short car journey away and the large town of Oban a mere 45mins which has a large Tesco and Aldi, not to mention Cafes and other shops to browse. We stocked up on supplies early, meaning there was little need to make additional journeys, except to explore the surrounding area.
There are plenty of walks in around the area; I walked up to the top of the nearest ridge through a forested area to the Hydro Plant and Wind Turbines beyond; approximately 8mile round trip. Possibly need to be careful if there's heavy logging activity going on, but in Feb it was very quiet. In the evenings you can make use of the games and jigsaw(s) - numerous hours of jigsaw frustration! - With the log burner running, good food and drink it was bliss! Local Fyne beers from the shop in Taynuilt are excellent.
The TV, DVD (blu-ray) and theater system is the best I've come across in self-catering accommodation which was very welcome. We took plenty of our own DVD's with us, in addition to which the Bluetooth Speaker was great for listening (streamed) to music. WiFi for a rural location was reliable and more than adequate. We setup my sons xbox in his room upstairs, so he was able to play with his friends back home.
It's a great base to visit other places in the area and I wouldn't hesitate to go back there again! Jane and Jamie have situated the house looking out over the fields and mountains beyond... all the bedrooms are very generous; the ground floor en suite is a great size with a very large bathroom and shower. Thank you for a really enjoyable week away!
Mr Lea - February 2017
Collaig Byre is in a lovely and slightly remote location next to the owners house just a couple of miles from Kilchrennan village. Directions to the house were very clear and easy to follow. Once we had arrived and unpacked we were welcomed thereafter by Julie who wanted to make sure that we were happy and had everything we wanted and she was there to answer our immediate questions. The house turned out to be lovely and very thoughtfully and thoroughly equipped by the owners. It was lovely to wake up in the morning, open the curtains and enjoy the view of mountains all around. Each morning we were greeted by the owners' black Lab which was lovely for our young granddaughter who was able to play fetch the ball. During the week we visited Fort William, Glencoe, Oban and Inverary (the castle and the jail). We also took in the tour at Cruachan mountain hydro station (very educational and entertaining). Some hill walking was also done. There are lots of little cafes, tearooms and restaurants around the area and plenty of places to dine out if you didn't mind the drive. We particularly liked the Kilchrennan Inn which had just reopened the night before we arrived. It has a lovely small bar and restaurant with a wood burning fire, excellent menu and reasonably priced.
The only drawbacks for some would be the 8 mile drive down a single track road to get to the house and the fact that mobile phone reception was difficult. We looked upon both of these as positives during our holiday. This is a lovely area of Scotland to explore and we would certainly consider coming back and would highly recommend the house to others.
Mr Mcaulay - October 2016
Spent a week at this beautifully renovated Byre. Furnishings were of good quality and the family all had a comfortable stay. We were very lucky with the weather. one dull day only. Trips around the area included Oban, Inverary, Fort William and also visiting the lovely Sealife Seal Sanctuary, (which was only a few miles from Connel) Smokery and Inverary Castle. For me the only downside was the daily 6 mile single track to reach the main road, however this is only a small gripe.
Mrs Fletcher - September 2015
Collaig Byre is an exceptional property, magnificently maintained, with every imaginable facility and the absolute best in quality, from the furnishings, bedding, comfortable beds, and excellent communication via Wi-fi. Not only that but the views from the property are awesome. It's location is magnificent. But added to this is the hospitality of the owners. Never obtrusive but there if you need help, very reassuring. If you like seafood then an absolute must is EE-usk in Oban. Fresh seafood daily and there oysters are delicious.
Mr Mcguinness - September 2014
A beautiful location and we were blessed with some fabulous weather. The design of the house meant that we could enjoy our breakfast on the patio which overlooks the valley and mountains and our evening meal watching the sun go down. It is a very well equipped house and beautifully designed so that you can really enjoy the views with floor to ceiling windows. The rooms are very spacious and there is also an excellent utility room with all the facilities you need. The owners are very friendly and helpful, leaving us to ourselves if we needed but available should we require anything. Ebony the dog always greeted us each day and it made up for us not having our dog around each morning! She seemed to like our daughter throwing the ball for her but wasn't too good at giving it back! We visited the local hotel the Ardanaiseig Hotel, which was expensive but set in lovely surroundings and offers fabulous food. We were very surprised at how much there was to do around the area. We visited the Sea Life Sanctuary which was great for our 4 year old; and the Smokery is well worth a visit and is just up the road. Inverarary Castle was also worth a visit as was the Oban Distillery. We also visited Islay which is a long way to go for the day but worth it - however we did book the ferry well in advance which I would recommend. We will be going back here - a fabulous place. Highly recommended to anyone.
Mrs Hayward - June 2013
A cow shed with a difference! What a wonderful setting and lovely hosts both couldn't be faulted and the icing on the cake the adorable Ebony who came and checked on your well being everyday without fail! If there was one slight niggle well maybe two we think that the kitchen utensils (crockery, pans, preparation cutlery etc) need to be upgraded and secondly the leather sofas have seen better days either they need re-stuffing or replaced! Oh and be aware of the extremely large articulated logging trucks that bear down on you at rather alarming speed whilst taking up all of the road although having spoken to Julie I do believe this is only a temporary distraction!! But forewarned is forearmed! Other than that what a lovely place to stay and relax.
Mr Springett - May 2013
Absolutely the best property. Fantastic location, so quiet with stunning views of Loch Awe and the Ben Cruachan mountains. A cosy modern home with an open plan layout and all the appliances you have at home to make it a truly comfortable stay, so wished it was our home! Owner has given property some lovely touches, It really feels home from home at Collaig Byre it was so easy to just stay in and relax by the log fire every day. The owners were very welcoming and accomodating and a visit from Ebony the dog each day was most welcome. Pork, sausages, bacon and eggs purchased from owners all from their own free range chickens and pigs. Pork joint was best we have ever tasted. Did not want to leave so desperate to return. The Ardanaseig Hotel was a wonderful evening meal out, located near to Loch Awe a beautiful property with a cosy lounge and a lovely dining room food was amazing a real treat! Taynuilt the nearest village had a lovely local store with a friendly shop owner who was very grateful for our custom. He has a lovely selection of food and drink items.
Mrs Vickers - November 2012
We enjoyed our stay at this peaceful place. The Cottage was absolutely perfect. The owners were very friendly and helpful. There´s a lot of things to do and see. Kilchurn Castle, Ben Nevis, Kilmartin Glen, Oban and lots of other places to explore nearby. From the Cottage you can walk in any direction for breathtaking views (but don´t forget the wellies). Last but not least "Ebby" the dog. Our children loved to play with her. We miss her so much. Maybe see you next time
Herr Gebhardt - August 2012
Excellent spacious accomodation of a high standard and clean. Excellent hosts and very helpful. Location is great and plenty to do and see. A lovely friendly dog patiently waits outside to play with the children every morning.
Dr Ali - July 2012
We had a lovely stay at Collaig Byre. The house was beautifully situated, well equiped and beautifully presented. The hosts were charming and helpful but not intrusive and we enjoyed the eggs, sausages and bacon for a breakfast with zero food miles! Ebony, the dog, became everyone's new best friend and we were fascinated to watch the buzzard hunt just in front of the house. The area provided us with some beautiful drives and we had a great meal on the terrace overlooking the marina at the Wide Mouthed Frog at Dunstaffanage but the highlight of the week was a meal at the Ardanaseig Hotel which surely must has one of the most romantic situations and great chef. We would all like to return to the Byre and will recommend it to all.
Ms Rolfe - June 2012
We had a wonderful week in this stunning house. The children loved playing with the dog who was incredibly good natured and gentle and feeding the pigs. The views from the house are spectacular and there is plenty to do and see in the area. The children loved the Segways in Benderloch, the Sealife Sanctuary and Inverary Jail. Would highly recommend buying some sausages from the friendly owners. It was so nice to find such a tasteful, comfortable house with lovely soft bedding and fluffy towels. Would love to come back.
Mrs Hall - June 2012
Collaig Byre is a real treat to holiday in. The cottage is beautiful - modern but cosy, and the owners couldn't be more helpful. We had a wonderful, relaxing stay. We'd also highly recommend Ardanaiseig Hotel, about 5 miles from the cottage, for an evening meal for a special occasion (you need to book in advance though as it gets quite busy, particularly at weekends).
Miss Cundill - May 2012
Collaig Byre is an outstanding property in a wonderful setting with views across the Loch Awe valley and over to the mountains. The owners are wonderful hosts and make you really welcome. We had a wonderful relaxing holiday in an idyllic setting and would thoroughly recommend Collaig Byre.
Mr Smith - April 2012
My partner and i recently stayed in Collaig Byre self catering accomodation for 3 nights. It was the nicest accomodation we have ever stayed, not only that but the views were spectacular and the owner was so friendly and accomodating. The accomodation is for 6 people but there was only 2 of us and was still worth every penny. There was also the cutest little dog called Ebony that brightened up our mornings with a game of fetch. We are already planning to go back ourselves and are looking at getting some of our family together to go sometime soon too. It was the perfect break for a loved up couple to get away and relax and spend some quality time together but it is also the perfect place for a family to come with there kids. I would recommend this to EVERYONE if i'm honest.
Mr Alexander - April 2012
Lovely accomodation with quality finishes and a view to die for! A truly relaxing location.
Mrs Mcdonald - April 2012
Very friendly helpful owners, superb views, lovely wood burning stove, enormous comfy beds. Highly recommended.
Dr Henry - February 2012
From the moment we were greeted by the owner until the time we left, we felt comfortable, cosy and relaxed. An idyllic setting exuding luxury, we were spoilt rotten! Luxurious bedding, towels, hand-soap, no expense has been spared on the comfort of the lucky guests staying at this home. I cannot fault anything and cannot wait until we next return. Thanks you!!!
Mrs Phillips-laird - November 2011
The property is really comfortable with everything provided for a relaxing break. Clean and modern with beautiful views of Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan make this an especially attractive house. Bathrooms and kitchen are fitted to a high standard and the beds are very comfortable. The area is very peaceful because of the remoteness of the location but within driving distance of many attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to come again!
Mrs Mcdonald - April 2011
We visited Collaig Byre with 4 adults and 2 babies and we all had a wonderful time. The house is very spacious and comfortable with all the facilities you could need. We enjoyed walks in the area and day trips to Oban and Mull. We would definitely like to come back some time!
Ms James - June 2010
Our group of 6 stayed at Collaig Byre as a relaxing post-University Finals getaway. We had a wonderful time at the cottage (though it can barely be called a mere 'cottage' as it was very spacious and modern) and the owners were incredibly welcoming, as was their lovely dog (with whom we spent a lot of time playing tug-of-war!).
The cottage itself was clean, spacious, well-equipped and very comfortable. You were able to buy eggs from the owners' own hens, and they recommended some great walking trails. It was well located (a 30 minute drive from Oban), with lots of places to explore nearby. Highly recommended!
Miss Ainuddin - May 2010