Pier Cottage is such a joy, you walk through the door and your cares just leave you. It's the only cottage in the UK we keep coming back to, it's so homely and comfortable. I have seen a more varied selection of birds sat on the settee with a cup of tea than I have on a dedicated bird watch, this year we saw owls. woodpeckers and seals it was just wonderful. The cottage is extremely warm and toasty, we've never actually had to light fire in all the times we've been there. It is however off the beaten track (altho only 3 miles from the shops and supermarkets in Lochgilphead), but it is very dark of a night.....marvellous if you get a clear night as there is very little light polution. But if you have little ones who may get up in the night, buy a motion activated night light or you may end up stubbing a toe
Owners Response: "Thank you very much for your lovely review and just to mention that for the future people who read these reviews the fire has been replaced by a log burner which is working very efficiently."
Mr Rowlands - September 2016
A great hideaway cottage. A little drive from the main road, the cottage is secluded and quiet. The aspect is perfect for nature watching out to the island across the bay, there are binoculars in the cottage if you forget yours. The house is spacious with an open plan downstairs, plenty of space for everyone. There are plenty of seating outside and the garden gets sun for most of the day. The cottage has a private stone beach with jetty. When the tide is out you can pick mussels on the beach. The house is well stocked in the kitchen with utensils, pans etc, and the side board has jigsaw puzzles, board games and books to keep you busy on evenings and the inevitable rainy day. We took our dog, a ridgeback, and she had plenty of space in the house and loved the beach.
Miss Vitty - September 2016
A very well equipped cottage in a great location. Lovely big rooms with great views.
Personally, this area is very special. A place that I visited many times as a child so it was wonderful to relive happy childhood memories by walking out to the islands and along the shoreline to watch the seals. Murrays Smoked Products - a great place for fresh and smoked fish ( Loch Fyne Kippers are the best in Scotland) and H Ferguson ( Butcher) for brilliant venison sausages.
Mr Salmon - June 2016
Lovely peaceful cottage in beautiful location. Would have given 5* but we noted a few repairs that were needed while we were there which did impact our stay a little. We'd happily go back should we have the chance once these issues were resolved which I'm sure they will be. Highly recommend Crarae gardens, stunning at this time of year with the Autumn colours. Worth noting there is no wifi or signal this wasn't an issue for us but may be for others.
Miss Ross - October 2015
Pier Cottage was by far, the best cottage I have stayed in. It provided the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The cottage itself was tucked away in wilderness, with undoubtedly picturesque views. The cottage was furnished with all the amenities one would need for a self catering holiday, the caretaker even left a complimentary bottle of milk and shortcake which was just what we needed after our tiring journey to the North.
I will most certainly be returning.
Mrs Bukhari - October 2015
The cottage is in a lovely location, right against Loch Fyne, looking out to the island so we could watch the ravens. Great watching the tide coming and going and seeing the grey seals. Even a fabulous view of a Golden Eagle right over us one day. The cottage is very comfortable, it was warm but we were disappointed we could not use the fire, it would have been nice in the evenings.
Some information about how to use the TV and video player would be useful for people like me who are not very technically minded.
We found a recycling place behind the Coop in Lochgilphead but again a few notes about practicalities would save guests have to 'find out for themselves'.
We were very happy with the cottage, we didn't use the french doors as they seem a bit difficult to lock. Also had to find extra towels and bath mats ourselves but not really a problem.
A lovely peaceful place with easy access to other places such as Tarbert.
Mrs Clarke - September 2015
Pier cottage was absolutely excellent for our family reunion (six people). There was a generous amount of space for everyone, whatever the size of their personality. We spent wonderful evenings reminiscing around the kitchen table. Although the weather was mixed, we did occasionally have the chance to sit out in the evening sunshine and walk out at low tide to the islands. I would like to recommend to anyone discriminating enough to use the cottage, to also have lunch at SKIPNESS SEAFOOD CABIN. Turn off the A83 south of Tarbert to Claonaig and have a lovely drive to the end overlooking Arran. You will find this delightful cabin overlooking Skipness Castle. We had a mixed seafood, sharing plate for two between four of us, a light lunch. The place, the food and the sauvignon blanc were divine satisfying any desire for anything more, in fact it would have been a travesty to have spoiled the palate
Mrs Inglis - August 2015
A beautiful peaceful spot, you can sit and watch the wildlife for hours and it is a photographers, or in my case amateur photographers dream. Day trips to Islay and Jura are a must as is a visit to the beautiful Temple wood area - stone circles and ancient burial chambers abound, The house is really well equipped and to a nice high standard. The down stairs double bedroom was great for Dads creaky knee. The fire not working was not the end of the world for us as the weather was really lovely however if we were to return in the winter it would be a welcome addition.
Miss Mcdonald - April 2015
Our stay over Hogmanay was almost perfect, lovely warm cottage, well equipped... even an electric whisk for making some meringues. We loved the location, tried and failed to catch fresh crab off the pier, but had fun checking! Really, only downsides were the tired mattresses and the fire smoked out the house, even a small hot fire.... we didn't need it for warmth as underfloor heating was good but a real fire adds to the cosiness. A pity as we won't be back, until that is sorted. Had a great session clay pigeon shooting with Tarbert Gun Club, delicious meal and music at The George in Inveraray and a great deli in Lochgilphead that stocks gluten free products which was a bonus.
Owners Response: "The fire is a problem we have spent nearly £2,000 over the last twelve months putting in extractor fans, a cowling, increasing the size of the aperature etc. However we have decided to now install a log burner and are presently deciding which make to go with, favouring a Hunter Herald Slimline, so expect to have this in by Easter. Very sorry the open fire still smokes. "
Mrs Welstead - December 2014
Warm cosy spot to relax with friends and family. Well equipped and spacious. Better than many other self catering cottages we've been to!
Mrs Anderson - October 2014
After many cottage holidays we have found an absolute gem and definitely the best one yet. The cottage itself is beautiful, large open plan living area with spectacular views across the loch and an abundance of wildlife. We really couldn't fault a thing. The area has so much to see and do from walking, fishing, horse riding or boat trips. The George hotel in Inveraray is very good for local fresh food as is the loch fyne oyster bar, both about half an hour drive away. The kids and the dog loved the long stretch of sandy beach at macrianish, also fab as there was no one else there. We will definitely re book this cottage, I just hope the open fire is fixed for our next visit.
Mrs Torczynowycz - August 2014
Arrived at Pier Cottage to find that bath/jaccusi out of order due to last occupants had put foot through it and left a hole in bath floor. This made our stay difficult and time consuming as all four of us had to share one shower, which also wasn't in good condition. Getting ready to go out took much longer wasting time plus an invasion on privacy of other party members. Securing patio doors proved very difficult and outside seat collapsed as rotted away at one end when one person sat on and badly bruised his legs. The scenery is still beautiful but cottage is tired looking and badly needs work to get it back to par.
Owners Response: "COTTAGES & CASTLES Response: We are very sorry for the inconvenience that these issues caused on your stay at Pier Cottage. We have spoken with the owners and they are addressing the issues mentioned and they have gladly agreed to give the customer a very good discount on their next stay at Pier Cottage, as we appreciate that this customer has been returning to this property for several years. Thank you for your comments and we hope that your next stay will be of a 5 star quality that we and our owners always strive to achieve."
Mr Mcbean - July 2014
Fantastic peaceful location right on the sea, loads of wildlife on your doorstep and perfect base for for exploring Argyll. Pictures don't do this house justice. Hope to return.
Dr Fullarton - July 2014
Super accommodation made even better by the attention to detail that made the property more homely rather than just another holiday rental. Our rental was over the New Year period and having a Christmas tree in the house was just one of the little extras that helped justify the cost. Catherine, who looks after the property, was very welcoming and let us know that she was available should we need her help. The property was in an excellent location with wonderful scenery and wildlife including seals, deer and many varieties of birds. Plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling in the local area and plenty of info in the property on local attractions/services. We have only two "negatives" about the property; directions to the estate entrance were fine but some signage to the property when on the estate would be useful, particularly if arriving late. Catherine had offered to meet us at the estate entrance but limited mobile reception meant we could not get in touch with her. Our other negative may have been a positive to some; the underfloor heating was so effective that in the first few days we had to open windows during the stormy weather to bring the temp down to a comfortable level to sleep! Again, Catherine was apologetic and they were planning on getting someone in to fix the problem. Overall, the property and location were great in the stormy winter weather, we're sure it would be even better in the spring and summer!
Mr Connolly - December 2013
A beautiful, well appointed,comfortable cottage in an idylic spot. The cottage provided us with a great place to stay and to explore from. Its was very clean and had all mod cons,we didn't want to leave! The only let down for us was that there was a large open fire, plenty of wood but we couldn't have use it due to the smoke that filled the cottage. If the fire was sorted this would be perfection.
Ms Clifton - April 2013
Quiet corner of shore but close to amenities. The cottage was beautifully located and very pleasant and well equipped. The owner was very friendly and helpful. There was loads for the children to do and they loved playing around the shore and wood. There is plenty of wildlife to see and the owner had thoughtfully left bird books, magazines and DVDs. However we found it a bit chilly and the mattresses were soft and uncomfortable. Also the cottage was quite difficult to find in the dark and the directions given with our pack were insufficient. We did miss having internet but were well warned. Overall we had a good week despite poor weather and would particularly recommend for a Summer stay.
Dr Richards - February 2013
A beautiful location with plenty to see & do. Very peaceful with a constantly changing light over the loch. The cottage had plenty of space & the problem with the heating was quickly resolved. It would also benefit from a small investment to resolve problems with the fire, upstairs bathroom & doors not shutting. We certainly hope to return to the area sometime.
Mrs Snaith - December 2012
For the views, the wildlife, the starry nights, the tranquility - thank you.
Mr Dudman - October 2012
An idyllic loocation, totally private, yet 10 minutes drive to Lochilphead with all the shops needed. The owner, is absolutely terrific, even to the point of pulling our car out of the mud with his Range Rover, and then supervising me getting it clean with his hosepipe!! The only reason I've not given 5 stars is the fire, which fills up the whole cottage with smoke, and then sets off the far too sensitive smoke alarms: the owner knows and is going to try and sort it, but even though the underfloor heating is excellent, had it been really cold not being able to have a roaring log fire would have been a real pain. If you stand at the birdfeeder, and look down to the loch on your left, at about 8am, you may be lucky enough to see the otter, which we did on each of our last 2 days. We had 6 seals in the bay, and heaps of birdlife, plus red deer in the grounds of the estate. If you want to splash out, you must try the Kilberry Inn for lunch or dinner, David and Clare are just the best hosts, and the food is amazing, it takes about 40 minutes to drive there. The visitors book is a mine of info, well worth a read. The cottage is very well equipped, the bathrooms are great, the hot water was piping and never ran out, and to wake up to the views from the bedroom was inspirational....go there !!!!!
Mr Naden - October 2012
A fabulous location, a warm and welcoming house. Plenty of space inside, fantastic views from every window. A house which is very comfortable and you can relax in.Wild life on the door step - great watching the seals every day. When we could tear ourselves away from Pier Cottage plenty to see and do, If the restaurant part is closed, try eating in the bar at The Argyll Inn in Lochgilphead - lovely service, fantastic freshly prepared locally sourced food at amazing prices - seafood to die for! Have rebooked Pier Cottage for next year.
Mrs Mckean - October 2012
Back for another visit to Pier Cottage, one of the best places we have stayed in over the years. The weather was miserable, but it is Scotland and you can't expect the Bahamas. However, because of this I would say we had more time in the house. Some of the furnishings are looking a bit tired - oh for more comfortable seating in the living room! Improved television and reception would be a bonus as well as a WiFi connection. Beware of the door onto the patio, it can nip your finger if not careful. These are small niggles compared to the overall impression of the house and its setting. The pine martin came every night, though we only saw it once, and larger birds of prey swooped in a few times. It is a lovely house and we will be back again!
Mrs Helmn - September 2012
The trees shown in the photo of the property have nearly all been cut down, which makes it quite a different experience from when we were last there as the wild life doesn't come so close to the house The property is starting to look a bit tired & in need of redecoration - some of furniture is beginning to look the worse for wear. Something needs to be done about the chimney - the smell was dreadful when we arrived. We had to open all the doors and windows to try & clear the air. It wasn't good last time but has clearly got worse
Mr Shirley - September 2012
We had a nice peaceful holiday. The cottage was clean and well equipped.
Mrs Monks - July 2012
Pier Cottage is idyllic. From the moment you drive through the gates by the road side you are taken into paradise, either in the mist and the rain or in the sunshine it is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. The cottage is adorable and the proximity to Loch Fyne just perfect. We saw deer, gulls, herons, toads, frogs, bank voles and birds of many description. I can recommend the Oyster Bar at Loch Fyne for the oysters and the smoked mussels. Kilmartin is lovely the pub does great food and the museum is a great experience. The abundance of standing stones, ancient burial chambers and cup and ring markings is awesome. Every turn you take in the car brings a new and wonderful view. I cannot recommend Argyll enough for anyone wanting an unforgettable holiday.
Mrs Bradley - June 2012
Great all round but directions within the private roads were hard to follow. Otherwise perfect!
Mr Shaw - June 2012
A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location. Spotlessly clean, welcome tray laid out with tea and biscuits is a nice touch. Views over the loch are stunning with lots of wildlife activity to keep you entertained. Good supply of wood left for the open fire which is lovely and cosy on chilly evenings. Lots to see and do in the area and a fantastic cottage to come back to...would definately recommend Pier Cottage.
Mr Amor - May 2012
If you're seeking peace and quiet, this is the cottage for you. I have always travelled with large companies before, the sort where if it sleep 6 you get 6 teaspoons and 3 pans......so this cottage was a complete joy, everything you needed and more. It is a perfect spot and the wildlife is abundant, you could easily spend a week watching the tides going in and out and spotting wildlife. Argyll though is stunning, and there are plenty of places to visit, altho some a little pricey and not really worth it. The visitors book was great for tips It was great also that Lochgilphead was 4 miles away with a great array of little shops, including a Tesco express, which was convenient for anything you'd forgotten The one thing that was particularly special for us city dwellers was the night sky, just spectacular.....with a few bats thrown in We will definitely be visiting again, really enjoyed our week
Mr Rowlands - April 2012
just got back from great stay at pier cottage,cant fault it,location,comfort,facilities,very helpful owner especially keeping us topped up with logs for fire and clearing fallen trees on lane after strong gales on last night! would recommend this cottage 100% and already thinking of returning,my family loved seeing deer,seals and even an eagle.To eat (me) the trevallich inn good simple menu great location,to keep fit/jog (wife) the crinan canal excellent well maintained 8mile towpath lochgilphead to crinan
Mr Shaw - December 2011
Our third half term break at Pier Cottage was slightly derailed by heating problems and a lack of hot water early in the holiday. Fortunately, these were resolved and we went on to enjoy our holiday, despite very mixed weather. Sadly, Pier Cottage itself is beginning to look rather tired compared to earlier years and could definitely do with a 'spruce up'. Sofas and soft furnishings need cleaned. Kitchen pots, glassware, mugs and table mats all need replaced - many kitchen items are now very worn and shabby. It's a great cottage in a great location, but a bit of investment and TLC are definitely needed to ensure it maintains the high standards of the early years. We left a note for the caretaker highlighting a number of issues such as lights not working, seals round shower and bath needing replaced and causing leaks etc. Occupancy levels at Pier Cottage are obviously high - just look at the guest book - and the wear and tear is now beginning to show.
Mrs Haddow - October 2011
This was our third time at Pier Cottage and in general we really enjoyed ourselves. The weather was terrible, but it is Scotland. The cottage is still lovely and very comfortable, even with the forest behind now cut down. Just a couple of small things on a wish list. It is very nice to have a welcome tea tray and small bottle of milk in the fridge. It would also be nice if salt and pepper were in the house, as they are so basic. A night light on the upstairs landing would also be a help from a fear of people falling down the stairs. When it gets dark at Pier Cottage, it REALLY gets dark. We couldn't get any of the outside lights to work, but it could be that we couldn't find the right switches. A little leaflet of instructions might be a help, especially the TV as it is now freeview. Lastly, the heating. It was like a sauna when we arrived and being a different system with no thermostat we could not turn it down so we had to contact the caretaker. Simple instructions? Overall, we had a great time and would certainly come back for a 4th stay!
Mrs Helmn - October 2011
Look no further! This most beautifully appointed, imaculate, and generously sized cottage is set in the most amazing natural surroundings; which you'll never ever forget. Set right alongside the ever-changing Loch Fyne, and with a fine vista to match, there's a vast array of interesting wild life to watch too. It's a complete tranquil haven away from everyday life. And yes, we'd even go so far as to say, once you've stayed here, you'll soon want to go back! If you do manage to drag yourself away from watching the rippling tides and amusing birds to cook, the kitchen has all the pots, pans and utensils you'll need, and those little extra touches supplied on your arrival are very thoughtfull indeed. This has got to be one of the best places to stay in Scotland. Simply a 100% must do!
Mr Roberts - September 2011
Another great stay at Pier Cottage - the only difference this time was that the weather was beautiful - but the weather really doesn't matter when you are staying in this idyllic cottage - so peaceful, and loads of wildlife to see. Lots to do in the area - if you can tear the kids away from fishing from the pier or checking out the rock pools. Can't praise the place enough but worried that if everyone finds out how great it is then we won't manage to get booked up again !!! - We will be back for visit No 3 !
Mrs Forster - July 2011
Excellent cottage, superior facilities and amazing surroundings. A lot of space insite and outsite the cottage. A perfect place to relax and to get a lot of energy for the comming working year.
Mr Hammer - July 2011
Our two week stay in Pier Cottage was wonderful. A clean & well equipped cottage in a beautiful, tranquil location. Great for anyone wanting to get away from it all, it offers spacious accomodation with good views over Loch Fyne and is a good base for touring the area. We would love to return.
Mr Dillon - July 2011
Beautiful location, lovely place to stay and chill out. Things to do and see in area. Good for walking, cycling, sight seeing and boating or just chilling out and relaxing.
Would like to be able to book from Saturday to Saturday as location is a long way out, it would make travel easier.
Mr Mcbean - June 2011
The amenities were very good, the location superb the wildlife great. Will definitely go again. We went looking for peace and tranquility after a mad hectic April and we found it. Few things to help others and which have been mentioned in the visitors books [past and current]. The cottage would benefit from a folder with details of local amenities, doctors/hospital tel. no's., the log fire which filled the cottage with smoke, lack of instructions on appliances, over sensitive fire/smoke alarms in the kitchen. recommended eating out places and local walks and attractions. BUT it is a great cottage.
Mr Cooper - May 2011
The cottage was beautifully appointed, equipped with everything you could possibly need. It was lovely and clean and warm when we arrived which made it very welcoming. We will definitely stay there again.
Mrs Redbourn - April 2011
What a wonderful location, with deer, wild birds and rabbits, hidden away right on the water. A well maintained cottage with an open fire and french doors onto the water. The Cottage location is perfect, plenty of places to drive to and visit but tucked away so privately that you could relax and enjoy it's whole surroundings. If I had any feedback it would be that having stayed there for a week - as a couple, it would have been nice to have SKY tv, not that we would have watched a lot of TV but after a long and outdoor type day it would have been nice to settle down with some wine and a film or similar.
Miss Nord - October 2010
Pier cottgage is in a lovely peaceful, private setting overlooking Loch Fyne. The cottage was very comfortable and the views were superb. My husband even bought a fishing rod and spend a lot of time down on the jetty. Pier cottage was a relaxing place to spend a week. The only minor negative was TV rather small for such a large room, although we did not watch it much as we spent a lot of time outside.
Mrs Parry - September 2010
Beautifully situated cottage. Wonderfully peaceful. Well equipped. Only down side was underfloor heating was too hot!
Ms Blagden - April 2010
What an amazing place. The bedding and towels were beautiful as was the furniture. There wasn't one thing we needed that wasn't there even down to binoculars for bird watching.beautiful views and surrounding scenery, we can't wait to go back next year.