Holiday House Details
The Shell at Ardtur
Port Appin
(8 reviews)
From £1,150 per week
Sleeps 10
5 bedrooms
4 doubles, 1 twin

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 10 Nov 2018Thu 20 Dec 2018£1,150£345
Fri 21 Dec 2018Thu 27 Dec 2018£1,900£570
Fri 28 Dec 2018Thu 03 Jan 2019£2,100£630
Fri 04 Jan 2019Fri 08 Feb 2019£1,400£420
Sat 09 Feb 2019Fri 05 Apr 2019£1,500£450
Sat 06 Apr 2019Fri 26 Apr 2019£1,600£480
Sat 27 Apr 2019Fri 24 May 2019£1,600£480
Sat 25 May 2019Fri 31 May 2019£1,800£540
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£1,800£540
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£2,000£600
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£1,800£540
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£1,600£480
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£1,600£480
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£1,500£450
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£1,400£360
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£2,700£810
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£2,900£870
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£1,600£480
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£1,700£510
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£1,800£540
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£1,800£540
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£2,000£600
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£2,000£600
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£2,200£660
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£2,000£600
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£1,800£540
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£1,800£540
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£1,700£510
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£1,600£480
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£2,900£810
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£3,100£930


If you close your eyes and imagine the most picturesque, romantic Scottish Highland scene, the chances are it will look like this.

The Shell at Ardtur enjoys the most spectacular setting with outstanding views across Loch Linnhe to the mountains of Kingairloch with the Isles of Lismore and Shuna and the historic Castle Stalker.

This lovely holiday house, approached by a long tree-lined private drive, is located on the edge of the pretty Argyll fishing village of Port Appin, half way between Fort William and Oban. Newly renovated and extended to maximise its exceptional position, this inspiring self-catering property offers everything you could wish for in the way of luxury, peace and relaxation.

Throughout, the interiors are beautifully presented with a perfect mix of antique and contemporary creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Cooks will delight at the large, well designed and generously equipped kitchen and the long dining table is a wonderful gathering place. The impressive double height sitting room with its rich oak floor, central log burner and huge glass front makes the most of the views and when the patio doors are pulled back this exceptional open-plan living space is at one with the outside. From here you can enjoy the magical changing light and colours as spectacular sunsets disappear over the horizon or marvel at the enchanting morning mist skimming the loch.

Sleeping up to 10 guests in five stylishly decorated bedrooms, great care and attention has been taken to provide everything needed for a memorable self-catering break with deep mattresses, crisp linen, generous fluffy towels plus many other thoughtful touches. The front king size bedroom suite, cleverly positioned on the mezzanine level, offers a secluded retreat and the spacious ground floor bedroom with its luxurious super-king bed and ensuite shower room makes it ideal for the less-abled guest with unrestricted wheelchair access.

Stroll down to the beautiful and peaceful shoreline where you will find a long shingle and sand beach with an abundance of shells and discover the amazing wildlife that thrives in and around this beautiful sea loch. Seals, porpoises and dolphins can all be spotted, as well a large variety of sea and coastal birds including magnificent white-tailed eagles. Port Appin, with its award-winning seafood restaurant and renowned hotel, can also be reached by walking along the shoreline. There are regular passenger ferries from the village to the Island of Lismore and the cycle track from Glencoe to Oban can be reached by crossing the nearby impressive Jubilee Footbridge and boardwalk over the tidal marshes.

Argyll is one of the most romantic areas of Scotland, famous for its spectacular castles, coast and wildlife. Dreamy highland views of glens, rugged mountains and lochs can all be enjoyed from this secluded and tranquil location and there are endless day trips and outdoor opportunities all within easy reach.



Ground Floor:

Entrance into boot room, large open plan kitchen/dining room, small laundry room, cloakroom (wc & whb), double height glass fronted sitting room with wood-burning stove, glass doors opening on to paved terrace with stunning loch views. Super-king bedroom with ensuite shower room (shower, wc & whb), double bedroom, family bathroom (bath, over bath shower, wc & whb)

First Floor:

Stairs to mezzanine area, king size bedroom with separate dressing area and ensuite bathroom (bath, over bath shower, wc & whb). Gallery overlooking sitting area with views of the loch and beyond

Stairs to king size bedroom with ensuite bathroom (bath, over bath shower, wc & whb). Twin-bedroom.

Short or special breaks only avail by arrangement via the Cottages and Castles sales team and with approval of the owner. Please call 01738 451 610

Please Note:

  • Mobile signal in the house is limited
  • Dogs restricted to lounge, kitchen and boot room. They are NOT allowed in bedrooms.


  • Port Appin village (1 mile) – well stocked general store & Post Office. Two renowned restaurants - The Pierhouse Hotel & The Airds Hotel, both serving local seafood. Passenger ferry to Island of Lismore.
  • Oban (19 miles) - full range of shops & restaurants, cinema, whisky distillery. 18-hole golf course, sports leisure complex & ferries to Mull & the islands.
  • Fort William (29 miles) - ‘Outdoor Capital of Britain’ offering a large range of shops, supermarket, hotels & restaurants, leisure complex, 18 hole golf course & distillery
  • All heating and energy included
  • American style Fridge/freezer
  • Direct access to shoreline
  • Dishwasher
  • Driveway parking
  • Dryer
  • DVD player
  • Electric Smeg range cooker with induction hob & 2 ovens
  • Garden
  • Highchair
  • Linen and Towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Paved terrace with furniture and BBQ
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Wood burning stove - all logs supplied
  • 2 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet. Restricted to lounge, kitchen & boot room
  • Reviews

    (8 reviews)
    The Shell at Ardtur reviews
    Beautiful house with double-storey vistas, making full use of stunning scenery. Very comfortable for our party of 9, with the ground-floor bedroom suite particularly useful for our older family members. Quiet end-of-lane location with easy access to the shore, which was a real bonus for kayaking. Generally well equipped but with surprisingly small stack of plates, glasses, cutlery, mugs given the numbers it caters for. Lots of high-spec fixtures and fittings and all beautifully presented. Highly recommended.
    Mr Furness - September 2018
    The Shell was perfect in every way. Stunning view from the lounge, warming wood burner, fully equipped kitchen. Brilliant bedrooms and bathrooms. We spent a week here on a grown-up family holiday and it was spot on. We went walking in the local area, particularly along the short front to Port Appin or Castle Stalker. We enjoyed a few meals at The Pierhouse too. It was amazing to watch Storm Ali coming in across the mountains opposite. We saw seals, herons and other birds. Can't wait to re-book.
    Dr Geoghegan - September 2018
    Very clever modernisation, very spacious, amazing lounge with fabulous views. Very well equipped kitchen. Luxurious bathrooms.
    Mr Stanley - June 2018
    This is a property our family have visited for years, pre-renovation so we are familiar with the area. The renovation itself is outstanding, done with sympathy and love for the original building with a superb attention to detail. The property is large, spacious and faultlessly designed. The views are out of this world. For a new rental, the standard of equipment and furnishings were spot on, I cannot think of anything that had been missed. Excellent WIFI connection and mod-cons as expected. There is a large bootroom which makes life with dogs so much easier. It is warm and perfect for them to cosy in after a long walk. There are plenty of short and long walks directly from the house. Easy access to the shore via a field below and a short, easy walk to Castle Stalker and beyond. The boat trip leaving from the pier in the village is well worth a shot. Fantastic local knowledge and insight. It takes you right passed the house. Many thanks to the hosts here for a wonderful week and we will most certainly return. Absolutely faultless.
    Mrs Freeland - Cook - May 2018
    A very special four days to get family and friends together from Tasmania, and Scotland. The Shell was a spectacular venue, a stunning house with everything we needed including a bathroom or shower room for each couple. The house was so well designed for a large family gathering and everything we needed was provided. The view from the wonderful cathedral window was glorious especially at sunset. Bar meals at The Pierhouse were delicious and sleeping baby in her pram was made welcome. Castle Stalker View Cafe did us a great breakfast and also a very good lunch. Five stars all round.
    Mrs Davidson - May 2018
    The house is fabulous and very welcoming. Lovely touches of flowers and treats. The view is beautiful. However the surrounding area had limited safe ,short walk opportunities for our dogs. We enjoyed a variety of days exploring the wider area despite the wet weather.The beach at Ganavan was even good in driving rain. Had a nice meal at the Creagan Inn where dogs are welcome.
    Mr North - April 2018
    The photos can't do the views justice, they really are something special.To be honest we felt the same about the house. We couldn't fault the location, ideal for some privacy but plenty to do if you don't mind a wee bit of a drive. We enjoyed a nice seafood meal at the nearby restaurant beside the ferry terminal, took the 'ferry' and went cycling around Lismore. Had a day in Oban, boys went sea fishing and we did the distillery tour. Took our Dinghy out on the water that you can access from the bottom of the garden, the boys did a bit of island hopping and a crazy friend of ours went swimming. We went with a group of friends and two 15 year old boys. The owners were lovely and couldn't have done more to assist. A super week was had by all, just what we needed and we will definitely be back. Ms McClellan April 2018
    Ms Mcclellan - April 2018
    A wonderful property with quiet location and outstanding views. Equipped to an extremely high standard. The owners made every effort to make us welcome whist ensuring privacy. The log burner in the lounge was extremely efficient and the high ceiling provided lovely acoustics for music making with friends during the week. The bedroom layouts and en-suite facilities make this an ideal property for adults sharing. The large entrance lobby was great for airing outdoor activity equipment and useful for unloading and loading the vehicles at the start and end of week too.
    Mrs Martin - March 2018

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    This property is covered by our Holiday Protection Scheme.

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

    There is no charge for this holiday protection – it is included in the cost of your holiday. Please note that the protection does not apply to holidays in our properties with codes beginning with P (usually castles, mansions and lodges).

    Deposits may be transferred to a different date for a holiday at the same property within 12 months of the original holiday date, subject to availability, but not, however, for a different property. If the new booking is at a higher rate the tenant must pay the extra cost. No refund will be made if the new date is at a lower rate.

    1. Death, accidental bodily injury, or illness (excluding pre-existing or chronic illness/conditions, or illness arising through epidemics or pandemics)
    a) the Proposer and/or persons with whom he/she has arranged to travel.
    b) any close relative or business associate of the Proposer or of any person with whom he/she has arranged to travel or arranged to meet at the specified holiday establishment. We will require appropriate documentary evidence of illness or bodily injury from a registered medical practitioner. This evidence must state that the Proposer is unfit to travel.

    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

    3. Fire or theft which is the subject of an insurance claim at the Insured’s main residence or business premises within seven days before commencement of the holiday.

    4. Occupational postings not contemplated at the time the holiday is booked.

    5. Cancellation or curtailment of scheduled transport services due to strikes, riots or civil commotion, but limited to the cost of alternative transport up to £50 per person for the outward journey only.

    But not, however:

    1. Disinclination to travel.

    2. Failure of public or private transport.

    3. Suicide, attempted suicide, insanity, the influence of intoxicating liquor or the effect of drugs not taken in accordance with treatment prescribed and directed by a qualified medical practitioner or booking a holiday which is or would be against the advice of a registered medical practitioner.

    4. Pregnancy unless problems occur which prevent the person travelling. A  verification must be signed by a registered medical practitioner to this effect

    5. Any loss which is otherwise insured.

    6. Holiday accommodation booked outside Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands