Pier cottage at Kames, shore front location, sleeps 4, value for money
Mr Iain Fleming
Small cosy cottage
We enjoyed our stay at this cosy cottage. The best part of staying here was the lovely view, close proximity to the beach and the friendly locals. However, the cottage was a lot smaller than expected (probably my fault for not looking more closely at the listing) so definitely not suitable for more than 2 people. Other irritations were the fact you couldn't cover the windows to keep the light out, which meant being woken up quite early. The cottage also seems to be right next to a path that every sailing type uses to get from the beach to the Kames Hotel so you have to put up with a lot of folk nosily walking past, talking, laughing and singing late at night. We'd certainly return to the area but probably wouldn't stay here again.
Lovely cosy, cottage, perfect beach location
Fantastic little cottage in a peaceful location with great views, it was a perfect weekend getaway. Great hotel across the road too.
Getting here by road (from Glasgow)
This fabulous drive takes you up the side of Loch Lomond, through the Arrochar Alps and over the world-famous Rest and Be Thankful. The final stretch winds along the coast with the Kyles of Bute stretching out ahead. There are some wonderful viewpoints dotted along this road. Take the A82 along Loch Lomond to Tarbet, then the A83 towards Inveraray and Campbeltown. At Cairndow, turn left on to the A815, then at Strachur turn right on to the A886, signposted Glendaruel and Colintraive. Just after Glendaruel turn right onto the A8003 towards Tighnabruaich. Once in Tighnabruaich follow signs for Kames and then to the Kyles Hotel. The cottage is below the hotel on the shore road.
Getting here by road and ferry
Another option is to get the ferry from Gourock to Dunoon and enjoy a drive through remote, mountainous country. The writer Iain Banks reckons it’s one of best wee roads in Scotland. You then pick up the same coastal road as above. Take the A8 to Gourock, then Western Ferries from McInroy’s Point to Hunter’s Quay near Dunoon. Turn right on to A815, then shortly after leaving the 40mph area, turn left on B836, a winding single track road with passing places. After about 17 miles, turn right on A886, then left on A8003 towards Tighnabruaich.