Gate Cottage, new renovation, shorefront location, sleeping 6 persons
Mr Iain Fleming
Probably one of the best holiday lets we have had for years, lovely location with plenty to do
Excellent let, nicely refurbished with lots of nice touches
Fantastic location, wonderful stay
I don’t think that just because it was a spectacularly warm Easter swayed our opinions. Kames is a wonderful, secluded village right on the water’s edge and Gate Cottage couldn’t be much closer to the beach and the loch.
The beach was so clean, litter-free, and full of sea shells, bird life and the occasional yacht. The view from the cottage is of rural Bute, with the sun coming up over the island each morning.
The cottage itself is an extended and refurbished single storey dwelling, with off road parking, and a decent sized garden. We would have spent more evenings outside but there was no garden furniture.
The cottage was very clean and smartly presented, with pretty much everything we needed. The all important WiFi worked a treat, fast and trouble free.
The village stores are about 10 minutes amble away but for a wider range and reasonable prices you need to drive over to Tighnabruaich.
It was sad to leave - we concluded we needed to come back to Kames and Gate Cottage very very soon!
Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location
Gate Cottage is a lovely cosy and comfortable cottage. We loved it so much we have booked to go back. I think that says it all.
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 Kames Hotel. The property is 800m along the shore road from the hotel, drive past the junction staying on the shore road. The cottage is opposite yellow electricity sign on the beach.
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.