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Old Kilmun House - Large Holiday House In Scotland

Kilmun, Argyllshire,
Scotland

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Things to do in and around Kilmun

Walking The walking all around Kilmun is absolutely fantastic, and from the house itself there are half a dozen spectacular routes that take you into some magical places in the Forest Park. Puck’s Glen is unmissable, but the Ardnadam Heritage Trail, Glen Finnairt, Ardentinny Forest, and Cowal Way are also all decently marked and come highly recommended. You can do circular routes that take anything from an hour and a half to eight or nine hours. We’ve left you maps and guides in the sitting room, and more details are available from the tourist office in Dunoon.Cycling It really is a great

way to see the scenery in the area – and the topography is such that you don’t need to do much back-breaking hill work. The trips up Loch Eck, round the corner to Ardentinny, and through the pass to the Kyles of Bute are all lovely. The circular route turning left out of the house, past Strone and Ardentinny on the coast road and then through the forest to Sligrachan sees you joining the A815 on Loch Eck at the Whistlefield Inn. 15 miles or so as a round trip; there’s one steep climb of about a mile which’ll test all but the fittest, but then it’s downhill to the pub! We’ve equipped the house with 6 kid’s bikes of different sizes and a couple for grown ups
   

Sight-seeing Generally,you are fantastically positioned to see some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. The views aren’t bad from the house itself, but drive up to Loch Fyne and down to Loch Lomond, or into the Kyles of Bute, or down the Maccrahanish / Mull of Kintyre peninsula, and you’ll see vistas to take your breath away. Enjoy the local area on foot or by bike, but if you don’t know this area of Scotland well, and you have better than 50 yard visibility, we’d really recommend you do spend a bit of time exploring it(and not just

because people use fewer of our logs when they are out the house and wear the furniture out less). If the weather’s rubbish, you are 75mins from Glasgow by http://www.oldkilmunhouse.com/images/gardens.jpg Ferry and M8, and less than 2 hours from Edinburgh if the traffic’s okay. They are both great cities to visit.
 
Benmore Botanic Gardens Only three miles away towards Loch Eck, absolutely amazing set of gardens planted and cared for originally by James Duncan and then the Younger family (beer-age and politics) who owned Old Kilmun House for ages, and added the Victorian additions on the end of the house which we don’t own. Benmore gardens are a branch of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Awesome trees, including the tallest in Britain, and lots related to our own here; a great tea shop at the gates, too. Dogs on leads only.
 
Golf Strone’s pretty, 9 hole course which was designed by James Braid, is well-signposted, just over a mile away. Innellan is an 18 holes course, about 20 minutes away. Cowal has 18 holes and is a bit closer just above Dunoon. There’s also a second fabulous 9 hole course 35 minutes away at Tighnabruich with lovely views up the Kyles of Bute, with a ral “island golf” feel to it. Visitors are welcome any time there isn’t a match on all these courses. You are welcome to use the four sets of golf clubs we’ve left for guests.
 
Fishing The River Eck is one of the most expensive trout stretches in the West of Scotland and mostly carved up by timeshare. Fortunately, though, there’s a mass of very good value options for both loch and river fishing locally, with daily and some weekly permits available from Purdies on Argyll St (open 9am to 5pm; 01369 703232). Under 16 permits are all half price. We’ve supplied half a dozen rods and some basic kit – spinning and casting – which is
kept on rafters of the bike shed. Rivers – Cur (£10 a day per rod, weekly ticket available for £30), Masson (£10 a day), Ruel (£12), and Finnart (£6 per day, weekly ticket available for £18) – any legal lure, no maggots. Lochs - Dunoon Reservoir (rainbow trout £15), Loch Loskin (brown trout, £10 including boat), Loch Tarsan (brown trout £10 per rod plus another £10 for boat if you want it, weekly ticket available for £30) – all fly fishing only, all open 7 days. Loch Eck is also available.