Old Kilmun House occupies an elevated waterside setting with views over the Holy Loch in the small village of Kilmun, approximately 6km from Dunoon. The house sits within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, an area renowned for its scenic splendour. The house is surrounded by incredible walks, most notably Pucks Glen, Kilmun Arboretum and Benmore Botanic Gardens, which are all accessible on-foot.
The walking all around Old Kilmun House is absolutely fantastic. There are six spectacular routes that take you into some magical places in the Forest Park. Pucks Glen is unmissable, but the Ardnadam Heritage Trail, Glen Finnairt, Ardentinny Forest, and Cowal Way are also highly recommended. Alongside walking there is a plethora of other activities you can do during your visit.
If you are staying at the house for a longer period, this will give you time to explore a bit more further afield. Make sure you visit Inveraray Castle, the tall bell tower, the jail and the ruins of Rob Roy’s house in Inveraray. Loch Lomond is only an hour away and has amazing walks and boat trips. Make sure you go for afternoon tea or lunch at the Cameron House Hotel. A short and quite pretty drive takes you across to the Kyles of Bute with spectacular views down to the Island of Bute itself and beyond. Tighnabruich and Kames are pretty villages you can stop at on the way. Just beyond Tighnabruich, is a stunningly lovely sandy beach called Ostel Bay. From Colintraive you can take the the ferry across to Robbodoch on the Island of Bute. A drive around the Kyles, plus a visit to Bute itself adds up to a full day out. Bute is an undiscovered jewel in Scotland’s crown of islands. Rothesay is a pretty town on the Island with a Castle and Museum, loads of cafes and bars and restaurants, outdoor entertainments for kids and a putting green. There are quite a few gardens open to the public on the island, which is only 25kms long and can be cycled around in a day.
Food and Drink
We offer in-house catering, but if you’d like to dine out, we have a wealth of recommendations. The local produce available on our doorstep is not to be missed.
The Strone Inn, Dunoon (3 mins drive / 30 mins walk)
Whistlefield Inn, Dunoon (10 mins drive)
The Lorne Bar, 51st State Bar and Grill, Dunoon (XX mins drive)
The Creggans Inn, Cairndow (22 mins drive)
The Colintraive Hotel, Colintraive (33 mins drive)
Inver Restaurant, Cairndow (33 mins drive)
The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow (45 mins drive)
Marina Restaurants & Bar, Inveraray (47 mins drive)
The George Hotel, Inveraray (45 mins drive)
Old Kilmun House
If you’re arriving by ferry, then you can take the Western Ferry from MacInroe’s point (a mile from Gourock). They depart every 20 minutes and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. We recommend buying your ticket in advance here.
We recommend taking the scenic route through Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Fyne and Loch Eck. It’s a stunning trip that takes about an hour and a half from the Erskine Bridge and an hour and forty minutes from Glasgow Airport.