Arduaine Cottages: The Location

The hamlet of Arduaine is situated midway between Lochgilphead and Oban on the A816, five miles south of the village of Kilmelford. A map of the area can be viewed on our Contact Us page. There are excellent marina facilities at nearby Kilmelford, Craobh Haven and Ardfern - all within 5-10 minutes drive, plus swimming pools and golf courses at both Lochgilphead and Oban. The famous links course at Machrihanish is a must for keen golfers, albeit somewhat further afield.

There are excellent hotels and restaurants in the area, and only five minutes walk away is the AA 3 star Loch Melfort Hotel, with its established reputation for excellent food in its restaurant (bar meals also served in The Skerry bar). Adjacent to the hotel is the National Trust for Scotland's Arduaine Gardens, world famous for its collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.

Also available locally are wildlife cruises with the chance to explore uninhabited islands and observe some of the spectacular whirlpools caused by the geology of the local seabed.

Kilmelford and Ardfern villages both have a general store and post office, providing locally farmed and fished, fresh and cured produce. Both are worth a visit for those breakfast staples, but also for a few of the extra luxuries and nibbles that come with being on holiday!

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Latitude: 56°14'10.39"N      Longitude: 5°33'7.76"W

Local Activities, Attractions & Services

Relax here and do nothing, or visit some of the 150 prehistoric sites that lie within six miles of the award winning museum of ancient culture at the nearby village of Kilmartin, take the ferry from Oban to Mull, Iona and Staffa, or ski at Glencoe and Aonach Mor. Take advantage of the sea and loch fishing, horse riding and hill walking - all to be found locally in abundance. Sailing, canoeing and windsurfing are possible off the shore below the cottages.

  Farsain (runs from Craobh Haven) Tel: 01852 500 664
  Sea Leopard (runs from Ardfern) Tel: 0845 397 9824
  Sealife Adventures (runs from Easdale)

  Craignish Village Hall (Ardfern)


  Craignish Village Hall (Ardfern)
  Lord of the Isles (Wi-Fi at Craobh Haven)
  Various Oban hotels & cafés, some Wi-Fi

  Visit Scotland (Tourist Board)
  In & Around Oban -

Local Information: Key Distances

OBAN - 20 miles
Known as the "Gateway to the Isles", Oban offers panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands, and has become Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town. Facilities include:
  Leisure Centre, including swimming pool, climbing wall, etc
  Tesco Superstore + various other supermarkets & high street stores
  Banks & cash machines

Lochgilphead stands at the head of Loch Gilp which leads north west from Loch Fyne, one of the most beautiful lochs on the West Coast of Scotland. Facilities include:
  Co-op supermarket
  Banks & cash machines
  Coaches to Glasgow

Bus Stop - 2 miles (bus drivers will pick-up & drop off at Arduaine on request)
Village Store & Post Office (Ardfern) - 6 miles
Newsagent (Craobh Haven) - 2 miles
Cashback - Facilities available at most local hostelries and grocery stores

Travel Information: Getting To The Area

Glasgow Airport Prestwick Airport
SkyScanner Easyjet
RyanAir British Airways
Avis Munro's Car Hire, Oban
Europcar Budget @ Hazelbank Motors
Hertz Flit Van & Car Hire

A 2-carriage service runs 2/3 times a day from the centre of Glasgow and takes approximately 3 hours on an amazingly scenic route to Oban. Reservations are recommended in order to reserve seats, particularly during summer months.

During summer months, the world-famous steam train of Harry Potter fame runs a service from Glasgow via Crianlarich to Fort William & Mallaig, and travels through spectacular countryside.

It is unfortunate that our rural communities are not well served by public transport so getting between train stations and the Arduaine Cottages invariably requires use of a car, which can easily be arranged locally in Oban using the companies listed above under 'Car Hire: Local Services'.