Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 13th to 21st July 2024

For the first time ever the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will call at Oban. They are due to start arriving between the 12th and 16th of July and will leave on the next leg of the race to Portsmouth on 21st July. Although we're a wee bit of a drive away from Oban we are a 10 minute drive from Garelochhead train station on the West Highland railway line so you could combine a trip on what's considered by many to be on of the most scenic railway journeys in the world with a day in Oban viewing the yachts. 





Cowal Gathering - 29th to 31st August 2024

If you've never been to highland games this is one to visit. It's a fairly long drive to Dunoon from Clynder but it's an enjoyable sail on the passenger ferries from Kilcreggan across to Gourock then over to Dunoon. you could even get the bus from the stop two minutes walk away from the cottage then you have no parking stress either.





Paddle Steamer Waverley - 28th June to 25th August 2024

The world's last sea going paddle steamer is sailing in the Clyde and the Clyde coast between the above dates. She leaves from various piers with various cruises to choose from, and there are some dates she calls at Kilcreggan pier.





Thing's to do

When you stay with us you'll find  large selection of leaflets and information in the cottage giving you ideas of where to go and what to do but these are a couple of our favourite "to do's".


West Highland Railway Line

A trip on the West Highland line is a great way to spend the day. Garelochhead station is a 10 minute drive or 15 minute bus trip (with a 5 minute walk to the station) from here. You can do the full trip to Fort William or Oban and return in a day or break your journey at one of the stations in between. A stop at Rannoch Station Tea Room is well worth doing but you're best to book, it's very popular!







The Hill House

Designed by Charles Rennie MacIntosh for the Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie the house has suffered at the hands of the Scottish West Coast weather due to the materials and techniques used which were at the cutting edge of architectural design in 1900. To start conservation but still allow public access The National Trust for Scotland have built a chainmail "box" round the house which has walkways allowing you to walk around and up to roof level. There's also a great cafe!






Useful links

For ideas on where to go, what to do, what's on:


Destination Helensburgh


Wild about Argyll and the Isles


Visit Scotland




Association of Scotland's Self Caterers

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