Secure your holiday for £20.
Limited availability, could end at any time.T&Cs Apply.
Icon/Navigation/Chevron/Left Back to search

3 people have recently viewed this property

1 of 45 View Image Gallery
  • Ardlarach Lodge -  - 1110744 - photo 1

Ardlarach Lodge

(Ref. 1110744)

Cullipool, Isle Of Luing, The Inner Hebrides Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing
Facilities and Maintenance
  • All reviews
  • house (12)
  • no (11)
  • views (10)
  • our (9)
  • holiday (8)
  • ardlarach (8)

23 Customer Reviews

  • "The hosts were very helpful and informative."

    The facilities in the cottage were excellent and the views over the loch to Scarba and Mull were magnificent. Lots of bird life including sea eagles and golden eagles as well as deer and otters. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and hope to be back.

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2024

  • "It is a fabulous house with a stunning view!"

    It does need some serious TLC though. The kitchen was quite filthy when we arrived. We cleaned it ourselves, but couldn’t get rid of the smell in the fridge or the grease in and on the hob. There’s black mould by the sink and the description says there’s a laundry machine, but I wouldn’t recommend using it. That was nowhere near clean on the inside. The toilet seats are beyond cleaning and simply need to be replaced, they are a health hazard. The mattress covers need to be washed and/or replaced. It seems in the lounge the furniture is not being moved to clean underneath. If maintenance and cleaning are taken care of the house provides the most wonderful holiday ever!

    Thank you for your feedback, I am glad to hear you enjoyed the house and the view. We are sorry to hear that some aspects of the property that you were not happy with. We have inspected the property after your stay and could not identify anywhere with black mould and we have never had a situation previously where the kitchen has been unclean for a guest’s arrival. You contacted us during your stay and none of these issues were raised. We take all customer feedback and guest experience very seriously as you can see from all the other comments we have received over the years. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne2.5Apr 2024

  • "Lovely house with great views."

    Very enjoyable stay. Would recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2023

  • "The property is exactly as advertised."

    The views, the peace, and the walks by the coast were excellent. The local shell fish are second to none! We loved it here and had a really relaxing time. We would happily book again and recommend it to anyone who loves the sea and countryside.

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property is just truly amazing and in an amazingly serene, peaceful and reflective location."

    You truly feel like you are the only ones in the area. I cannot recommend this house enough. Just fabulous.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Aug 2023

  • "A truly wonderful house with an amazing view accross the bay."

    The owners were very nice people, an helped us with anything we wanted to know or needed.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2023

  • "The lodge is lovely and in such a beautiful setting."

    Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Absolutely loved it here.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2023

  • "A beautifully appointed holiday home with stunning views."

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0May 2023

  • "The house was warm, spacious, well equipped and very comfortable."

    The location and views were also stunning.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2022

  • "We absolutely loved this cottage!"

    The views were so good that we were quite reluctant to go out and about! It was nice watching the boats sailing by, the changing sky , sea and weather and we had some beautiful moonlit nights while we were there. We also saw a few brown hares lolloping about. The house was extremely comfortable (I would like to know what the pillows were for our own holiday rental property in the south of France!)and it was really well equipped. So peaceful and quiet (occasional mooing) Bit random but I loved the dry stone walls on the property and also the hydrangeas. We enjoyed the Atlantic centre in Cullipool for lunch/ cakes/ coffee and on our last day had a lovely two hour boat trip from Oban (Oban sea tours) during which we saw some seals and were treated to a view of two sea eagles perched on trees on the coast of Mull. One day we also visited Dunstaffnage castle which boasted fabulous views and then had some wonderful fish and chips in Oban sat watching the ferries and boats.(recommend the 'Oban fish and chip shop') All in all ten out of ten. Will definitely consider revisiting. Many thanks to Tooti, Shane and all the team! Also thanks to Tasha, Cora and Puffin for visiting us

    Reviewed by Eve5.0Aug 2022

  • "The holiday property was lovely and comfortable and was well equipped."

    The island is very peaceful and there are lots of local walks to do to explore. The weather during our stay was perfect. Worth noting that the Atlantic Islands Centre was only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during our stay- some advertising said it was open on Thursdays too, some said all week. We, unfortunately did not get a chance to visit the centre. We had a very interesting and adventurous boat trip from Seil explaining about the history of the islands, birds, wild life and the tides including the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The ferry to the island runs regularly but in the evenings there can be a long wait between sailings if you miss the crossings! There is alot to do round Oban but it can be a bit of a trek. We enjoyed going to some highland games and visiting Kerrera.

    Reviewed by Gill4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Ardlarach Lodge."

    Very well provisioned and we loved the fruit bowl on arrival - thanks. It’s a beautiful property and the view is simply one to take your breath away. Nice to see the birds flirting around - lots of swallows grabbing insects on the wing. Also watching out for brown hares. With typical mixed weather in Scotland, the views just meant it’s fun to watch all season in one day… we spent much time enjoying the lodge or exploring the island on foot. Our dog loved the bays at Toberonochy and Ardinamir. Food at the Atlantic in Cullipool is excellent. Finally, sunset from Blackmill Bay or the ridge south of Cullipool is lovely. We only left the island once in the week we were there. A great place to be at one with the island and get to know it. An Cala on the isle of Seil is well worth a visit. Many thanks Chris.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2022

  • "What can you say, wonderful, amazing, picturesque, luxurious are a few words that spring to mind."

    We had a fantastic weeks stay at Ardlarach Lodge with its amazing setting and magnificent views. The house is great, roomy fully equipped and very comfortable . We would definitely recommend a stay here, without hesitation. Many thanks.

    Dawn PhillipsJul 2021

  • "I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday at Ardlarach Lodge and how lovely the property is."

    The view from it's sun room is fabulous! It was also very nice to be able to meet the owner!

    Steve RichardsSep 2019

  • "We just wanted to thank you both for a wonderful week at Ardlarach Lodge."

    We adored the house and are planning to replicate it when building our own home in Scotland so please take that a giant compliment! I first visited Luing over 20 years ago and it was great to be back and to realise how beautiful the island is all over again. We had a great time on our much needed break and it was lovely to meet you both, we will be back - soon!

    Sally GaleNov 2018

  • "Just a quick note to say we really enjoyed our stay and that we have already recommended Ardlarach to several friends."

    We are seriously considering booking again for next year, probably around the same time. Thanks again, Andrew, Jane, Ellie and Eve.

    Andrew WhiteNov 2018

  • "Ardlarach Lodge is a holiday home that has it all."

    A very friendly welcome, lots of space, stunning views, comfy beds and a really relaxing atmosphere. We stayed for a week and wanted for nothing - the kitchen is so well equipped that we had no trouble preparing the lobster that we bought from the local pier. There is a lovely coastal walk on the doorstep and the garden was large enough for croquet. (Equipment provided!) The large porch is a lovely place to sit for a coffee and we even watched a pod of dolphins playing in the bay from there. The location is idyllic - plenty of exploring to do and we enjoyed meals out at the Atlantic Centre close by in Cullipool and at The Oyster Bar in nearby Easdale. We would definitely return to this smashing spot.

    Trip AdvsorNov 2018

  • "Myself and my extended family had an amazing, relaxing time at Ardlarach Lodge for a week (March 2015)."

    Even though the weather wasn't great it was a treat to be in a location so beautiful and in a house that we all loved. Ardlarach Lodge has everything you would need for a luxury self catering break. The little touches are what make it so special, not to mention the generous and friendly hosts Tooti and Shane. Their two dogs Mollie and Tasha are also a brilliant company if you need some canine companions. The furnishings and paintings in the house are simply beautiful, comfy beds, crisp linen and a well kitted out kitchen. The Isle of Luing is like stepping back to a time where life is about simplicity and just appreciating what nature has created. The island is a special place that I can only describe as a piece of heaven.

    Tripo AdvisorNov 2018

  • "We stayed with our daughter and two friends for a week."

    The house was spacious, clean, warm, comfortable and a delight to stay in. The setting is idyllic with panoramic views over Black Mill Bay and the sound to the islands of Scarba and Lunga with Jura in the distance. The house really is a home from home and as well as, or better, equipped than most family homes, we did not want for anything or feel that anything was lacking. Thoughtfully, there was a bowl of fruit, plus milk and tea waiting for us on arrival. Tooti made us very welcome and has given the house a very special feeling, even putting binoculars in the sun room to help enjoy the views and wildlife. The area is quiet and walker-friendly, the roads are good and easy to take a wheelchair or pushchair along. The hills are of moderate height and easy to navigate away from the tracks to enjoy the views to the west and to catch the sunset over the sea and small islands in the direction of Mull. Wild flowers, orchids and cotton grass abound on the slopes overlooking the sea. We saw an otter in Black Mill Bay near the old jetty, seals near Cullipool, deer and a fox about a mile north of Ardlarach Lodge. Luing cattle and sheep roam the area giving it a special feel. A boat trip down the sound and around Lunga with Alistair from Cullipool was particularly enjoyable. We only left the island twice in the week, just walking around and enjoying the peace, looking at the flowers and wildlife, taking pictures and coming back to the comfortable house. Bliss!

    Trip AdvsorNov 2018

  • "The house is brilliant."

    What a fabulous user friendly design; we had a wonderful holiday but the highlight was the restful nature of the house and my trip on a boat to Scarba. Thanks again.

    Liza And BillNov 2018

  • "Fantastic house."

    Love Luing. Explore the island, you'll love it too!

    KateNov 2018

  • "Brilliant. Ideal R."

    I.B. Base. Super boat trips. Great weather. Thankyou.

    NeilNov 2018

  • "Thankyou for a fabulous 4 days."

    We felt welcomed, relaxed and de-stressed from the moment we arrived. Already planning our next visit.

    GillespieNov 2018

Show more Hide all


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x ground-floor single, 1 x king-size with en-suite with walk -in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Sun room
  • Underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Range electric oven and grill, gas hob, microwave, American fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, coffee maker, hairdryer
  • Smart TV, iPhone/iPod stations, WiFi, welcome gift
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of logs inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot
  • Ample off-road parking and driveway
  • Walled gardens with lawns, patio area and garden furniture
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.9 miles, pub 7.7 miles
  • Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental
  • Note: Please bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Oban 20.5 miles.

Despite its remote setting, at Blackmill Bay on the Isle of Luing, Ardlarach Lodge offers all the home comforts any discerning traveller would expect and is perfect for families.

Surrounded by simply spectacular views westwards towards the isles of Scarba and Lunga, Ardlarach Lodge was a former head shepherd’s house which has been sympathetically restored to offer elegant and stylish accommodation.

The house really does maximise the panoramic views and whether you are inside or outside, the views are everywhere.

On entering the property, the visitor is greeted by a delightful welcome gift and a light and airy sitting room with loads of attractive seating ideally positioned with the woodburning stove and feature windows taking centre stage.

The aptly named sun room has attractive window seating to provide a comfy spot to take in those gorgeous views and is the perfect spot for taking a break and absorbing the gorgeous vistas of the island and beyond.

Step into the glorious contemporary kitchen which has everything you could possibly need to rustle up a delicious meal for loved ones and the rustic dining table provides an inviting space to enjoy long, leisurely meals.

A real feature of the property is the accessible nature of the wet room and two downstairs bedrooms.

A stunning staircase leads majestically upstairs from the sitting room where there are a further two bedrooms, a king-size with en-suite shower room and a twin bedroom.

A stylish family bathroom completes the first-floor accommodation.

The outside space has been beautifully maintained to offer guests a wonderful opportunity to take in the sublime views with immaculate lawns giving a safe area for children to play and an attractive patio area with garden furniture ideal for the grown-ups to chill out and enjoy some holiday time alfresco taking in the incredible views.

It might only be six miles long and two miles wide, but Luing has plenty to offer including some fabulous walking treks and trails.

Pay a visit to the quaint village of Cullipool steeped in history with its historic white cottages and visitor centre, take a boat trip to one of the adjoining islands, hire a bike or check out the golf course on the nearby Isle of Seil and just a short drive away is the bustling town of Oban.

A regular ferry operated by Argyll and Bute council runs to the island and it is a few hours drive from Glasgow airport and a short drive from Oban.

For a unique holiday in a simply stunning setting and offering elegant accommodation, Ardlarach Lodge really does have it all.

EPC Rating: Band C

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

View on map

About the location


Oban 19 miles

Cullipool is the largest village on the Isle of Luing and is situated at the northern end of the western side of the island. It is known for being a slate quarrying village and the village’s history is steeped in its slate-mining heritage. The Atlantic Islands’ Museum and Visitor Centre helps to tell the island’s story and has its own café. Neat rows of white workers’ cottages form the backbone of the village with the black slate shoreline creating a stark contrast. Just outside the village is a large water-filled slate quarry and to the north is further evidence of slate quarrying which only ended in 1965. Nestled above the village is a striking church situated on the hillside and from here the views over the village are spectacular. Also worth seeing on the island are the numerous Iron Age forts found on the eastern side and centred around Ardinimir. Close to Cullipool is the island’s only shop and there is also a pleasant harbour area here where the village’s thriving lobster industry is now established. From here there are stunning views toward some of the nearby uninhabited islands such as Belnahua and Fladda.

Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental. Note: Please bear in this mind this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry