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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "The house is set in an idyllic situation, quiet and beautiful."

    The owners left a bottle of wine and laid the fire for our arrival, which I thought was a lovely touch. The house is well appointed, with all the facilities that you need. Beds are comfortable and linen was beautiful. The owner checked in to see if there were any issues and responded very quickly. My whole family just kept saying how wonderful the property was, the location being a massive part of that. Oban is just 15 mins drive away, which is a lovely town, filled with brilliant shops and lovely walks. The owners supplied plenty games and puzzles, and had lots of information about the area and places to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

    Reviewed by Rena5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful Cottage, only fault, and shouldn’t really grumble, much too warm, unable to turn down radiators; our ages ranged from 9 years old to eighty years old and we all were unbearably hot throughout the week."

    Despite that little moan we all enjoyed our week tremendously. Our holidays for the last thirty years have been spent in the Lake District, I think we have been won over to the Scottish Highlands; w

    Reviewed by Averil4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely family break at Rhunacairn - it comfortably accommodated the family, with space for kids too."

    Considering we caught some pretty bad (heavy rain), the cottage was warm, dry and kitted out with drying facilities (and lots of logs!) to cope. It is also well kitted out for living and comfort, the kitchen is really well equipped. The location is amazing in my opinion, I think I could have easily sat for hours looking out over the sea loch... It's beautiful. The hosts were also really friendly and helpful in all communications before and throughout our stay. We had a great stay... Would love to come back in a slight less rainy time/season.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2023

  • "The stay at Rhunicaurn was exceptional, offering a warm welcome and outstanding hospitality throughout."

    Wendy, the house manager, played a pivotal role in ensuring our stay was comfortable and memorable. The stay exceeded our expectations, thanks to Wendy's exceptional hospitality and the enchanting setting. On leaving, we were confronted with unexpected floods and landslides we were stranded, no accomodation to be had in Oban, no cars entering or leaving due to unprecedented weather. Wendy contacted us, concerned for our safety, she offered us 'a bed for the night..' WOW!! The unexpected stay at the Nelson family's castle was a highlight of our trip. Thanks to Wendy, despite minor challenges, this experience will be cherished and highly recommended to others seeking a unique and memorable getaway in Oban. Beautiful relaxing holiday. We will be back. Kay and Rod.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Sep 2023

  • "Rhunacairn is a beautiful cottage full of character in a idyllic location right ..."

    Rhunacairn is a beautiful cottage full of character in a idyllic location right on the Loch front of Loch etive and just 6 miles into oban it was the perfect location we saw some beautiful even red skies we in the evenings and a beautiful view of the loch sitting in the window seat any time of the day The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need even down to the bin liners being provided The beds are super comfortable and the bed linen is really nice quality linen and the bath towels were Egyptian cottan not something you usually get in a holiday let but it was greatly appreciated We enjoyed our stay so much we booked again for next year whilst still on holiday there wasn't anything at all to be disappointed about we didn't want to leave but really looking forward to next year

    Reviewed by Carrieann5.0Sep 2023

  • "Another fabulous week at this comfortable cottage in a truly magical setting ."

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time at this beautiful cottage, it had everything we needed and more."

    Stunning views from the cottage and a lovely sitting out area. We were blessed with 7 days of sunshine in beautiful Oban. Thanks for letting us stay.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jun 2023

  • "Stunning location with fabulous views."

    Everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Short drive to the excellent Falls of Lora Hotel serving great food. Problem with shower was dealt with quickly, despite bank holiday.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4May 2023

  • "Visited this little gem countless times over the years and it never disappoints"

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage in an idyllic location."

    We really enjoyed our stay and plan to return next year.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2023

  • "We loved the property location, layout, accommodation and general facilities."

    The kitchen equipment all worked, and we cooked some great meals, though some pots/pans need replacing. Very happy to have the bottled drinking water provided as the current filtered supply was running a bit brown, though fine for washing and kettle drinks. We thought the rate was a bit high for the season though.

    Reviewed by David3.4Nov 2022

  • "We have just returned from spending a week at Rhunacairn."

    This property sits on the shores of Loch Etive with the most amazing views which were even more breathtaking with the Autumn tints. The cottage had everything we required for a comfortable cosy stay with the kitchen and utility room being particularly well equipped. However being a party of 6 adults we felt the upstairs bathroom would have benefited from a fully operational shower as we all required to use the downstairs shower.

    Reviewed by Claire3.4Oct 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in the most perfect setting, and we absolutely loved our stay here."

    The facilities provided were fantastic, and the log burner fire made it extra cosy in the evenings. We were here for a week and managed to fit in a boat trip in Oban, trips to local castles (a tour from Alex at Dunollie Castle is a must), Easdale Island and Glenfinnan Viaduct near Fort William, with all of these being within reasonable travel distance. There are a couple of points that we wanted to raise, not necessarily as criticism but as genuine feedback to make it even better. The main thing is the main bed, which felt like a small double - for a cosy stay a king size bed would have suited the master bedroom much more. Although we went just as a couple we both said that the bedroom with the bunk beds off of the utility room wouldn’t be suitable, in our eyes, for young children, purely from a security side of things given that it’s by the main entrance with two doors between here and the rest of the household. We would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing and peaceful break away, with the option to be as busy (or not) as you want to be.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Sep 2022

  • "Returned to this lovely property for another holiday."

    Wonderful! Swimming Kayaking, just sitting and looking at the view! Sadly others seemed to have discovered its charms and already booked for next summer. Was a bit of an issue with water colouration on arrival but lovely housekeeper Wendy immediately reassuring .

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wow . What a fantastic place ."

    The cottage was very comfortable, clean , and very well equipped. A beautiful location with fantastic scenery. We even managed a swim in the loch we had a

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a really wonderful week at Rhunacairn."

    The location was beautiful and very peaceful. But it was also very easy to drive to Oban for shopping and takeaways. There was so much to do locally we could easily have filled another week or two! Wendy the housekeeper was extremely helpful and the cottage was spotless. We couldn't fault anything and will definitely be back.

    Susan PerryJul 2020

  • "We had a really wonderful week at Rhunacairn."

    The location was beautiful and very peaceful but still handy for getting into Oban for shopping and takeaways. Wendy the housekeeper was extremely helpful. The cottage was spotless. We couldn’t fault anything and will definitely be back.

    Susan PerryJul 2020

  • "We had a really wonderful, relaxing week at Rhunacairn."

    The location was absolutely beautiful and very peaceful. But it was also very convenient for a good selection of shops and restaurants in Oban. The cottage was spotless and very well equipped. Wendy the housekeeper was extremely helpful during our stay. We will definitely return to Rhunacairn.

    Susan PerryJul 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed staying in the house."

    It had a wonderful peaceful location with a beautiful outlook. We found the house to be cosy, comfortable and very well equipped. We enjoyed having the wood burning stove in the lounge and it was a pleasure to cook in the kitchen with the view out to the Loch. The kitchen has everything you need to make meals or baking and we even had apple crumble using apples from the tree in the garden. The trains didn't bother us at all. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a shower in the upstairs bathroom

    GillianNov 2018

  • "Thank you for our most wonderful stay at Rhunacairn."

    My two young daughters and Bob the dog had an amazing time at the cottage. Everything was perfect and we could not have asked for more. The gentleman who owned the cottage was also very obliging and we would not hesitate in further to recommend your website and the cottage to others. We will definitely book with you again in the future

    ChrisNov 2018

  • "Rhunacairn was ideal for our holiday."

    On the loch side, about a mile off the road it was the ideal location to re-charge our batteries. The children were in the loch every day(wearing wetsuits) while the adults could supervise safely either from the large garden or the kitchen windows when it was raining! The dogs had the run of the garden which suited them perfectly. The house was bright and comfortable and although we had concerns with regards to the proximity to the railway line before we arrived, the trains did not affect our break in the slightest. On the occasions that we could tear the children away from the water the was lots to do nearby such as the sea life centre, Inverawe smokery, Bonawe iron works, Oban itself and Inverary Jail, which was well worth the 40 minute drive each way to visit. All in all a very relaxing holiday, with the option to do as much or as little as you want. We would definitely return.

    Marie ReidNov 2018

  • "Beautiful location on the lochside."

    Great fun mucking about on inflatable kayaks. Easy walking from the cottage. beautiful fishing in the Black Lochs. My 10 yr old daughter caught her first trout.

    No NameNov 2018

  • "2009 will be the 40th anniversary of family holidays at Rhunacairn."

    We are now into our third generation. This is the most perfect place for a holiday ... but don't tell anyone else!

    No NameNov 2018

  • "Perfect place for peace, quiet and tranquility."

    Sit and watch the local wildlife pass by - eagle, otter, cormorants, gannets and many more animals.

    No NameNov 2018

  • "Lovely, clean."

    homely cottage with all facilities in a wonderful setting. ideal for older children.

    No NameNov 2018

  • "A very comfortable and tastefully restored cottage in a stunning location."

    The property feels more like a proper home than a holiday rental.

    No NameNov 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, 2 x fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, Ultra-fast full fibre Broadband
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.6 miles, pub 4 miles
  • Note: Bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Connel 3.8 miles.

A Lochside cottage overlooking the ever-changing waterscapes of Loch Etive, Rhunacairn offers a remote tranquillity, captivating your attention with its beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Sleeping eight guests, this property, situated in Oban, Scotland, is sure to make the perfect base for a family or group of adults embarking on a Highland holiday.

Weaving though lush trees and the rolling hillsides of Oban, you will find this beautiful holiday house settled into the edge of a seaside loch, painted white with hints of blue, it melts seamlessly into the fantastic scenery, producing off-road parking which will allow you to unpack with ease.

When you enter through the pale blue door, you will first find the most wonderful sitting room with an open fire, large windows and décor that complement this traditional cottage.

An airy kitchen/diner welcomes you to cook a hearty breakfast, with all of the home furnishings you will need, as well as a dining table with a view to the loch, and you will note that, amongst the calming green hints of the décor, this room supports a wooden ceiling, as well as allowing easy access to the handy utility room.

Following the curve of the staircase, you will be met by a hallway with a skylight, and a home-from-home bathroom and shower room.

There is no shortage of places to sleep, and when the evening draws to a close, make yourself comfortable in one of four rooms; two twin rooms with a fresh feel, cream décor, ample storage and tall ceilings, a bunk bed perfect for children, and a larger double room with vintage furniture and a view to the loch.

Outside, you will find an enclosed garden with a patio and sitting area, but from here your adventure would have only just begun.

Why not head out to the town to sample local craft, produce and hot food at restaurants and the abundance of stores available, or stock up on essentials at the local convenience store?

You can enjoy the wildlife outdoors or head over to the Sealife Sanctuary to see an array of fascinating creatures.

There is the option of visiting Oban Distillery in order to sample a taste of the local heritage and produce.

Further afield you will find the Isle of Mull and Iona, perfect for a day trip.

With such beauty and an abundance of attractions, make a family holiday you will remember with a stay at Rhunacairn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


  • Glencoe 33.7 miles
  • Fort William 45 miles
  • Glasgow 95 miles

The bustling town of Oban rests amidst the picturesque hills surrounding Oban Bay, on the stunning west coast of Scotland and offers an abundance of bars and restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. The town's beautiful streets are awash with a wide choice of shops and boutiques, whilst the Oban Distillery is easily accessible occupying a central position within the town centre. Take a trip to the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary situated on Loch Creran, offering crystal clear waters inhabited by a variety of enchanting marine creatures. The tiny Isle of Lismore is just a short ferry ride away, boasting a wealth of wild flowers and home to 130 differing species of birdlife, whilst the Isles of Mull and Iona are a great location for a day trip. An ideal base for a unique and unforgettable holiday.

Note. This property cannot accept short breaks. Full weeks only accepted due to housekeeper restrictions.
Note: Bring own linen for travel cot. Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental.