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2 Tayness

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Kilmartin near Lochgilphead, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location to explore the West Coast."

    Freshly painted bathroom following previous visitor’s feedback, shows that the owners really care about the cottage. Numerous foodie treats on arrival. Very cosy and well set up so that you will have a great break, no matter the weather with lots of walks from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2023

  • "We were not pleased with this property."

    In particular two issues need addressing: # Bathroom: The toilet did not flush properly, it sometimes took four flushes to clear the waste, and required the use of the toilet brush The shower cubicle: The tray was slippery, and as I am partly disabled this could prove to be a hazard. The unit needs a non slip mat and grab handles fitted for safety. The shower door edging was detached from the door. The drainage was poor, maybe the waste system needs cleaning out, resulting in build up of dirty water in the tray during use. Bedroom 1: lovely linens. But the window is covered in small black insects or whatever, looks awful, and there are fly nests inside the casement window in the corners Overall, I think for the cost of this property the above rendered it not value for money.

    Reviewed by Alan2.2Jul 2023

  • "We stayed for one week in this lovely and well-equipped cottage."

    Above all our children liked the tame black cat and bats. We loved the fascinating nature and ancient culture spots nearby and around. For us definetly a worthwhile and hopefully come back trip. Greetings from Cologne/Germany

    Reviewed by Sonja4.4Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning, the walks from the cottage amazing, loved the old range in the cottage , great feature."

    The door bell at the front I loved ! So peaceful! The walk to dunrune castle was brilliant! Andy Malcom told us of a way to get down to the beach it was stunningly beautiful! The lovey treats left for us was a lovely thought , thank you ! Will definitely holiday in the area again!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jun 2023

  • "Really well-equipped cottage in a lovely remote setting but very central to the Kilmartin Glen area."

    The kitchen has everything you might need. The electric heating is very effective and easy to control in each room. The facilities for dealing with wet coats and muddy boots were especially good. The pulley in the central hall above the heater is perfect for getting everything dry again in no time. We found lots of walks from the cottage door, including stone circles, forests, sea shore etc.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2023

  • "As always we had a lovely time, the cottage was lovely and clean and was ready for us allowing us to get settled in before the allocated time."

    The owners again where very friendly, and had provided us with such lovely treats and gone the extra mile to make sure our stay was comfortable, I couldn't have celebrated my birthday in a better place. We will def be visiting again

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Nov 2022

  • "This cottage is perfect it has everything."

    Total piece and quiet all the local books you need for things to do, huge garden where I spent time sunbathing on a grass bank. Freshly made fire and flowers on the table when we arrived. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Tayness Cottage, it is so peaceful and tranquil and there were so many lovely thoughtful touches, including the local treats that welcomed us when we arrived so thank you very much."

    We loved the area that is just so unspoilt and off the beaten track. We hope to come and stay again.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2022

  • "Everything we needed."

    Very cosy cottage. Great location to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really beautiful, well looked after property!"

    So much to do and see nearby - so much history and walking. We didn't have to venture too far and stayed very local, which is exactly what we wanted to do - and there was still stuff to do by the end of the week. Cottage was lovely and well-equipped (what a treat to find sharp knives, a non-stick frying pan and foil!) - only thing missing was tea/coffee/oil/salt/pepper but otherwise perfect. Lots of lovely little treats left for us including fresh bread - thank you! The garden was very steep - and the gate nearest the front of the house to the garden didn't open (inconvenient but there's 2 other gates so no biggie). The black cat who lives next door gave us a wonderful welcome. The beds were sooooooo comfy!!!! And we drank the "brown water" for a week and survived so don't worry about that - extra flavour! Honestly would come back in a heart beat, and would have stayed happily for another week if we didn't have to go back to work. Thanks again for a lovely stay! P.S. In the footsteps of kings is a brilliant guide to the area - there was a copy in the house, definitely worth referring to when planning days out!

    Reviewed by Helena5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    So many places to walk in the area and so interesting historically. Our only disappointment was that the Kilmartin museum was closed for renovation. Will have to go back when works are finished.

    Reviewed by Margz5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage very secluded with all the facilities you could need."

    Very friendly people round about the property. A lovely garden if the weather is fine. Our hosts gave us some gifts that were very greatly appreciated and friendly. Our family live near the cottage, but the hosts if you book would be very approachable with any information that you need. The only negative for us was the fact that the cleaners arrived at 9.45 and sat in the car waiting for us to go. We duly left at precisely ten o'clock!

    Reviewed by Sally4.7May 2022

  • "We enjoyed our week at Tayness very much."

    It is a small and comfortable old cottage that retains many of its original features. It has the necessary modern facilities for a self-catering holiday but cannot be compared with a modern fully equipped cottage - but the old charm completely offsets the smaller area, the kitchen/diner being especially pleasant as a living area retaining the old fireplace. The road to it is fairly rough but acceptable and a more detailed access route was suggested.

    Reviewed by Ian4.1May 2022

  • "A wonderful, cozy, house in beautiful tranquil surroundings with friendly neighbours, too."

    A good base to go for walks and trips out to the various places that are available for visits. Only fault (just a tiny one); one of the single mattresses in the second bedroom is a bit uncomfortable, may need to be replaced.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Apr 2022

  • "Very comfy cottage,in a beautiful setting."

    Loved the stay for the week. Absolute home from home. Thank you for the welcome goodies and the flowers. It was a nice touch. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to hide away from the world to relax and energize.

    Reviewed by Attila4.7Apr 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely and if you're looking for peace and quiet / a base to explore the surrounding area, this is the space for you."

    The track up is a little bit bumpy /rough but if you approach with care, it's not a problem. As the water for the cottage comes from its own source, it is a little peaty and discoloured - again, it wasn't a problem for us as this was flagged to us so we brought our own for everyday drinking water. We loved our time at 2 Tayness and would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Sian4.7Oct 2021

  • "Great setting with walks and gravel biking from the doorstep."

    Access track not really a problem - a Toyota Aygo made it up to the cottage without difficulty. Bottled water was provided. Good facilities other than slightly cool shower. We had a good holiday despite wet and windy weather!

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely rural cottage, with everything required for a quiet break, a great base to explore the region."

    The owners were friendly, and left some welcome treats which were appreciated.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2021

  • "A great location for a cottage, loved the seclusion but not far from the local village."

    The cottage was really comfortable and had everything we needed. The cosy snug lounge was lovely in an evening and there were really comfortable beds and a great shower. We loved enjoying the peace and quiet sitting having breakfast outside each morning and seeing wildlife: bats, a roe deer in a field nearby and a pine marten on camera trap! Really interesting local historical area nearby with the stone circles too and good food in nearby Kilmartin village.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Directions to the cottage could be more accurate but it is a lovely isolated cottage and a beautiful part of Scotland"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2021

  • "The drive up to the cottage is a rough track, which was fine, except that on the part lower down there are a few rather deep potholes, and it would surely benefit everyone including residents if some effort was put into filling them in."

    Reviewed by George4.4Sep 2020

  • "Lovely comfortable and clean cottage."

    Love the fire place added to the charm , only thing missing was a rocking chair by the fire

    Reviewed by Agnes5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely, set in a beautiful landscape, the only draw back was the road very uneven and hard on the car,"

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Sep 2020

  • "Cottage for 4 people."

    Only 3 chairs in the lounge. Your slide/photo 3 shows a table in the lounge. Not there. " 7 shows a whisky decanter etc. Much to my daughters dismay this is no longer provided. " 10 Shelving unit in kitchen/dining area not shown in photo to make kitchen area look larger than it is. Do you have to stoop to this? Incidentally, the lighting in the kitchen is very poor. Your photographer must have used flash? Your particulars state lockable cycle storage. This is not true and we had 4 cycles!!!!! My friends and I have used Sykes in the past. This is the first time that I can recall being LET DOWN by misleading photos and inaccurate statements and that I will not be so trusting in the future.

    Reviewed by David2.5Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is lovely but the paintwork could do with refreshing and bearing in mind the cost of it it could do with a tumble dryer as it is quite damp and drying clothes is practically impossible."

    Reviewed by Anna3.4Aug 2020

  • "The property was a gem, positioned amongst nature and neolithic history."

    Beaches are beautiful and the surrounding area is beautiful The kitchen has a lovely fire and we spent most of our time in there after our days out. Comfortable beds We shall be back as we simply didn’t get to see everything and Jennifer was such a lovely host who really wanted to make sure everything went well. Thank you Mel and Helena

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely: clean, well equipped and in a good location."

    The big downside was the quality of the water. The advert said the cottage had its own private water supply from a bore hole and this wasn’t a problem as we had stayed in a cottage before with its own water supply, however the water was brown (the colour of beer) all week. The owner was aware of the problem and had supplied us with enough bottled drinking water for half a week for the four of us. The water was full of sediment and washing in it wasn’t pleasant, it was difficult to feel clean and washing your hair so it felt clean was a challenge. I feel the cottage was quite expensive considering the lack of clean water for washing and drinking and feel we should have been made aware of the quality of the water before arriving.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.4Jul 2020

  • "The Cottage was lovely but great care had to be taken driving to it as the road is extremely rough in places with many deep pot holes, however this is a shared road with the other house owners and an effort is taken to make repairs."

    Jennifer and Ian left wonderful, thoughtful treats which was lovely including milk and water as the water although safe to drink was discoursed due to heavy rain and the conditions of the ground with the cottage having its own water supply. The cottage was exactly as described and in a lovely setting with many walks from it. Jennifer and Ian popped us to see us making us feel very welcomed and on hand should we have needed to contact them. It its peace and quite that you want this is the place to book as perfect. Mr & Mrs M Third

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Sep 2019

  • "We absolutely adored this cottage where we spent a wonderful and sunny week in the west highlands."

    The living rooms were very nice to be in, with the fireplace and a perfect kitchen. The bedrooms were tidy and comfortable. Jennifer was an excellent host. Two of the heaters didn't function properly and might need to be replaced someday. It was a bit moist in the master bedroom, but putting the heater up a bit in the evening did the job. Wonderful and cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Maurice4.4Jul 2019

  • "Really quiet place nicely away from everything."

    Used as a base for day trips out and about which it was brilliant for. Really nice clean place with everything we wanted. Would recommend and would like to use again. Follow the instructions to find it, don't just stick the post code in a sat nav like I did or you will end up down a dirt track at a gate into a field....

    Reviewed by Colin4.1Jul 2019

  • "We had a largely enjoyable week at our cottage, the area is lovely,the weather was excellent, the cottage owners were very helpful, partricularly Iain who came and fixed a very minor issue for us."

    The cottage was generally well equiped- it had internet etc and the decoration was modern. However there was very little natural light in the cottage.- only first thing in the morning; its partner cottage did have a south facing aspect but 2 Tayness does not and generally it is very dark and cold. Although the cottage was a good 3/4 of a mile up a track there is no view from it(other than the pine trees on the side of the valley immediately opposite). As you sit in the kitchen you could not see the blue of the sky and there was nowhere you could sit outside to get good views. Again the other Tayness cottage has both of these. The fittings were generally good but in late June when it is light until gone 11 at night you need good curtains to make the bedrooms dark and one of the two bedrooms has a velux window with no black out at all. The beds themselves were the biggest let downs; they were the softest we have used in any cottage, far too soft. And lastly although we knew the cottage was up a track we didn't know that it was so long not quite a mile but not far off and in places very rough. That could and should have been clearer.

    Reviewed by Peter3.1Jun 2019

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    Reviewed by James4.4Apr 2019

  • "Second time back at 2 Tayness and it was just as good, if not better."

    We would like to know if the adjoining cottage is also for hire.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage."

    Very welcoming owners. Amazing surroundings. Perfect getaway.

    Reviewed by Magdalena5.0Dec 2018

  • "If you want rural and rustic, then this is your perfect cottage and location."

    ..we spent an idyllic Christmas week at this very well equipped and functional cottage. Jennifer & Iain were very accommodating and offered us hospitality beyond expectation, a lovely little wrapped gift under the Christmas tree and welcoming supplies which were warmly received. The Scottish weather was kind to us for the week, which afforded us some stunning walking days and some pretty sublime views in this heavenly part of the world. An open fire and range to come home to were just the icing on the cake for us. We were warmly welcomed at the great little pub in the village at Kilmartin on numerous occasions, some excellent food on offer there to meet all tastes. The area is steeped in some pretty neat history too! Certainly a place we'd love to return to.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Dec 2018

  • "We were a bit dismayed that there was no blind on the bathroom window which is downstairs"

    Reviewed by Cosimo3.8Sep 2018

  • "It's such a beautiful and nice cottage."

    It was very lovingly decorated and the landscape is a dream. Unfortunately, we had to leave early.

    Reviewed by Bianca5.0Jul 2018

  • "This was a lovely well equipped cottage in a very peaceful location."

    The information was slightly misleading as it mentioned a pub and shop 2 miles away in Kilmartin. In fact the shop closed a year ago, so the nearest general store was in Lochgilphead, 8 miles away.

    Reviewed by Ann4.1Jun 2018

  • "The cottage is very comfortable,and is in a beautiful place in Argyll."

    we had a lovely time and wanted to stay much longer, sadly our holiday lasted only a week.

    Reviewed by Lajos5.0May 2018

  • "Wonderful location."

    Ideal base from which to travel to the many historic sites that are in the region. Want a get away from it all experience then stay at 2 Tayness!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2018

  • "A cute cottage in a very quiet spot."

    We had a relaxing holiday and loved the extras provided such as a drop of whiskey! We were happy with our choice of place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tim4.6Feb 2018

  • "We have just returned from the most amazing week at 2 Tayness."

    Everything about this place is magical, the location is perfect for getting away from it all ( even though we live in a rather rural location ourselves) the cottage has everything you need for a relaxing break, super comfy beds, log fire, beautiful views and an abundance of little extras from the owner. Having worked in hospitality for nearly 20 years it’s the little touches that can really make a holiday go from good to extra special. Tayness is a perfect base to explore the area and we certainly did that. From wildlife, seals, otters, deer & Fox to name a few. To ferry adventures across Loch Fyne and relaxing lunches out. We would normally look to book somewhere new when arranging a holiday, but we have already decided we will be returning to 2 Tayness.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Feb 2018

  • "Better road description/signs to find the cottage on arrival"

    Reviewed by Jan4.2Aug 2017

  • "Lovely area."

    Location of cottage is very private which means you really feel like you're getting away from it all - a real retreat. Thoughtful décor and owner.

    Reviewed by Philip4.8Jul 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and open fire
  • Utility
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric storage heaters with electric fire and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent, fuel for fire on honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shelter for canoes and bikes
  • Front sloping garden and separate lawned area 50 yards from cottage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Property has a Private Water Supply and seasonal discolouration may occur; in these circumstances, drinking water will be provided
  • Note: The front garden slopes steeply down to a stream
  • Note: Property accessed via 0.7 miles of uneven rough track, care to be taken
  • Note: The access road to the property next door passes the front door of this cottage
  • There is no signal in the cottage, however you will receive it outside of the property. Please note: From 1st January the check-in day for this property will be a Friday.

The property

Kilmartin 2 miles.

A delightful semi-detached cottage situated in a secluded location near Kilmartin, in the heart of stunning Argyll on Scotland’s beautiful west coast.

This 19th century former estate worker’s cottage has been lovingly refurbished to provide comfortable accommodation with a traditional tranquil cottage feel.

Located just over half a mile from the hamlet of Slockavullin and two miles from the charming and historic village of Kilmartin, this lovely cottage has a double and a twin bedroom, along with a ground floor shower room.

Completing the accommodation is a spacious, traditional kitchen/diner with a beautiful open fire and a cosy sitting room.

The front garden slopes down to the burn which trickles past and adds a delightfully calming soundtrack to your stay and there is also a separate lawned area with a bench a few yards along the track with views across to the hills beyond.

With superb walking and cycling from your doorstep, this is the ideal cottage from which to explore this beautiful and historic part of Scotland.

Enjoy the atmosphere at the local pub, just a couple of miles away in Kilmartin, which serves good quality local produce.

Seek out the abundant wildlife including red squirrels, or explore Kilmartin Museum, the famous stone circles at Temple Wood and the surrounding Neolithic and Bronze Age sites and monuments.

Alternatively, cycle to Crinan Ferry Beach and enjoy the superb sands and views of Islay and Jura, plus nearby Loch Awe is a haven for anglers, as well as providing amazing scenery.

A superb cottage and a great base for exploring this stunning part of Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band G

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About the location


Crinan 7 miles; Lochgilphead 8 miles; Tarbert 21 miles; Oban 30 miles.

The village of Kilmartin sits at the heart of Kilmartin Glen, one of the most important prehistoric sites on the Scottish mainland. In the area there are rock carvings, standing stones, burial cairns and the remains of the Iron-Age fort at Dunadd, the home of the first kings of Scotland. Kilmartin is home to a church, pub, a castle and the Kilmartin House Museum with visitor centre next door, housing a café. The town of Lochgilphead is eight miles away, offering a good selection of cafes and small shops selling a range of goods, foods and crafts, while the village of Inveraray, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, is within driving distance. Close by is Crinan Canal, which is surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll and Bute. From end to end the canal is nine miles long, and its sheltered waters make it an ideal place for beginners and the more experienced paddlers to explore. There are beautiful walks to be enjoyed throughout the area from Kilmichael Forest, to those at Port Ann and Dunardry and up over the hill from the stoney beach at Crinan Ferry, from where you can look out over Jura and north towards Mull. A trip to the Scottish Beaver Trail in Knapdale Forest also provides a fun family day out, plus the fishing village of Tarbert gives you superb access to all the ferry points across Kintyre that travel to Gigha, Arran, Islay and Portavadie.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas