This two bedroom cottage is located in the grounds of Kinlochlaich, which is also home to a beautiful walled garden and the Kinlochlaich Garden Centre. Laich Cottage offers comfortable self-catering for four in idyllic surroundings and is an ideal base for exploring the scenic Argyll coast, with a range of attractions and activities on its doorstep. We asked owner Fiona Hutchinson to share her area highlights and recommendations.
Could you tell us more about Laich Cottage and its surroundings?
Laich Cottage sits adjacent to Kinlochlaich’s Octagonal Walled Garden, and was historically the Gardener’s Cottage. The walled garden was built circa 1790 by John Campbell and is rare. There aren’t many Octagonal Walled Gardens. This is now home to Kinlochlaich Garden Centre and has some formal borders packed with many unusual plants, a Bluebell Woodland Walk and Fruit and Vegetable areas. It is a plant lovers paradise and full of birds.
What day trips do you recommend to visitors?
Glencoe, for walking at all levels; walk or hire a bike on the Island of Lismore; the Sealife Centre; Oban, where you can explore the various attractions; castles such as nearby Dunollie and Dunstaffnage; a trip on the Corran Ferry.
What is special about the Appin area?
Appin is in the spectacular coastal landscape of Argyll in the West Highlands of Scotland, with the infamous Castle Stalker. It is close to Glencoe and the mountains, next to the sea for various water activities and close to Oban – the gateway to the Islands. It is a perfect base for a holiday, allowing access to many varied activities and sights to explore. It is also famous for the Red Fox murder that R L Stevenson based his Kidnapped novel on.
Can you describe some local hidden gems?
The Isle of Lismore is a great island to explore for the day. Cuil Bay is a beautiful area to walk, swim, or relax on. Glasdrum Nature Reserve has some rare butterflies – Checkered Skipper and Pearl Bordered Fritillary. The Sustrans cycle network runs along the old railway line through Appin and you can cycle all the way to Oban or Glencoe along it.
What’s on offer for the outdoor enthusiasts?
Everything! Proximity to Glencoe for walking, climbing skiing etc.; proximity to the sea for many water sports; its own Munro – Ben Sgulliard; the Sustrans cycle route; mackerel fishing along the coast; many walks within the village – up Benn Donn, or various forestry routes; and Loch Linnhe which is great for kayaking.
Can you tell us about some family-friendly attractions in Appin or the wider Argyll area?
The Sealife Centre is 7 miles away (you cycle there along the cycle track), and you can go walking/cycling on the Island of Lismore to explore the Broch, castles and Heritage Centre. The Icefactro climbing wall isn’t far away and neither is the Glencoe Ski Centre, which also has tubing for £5 per person during the summer months – great fun! Laich Cottage itself has a tennis court, ping pong hut, swings, treehouse and various garden toys.
What are some of the highlights of a stay in autumn?
Crisp mornings, Autumn colours, no midges! Less tourists so it’s more peaceful, log burning stove for the evenings, good food locally in various establishments.