- Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016
- Posted in activities, highlands, holiday home spotlight, holiday ideas, self-catering
Situated on the shores of Loch Aline on the beautiful West Coast, Ardtornish Estate Cottages and Apartments is an idyllic base for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands. Offering a range of accommodation options, Ardtornish Estate is ideal for a relaxing romantic getaway or a fun-packed family holiday. We asked owner Kathryn McLaughlin to tell us more about the estate and some of the highlights of a holiday here.
Can you tell us a bit about the accommodation options on the estate?
We have a range of self-catering holiday accommodation from our grand Victorian Apartments to cosy and romantic cottages. We also have a well-equipped Bunkhouse and a range of secluded bothies for those looking for a truly authentic and basic overnight experience. Every property has its own unique character and all enjoy stunning views, log fires and everything else you need for a wonderful holiday in the West Highlands of Scotland.
What is special about a holiday at Ardtornish?
Ardtornish Estate is more than just a remote and secluded haven of peace and tranquillity. It’s a tradition, a place to create memories that last a lifetime and span generations.
When you come and stay with us you’ll be embraced by the charm of the estate. Whether it’s capturing a breath-taking sunset, exploring heather-clad hills or taking a bracing dip in the waters of a remote loch or babbling river – the opportunities are boundless. Come and see why our guests return year after year.
The estate is based on the beautiful West Coast. What are some highlights of the local area?
For generations, visitors have made Ardtornish Estate their own – exploring every corner of the estate from garden to glens and from riverbank to hill lochs. The estate is here for your enjoyment, and new discoveries lie around every corner – so grab your walking boots, fishing rod, wetsuit or camera and head out into your very own adventure playground.
There is so much to see and do here that we can cater for every holiday bucket list: from watching the sun set from a lofty peak to diving the depths of the crystal clear waters; from exploring our gardens to discovering wildlife all around; from picnics on the beach to fine dining in one of Scotland’s best restaurants; from fishing for salmon to stalking our deer forest; from walks in the woods to exploring the glens from the saddle. Get muddy, breathe deeply, relax completely and soak up the sheer beauty of this wonderful part of west Scotland.
Ardtornish holds a special place in the hearts of everyone who visits. Don’t just take our word for it – explore for yourself, discover Ardtornish’s secrets, and begin the journey that leads so many back time and time again.
Can you recommend some hidden gems in the area?
For dining out, we have one of Scotland’s finest restaurants on our doorstep. The Whitehouse Restaurant in Lochaline is has long had a reputation for fantastic food. It boast numerous awards including 2012 Restaurant of the Year at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, finalist in the same awards in 2015, runner-up in the 2012 Observer Food Awards and current holder of two AA Rosettes. The restaurant features in many national guide books, including The Michelin Guide, and is a favourite of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (booking is strongly advised).
A walk to Old Ardtornish Castle is also recommended. The walk provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the ruined castle and affords fabulous views over Loch Aline and the Sound of Mull. There are also some lovely mixed deciduous woodland on route consisting of alder, hazel, rowan, sycamore, ash willow, oak, birch and wych elm. The walk provides a good opportunity to spot pipits, skylarks, wheatears, corvids, raptors, as well as a range of coastal birds, and, if you are lucky, white-tailed eagle and otter.
Take the picturesque water taxi journey from Drimnin to the Isle of Mull – weekly timetables can be found on Ardtornish estate website.
Try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Tomahawk Throwing and much more – target sports at Ardtornish Estate is new for 2016.
What one thing should visitors make sure they do during a stay at Ardtornish?
You can book a stay at Ardtornish online or call 01967 421288 for more information.