Mid Summer Sunset from the terrace of Stable House
Beautifully situated in a lovely part of the country,
mid-way along the south-east shore of lovely Loch Awe,
on the B840, amidst some of the finest scenery in Argyll,
Blarghour offers the discerning visitor a choice of
high quality accommodation, carefully managed, in situations
of great beauty, which afford peace, privacy and seclusion
while being centrally situated for touring.
Blarghour is a hill farm of 2,000 acres on which 900
sheep and our herd of highland cattle graze.
Isabella and her daughter Catriona run Blarghour Farm
Cottages. All four properties have been awarded the
4 star classification of the Scottish Tourist Board.
Activities and attractions
To help you make the most of your holiday,
in each cottage, Isabella has compiled a comprehensive
list of things to see and do in the surrounding area.
Below are some ideas:
To help maximise the enjoyment your farm holiday and
opportunities to explore Argyll in any weather you may
wish to bring waterproof walking boots and outdoor clothing.
Walking and Bird watching
Blarghour is a hill farm of 2,000 acres on which unrestricted
and ornithology may be enjoyed.
An old road runs across the lower stretches of
farmland passing old ruined settlements abandoned
late 19th century.
Wet days can be rewarded with a walk to either
90ft/27m Blarghour Falls on Alt Blarghour or scenic
Alt Beochlich falls, the two rivers that mark the
boundaries of Blarghour on the loch side. ·
Two other pleasant walks to take from the farm
are to Ernie’s View Point from which the wonderful
vista of Loch Awe can be admired in both directions,
and the circular forest road route on which you
can walk up a nearby forest track and return via
Blarghour’s low hill.
There are also numerous forest walks around the loch
which offer similar opportunities on forest tracks –
the walk to Avich Falls being particularly rewarding.
For the more energetic, the surrounding area provides
opportunities for climbing and hill walking with Ben
Lui and other Munros nearby.
hire complete with helmet, suggested routes around
Loch Awe may be hired from Blarghour.
There are many opportunities for horse riding in Argyll.
near Inveraray, offer lessons, routes through forest
or glen and by the sea as well as the opportunity to
swim with horses. There are also riding stables at Ardfern.
Touring and Exploring Argyll
Within easy reach during a days motoring are Glencoe
and Fort William with spectacularly awesome mountain
scenery, Loch Lomond, Loch Tay, The Trossachs, Dunoon
and Loch Eck with famous Benmore Gardens, Lochgilphead,
Crinan, Easdale, Gigha,
Islay and Arran, and Oban (gateway
to the Isles) with tours to Mull(Balamory), Iona
Locally, one may visit Inveraray
Castle, seat of the Dukes of Argyll and experience
a tour of the town's 18th
century jail. Cruachan
Hydro Electric Power Station, where visitors are
driven into the heart of the “hollow” mountain,
also deserves a visit.
Oban and Campbeltown both have distilleries that are
open to visitors.
For children, there are many lovely safe beaches. Oban
Seal & Marine Centre with seal pup nursery and
outdoor pools where seals frolic and feed is very popular.
Oban Rare Breeds
Park set in 30 acres criss-crossed by paths is very
popular with children.
Fishing, Boat Hire and Boat Trips
and Pike fishing on Loch Awe, Scotland’s longest
loch, is available by permit which may be obtained at
the farm. Boat
hire (and canoe hire) can be arranged locally for
fishing, exploring Loch Awe’s ruined castles and
enchanting islands or for picnics on secluded beaches.
It is possible to cruise Loch Awe on a steamboat and
to cruise up Loch Etive to the foot of Glencoe
at Crinan offer a variety of boat trips for sea fishing,
watching wildlife (seals, and seabird colonies) and
visiting the famous Corrievreckan whirlpool. Seafari
adventures, based on Easdale Island offers three
exciting trips on powerful rigid inflatable boats to
the Corrievreckan, Holly Isle (beehive cells from early
Christian times) and Slate island.
There are a variety of challenging golf courses in this
area: at Dalmally
– flat, challenging and scenic (9 holes), Inveraray
(9 holes), Taynuilt (9 holes), Lochgilphead (9 holes)
and Oban – hilly (18 holes). All welcome visitors.
History and Archaeology
Those interested in industrial archaeology will wish
to visit the Bonawe Iron Works at Taynuilt which used
charcoal produced from the oakwoods around Loch Awe.
Wander round Auchindrain
Highland Township, an open-air museum of farming
life, to see how crofting families lived in the past.
Explore 5,000 years of history at Kilmartin
House Museum and Kilmartin Valley where many prehistoric
sites, standing stones and cairns lie within 6 miles
of Kilmartin village.
The months of May and June are recommended
for visitors to enjoy the many beautiful gardens of
which are open to the public, notably Crarae,
and Benmore which are a riot of subtle colour from the
Rhododendrons and Azaleas which flourish there.
Weddings may be arranged locally through Scottish
Children are welcome and cots and high chairs are
available (but note that The Barn House and Stable House
are unsuitable for children under 5).
No pets are allowed.
Blarghour is situated 10 miles west of Cladich on the
B840 south-east Lochaweside road and is approached from
the A819 Inveraray - Dalmally road (signposted B840
Cladich & Ford). Click
here for a map showing our location and use the
arrows provided to view approach roads into the area.
Blarghour is a member of the Association of Scotland's
Self Caterers and has been awarded the 4 star classification
of the Scottish Tourist Board for all four properties.