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Carradale is on the east coast of the Kintyre Peninsula about midway between Tarbert and Campbeltown. It’s an ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty of the outstanding Kintyre Peninsula and the ferry network to Arran, Gigha, Islay and Jura.
It is serviced only by a West Coast Motor Services bus route though. So if you get here by bus, then you’ll be reliant on that service if you haven’t any other form of transport. This is okay if it’s what you want but quite limiting in terms of timely travel to other areas of Kintyre so we’d recommend your transportation such as a car etc.
It is so remote you might hear yourself think and allow yourself to let the world in and be creative like Naomi Mitchison did who authored over 90 books! Or you may enjoy the feeling of getting away from it all.
The local people are amiable, genuine and helpful and depending on where you are from, and you might find that unusual. Don’t worry, this is normal and what we should all strive for wherever we live. You’ll love Carradale if you like quiet…
Within the house, you’ll find all the expected accoutrements, such as luxurious bedding, all the little extras you might need and spotlessly clean home.
Terrestrial television is available, and there is a selection of DVDs and access to our PLEX media server for a variety of films and TV series (subject to Internet availability). There are plenty of board games supplied too. Satellite and Cable TV services are not available. Radio reception is also fine.
You can connect to the WiFi router as you would in any cafe or at home. The password is in the Welcome Brochure. This service can be subject to sporadic interruptions due to the remoteness of the holiday home, and availability can’t be guaranteed.
Regarding baby facilities, we have a travel cot that is available for use. We also have a high chair, a child booster seat and a baby bath. Please let us know you want it out of storage when you make the booking.
Heating and hot water are further detailed in the Welcome Brochure; the multi-fuel burner (taking wood or coal), once lit for about 30 minutes, not only boils enough hot water for regular domestic use but also serves the radiators in each room.
We supply you with enough fuel for your stay, but if you use too much and run out (which no one ever has), then you can buy more, details are in the Welcome Brochure.
The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and four hobs, fridge with freezer compartment, a freezer, a slow cooker and a washing machine. There are all sorts of extras like espresso and cappuccino machine, filter coffee machine, kettle, cafetiere, food mixers, microwave oven, and so on. Any questions ask!
There is one main bar at the Carradale Hotel called the Cruban, and that’s the “village pub” (although we must say the Ashbank Hotel offers some lovely beers and wines and are really welcoming and very friendly). Then there’s also the bar at The Glen Bar & Restaurant!
Eating out is limited but very pleasant with locally sourced produce from most outlets, there’s the Ashbank Hotel, Carradales for a 5-star experience, The Glen Bar & Restaurant and the Carradale Hotel.
There’s no takeaway or food delivery service for Carradale, and you won’t find a McDonalds, KFC or Burger King in Kintyre either, but you will find tea rooms such as Drumfearne which is fantastic. Unsurprisingly, rave’s are not the thing around here, but depending on timings you might be able to drop into a local Ceilidh at the Village Hall.
For the golfers, there’s Carradale Golf Club with an acclaimed nine-hole golf course with amazing 360° views.
Carradale Bikes and Buggies offer a range of mountain bikes and all-terrain buggies all year round. More details are on their website: http://www.carradalebikesandbuggies.co.uk/
There is a temporary village shop filled with local Kintyre produce and staples just outside the Village Hall (you pass it on the way into Carradale). It’s open daily 10 am until 2 pm except Sunday’s.
And if you fancy a hair cut or a bit of pampering, you can visit the eco-friendly micro-salon in Carradale called H’Airds.
In West Carradale there’s a Post Office with some gifts, souvenirs, kindling, wood logs and so on. There’s even a garage with a mechanic.
To keep the children occupied just outside the front door 5 minutes along a short path heading toward Deer Hill through Seneval Wood, you’ll find a Lottery Funded playground with the usual assortment of swings and see-saws.
And last but not least, the fantastic scenery, the magnificent Carradale Bay, the walks, the cycle routes, the fresh air, nature, the historical monuments and sites that are all nearby or an ideal day trip away.
For ideas on what to do in Kintyre while staying, please view our many suggestions on our Explore page.
Carradale is on the east coast of the stunning Kintyre peninsula. There are no dual carriageways, it’s mainly one A road with B roads that form the network. Many of the B roads are single track with lots of Passing Places.
Take the A82 from Glasgow passing Loch Lomond. At Tarbet take the A83 towards Arrochar, taking in sights at Inveraray with Loch Long visible on your left. Continue on the A83 passing through Lochgilphead. A few miles south of Tarbert at Kennacraig (Calmac ferries) you can either take the B8001 and join the B842 at Claonaig to B879 Carradale (the scenic single track route) or continue on the A83 toward Campbeltown joining the B842 there then the B879. The latter adds 28 miles to the trip but can be handy if you need last-minute supplies or either the B8001 or B842 north of Carradale is closed.
Calmac ferries – look for the Firth of Clyde timetables.
Take the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Take the A841 to Lochranza and join the ferry there taking the Lochranza to Claonaig route where you can take the B842 to Carradale. Or bypass Arran and take the ferry from Ardrossan to Campbeltown and join the B842.
LoganAir runs a twice-daily flight to Machrihanish airstrip, situated just outside Campbeltown.
From Glasgow, take the West Coast Motors 926 bus to Campbeltown via Oban. Once here West Coast Motors also provide local services. In particular, you may want the Campbeltown and Carradale service. More details of their services can be found on their website.
Yes, of course, get in touch with us and we will help arrange the details for you.
We can certainly do our best, get in touch and we will try to assist you.
- You can check-in at or after 4 pm on your arrival day.
- You must check out before 10:00 am on your check out day. This allows us to reset the property for the next holiday guests.
- No pets are allowed. Sorry.
- No smoking is allowed inside the property but vaping is.
- This is a self-catering holiday home and you are responsible for cleaning your own materials and clothing, the cooking and eating utensils and for leaving the holiday home in a reasonably clean and tidy condition.
- We recommend you have your own, robust holiday insurance.
- There’s a maximum comfortable occupancy of six persons. These could be any age but there needs to be at least one responsible adult capable of looking after the other guests.
- You may use the garden and front lawn for normal and acceptable purposes.
- The front storm door, even when opened fully, is quite narrow and has a step and small vestibule. The inner front door is standard and has a raised threshold.
- The back door is of standard width and has a step and a slightly raised threshold.
- All utilities are on the ground floor, including one bedroom.
- The bathroom and kitchen don’t have any specialised fittings or access.
What is mobile network coverage like?
Coverage is limited, it is a remote area of the country and mobile companies do have a responsibility to improve matters. Please select your provider from the list below to determine probable coverage they give you. You’ll need to enter Carradale or PA28 6RZ for the search location.
Yes, there is. The website is here: http://www.carradalesurgery.co.uk/
The Carradale Surgery
Carradale, Argyll, PA28 6QG
Tel: 01583 431376
It’s a ten/fifteen-minute walk from the holiday home to reach it. The main points to note are that you can register with the Carradale Surgery as a temporary resident if you need help and any prescriptions you need are via the Scottish NHS with prescriptions being free in Scotland for UK residents.
You can choose Stripe or PayPal at the checkout, both allow you to use your Visa, Mastercard and American Express card.
We only take bookings with payment in advance and confirm then.
If you are booking for business purposes we can discuss invoicing but in all cases, a booking is not considered confirmed until payment is received in full in advance of the booking.
You can cancel any time however if you cancel too close to check-in, and depending on rate, you may have to pay for all or part of the booking. Rates vary on this so please look at the specific rate information when you make your booking and make a considered choice.