It’s all very well coming to stay in one of our elegant and traditional castle rooms, but rooms are just for sleeping in. That’s why throughout February and March we will be sharing our favourite local places to visit and things to do in Oban and Argyll to give you even more reason to book a stay in the breathtakingly and picturesque areas surrounding Barcaldine Castle. Here is Part 1 of our recommendations…
Argyll Pottery is a unique and quality local craft, gift and specialty shop selling a range of pottery that’s made in the workshop located behind the shop by the owner! The handmade pottery is mainly for domestic use and comes in 3 different finishing styles. The pottery on sale is useable and decorative, whilst being reasonably priced!
With all kinds of pots, cups, goblets, candle holders, plates and dishes, as well as woodworked trinkets and gifts, you’re unlikely to find the likes of these anywhere else.
There is lots of room for parking and it is wheelchair accessible. It’s a 5-minute drive from us at Barcaldine Castle – or if you’re up for it, it’s a 2-mile walk!
It’s a must-see when visiting the West-Coast of Scotland that’s open 10am until 5:30pm!
So why not visit Argyll Pottery and buy yourself a lovely hand-made piece of pottery as a reminder of your wonderful trip to Barcaldine!?
Less than ten minutes’ drive from Barcaldine Castle, Beinn Lora is only 308 meters high, but guarantees a wonderful view. There are two trails that are most popular for strenuous workouts for local hill runners, however, they also provide access to the hill path leading to the steep grassy summit of Beinn Lora.
The two trails are:
Coastal Climb Trail – which is a short, yet steep hillside climb that provides sea views across Tralee Bay and the Lynn or Lorn.
Online it is described as: “Wide, firm but uneven gravel and earth surface. Long steep slopes with some loose sections”. The trail is around 1 mile or 1.8km so allow at least 3/4 of an hour!
Eagle’s Eyrie Trail – which is a steep, yet spectacular trail that provides bird’s eye view of Mull, the Lynn of Lorne, Lismore, the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the hills north of Appin!
According to the website, the trail features “Long steep slopes for 500m. Wide, fire gravel and stone surface with some uneven and loose sections”. The trail is around 2 miles or 3.3km so allow at least an hour and a half for this trek!
The trails are suitable for fit and experienced walkers and the routes are not signposted, so a map and compass will be necessary!
Castle Stalker is originally believed to have been the site of a Fortalice (a small fortified building) and dates back to the 14th century!
This four-story tower house is set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich. The castle is privately owned; however, they do run a limited number of tours each year, which can be arranged by appointment. Tours are subject to weather conditions.
Opening dates for tours of the castle are to cover most of the season from April to October. There will be a maximum of one tour per day, which will include the trip over the water to the castle in their new boat and a personal guided tour of the castle provided by a member of the Stewart Allward family who are the present owners of the Castle.
Please note that the new boat has seating for up to 12 passengers and, therefore the size of each tour is limited to that number. You should allow up to two hours for the tour, including the boat trips.
The Castle is situated in Appin on the A828 between Ballachulish and Connel just north of Oban, just a quick 15-minute drive from us at Barcaldine Castle!
“The greatest railway journey in the world.”
The Jacobite is a steam locomotive hauled tourist train service that operates over part of the West Highland Railway Line, Scotland.
This 84-mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, it then visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
A steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig taking in the some of the most breath-taking scenery in Scotland, the journey includes the Glenfinnan viaduct of “Harry Potter” fame and runs from May till late October.
Please note: Your ride on The Jacobite must be booked ahead especially during peak season!
The Dunollie Castle, Grounds and Museum is open from 1st April – 28th October 2018. There you can enjoy a 1745 House Museum, Castle Ruin, Drapers Shop, Kettle Garden Café, Weaving Shed and Woodlands!
For the months April and October, they are open Monday – Saturday 10am ‘til 4pm and Sunday 12pm ‘til 4pm, with the last entry being at 3:30pm. During the remaining months from May to September, they are open Monday – Saturday 10am ‘til 5pm and Sunday 12pm ‘til 5pm, with the last entry being at 4:30pm.
With it only being a 20-minute drive from us at Barcaldine Castle, why not go visit!?
Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds,
Check back next month to our blog for Part 2 of our guide of things to do and see when you stay at Barcaldine Castle!