A winter break in beautiful Argyllshire

25 August 2016

FRIDAY

We left Glasgow mid-morning after the usual last-minute packing frenzy. I think Bracken, our dog, was more excited than we were, he jumped straight into the car and refused to get out so we had to pack around him!

We started to feel like we were on holiday even before we got to Glendaruel - it’s such a lovely drive from Glasgow, especially once you reach the shores of Loch Lomond. We made a short detour to Loch Fyne Oyster Bar for lunch as it’s somewhere that we’d always wanted to go. It didn’t disappoint! Gave Bracken a long walk before the light started fading.

We arrived at the cottage at sunset: the lights were on in the cottage and it was really cosy inside. We had a quiet evening in with a glass of wine and a couple of steaks that we picked up on the way. Calum cooked, which definitely helped me to feel like I was on holiday! 

SATURDAY

Woke up to brilliant sunshine and set off to explore the grounds with the dog - 200 acres of fields and woodland, a rushing waterfall, and the pretty riverbank section had a little fishing hut tucked away - Calum was itching to have a few casts, so we’ve made a note to come back during trout season, especially when he learnt that the fishing is free when you stay at Home Farm Cottages! Spotted some very unusual sheep grazing near the fence (see photo).

Treated ourselves to an early lunch at the Oystercatcher in Otter Ferry, a lovely restaurant in a fantastic location right on the beach, then got the clubs out of the car for a round at the Kyles of Bute golf club - a 9-hole course with spectacular views over the coastline and towards the west coast, Mull of Kintyre and beyond. Another walk for Bracken on one of the beaches, watching the sun set over the sea once we turned and headed back towards the car.

Got back to the cottage and cooked a light supper - even Bracken looked tired out after all the fresh air and exercise!

SUNDAY

A morning pottering around the cottage, leisurely breakfast with the papers and a book I’m close to finishing. Drove out to Colintraive for one of the famous pub lunches, then back to Home Farm and the games room - I won the table football, but Calum nailed the table tennis.

MONDAY

Time to pack up and head homeward, picked a long woodland ramble before putting Bracken into the car. We both loved our long weekend at Glendaruel and would definitely recommend it for a winter break from Glasgow - or Edinburgh. Very relaxing!

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