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Self Catering Accommodation In Loch Fyne

Beautiful Estate In The West Of Scotland

Nestling amongst the tranquil, coastal woodland, deep in the Cowal peninsula is a beautiful stone and teak house. Built as the Dower house for the Nicol family who owned the Ardmarnoch Estate for generations up until the 1980’s, Crispie was bought by our family in 1960 and extensively redeveloped into the beautiful holiday house that you see today. More land was acquired during the 1990’s, giving a total of around 50 acres; Crispie Lodge was built in 1999.


Peace and seclusion abounds at Crispie Estate, although there is easy access to the local villages and places to dine out. The historic village of Kilfinan with its old coaching inn is around five miles away. A few miles from the lodge is Otter Ferry, where you’ll find the Oystercatcher Pub and Restaurant on the beach. Pretty Tighnabruaich with its art gallery and selection of shops, cafes and hotels is just nine miles away. If you enjoy taking to the outdoors but don’t have access to the boat, you can follow the coast round to Portavadie on foot to visit Portavadie Marina with its restaurants, bars and cafés. From Portavadie it’s a short ferry ride over to the bustling fishing village of Tarbert where you can pick up fresh shellfish from Prentice Seafoods.


Crispie House is the perfect place to pamper yourself, family and friends; with seven spacious bedrooms, each with their own individual character, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and games room. Crispie House is dog friendly and the surrounding area is ideal for long walks with your four-legged friends. There is even a motorboat moored at our private pier for your exclusive use.

This is a beautiful part of Scotland, known as Argyll’s ‘secret coast’ because of its undiscovered charms. With stunning views, a beautiful coastline and ancient forests, Crispie Estate has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday or romantic break. Sail, walk, cycle, kayak, swim or just relax in the fabulous surroundings.

Crispie Estate is around 15 minutes from the village of Tighnabruaich. The landscape is typical of the west Highlands, you won’t find crowds of tourists here, instead you’ll find peace, tranquillity and spectacular views. Crispie Estate is less than a two-hour drive from Glasgow airport and is the very essence of a relaxing break in Scotland.


Built in 1999 and elegantly furnished throughout, Crispie Lodge offers stylish seclusion in the Scottish countryside for eight. It’s a contemporary, spacious and light-filled holiday house that’s ideal for a family or a small group of friends who want to relax together in stunning surroundings. Sitting on an elevated position above the shore, this exceptional holiday lodge offers the most magnificent uninterrupted views over Loch Fyne, across to The Mull of Kintyre and down to Arran. Enjoy the sunset from the terrace or if the evening air is a little chilly, take in the panoramic views from the fabulous indoor hot tub.

Crispie Lodge is set in large private grounds which lead down to the shore. You can enjoy a BBQ on the beach or a sit around a driftwood fire with only the seals and seabirds for company. Sometimes the simplest things are the best!

Sailing and boating

With a slipway and mooring at our private pier, Crispie Estate is the ideal place to bring your own boat. The West coast of Scotland is rightly famous for its sailing with many islands, moorings and sheltered anchorages to explore. Portavadie Marina, with its world-class berthing, is less than two miles down the coast. The Kyles of Bute are great for dinghy sailing, boasting sheltered waters and stunning views. If you want to combine learning a new skill with your holiday, the Tighnabruaich Sailing School is a mere 20 minute drive away. Our motorboat is available free of charge for our guests’ exclusive use, subject of course to the weather - and somebody in your party will need to have at least the RYA Powerboat Level Two qualification with Coastal endorsement. Kayaking is also a great way to discover the coast.

Other activities

There are lots of coastal and woodland rambles locally and the quiet country roads are great to explore by bike. The Kyles of Bute golf course is a nine-hole course in Kames with views from every tee, and if you’d like to try your hand at fishing, head to the jetty to catch mackerel and cod. Trout fishing permits are available at the village Post Office for local lochs.


As you would expect, the narrow glens and deep sea lochs are host to a huge variety of Scottish wildlife. Depending on the season, you may see deer, pheasants and hopefully plenty of seabirds. Crispie Estate is alive with wildlife; Golden eagles, Sea eagles, Buzzards and Red kites soar over the estate while red squirrels and otters are to be found on the estate’s grounds The bay is a favoured shelter for seals and just beyond it you can see porpoises and even basking sharks.


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