Tapsalteerie Cottage

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Wood burning stove Ferry from mainland Sunset on Luing View from hill

The Island of Luing is six miles long by 2 miles wide, reached by a two minute ferry crossing across Cuan Sound. A very good single track road connects the ferry and the two villages of Cullipool and Toberonochy and there are a myriad of footpaths which dissect the island which offer very pleasant walking: coastal or on the hillsides, short or long trips depending on your preference. The two villages are associated with slate quarries which operated from the late 18th century to 1960 and on the nearby island of Easdale there is a magnificent museum detailing life on the islands during the quarrying years. There is also a little pub on Easdale Island which serves good food and on occasion has traditional music sessions and a day combining the two is very pleasant.

The ferry operates a winter service until mid-May and the last car ferry is at 6pm , though on Fridays and Saturdays there is a passenger ferry as late as 11.30pm . The ferry runs at half-hourly intervals through the day. From mid-May until the end of August the car ferry operates until late in the evening as well as during the day.

The town of Oban is 18 miles away, but the drive is very pleasant. It is a ferry port for all the islands of the Inner Hebrides , Iona , Mull , Colonsay, Coll and Tiree, should you wish to visit them. Oban has some very interesting shops and a selection of good restaurants. If you are interested in gardens there a many quite exquisite ones to visit in the area.

Argyll is an historically rich area to visit, Iona Abbey and Kilmartin Glen being of particular note and from the island you can experience a wide variety of Scotland’s natural beauty.

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Tapsalteerie Cottage is in the conservation village of Cullipool, Isle of Luing, Argyll. The front of the cottage is located almost on the shore-edge which overlooks the mountains of the Isle of Mull. The cottage dates from the 19th Century but has been carefully renovated and comfortably furnished.

The rear garden is south-facing, sheltered and a veritable sun-trap falling in terraces to the water’s edge as you can see from the photograph. The garden and the island support an amazing array of bird life. Dolphins and otters can be frequently spotted round the coast.

The Cottage sleeps 5/6 and comprises on the ground floor: lounge, double bedroom, dining kitchen, bathroom with shower and a rear porch; the lounge has a wood-burning stove. The porch is a comfortable and peaceful small sitting area overlooking the garden and out to sea towards the Island of Scarba . There are three bedrooms, one double-bedded room downstairs, and two upstairs; one with a double bed and one with a single plus occasional sofa-bed. These are reached via a narrow fixed staircase. The cottage has all modern conveniences: four burner gas cooker with grill and oven, washing machine, fridge and freezer, but excluding a dishwasher and TV. There are very efficient storage heaters throughout.

There is a licensed shop and post office Mull View from cottagewhich is very well stocked. A few miles back across on the mainland there is a very good pub, Tigh an Truish which serves locally caught seafood for lunch and dinner. Because the island supports various fishing families, you can also purchase langoustines from the local fisherman.