Nestling on the north shore of the Craignish Peninsula, the village of Craobh Haven is the antipathy of what we have come to expect from a British new town. Built to alleviate the housing problems of Argyll in 1993 the village has quickly established a reputation as a popular getaway. With its magnificent panoramic views of the islands of Shuna, Shiel, Lung and the Highlands of Mull you could be forgiven for thinking Craobh had existed for centuries.
A magnet for the sailing and boating fraternity, Craobh’s marina attracts yachtsmen from all lover Europe, keen to take advantage of the sheltered waters and plentiful moorings. With only a few shops, a restaurant and a pub, paying a visit to the village really does give you a sense of getting away from it all; and in the unlikely event you do get the urge to see more people the town of Oban is only a short distance away. It has to be said most visitors find they don’t have nearly enough time to enjoy the spectacular walks and explore the islands. The local wildlife is abundant with countless species of birds making the area a paradise for naturalists and ornithologists. But Craobh is probably best appreciated by visitors that simply sit back and relax, forget about time and lose themselves in the truly magnificent surroundings.
The development consists of seven traditional cottages built right on the shore line and within the small west coast village of Craobh Haven.
The cottages have been purpose built for self-catering and afford a very high standard of comfort and amenity. They are fully equipped and furnished throughout with fully fitted carpets, whole house electric heating and efficient coal and log open fires.
All houses have spectacular views overlooking the inner islands and out to Mull, Jura and Scarba Islands.
The ground floors are all open plan and have been carefully designed to provide the atmosphere and character of the West Highlands, and with great attention paid to comfort and cleanliness.
Kitchens are fully equipped and provide washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge freezer, dishwasher, food mixer etc. for all your self catering needs.
The open plan lounge areas have comfortable suites and other soft seating of the highest standard, Freeview digital television and DVD player.
The larger houses sleep six and have on the first floor a bathroom with shower, double-bedded room, 1 twin bedded room and one bunk bedded room. Bunk beds can be made up as two single beds if required. An extra occasional bed can also be provided if required. All bedrooms can accommodate a cot.
The smaller houses sleep 4 and have ground floors as per the larger houses. First floors have bathroom with shower, one double bedded room and one twin-bedded room. Both rooms can accommodate cots and are of course self-catering.
Two contrasting dining areas provide the perfect setting for enjoying delicious uncomplicated Scottish cuisine. The Ocean restaurant is a small bistro style room close to the Poachers Bar, and there is a lovely spacious dining area next to the magnificent residents' lounge. Food is regularly available in the Poachers Bar.
Dinner, Supper, Snack and Lunch menus are available daily.
The inn is one of the area's most popular and favourite country eating out experiences. Much of our produce, including wonderful Scotch beef, comes from the surrounding farms and our local farmers are very discerning about how their endeavours are presented and flavoured on the plate, yet are some of our very best regular customers so there is a local recommendation if ever there was one! Local fisherman love our fresh fish too.
Address: Cuilfail Hotel, Kilmelford, By Oban, PA34 4XA
Craobh is idyllically situated in the heart of Scotland's most sought after west coast cruising area.
The marina has been developed from a near perfect natural harbour, with berths for up to 250 craft of all sizes to a maximum length of 33 meters.
The deep entrance can accommodate vessels with a draft of 4 meters at low water and the basin accommodates drafts in excess of 8m.This together with wide areas of manoeuvring provides the perfect haven for all types of craft.
This delightful little inn style hotel nestles invitingly at the foot of rolling hills close to the shores of Loch Melfort, in the quiet roadside hamlet of Kilmelford, 14 miles south of Oban.
Part of the hotel was originally an old drovers' inn, however the majority of the hotel was built during the Victorian era. The name Cuilfail (pronounced 'cool-fail') in Gaelic appropriately means "Sheltered Corner".
The atmosphere is one of total peace and tranquillity.