Garragh Mhor is a picture postcard cottage offering comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation.
It is located close to the village of Ellenabeich and has superb views across the old quarry pool to the village and seascape beyond. Backed by the cliffs of Dunmore Hill, we get regular visits from Eagles, Buzzards and even Peregrine Falcons. The view from the top has to be one of the most spectacular in western Scotland; an enjoyable 20 – 30 minutes’ walk to the top.
Back in the village a short walk one way gives stunning views of Mull, Inish and the Garvellach islands yet 5 minutes in the opposite direction takes you to the Oyster Bar and Restaurant, The Village has gift shop and folk museum and is home to Seafari Adventures which takes parties out into the surrounding firth to see the beautiful wildlife; minke whales, porpoise, dolphins, deer, wild boar, eagles, otters. You can also visit “The HAG” – 3rd largest whirlpool in the world located just off our shore between Jura and Scarba in the Gulf of Coryvreckan.
Oban, "Gateway to the Isles", is just 15 miles away to the north through stunning countryside. A bustling seaside town with plenty of eateries, bars and shops.
Garragh Mhor has 4 comfy en suite bedrooms which all include a TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing facilities. Gardens surround the house – to the front around the quarry pool and a walled garden to the rear which you are welcome to use. Various ‘sit-ooties’ have been installed to provide convenient and secluded places to take in the scene.
There is a sun-porch too with library of local information and views of the walled garden – a ‘sit-innie’ to use as a sitting room if you wish.
This is a vegetarian B&B. There are many choices on the menu and non-vegetarians have reviewed the breakfasts very favourably. Trip advisor awarded Garragh Mhor a 5 Star - Certificate of Excellence in 2019
To see a sample menu please visit the website.
Easdale is fast becoming a ‘food-lover’s-location’. Offerings are many and varied from The Oyster Bar, (Ellenabeich 5 minutes’ walk from the house); The Puffer Bar Restaurant and Tearoom (Easdale Island); The Tigh An Truish (at the Bridge over the Atlantic) and “Fisherman’s Kitchen” – an exclusive 5 star home-dining seafood experience 1.5 miles away in Balvicar.
Booking for food is highly recommended, especially in the summer months of Jun – Sep. Feel free to call Garragh Mhor and speak to Jan – she can assist with bookings.
WHAT TO DO
Garragh Mhor offers a ‘remote-Island-feel’ without the necessity to book a ferry; it is accessed from the mainland via the iconic “Bridge over the Atlantic” and is conveniently located to access both the beautiful Kintyre Peninsula and ferries to the Inner and outer Hebridean islands from Oban.
This is an ideal location from which to explore this part of the stunning West Coast – boasting some the most significant ancient Scottish history; areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a plentiful offering of outdoor activities.
This is a place of tranquillity and beauty – it attracts artists, poets, photographers, walkers, sailors, sea-kayakers, birdwatchers and people who just want to get-away from it all and take in the fresh air and peace.
It is also host to the increasingly popular “World Stone Skimming Championships” hosted on Easdale Island. A very busy celebratory weekend with parties and music – book early is you wish to attend. Last weekend in September.
There is a range of interesting attractions to visit; including
Ardmaddy Castle - Castle grounds and gardens
An Cala Gardens – located 5 minutes from Garragh Mhor
The Isle of Luing – a 10-minute ferry crossing takes you to lovely walks; see the special Luing Cattle; quaint villages and the Atlantic Centre with exhibitions, Art and cafe.
Easdale Island – a 3-minute open boat crossing takes you to this enchanting place. Home to approximately 50 souls there are no cars on this island. Don’t forget your camera it is a very photogenic village with comprehensive folk museum to help you make sense of what you are looking at. The Puffer Bar, Restaurant and Tearoom is great for a pit-stop or lunch – walk around the island in just 20 minutes
TO THE NORTH
Oban Distillery – Tours daily
Oban Chocolate Company – workshops, samples and gifts.
McCaig's Tower – A fabulous view, well worth the effort
Dunollie Castle – spectacular views; great walks and a lovely café and museum.
TO THE SOUTH
Kilmartin Glen (Burial Grounds of the ancient Scottish Kings)
Crinan – With its historic canal and ‘lost-in-time-elegance and beautiful woodland walks; welcoming café; craft shop and art exhibition in the hotel
Ardfern – Artistic village with lovely pub, café and gorgeous countryside.
Tayviallich – natural haven surrounded by splendid walks; ancient history, great café and pub/restaurant.
Easdale has its own microclimate kindly delivered by the Gulf Stream to our shores. But as is the case in any part of the UK, prepare for all weathers – at all times!
For more information please visit our website.