Booked this as a last minute holiday, and despite it being BH weekend they still did us a deal, so it turned out we got a bargain. Easy to find, but definitely of the beaten track, it's about a mile and half outside of Kilmelfort, which is a tiny village with a hotel/bar and a cafe/shop. Fabulous views as you approach it from either Oban or Lochgilphead and there's no disappointment when you finally arrive at the harbour. Friendly reception and easy access to the houses. We were in admiral which is a first floor one bedroom apartment with superb views from the balcony over the pier and loch. These have to be the cleanest and well equipped holiday lets I have ever stayed in. Absolutely spotless and everything you could need supplied apart from your food. As some have said the furnishing is a little dated but this isn't really a problem as everything is still in good condition. Bright , airy open plan lounge/diner/kitchen with a lovely log burner for the cooler nights, although the underfloor heating was more than adequate. Large bedroom, comfy bed, plenty of storage , ensuite bathroom with a great shower and lots of hot water. We also had a jacuzzi bath ( but we didn't use it) and a sauna, which was lovely after a dip in the loch. With the velum windows open you could hear the babbling of the stream by the side of the house, lovely and relaxing.
We like open water swimming and it's ideal here, safe access from a rocky beach or you could go from the pier if you like deep water starts. Sheltered harbour with a few boats but no real traffic to worry about while your swimming, you could do miles down the coast if you wanted or a few laps of the bay. You can get a shower down on the pier then back for a sauna, couldn't be better.
Melfort holiday village is a short walk away where you could get lunch or an evening meal, food was good but service was a little slow, just don't go if your rushing. We also ate in the hotel bar in kilmelford which was very traditional with good food. Used the bikes though as it was a couple of mile walk.
Oban is a good half hour drive away, and the road is a little fast for bike riding but you can go out over the back to loch awe, great views but some challenging hills, it's about a 40 mile loop if you don't want to turn back the same way. Can be done on mountain bikes or road bikes and makes a nice day out. Not too many places for snacks though so go prepared, nice lunch at cafe/post office in Dalavich. Also nice hike up the hills behind the harbour, stunning views from the top.
Would definitely recommend this accomodation and hope to be back again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the West Coast of Scotland, just 16 miles south of Oban, the Gate way to the Isle, is Melfort. Melfort Pier & Harbour is right on the shore of one of the most beautiful sea Loch's in Scotland, where the Highlands come down to the sea.............We have 10 Scandanavian houses, all with a different lay out. Some all on one level. Other ones up stairs. Every house has a superb view of the Loch. Our main asset is our unique location,protected on the seaward side by uninhabited islands and sheltered by the hills of the Melfort wood to the North. Our high quality, self contained houses, surround our private harbour. When you are here, we provide you with privacy and the freedom and flexibility to do what every you like. We have 6 houses for the less mobile. 2 Pets per house are very welcome ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Melfort Pier & Harbour Hotel Kilmelford
- Melfort Pier And Harbour
- Melfort Pier & Harbour Kilmelford, Scotland