See & Do - Outdoor ActivitiesWalking, Cycling and Gardens in and around Argyll, West Scotland

Ardfern is a beautiful and tranquil West Coast village which has been popular with holiday-makers for many years and each cottage has its own spectacular views of Loch Craignish, its islands and the hills beyond. 

Walking / Cycling

There are many beautiful walks along roads and tracks giving unforgettable views of the Sound of Jura and panoramic vistas of distant islands.  The road to the end of the Craignish Peninsula (approximately 5 miles) is quiet enough for a relaxed walk or cycle ride, and will give unsurpassed sunsets in the right conditions.  The Forestry Commission network of paths offers extensive walking and cycling in the forests of Knapdale, and in Inverinan Forest on the west side of Loch Awe (access from Kilmelford Village or Ford). 

The long-distance Kintyre Way route is also within easy reach.

Cycle Hire is available from Crinan Cycles and Mid Argyll Cycle Club.


For the gardeners the beautiful grounds at Crarae and Arduaine are special places to visit especially in the late spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. Other gardens in the area include Ardmaddy Castle, An Cala and Ardchattan Priory.


Craignish Peninsula has many shingle beaches within walking distance of the cottages (ideal for exploring rock pools or skimming stones).  For sand we suggest Crinan Ferry, which has miles of golden sand when the tide is out. Other sandy beaches are found at Achahoish by Ardrishaig, and West Beach, Mull of Kintyre.

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Lovely well equipped cottages, peaceful surroundings with beautiful views, no hesitation in returning. Our 2 dogs had a fantastic time
Marion W
March 2010