The Cairn

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At a Glance
Sleeps 7
Dog Friendly
Washing Machine
Smart TV
Walk-in shower
The Property
The Cairn is a beautifully restored upper holiday apartment nestled in the picturesque village of Kilmartin.  An ideal base to explore this magnificent and historic region in the Heart of Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland.
Beautifully restored, The Cairn was built around 1850 that blends the historical charm of the past with the modern comforts of today. This four-bedroom holiday home promises an unforgettable experience for families and groups seeking a tranquil escape.
Stepping inside, you will immediately feel the warmth and character exuding from every corner. The property has undergone an extensive renovation, ensuring that you can revel in the allure of the past while enjoying all the conveniences of contemporary living.
Ascending the staircase from the entrance hall, you’ll find yourself in a spacious and inviting living space, spread over two floors.

The lounge and dining area is a true embodiment of the property's historical charm. Traditional wooden beams traverse the ceiling, adding rustic elegance and a sense of timelessness to the space. Here, thoughtfully designed with comfort in mind, you can unwind on plush sofas where the inviting atmosphere is enhanced by soft lighting and tasteful decor.
For communal gatherings, the dining area is a true delight. A large dining table with seating for eight allows for memorable feasts and lively conversations, making every meal a special occasion.
The brand-new kitchen is a culinary haven, equipped with everything you might need to prepare delicious meals and snacks. The bright and contemporary design of the kitchen ensures that cooking becomes a pleasurable experience during your stay.
Throughout the holiday let, a harmonious blend of traditional and modern furnishings and decor creates an inviting ambiance that makes you feel right at home. The careful restoration and renovation have ensured that the property retains its historic charm while providing all the amenities and comforts expected from a premium holiday accommodation.
For modern travellers seeking a seamless connection to the digital world, The Cairn is equipped with fast fibre broadband and a Smart TV. Stay connected with loved ones back home, share your wonderful adventures on social media, or simply unwind with your favourite online content after a day of exploring the glen.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
There are two king-size bedrooms one of which also showcases the same traditional wooden beams, evoking a sense of nostalgia and authenticity. Both are adorned with sumptuous king-sized beds. Comfort air bed suitable for child 2-12 yrs located in upstairs king bedroom. Please request when booking.

Additionally, there are two cosy single bedrooms, offering a snug retreat for those who prefer their own private space.
The newly furnished bathrooms, including an en-suite, provide a touch of opulence with modern fixtures and elegant decor, making your bathing experience truly rejuvenating.
Please kindly note that the property does not have stair gates fitted, guests must supervise and be mindful of small children at all times.
Just a stone's throw away from the holiday let, you'll find a lovely local inn, warmly welcoming visitors with delicious meals and refreshing drinks. Whether you wish to savour traditional Scottish dishes or simply relax with a pint of local ale, this charming inn is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration.
Kilmartin Glen, the ancient valley that surrounds the village, is a treasure trove of historical wonders. Home to an impressive array of prehistoric sites, standing stones, and ancient monuments, the glen offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland's distant past. Wander through time as you explore ancient cairns, standing stones, and mysterious rock carvings, all steeped in legends and stories waiting to be discovered.
Kilmartin is soon set to become even more appealing with the grand opening of a multi-million-pound museum. This state-of-the-art facility will be a hub of knowledge, showcasing the area's rich archaeological heritage and providing insight into the lives of the people who once called this land home. Embark on a journey through time and gain a deeper appreciation for the historical significance of Kilmartin Glen and its surroundings.
Access: Private entrance with 16 steps to main level of property, 14 steps to upper bedrooms. No stairgates, please be mindful with the safety of young children.
House Rules: The Cairn is strictly a no-smoking establishment to ensure a clean and comfortable environment.
Dog Policy: One well behaved dog is welcome £25.00 per stay. Must be requested. Not allowed in bedrooms or on furniture, further rules apply. Please bring own dog basket and dog towels.
Car Parking: Free private parking for two vehicles.
House Rules: No parties or events.
Safety Features: Smoke alarm, Fire extinguisher, Fire blanket, First aid kit.
Cleanliness & Disinfecting: Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Covid, Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines, Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays.
More information: Beyond its historical marvels, Kilmartin Glen has also been recognized on the world stage. In 2023, The New York Times ranked it #4 on its prestigious list of the best places to visit in the world. This accolade speaks volumes about the enchanting allure of this Scottish gem, drawing visitors from far and wide to experience its magic.

So, whether you're a history enthusiast eager to unravel the mysteries of the past, a nature lover captivated by breathtaking landscapes, or simply looking for a tranquil escape in a delightful village, our holiday let in Kilmartin promises an unforgettable experience. Embrace the charm of this 1850s property with its traditional features and modern amenities, and let the wonders of Kilmartin Glen and its accolades captivate your heart and soul. Book your stay today and embark on a journey that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.
Picturesque valley views
Historic location
Private entrance
Central electric heating 
Smart TV 42"
Freeview and live streaming
Dining room
Well equipped kitchen
American fridge/freezer
Electric double oven & 5 ring hob
Nespresso machine, first pods included
Microwave, toaster & kettle
Washing machine
Iron and ironing board
Clothes Airer
Linen and towels provided
Travel cot & highchair – available on request
Comfort air bed suitable for child 2-12 yrs located in upstairs king bedroom. Please request when booking.
Village location
Pub / restaurant 50metres
Good housekeeping security deposit £150
The Cairn
Upper Apartment
PA31 8RQ
Directions and full address to be advised in Key & Arrival Instructions after final balance is paid.
Kilmartin is a small village in mid Argyll, western Scotland. It is best known as the centre of Kilmartin Glen, an area with one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments and historical sites in Scotland. It contains over 800 monuments within a six-mile radius


March Visit to Kilmartin Glen

5/5 Stars Upfront Reviews - March 2024

We stayed in the Cairn during our holiday to Scotland in March. I picked the apartment in Kilmartin for its proximity to Oban and all the historic and prehistoric sites in the Kilmartin Glen.
The Cairn is a lovely accommodation. It was warm and inviting. The bedrooms were well appointed and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked and met all our needs. The owner was responsive and easy to work with.

We stayed 3 nights, and I highly recommend this apartment. It is an excellent location for your holiday.

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