Tayvallich, West Argyll, Scotland

Scottish Tourist Board 4 star self cateringSleeps SIX adults – Three Bedrooms - Plus Cot for a BabyThe Steadings

A luxury self-catering cottage midway between the remote picturesque village of Tayvallich which curves around a lagoon at the head of Loch Sween, and Carsaig Bay which commands breathtaking views of the Sound of Jura on the West of Mainland Scotland.

Tayvallich and Carsaig are separated by some 15 nautical miles by sea but by only one mile by road. Carsaig and Tayvallich are part of the same close-knit but highly cosmopolitan and friendly community of some 200 people. We are, however, only two hours drive from Glasgow Airport.


Tayvallich BayTayvallich is a Mecca for Yachtsmen and features all water-sports. The village enjoys a renowned and friendly seafood restaurant (also excellent bar-meals) and is an ideal location for walking and cycling holidays being close to numerous forest walks and wildlife preserves. The Village Shop (with coffee shop) is very well stocked and will be pleased to accept special orders for our guests. The village also has a high quality outdoor Sports Court (complete with floodlighting) in a fantastic setting for tennis, five a side football, basketball and shinty. This facility is available to visitors at modest cost; bookings can be made at the Village Shop.

The area is an integral part of the ancient history of Scotland from the incursions of the Vikings only a thousand years ago to older times with many examples of Pictish standing stones close by in Kilmartin Glen.

Carsaig Bay at Low Tide – covers at High TideTayvallich is some 6 miles from the Crinan Canal (opened some 200 years ago) which joins the Clyde Estuary to the West Coast of Scotland. Crinan is only 20 minutes drive from Tayvallich and also enjoys a first-class hotel and restaurant overlooking the sea-lock of the Canal to the wild beauty of the Inner Hebrides. Boat trips are available from Crinan and from nearby Ardfern. The Cairnbaan Hotel on the Crinan Canal also offers excellent meals.

From Easter through end September a passenger ferry service (no vehicles) is available from Tayvallich to Craighouse on The Isle of Jura landing just by The Isle of Jura Malt Whisky Distillery and the Jura Hotel with fine 'pub grub' in another breathtaking setting.

Patio - with a View!The nearest town is Lochgilphead some 12 miles away (supermarkets, fishing permits, golf, swimming pool and numerous shops and pubs) and Oban, the Capital of the West, is about one hours drive and features the Oban Malt Whisky Distillery (open to the public), swimming pool, cinema, and many other attractions. Please visit the Tayvallich Villaige Website for a fuller background to this remarkable and unique village, its culture, history, wildlife and social-life including dates for authentic Ceilidhs and dances in the Village Hall, dates for the Tayvallich Weekend and the Tayvallich Regatta in mid-summer, the less well-known Halloween Forest Walk in autumn, the unforgettable rituals of a West Coast Hogmanay (New Year’s Night for non Scots!) and the weekend of the Burn’s Supper in early February.


The Steadings itself enjoys a magnificent vista to the West with breathtaking sunsets and moonscapes weather permitting! Sliding Windows in the sitting room access the Patio - with outdoor bench seats, table and deck-chairs - overlooking its own ‘Babbling Brook’ immediately below the cottage. Private parking for up to two cars is immediately adjacent to the cottage.

Sitting room with a new wood burning stovedirect access to the Patio overlooking a private burnA fully modern kitchenUpstairs we have a hall and two spacious bedroomsMaster Bedroom with En-suite Upstairs we have a hall and two spacious bedrooms


Fully refurbished with continuous on-going maintenance and electric heating throughout.




The owners, Ulla Riddell, live very close-by and will normally be available to assist in the unlikely event of any problem. If we are away at the time of your stay we will nominate a friend to be available and will give you contact details before your arrival.

Weekly Rates for 2016:

All prices are shown per week per party with access at 3pm on Saturdays with departure by 11am on the following Saturday, unless by prior arrangement and we will be as flexible as possible. All prices are inclusive of VAT – we are not VAT registered.

2 Jan to 5 March 395
5 March to 25 June 455
25 June to 20 August 575
20 August to 24 September 495
24 September to 22 October 455
22 October to 24 December 395
24 December to 6 January 2017 575

We require a booking deposit of £125 for all of these weekly rates.


All bookings are subject to receipt of your Deposit and when the funds are cleared you will have written confirmation by letter or e-mail. Should you have to cancel the booking we will refund your deposit only if we succeed in rebooking the period of hire.

The full balance, plus a fully refundable Damage Deposit of £100, is payable 4 weeks before arrival; given no material damage you will have our cheque or bank transfer refund for £100 immediately following departure. In the event of cancellation after receipt of your full payment, the damage deposit will be refunded in full, but the hire itself will only be refunded if we succeed in rebooking the period of hire. Refund or part refund of the damage deposit is at our sole discretion in the event of any damage caused by our guests or their pets. We reserve the right to terminate the hire forthwith without compensation in the event of unacceptable behaviour at our sole but reasonable discretion.


Well-behaved pets are welcome (maximum two) at an extra £15 each per week or part of a week – but remember the damage deposit which we want to refund in full.


No restrictions except bedrooms - the cottage will be well aired between changeovers.


We welcome short breaks of 2 or 3 nights but in the “high season” this is not often available as we normally have bookings for a week or more. Our rates for two and three night-breaks are compared below against the appropriate weekly rate. We do not accept short-break bookings earlier than 2 weeks in advance of the “Rate Bands” highlighted in Blue as shown below.

Weekly Rate Two Day Break Three Day Break
£ £ £
395 170 230
455 185 255
495 200 270
575 230 300
Short breaks are payable in full at the time of booking plus the refundable damage deposit.

Two-Week Holidays

We offer a 10% discount on our weekly rates for all charges except the damage deposit, which stays at £100 per booking. If guests making a booking for 2 weeks require a change of bedding and towels after one week an additional charge of £30 is payable during the course of their visit.

Book your Holiday at The Steadings by E-Mail: and please copy in
Tel: +44(0)1546-870294 or +44(0)1546-870698
Mail: Ulla Riddell, Inchjura, Tayvallich, Argyll, PA31 8PN, Scotland.


We accept cheques in GB £ Sterling payable to Ulla Riddell and can also accept payment by electronic transfer to our bank account; on your confirmation your booking we will provide our bank account number, sort code and IBAN number. We also need your home address and home telephone number. Please also advise your mobile number if possible.

We Look Forward to Your Visit to Tayvallich.