Tayvallich - On the West Coast of Scotland


Scottish Tourist Board 4 star self catering


No. 3 The Steadings is a luxury 4 star Scottish Tourist Board rated self-catering cottage located 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.

Front of cottage facing West
Overlooking the burn from the road
By the entrance
Main entrance from driveway


Tayvallich 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.

Tayvallich 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.

Tayvallich at sunset

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 beneath the Paps of Jura.

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 just over an hours' drive and features the Oban Malt Whisky Distillery (open to the public), swimming pool, cinema, and many other attractions. Oban is also known as the "Gateway to the Isles" and Caledonian MacBrayne operates regular ferry servies to the Isle of Mull, the Outer Hebrides and other islands.

If you would like more information, please visit for a fuller background to this remarkable and unique village, its culture, history, wildlife and social-life including dates for authentic Ceilidhs, dances and live music events in the Village Hall, dates for the Tayvallich Weekend and the Tayvallich Regatta in mid-summer, the unforgettable rituals of a West Coast Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve for non Scots!) and the weekend of the Burn’s Supper in early February, or late January.


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.


  • Spacious double master bedroom with wardrobe, fully fitted and rather elegant en-suite shower-room, toilet and wash-hand basin with shaver point.
  • Sitting room complete with wood burning stove, three-piece suite with two matching chairs, dining table / chairs, TV, DVD Player, mini Hi-Fi and direct access to the patio overlooking a private burn.
  • A fully modern kitchen immediately off the sitting room with hob and electric oven, refrigerator, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and a full stock of kitcheware. Also spacious freezer in entrance hall.
  • Bathroom with toilet, wash-hand basin with shaver point and bath and shower.
Master Bedroom
Fully stocked kicthen
Living room with wood burning stove
Patio overlooking private burn


  • Upstairs, we have a hall and two spacious twin bedrooms both with wardrobes. Both bedrooms enjoy great views through the skylights to the West.
Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom with cot


  • Private parking for up to two cars is immediately adjacent to the cottage.
  • Electricity and logs for the wood burner are included in our rates - the wood burner is not necessary for warmth but is an attractive feature.
  • Bedding & towels are included in our rates.
  • Wi-Fi is also included in our rates.
  • A small library and children’s toys and games are provided.
  • Up to two baby high chairs and baby cots – with bedding - are also available free on request, with your original booking.
  • A Stair gate for young children is stored in the cottage.
  • Mobile telephone access is available but to date only through Vodafone. Overseas guests with Roaming enabled will be able to make a connection. In any event a payphone is provided – +44(0)1546-870374.
  • If you have special interests or requirements please let us know at the time of booking and we will do our very best to assist.


Well-behaved pets are welcome (maximum two) for a small charge of £15 each per stay, but we ask customers take reasonable steps to ensure dirt is not brought into the cottage.


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

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


All prices are shown per week / per day 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.

7 January to 4 March 399 57
4 March to 1 April 455 65
1 April to 15 April (Easter) 525 75
15 April to 24 June 455 65
24 June to 19 August 595 85
19 August to 23 September 525 75
23 September to 21 October 455 65
21 October to 23 December 399 57
23 December to 6 January 2018 (Xmas & New Year) 560 80

We require a deposit of £110 at the time of booking.


Booking your stay with us couldn't be simpler. Start your search now using the button below to be re-direted to our online booking service where you can reserve your stay and pay securely online by credit or debit card (we accept Visa, Mastercard & American Express).

Alternatively, if you wish to book and/or pay over the phone, please contact us using the details below. In addition to cards, we accept cheques and BACS bank transfer.

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. We request that the full balance of your rental is paid 28 days before arrival, and if the booking is made within 28 days of your arrival date we request full payment up front.


Should you have to cancel the booking we will refund your deposit in full up to 28 days before your scheduled arrival date. After this date, we will only be able to refund your deposit should we succeed in rebooking the period of hire.


We welcome short breaks (minimum stay of 2 nights) or stays of any length which are charged at the "per night" rate shown above. As we are usually busy during the high season, please contact us using the details below to enquire about availabiliy.

Short breaks are payable in full at the time of booking plus the refundable damage deposit.


We offer a 10% discount on our weekly rates for two week stays or more. 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.

From time to time we may run other special offers. We will advertise these on our Facebook page, so please follow us for news of these and more great pictures!


By car. Tayvallich is located approximately 12 miles (20km) away from Lochgilohead, the nearest town, and where ou are likely to pass through if coming from the East. From Lochgilphead, follow signs for Oban initially on the A816 and then for Tayvallich on the B841 / B8025.

By bus. Scottish Citylink / West Coast Motors service 926 operates between Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station and Lochgilphead and on to Campbeltown. West Coast Motors service 423 runs between Oban and Lochgilphead. Local service 425 runs between Lochgilphead and Tayvallich and Carsaig. Please see Scottish Citylink and West Coast Motors for timetables, tickets and further information.

By plane. Glasgow International Airport is located approximately 90 miles (145km) or 2 hours away by car along the A82 / A83. Check out Skyscanner for the best flight deals to Glasgow and Scotland.

By ferry. Oban Ferry Terminal is located approximately 40 miles (65km) or 1 hour 15 minutes away by car along the A816. Caledonian MacBrayne operates regular services to Mull, the Outer Hebrides and other islands. Also from Kennacraig to the Isle of Islay.

No. 3 The Steadings
PA31 8PN


We're always happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to get in touch using the below contact details.

Ulla Riddell
PA31 8PN

+44(0)1546-870698 (please copy BOOK NOW! follow us