Kilmartin Castle

Kilmartin, Argyll & Bute
Bed & Breakfast


Atmospheric 16th-century castle near the archaeological site of Kilmartin Glen, with friendly hosts and unspoiled scenery

Bedroom

5 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This ancient stone castle is set just outside a small village in rural Argyll and feels instantly welcoming and warm. Stef and Simo will greet you with homemade treats or perhaps some local charcuterie and a dram in the Great Hall, now a cosy sitting room – where you can stick a record on if you fancy some music too.

Breakfast is a social affair and changes daily. Help yourself to cereal and fruit before the main event: perhaps shakshuka with a local free-range egg or spicy beans; potatoes and outdoor reared pork sausages and bacon; cold cuts; along with homemade bread and marmalade. The bedrooms are grand and romantic but with quirky touches; find a copper tub or a rain shower, lotions in refillable pottery jars, artworks and toasty wood-burners in some rooms.

The first inhabitants of Kilmartin Glen built burial cairns before the pyramids and standing stones – ancient forts and rock carvings are nearby. The wild wetlands of Moine Mhòr Nature Reserve are three miles away or you can cruise from Adfern with a chance to spot dolphins, basking sharks, minke whales and golden eagles.

Kilmartin Castle - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Staying in a medieval castle with an eclectic art collection
  • Being within walking distance of Kilmartin Glen
  • Spending time with Stef and Simo, your very welcoming hosts
Kilmartin Castle - Gallery

You should know

  • There are steep spiral staircases and you’ll need to mind your head in places
  • There's WiFi but no television

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights, 3 nights for self-catering.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Pop-up dinners at weekends. Restaurant 5-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £140
Surcharges
Available as self-catering, £500-£900 per night, minimum 3 nights.
5 Doubles
From £140

Accommodation

Reviews

Kilmartin Castle took me by surprise - the way that Stef and Simo have brought it forward to meet the modern comforts we expect is a delightful experience. With so many places to visit and things to do, you will have to come back again and again. I was lucky enough to spot a red squirrel, enjoy some of the best seafood you will ever taste, and walk along the rugged coast with my dog. Happy days.

Karen, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

The castle is set just outside the small village of Kilmartin and Kilmartin Glen, an archaeological site tracing over 5,000 years of human history and with one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. The museum café is a good place for lunch or walk to the Kilmartin Hotel in five minutes for traditional Scottish and seafood dishes. The nearest shops are in Lochgilphead, a 13-minute drive; Oban is about three quarters of an hour.

Local points of interest from Stephanie Burgon

  • The Kilmartin museum has an excellent café with a Trip Advisor award for excellence. The food is lovely, and the cakes are as nice as they are naughty! The cafe is also licensed. The museum closes between 23rd December and 1st March.
  • The Kilmartin church and graveyard are home to a collection of sculptured stones ranging in date from around 900 to the 1600s. The church is open to the public.
  • Kilmartin Hotel, aka the pub, is small but full of character. The food is homely, there are monthly guest ales and single malts, and owner Richard can tell you everything you need to know about our local Whisky from Jura and Islay.
  • Kilmartin Glen is a valley carved by the glaciers of the ice age, & scattered with New Stone Age and Bronze Age sites. Within walking distance, explore standing stones, burial cairns, medieval stone carvings and cup and ring rock art.
  • In Dunadd, find an Iron Age and later hill fort which was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dal Riata and the birthplace of the Scotti people. Kings were crowned on this hilltop!
  • The Crinan Canal is described as the prettiest shortcut in Britain. Boat and yacht owners use the 15 loch system during the summer months. It is a gorgeous place to ride your bike or stroll along on a sunny day.

Introducing

Stephanie Burgon

Stef and Simon live on-site with their friendly cat Frank and run the property along with Yvonne the housekeeper. They used to live in Dubai; when they took a road trip around Scotland early in 2014 they fell in love with the place. When back in Dubai they saw Kilmartin Castle for sale – they weren’t looking for a property to buy, but they spontaneously enquired… and it snowballed from there. They have managed to achieve their goal of setting up a special B&B and love to share their castle with their guests.