A cosy cabin in Slockavullin, Kilmartin Glen.

Although I am back to work now and therefore back to normality, writing blog posts about my trip gives me a chance to reminnis about what was a very enjoyable holiday. After spending a short time on Skye and a week on North Uist ( post coming soon!) ,we fancied a few days on the equally lovely Scottish mainland.

I had booked a cabin in Kilmartin Glen in the heart of Argyll using airbnb. The 1930s hut resembles a wooden train carriage and stands in a small orchard next to the owners garden. Costing a very reasonable £170 for 3 nights, the cosy cabin was full of thoughful touches, including a vintage style radio, a wood burning stove and a cupboard brimming with books and games.

The tiny village of Slockavullin where our accommodation was located is almost hidden away, nestled in woodland amongst the many ancient monuments ( 800 apparently! ) that reside in historic Kilmartin Glen. A thirty minute walk will lead you to the slightly larger village of Kilmartin ,where there is a village pub, café and museum.

It was very easy to fall in love with the cabin. Its shape definitely reminded me of a train carriage or even the showman’s wagon in Cornwall that we stayed in a couple of years ago. ‘The Duke’ at Spring Park ~ Our stay in a Showman’s Wagon.

However this cosy retreat was purpose built as a cabin and the present owners have lovingly created a darling holiday home from it.

One quirky touch was the outdoor bath-tub , the water can be heated by lighting a fire underneath. However I never did get round to trying an alfresco dip!

Hugo was eager to explore of course! There are plentiful walks on the doorstep, many lead you past ancient burial cairns, standing stones and stone circles.

Temple Wood Stone Circle.

On our walks we saw lots of……hooded crows. To be honest I got quite excited as there are none in my neck of the woods. 🙂

And your never very far from a Highland Cow. The hardy breed originated in the Hebrides and the Highlands and is now found all over the world.

A short drive from Slockavullin is Dunadd Fort, the Iron-age remains are a steep clamber up a rocky outcrop, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Ancient Gaelic Kings were created here and the Footprint of Fealty was believed to be part of the Dal Riata Kingdoms coronation ritual. They must have had quite small feet though!

2km North of Kilmartin village is Carnasserie Castle, a ruined 16th-Century tower house.

Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve is one of the last wild, raised bogs left in Britain. 242 species of lichens have been recorded here and the reserve is home to the marsh fritillary butterfly and two pairs of nesting hen harriers.

And your never to far from the coast. Crinan Ferry Beach is a long walk or a short drive from the cabin. In the old days a little ferry took sheep and cattle over the estuary. I have a blog post waiting to be written about a lovely walk we did along the picturesque Crinan Canal.

But for now, back to our holiday abode, where the apples and plums in the orchard tempted me to make a crumble. And hot chocolate with marshmallows were very kindly supplied by the owners, as well as fresh milk, eggs, oatcakes, jams, juice and cereals. 🙂

And after a packed day of exploring, little Hugo was always happy to snuggle by the wood burner. 🙂

Future Scotland Posts will include our week in the Outer Hebrides and Britain’s most beautiful shortcut. 🙂


42 thoughts on “A cosy cabin in Slockavullin, Kilmartin Glen.”

  1. What a beautiful spot!! I’m going to use your site as a tour guide next time I’m in the UK. I have a tub on my front lawn too but use the sun for heat!! It’s my swimming pool!!

  2. wow, what a beautiful spot! Looks as if you were very cosy and such gorgeous scenery! Look forward to seeing more of your trips soon.
    Hope the next term is good for you and you aren’t too busy!

      1. Oh lovely. It did look a nice place. We had a short walk from the harbour and it was so nive to walk with the canal on one side and the sea on the other. X

  3. Kilmartin is a great place. We came across it once, accidentally, can’t even recall where we were going (or been!) but I saw the signs for ancient monuments and I love that kind of thing.

  4. Lovely post & it makes me want to explore more of Scotland when we visit UK again. Love the chalet cabin, a bit roomier than our 16ft caravan we take away. Thanks for sharing & look forward to seeing more of your trip. Take care.

      1. It was Islay, and had a day on Jura from there too. They were really both beautiful islands. Been to Skye too though a couple of times and really love it, so many lovely memories there, and to the Uists when stayed on Benbecula for a week when I was at school. I remember them all being so beautiful so look forward to reading! Xx

      2. Oh you have been all over! I am slowly writing my North Uist post. Doing a lot of procrastinating here. I would love to visit Islay and Jura one day too and spend more time on Skye. So many islands…

  5. Like others have commented, that was a cool place to stay. A little like one of those glamping Kabins you see these days, only somewhat larger. Looks like a nice, peaceful, area too. I’ve never strayed that far.

  6. This sounds like a trip I’d have very much enjoyed! I’d love to see a hooded crow and there are so many places I’d love to visit in Scotland. I have stayed in a few Airbnb places now, you can find some great places on there! I look forward to reading about your trip to the Outer Hebrides.

  7. Hello. Thanks for sharing these posts. I thought they looked unfamiliar – they were when I wasn’t around last autumn. North Uist is definitely out as we’re not going to travel that far up. We only want to do a couple of hours driving each day, because of Harry’s former challenges with the car.
    Part of the half I have already booked though is further down from here on the Kintyre peninsula – a hotel who said they didn’t charge extra for dogs, because they love dogs! The first time I’ve come across anyone who doesn’t charge for dogs – so lots of info in this post that’s useful. Thank you! xx

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