From all directions, head for Lochgilphead and follow the A83 south in the direction of Campbeltown.

For most guests, reaching Lochgilphead will involve travelling on the A82 along the side of Loch Lomond before heading west on the A83 through Arrochar and the mountain pass known as the Rest and Be Thankful to reach Inveraray. This section of the A82 can be prone to closure in extreme weather conditions so it’s always sensible to check ahead before your journey. See Alternative routes by Ferry for other options if the road should close or indeed if you just fancy doing some of the miles by sea rather than road smile

About 11 miles south of Lochgilphead, you’ll pass the entrance to Stonefield Castle Hotel.  Stay on the A83 for another 0.7 miles.

After a long left hand bend, the road goes uphill followed by a right hand bend. Slow down and look out for a driveway on the left – it has gates and a lodge house. This is the road that leads down to the cottage – but don’t try to turn left here, it’s too tight an angle.

Carry on for 200 metres until you come to the next driveway – a wide bellmouth (signed McEllisons 5 new house plots).  Use this driveway to turn so you can drive back towards the previous turn-off and turn right into it as this is easier and safer.

Once off the main road, drive past the Lodge House (the gates may be closed but won’t be locked) and follow this private road for about 1 mile.  It is narrow and quite rough in places so drive slowly and with care. 4×4 vehicles will manage it easily but lower suspension cars need to take it easy, watch for pot-holes, and keep wheels on the highest ground.

After about 0.7 miles, if you look right you will glimpse the cottage nestling on the shore below you and Stonefield Castle Hotel on the hill ahead of you. Continue until you come to a crossroads. Turn right here and right again at the next crossroads where you’ll see a wooden sign for Shore Cottage facing you.

Drive carefully along this track, keeping to the obvious tyre tracks and after about 100 metres, the path widens into the parking area for the cottage.

There are two main options to reach Shore Cottage using ferries:

1. The ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert

The best and shortest route to this ferry involves catching the ferry from Gourock to Dunoon and then driving west through the Cowal peninsula past the Kyles of Bute and Tighnabruich all the way to Portavadie. This is a very scenic route and both ferries runs regularly throughout the day. See calmac.co.uk and western-ferries.co.uk for timetables

On leaving the ferry in Tarbert, turn right and follow the road through the village to the junction with the A83.

Turn right in the direction of Lochgilphead and follow the road up hill.

After about 1.5 miles, you’ll notice a wide bell-mouth on the right signed McEllisons 5 new house plots.  Slow down here as you’re taking the next driveway on the right with

gates and a lodge house. If the gates happen to be shut, they won’t be locked.

Drive past the lodge-house and follow this private road for about 1 mile.  It is narrow and quite rough in places so drive slowly and with care. 4×4 vehicles will manage it easily but lower suspension cars need to take it easy, watch for pot-holes, and keep wheels on the highest ground.

After about 0.7 miles, if you look right you will glimpse the cottage nestling on the shore below you and Stonefield Castle Hotel on the hill ahead of you.

Continue until you come to a crossroads. Turn right here and right again at the next crossroads where you’ll see a wooden sign for Shore Cottage facing you.

Drive carefully along this track, keeping to the obvious tyre tracks and after about 100 metres, the path widens into the parking area for the cottage.

 2. The ferry from Lochranza (Isle of Arran) to Claonaig (10 miles south of Tarbert)

This is another very scenic journey involving two ferry crossings, the first from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast to Brodick on the Isle of Arran followed by a short drive round the north east coast of Arran to Lochranza where you catch the ferry to Cloanaig. Both ferries are operated by Calmac.co.uk

You may wish to visit Skipness a few miles along from the ferry quay in Claonaig – it’s a quaint old fishing village with a charming ruined castle as well as the famous Skipness Seafood Cabin (if you hope to eat there, always check opening times first).

On leaving the ferry in Claonaig, to get to the cottage follow the scenic single track road inland until you come to the junction with the A83 and turn right for Tarbert.

Arriving in Tarbert, follow signs for Lochgilphead. The road bears left at the harbour up the hill and out of the village.

After about 1.5 miles, you’ll notice a wide bell-mouth on the right signed McEllisons 5 new house plots.  Slow down here as you’re taking the next driveway on the right with gates and a lodge house. If the gates happen to be shut, they won’t be locked.

Drive past the lodge-house and follow this private road for about 1 mile.  It is narrow and quite rough in places so drive slowly and with care. 4×4 vehicles will manage it easily but lower suspension cars need to take it easy, watch for pot-holes, and keep wheels on the highest ground.

After about 0.7 miles, if you look right you will glimpse the cottage nestling on the shore below you and Stonefield Castle Hotel on the hill ahead of you.

Continue until you come to a crossroads. Turn right here and right again at the next crossroads where you’ll see a wooden sign for Shore Cottage facing you.

Drive carefully along this track, keeping to the obvious tyre tracks and after about 100 metres, the path widens into the parking area for the cottage.

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