The Railway Carriage - Lochawe

Code: LO20WE

Holiday property description

Superb holiday location on the beautiful shores of Loch Awe the railway carriage offers a comfortable accommodation for a quirky and different holiday. The traditional railway carriage is just metres from the shore of Loch Awe, Argyll Scotland's largest inland loch, with fabulous views over to Kilchurn Castle in one of the most scenic yet easily accessible parts of Scotland.

The Railway Carriage, on the shores of Loch Awe, originally ran on the London to Edinburgh main line. It has been converted by an enthusiast into a delightful and unusual holiday home. Retaining as many original features as possible, it will provide visitors with an unforgettable holiday. 

Apart from the wonderful views, the small village of Lochawe has a hotel serving food and a post office/shop all within a very short walk. There are beautiful views over to Kilchurn Castle, one of the most photographed castles in Britain. One mile away by road.  

Within 20 miles there are a great many places of interest and things to do, including: cruises on Loch Etive, boat hire on lochs Awe and Etive, The Sea Life Centre, Oban chocolate factory, The Inverawe Smokery (with excellent facilities for families), Inveraray Castle and Jail, Oban Distillery and many other places. 

Loch Awe station is a stop on the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Oban which, together with the local buses which pass the road end, allows visitors to arrive and reach many local places of interest by public transport as well as by car. The Hydro-Electric Power Station (well worth a visit) within the "hollow mountain" of Ben Cruachan is served by its own railway halt four miles away. ScotRail's Caledonian sleeper provides easy access from the south and car hire is available in Oban. Oban is an excellent shopping centre and many ferries provide opportunities to travel to Mull, Iona and the many other islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Rather than a long car journey, why not travel by rail to the adjacent station and hire a car locally. 

Fishing permits can be obtained from the Post Office for fishing on the loch which is perfect for sailing and boating. 

For the enthusiast, the carriage is a Mark 1 number 4494 built at York in 1956. 


Post Code: PA33 1AQ   

The Railway Carriage is let Saturday - Saturday. Short breaks are accepted, but can only be booked within 14 days of arrival.

Security  Deposit £150 


'We have had a wonderful week here. The loch is stunning and the Carriage has all you need for all weathers! It suited our 3 sons very, very well and they said it was the best holiday ever! We recommend exploring the loch by cabin boat from Lochawe boats and the view from the top of Ben Cruachan is stunning but the steep climb is not for the faint hearted! Ben Cruachan Power Station has just opened and the staff are very friendly. We love it here! Now back to the chaos of London but we shall cherist the peace and beauty of this holiday. Thank you!' The Steel Family, April 2017
We had the most wonderful holiday in the Loch Awe Railway Carriage. Everything about it was absolutely first rate...the nostalgia of the carriage itself, its magnificent setting with unrivalled views of the Loch and the medieval ruin of Kilchurn Castle. The local people were so welcoming and helpful, including the staff of the neighbouring Loch Awe Hotel, who were pleased to welcome us for meals. It was a holiday we shall always cherish. Our thanks and appreciation to you and to Daniel, the owner, who made this particular holiday possible. Mr and Mrs A June 2016 

Accommodation for 5 on one floor. (There are two sets of steps leading up to the carriage from ground level). 

Living room; Dining area; Kitchen; Double bedroom; Bedroom with single bed and a pair of full size bunk beds; Shower room with shower and wash basin; Toilet with wash basin. 

Services: Electric heating * Bed linen and towels provided * Electric hob with small oven * Dishwasher * Fridge with small freezer compartment* TV with Freesat & DVD/CD player * Radio * Garden area laid to grass and enclosed by fencing providing protection from the loch and the railway line * BBQ * Garden furniture on front deck * Car parking for 2 cars - access from the car parking area is by a short walk then up over the footbridge across the existing single track line and down to the Carriage which has two flights of steps up to the side and rear doors. Thus this may not be suitable for persons with mobility problems or very young children * No Smoking and No Pets permitted.** No single sex parties (apart from couples) permitted** 

How to find us

The Railway Carriage
Pier Sidings
PA33 1AQ

The Railway Carriage - Lochawe

Code: LO20WE

Please note that the above map is used to indicate the general location of the holiday property. As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

External Features

Sea View

Water view

Walk to Pub

Walk to Shops

Mountain View

Beach walk




Bicycle Storage



Garden Furniture

Garden Enclosed



Wheelchair Access

Internal Features

Open fire


High Chair


CD Player

DVD Player

Colour TV






Wash Machine

Bed Linen Cost Incl

Heating Cost Incl

Tumble Dryer

Sky TV



Sofa Beds 0

Single Beds 3

Double Beds 1

Showers 1

Bathrooms 1



The Railway Carriage Reviews

5 star review

The carriage very comfortable and cosy well equipped and in the right spot for a relaxing holiday. The views from the carriage are spectacular.
Very good base for touring.
Martin Egan
1 week ago
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5 star review

Brilliant accommodation and the location was second to none. Everything we needed was provided in the railway carriage, which was clean, cosy and comfortable. And so unique!
1 month ago
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5 star review

Best location, fabulous views, tranquillity, railway carriage well appointed complete with all facilities required, near to pub/restaurant and within reasonable driving distance of Oban, Inverary and beautiful scenery has to be the most beautiful part of Scotland.
Kenneth Davies, Dartford
1 month ago
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5 star review

Being our second visit to the carriage we knew of it's appeal and it did not let us down. Almost everything ( except toilet rolls ) is provided and for those on a first visit a surprising array of " extras"awaits them.The location could not be better , but watch out for the inquisitive visitors from the hotel who think nothing of opening the gate and peering in at you ( even in bed ! ).
Mr Dickson
1 month ago
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4 star review

comfortable and fabulous location. Little expensive.
Mrs Henderson
2 months ago
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5 star review

Lovely location. Can highly recommend!
8 months ago
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5 star review

Very peaceful, the railway cottage was very authentic, also extremely well equipped
9 months ago
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5 star review

Good facilities. Wonderful view. Good public transport links
great to see your 5* review, it is a perfect spot and possibly one of the few holiday properties in Scotland where you can manage without a car.

Mr Smith
9 months ago
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5 star review

Fantastic stay in this carriage, loved the fifties feel. Truly beautiful view of the loch and in an ideal situation for visiting different places as well.
Great review for the carriage, the owner likes to maintain it as it"was" so it is good to hear that you liked it so much.
Shaun Pybus, Hetton le hole
10 months ago
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4 star review

Almost perfect - just one or two functions (a light bulb, a heater) appeared not to be working. Otherwise - absolutely superb! I really enjoyed its unique location and atmosphere. Thank you very much.
It is a wonderful expireince at the Carriage so great to hear that you enjoyed your holiday so much.
Mr Parker
10 months ago
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5 star review

The railway carriage at Loch Awe is a unique experience. I booked it singly for my train mad three year old son. On entering the carriage he was so excited and this was the case for the whole holiday.
For my wife and I it was equally entertaining. The details are great, from the original signage to the tables where you eat your meals.

The view of the loch ( and surrounding mountains and castles) is incredible. You can sit each night just looking out of the window.

There is a "live" train line right Neto the carriage, but you hardly notice the few trains that run through. More noticeable are the tourists who approach the carriage for photos or to find out more about it.

This is a great experience.
10 months ago
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4 star review

Nice cottage. Charmant. Everything was there except wifi.
11 months ago
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