Enjoy a superb holiday in one of the last remaining Scottish Camping Railway Carriages set in a spectacular location on the beautiful shores of Loch Awe, the Railway Carriage has been carefully restored to maintain all original features and provides comfortable accommodation for a quirky and unforgettable holiday. The carriage originally ran on the London to Edinburgh main line and has been converted by an enthusiast into a delightful and unusual holiday home. This Railway Carriage is set just metres from the shore of Loch Awe which is Scotland's largest inland loch and has fabulous views over to Kilchurn Castle in one of the most scenic yet easily accessible parts of Scotland.
Apart from the wonderful views, the small village of Lochawe has the Ben Cruchan Inn an excellent pub serving good 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 which is accessible by foot along an attractive path from the Castle's carpark which is just one mile from the Carriage.
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 Cruchan 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.
RECREATE THE CAREFREE HOLIDAYS OF THE 1950s............BUT THIS TIME IN COMFORT!!
Post Code: PA33 1AQ
Damage Deposit £150
Let weekly Saturday to Saturday, sorry we are unable to accept short breaks.
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 a flight of steps up to the access doors(about 70m in all), this may not be suitable for those with mobility problems or very young children * No Smoking and No Pets permitted.** No single sex parties (apart from couples) permitted**