Situated on the former slate mining island of Easdale, 15 miles south of the town of Oban in Argyll, An Rubha is a family-owned traditional style cottage built to an exceptionally high standard in 1999 and has everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. Located to the east end of this small, car-free island, it offers unrestricted views from the accommodation across the Firth of Lorn towards the Isle of Mull. The cottage has three double bedrooms.
The accommodation at An Rubha consists of two spacious double bedrooms upstairs and a further smaller double bedroom on the downstairs ground floor. A spacious bathroom has a heated Easdale slate floor, and a free-standing bath and a separate, walk-in shower. The cottage also benefits from having a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge (with freezer compartment), microwave, ironing board and iron, while the kitchen is well equipped with utensils for cooking on the electric hob and oven. The comfortable living area has a digital television, with a BT Vision package. There are several games and books to keep you entertained, children’s travel cot and high chair and unlimited free fuel for the open coal fire. The property has efficient storage radiators in the kitchen/dining room lounge, with wall-mounted Dimplex heaters in the bedrooms. The rental charge also includes bed linen and towels. There is free wi-fi in the property.
“We love holidaying at An Rubha. As soon as we have parked the car at Ellenabeich on Seil and unloaded all our luggage and shopping, we sound the klaxon to alert the passenger ferry to come over to pick us up. The ride across on the boat is fun. It only takes three minutes, but feels like you are on a big adventure. You can feel the weight lifting from your shoulders half way across. The ferrymen help us with all our belongings and from there it’s a only 100 metres to the cottage and our holiday can begin.
The cottage is perfect for all weathers. On a sunny afternoon, there’s nothing better than sitting on the stone bench in the front garden and gazing over the firth to Inish and Mull. Boats and dolphins come and go and time stands still. A walk round the island and up the hill – all 125 feet of it – works up an appetite for some local seafood, or a drink at the friendly Puffer Bar and Tearoom. On a clear day, many of Scotland’s most fabled islands are clearly visible: Jura, Colonsay and Islay to name but a few.
An Rubha feels very homely: it has everything we need to prepare and cook a lovely meal and plenty of space to relax and unwind. The unique, circular kitchen table, made by a local craftsman using driftwood washed up on Easdale, is the focal point of the living space, where we eat, drink, play games or just chat.
The bathroom, with its heated slate floor is roomy and warm, whilst all the white goods (fridge, washing machine and dishwasher) are tucked away in a separate utility room.
From the upstairs bedroom windows, there’s fantastic views across the water to Cullipool on Luing. These two bedrooms have blackout blinds, ensuring the bright Hebridean mornings don’t interrupt our beauty sleep. Waking with the peaceful sound of the water lapping the shore is a highlight of our holiday.”