One of the most private homes in Argyll & Bute with sublime views to Loch Striven and surrounding mountains and glens.
Braingorton is a fine collection of property and coastal land assets. The main property is a detached country house which enjoys an elevated setting above Loch Striven.
Braingorton is a registered farm with a farm code (141/0018) and the land holding includes a stretch of beach and foreshore, grass paddocks and strips of semi ancient native woodlands.
The house is of painted stone exterior and under a slated roof. The accommodation is laid out over two light and bright and easily managed levels with principal rooms enjoying the views to the gardens, countryside, and the sea loch. There are a range of secondary ancillary outbuildings which include a stone cottage (in need of major refurbishment) as well as other useful garages and general-purpose stores.
Outer door to entrance vestibule, under stairs stores, inner hallway with corner window formation, cloakroom and separate wc, drawing room with warming wood burner set on a polished marble hearth, French door to conservatory/garden room with patio doors leading to terrace with split steps to front and rear gardens. Formal dining room with log burner on a polished marble hearth set in stone carved fireplace, shelved press, library/snug with log burner on a polished marble hearth, fitted bookcases, home office or study off, well equipped and fitted kitchen with 4 oven Aga range cooker in white enamel, rear hallway and back door, boiler house and door to side gardens.
Staircase to upper hallway and good square landing, bedroom 1, bedroom 2 with attic access, shower room and wc, bedroom 3 with laminate flooring, family bathroom, bedroom 4 with linen stores, gun safe store, fitted furniture.
White painted stone detached cottage (in need of total refurbishment). Timber portal frame open fronted general purpose shed under box profile steel roof. Double garage and workshop at rear.
Stone general purpose store and old diesel generator store. Coal and logs stores.
Access track to gate leading to the lands at Braingorton. Paddocks flank the driveway and continue to the foreshore. The grounds around the house feature a driveway which encircles the house, retaining low level wall with top coping. Mown paddocks with feature natural stream fed ponds. Gravel yard at the rear fringed with mixed shrubs and bushes. Areas of semi ancient native woodland which provide amenity and interest. The foreshore is accessible and it is possible to launch small boating craft or to moor larger craft (permission via crown estate) immediately offshore in the sheltered anchorage. About 16 acres.
Can be arranged immediately offshore and require to be arranged with the local mooring association and The Crown Estate.
Private water supply, drainage (TBC), oil fired central heating supported by 3 wood burners, double glazing.
Right of access
The owner of the sheep steading located further to the north of Braingorton, has a servitude right of access along the coastal foreshore track.
Braingorton can easily be described as having one of the most private settings in the West of Scotland.
The house is situated in a location of great privacy, and natural scenic beauty, all at the end of a 1 mile long forest access track. It is set within grounds of some 16 acres with foreshore and from its raised vantage point there are sublime views across Loch Striven to the adjacent mountains and glens of Glen Striven.
Loch Striven is a sheltered inland sea loch which has visits from occasional sailing and pleasure boating craft and because of its dramatic scenery, it has visits from the last sea going paddle steamer, The Waverley, and other larger vessels which often anchor and moor in the protected loch while en-route to Loch Fyne and the Western Isles.
The property is very privately located and is the last house at the end of the public road and a forest access track some 6 miles from the settlement of Colintraive on the other side of the peninsula.
The area is famous for its stunning natural scenic beauty with deep and narrow sea lochs providing a boating route through from the Clyde estuary to Arran, Loch Fyne and the fishing village of Tarbert and on through the Crinan Canal at Ardrishaig to the Western Isles.
Colintraive has a hotel with a friendly bar and a reputation for gastro pub and quality cuisine, a shop and post office. There is an active social community with many clubs run from the popular village hall which also provides a heritage centre, community garden and an all-weather bowling green. The Colintraive annual fete is well renowned. Colintraive Church is in the parish of West Cowal with services held in the first two Sundays of the month. On the last two Sundays of the month the services are held at Kilmodan Church at Glendaruel.
From Colintraive there is a short and regular 5-minute Calmac ferry crossing to the neighbouring Island of Bute. The main town on Bute is Rothesay where there are local amenities and shops, supermarkets and a further ferry to the Clyde coast at Wemyss Bay.
The other main centre in the area is Dunoon which provides further shops, supermarkets and services, in addition to two competing ferry services across the Clyde. The village of Tighnabruaich on the West Kyle also has shops, restaurants, hotels, sailing school, and golf plus excellent local medical services.
There is a local primary school at Glendaruel and secondary schooling is available at Dunoon Grammar, which has an excellent reputation. A school bus runs from Colintraive to Dunoon Grammar in the morning and afternoon to transport students to and from school. It is possible for some of the students to board at the school. There is an option of a choice of schools in Rothesay via ferry and school bus.
The area offers much in the way of relaxing outdoor pursuits, including yachting and boating, and there are marina and chandlery services at the 4 local marinas of Dunoon, Port Bannatyne, Portavadie and Tarbert.
The district also offers bird watching, hill walking and country walks in an area rich in history. The Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie on Loch Fyne and travels for some 31 miles to Arrochar through some of the most dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes on the west coast.
A scenic 9-hole golf course is at Kames, with further courses on the Island of Bute and at Dunoon. Sea, river and loch fishing are also available in the area as are a number of shoots run either commercially or by syndicates. Some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
Local bus services run to Rothesay, Dunoon, Tighnabruaich and Portavadie and the ferry runs from Portavadie to Tarbert, Loch Fyne.
Local bus services run to Tighnabruaich, Rothesay and Dunoon. Full retail and professional services are available in Greenock and Glasgow via the short ferry crossing or by the journey via Loch Lomond side.
From Glasgow city centre leave in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway. Continue for 21 miles to arrive at Port Glasgow. Keep going straight (parallel to the shoreline) through the adjoining towns of Greenock and Gourock on the A770 for 8 miles to reach the Western Ferry terminal at McInroys Point (this is the second of the two ferry terminals and provides the only car service). Take the ferry to Hunters Quay, Dunoon. Leaving the terminal turn right onto the A815. At the T junction adjacent to the marina in Sandbank turn right. After approx. 1.5 miles turn left on to the B836. Travel for 11 miles before turning left on to the A886. Follow signs for Colintraive and travel for 4.5 miles. Once in Colintraive continue through the village and proceed to the end of the single track road for about 5 miles. At the end of the road, continue on the forest track for a further 1 mile to find the entrance to Braingorton. Braingorton is the final house on the access track.
An alternative route is to travel west on the M8 from Glasgow, take the exit marked Erskine Bridge and cross over the bridge following the sign for Dumbarton/Crianlarich which leads you on to the A82. Follow the A82 through Dumbarton and up the west shore of Loch Lomond. Two thirds the way up Loch Lomond at Tarbet follow the road round to the left on to the A83. Follow this main artery to the west passing through Arrochar and the Rest and Be Thankful pass to the A815 Junction, just before Cairndow. Turn left on to the A815 and continue to Strachur where you turn right onto the A886 which takes you into Colintraive. Then follow directions as above. This route is about 45 miles further than the ferry but often quicker and less expensive.