A handsome detached freehold property in a situation of spectacular natural scenic beauty. The house is south facing and has breath-taking views of the Sound of Gigha and the Kintyre Coast.
Description of Ceol Mara
Ceol Mara is of pebble dash finish under a dark grey slated roof. The property is set in mature and well established gardens which are bounded by well-tended hedges and mature trees. From its elevated vantage point there are excellent views over the Sound of Gigha to the Kintyre Peninsula.
The accommodation which is light, bright and spacious is laid out over two easily managed floors. The house is well set up for principal family living. The Isle of Gigha is also a well-known west of Scotland holiday and short break destination and so the house offers scope as a second or income producing holiday home.
The sunroom, lounge, dining room, and all four bedrooms face south and /or east and all overlook the garden, Sound of Gigha, and Kintyre Peninsula.
Front door to large sunroom with spectacular views due south, east and west. Door to hallway with under stair storage. South facing sitting room with south and east facing windows, and original working fireplace. Bedroom 1 with original working fireplace and east facing window. Shower room. South facing dining room with original working fireplace and hatch to kitchen. Fitted kitchen with back door to rear gardens. Separate shelved pantry.
Staircase to first floor landing. Bedroom 2 (master) with windows to south and walk in cupboard. Family bathroom with window to rear. Shelved linen cupboard and additional storage cupboard on landing. Bedroom 3 with window to side gardens. Bedroom 4 with south facing windows and original working fireplace.
Large detached garage of pebble dash finish, twin leaf doors, light and power, side door, all under a box profile steel roof.
Via stone piers and wrought iron gates to private concrete driveway, additional pebble stone driveway to vehicular parking and hardstanding. Front and side gardens are mainly to well-maintained level lawns, there is a drying green at the rear. The gardens are very pretty and are low maintenance by design and are bounded by mature hedges and trees which provide shelter, privacy and seclusion.
Ceol Mara is situated on the charming west coast of Scotland, on the Inner Hebridean island of Gigha. Gigha is 2.8 miles west of the Kintyre peninsula with a regular ferry service. The property is situated on an elevated site with spectacular southerly views of the island, sea, and Kintyre peninsula.
Gigha is well known for the famous Achamore Gardens. The island has a primary school, shop, post office, hotel with bar, Michelin Star recommended restaurant, and a church with regular services.
There is a well maintained 9 hole golf course. The island offers wonderful opportunities to sail, surf, canoe, snorkel, fish and walk. There is a recently upgraded pontoon and mooring.
Gigha has its own grass airstrip which is near the south end of the island lying in an east/west direction. The airfield can be used by private planes and microlights.
On the mainland, the town of Campbeltown is 19 miles to the south and has two major supermarkets, garages, a full range of shops and professional services, a secondary school, an A&E hospital with an emergency air-ambulance service to Glasgow, leisure facilities (including a modern swimming pool), library and a cinema. There are flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown.
Tarbert is 19 miles north and has good local shops and services. From Tarbert, there are ferry links to Islay, and to Portavadie which gives access to an alternative route to Glasgow via Dunoon and Gourock.
The west of Scotland is world famous for its scenic sailing waters. The area around the Mull of Kintyre leads to the protected waters of Loch Fyne, the Firth of Clyde, and the scenic Kyles of Bute. To the north of Gigha is the spectacular west coast with its numerous sea lochs, and the other Hebridean islands. On a clear day the north coast of Ireland is visible.
Productive sea fishing from shore and boat is available locally and there are trout and salmon opportunities by permit in surrounding islands, mainland rivers and hill lochs.
Gigha is the most southerly and one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean Islands. Seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, Gigha is situated three miles west of the Kintyre peninsular, approximately three hours drive from the City of Glasgow, with a regular 20 minute roll-on roll-off ferry. Gigha is easily described as breathtaking with sandy beaches, clear blue green seas and a host of wildlife. The climate is pleasantly mild as a result of the Gulfstream.
The History of Gigha
Step ashore on the Isle of Gigha and you are following in the tracks of the Scots who settled on Kintyre and the Hebrides from Ireland, of the Vikings who plundered those settlements from distant Scandinavia, and of the Norse King Hakon, who gave the isle its name, Gudey, the Good Isle. The Gaels adjusted the name to Gigha as time passed.
Around 1493 Gigha came into the possession of the family of MacNeill of Taynish. The family fought many bitter disputes with the Macdonald Clan to hold onto the island until finally selling it in 1790 to another branch of the Clan Neill, the MacNeills of Colonsay. Thereafter the island has had many owners – the Scarletts, Allens, Hamers – until in 1944 it was sold to Sir James Horlick, when the story of the creation of the famous gardens of Achamore began. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust now owns much of the Isle of Gigha, including Achamore Gardens.
The small island of Cara, to the south has remained the property of the MacDonalds of Largie, the last link with the Lord of the Isles.
There are still McNeills amongst the 160 Gigha inhabitants.
Argyll & Bute Council
Tel: 01546 602127.
Mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank (located in adjacent field), electric storage heating to ground floor level, solar panels, double glazing.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Ceol Mara is in council tax band D and the amount payable for 2019/2020 is £1514.39 to include mains water and excluding sewage.
From Glasgow take the A82 and A83 to reach the west coast town/port of Tarbert. Take the A83 out of Tarbert following signs for Campbeltown. After about 18.5 miles arrive at the ferry port Tayinloan. The roll on roll off ferry is a short crossing to Gigha. Once on the island continue for circa 0.5 miles to find Ceol Mara located on the left-hand side.