Coachman’s Bothy

Coachman’s Bothy

Set just 50 metres above the beach at Airds Bay, the Coachman’s Bothy is a self-contained loft in the 300-year-old listed farm building on Airds Estate. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan kitchen and sitting room with uninterrupted views across Airds Bay.

Ideal for 4 people but comfortable for 5, the property is accessed from the pretty courtyard, via a private staircase. Decorated with wooden-panelling, natural materials and handwoven fabrics, the bothy feels like a secret hideaway – the perfect escape from city life.

Outside, a designated garden area with a rustic bench and barbecue sits at the top of the private grassy lane down to the beach. Enjoy the great outdoors before coming home to a cup of tea, some local shortbread, a hot bath and a cosy evening watching the sunset.

The Coachman’s Bothy is a charming loft-conversion in a beautiful 300-year-old listed farm building, accessed via a private staircase from a pretty courtyard. The open-plan sitting room and kitchen looks directly over the bay. There are two generous bedrooms with Super King-sized beds, both of which can be made up as twins, and one of which has a third bed which can be made up as required. The bathroom is bright and spacious with both bath and shower. There is also a useful boots and coats area with heated boot-rack in the entrance.

  • Luxury towels and bed linen
  • Additional beach towels
  • Super King Size beds
  • Heated boot warmers
  • Coffee machine and capsules
  • A copy of The Oban Times (our local newspaper)
  • Welcome basket including fruit and a box of Shortbread
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, sugar
  • Luxury shampoo, shower gel and soap in the bathroom
  • Loo roll, kitchen roll & tissues
  • Washing-up liquid, laundry detergent & dishwasher tablets
  • Cots and high chairs on request
  • Wi-fi
  • Smart TV
  • Designated outdoor space and private parking
  • A BBQ area and 1-2 instant BBQs – bring more if you like!
  • The use/loan of OS Explorer maps of the local area
  • Dog friendly (charges apply upon booking)
  • Additional disposable barbecues
  • Cots and highchairs if required (no charge)
  • Car charging (chargeable)
  • Bike storage (no charge)

Airds Estate is the ideal gateway to the Scottish wilderness. Nestled in a calm, private bay, the cottages are just metres from a pretty shallow beach perfect for paddling and picnics. There is nothing between you and the view, or beyond the sound of the oystercatchers crossing the water, yet you are just a 5 minute walk from picturesque Port Appin with its excellent shop, award-winning restaurant, local craft and coffee shop, and ferry to nearby Lismore island. It is the perfect base for exploring the area, secluded yet within reach of everything you need, and all in under a 2.5 hour drive from Glasgow.

Surrounded by the wildlife and wilderness of Argyll’s West Coast, our cottages are the perfect retreat from your busy everyday life. Curl up with a book next to the fire, lie in bed watching the sea eagles soar above the trees, or put some music on and cook something delicious in our extremely well-equipped kitchens. Enjoy our comfortable beds, luxury linen and roll-top baths after days spent exploring the wild west coast.

The Steading Cottage has private parking and bike storage. It is 50m from the beach down a grassy lane, and an easy 5 minute walk to Port Appin with its excellent shop, restaurants, craft shop and cafe and ferry over to the beautiful isle of Lismore.

Enjoy lovely coastal walks from your door, along dramatic cliff paths and around to nearby historic Castle Stalker.

Within 3½ miles of the cottage, there is an excellent choice of cafés and inns, all offering breath-taking views and delicious local food. Visit the renowned garden centre and top up your car with fuel at the local independent garage.

Port Appin is within 20 minutes of the grandeur of Glencoe, with its stunning scenery, history, popular walks and climbs. The popular town of Oban is only 19 miles away. Famous for being the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ it is considered the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ –  ferries leave for most of the inner and outer Hebrides from here.

The village is also just 45 minutes from Fort William, often known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, due to the huge range of outdoor activities on offer there and its proximity to Ben Nevis.

There really is something for everyone, from cosy days spent in the cottage, to time on the beach, picnics and barbecues, coastal walks and kayaking.

Join a local Wild Swimming adventure, go kayaking, climbing or horse-riding.

Look out for oyster-catchers, sea eagles circling off the point, the proud heron standing on the old dock.

Enjoy the wildflowers throughout the year: snowdrops in winter, bluebells and daffodils in spring, rhodedendron, foxgloves, wild orchids, thrift, wild blueberries and purple heather in summer, and blackberries and chanterelle mushrooms in autumn.

Explore the rock pools and coastal caves, clamber along the craggy cliffs, go crabbing off the dock in Port Appin and watch the boats come and go from the Pierhouse.

Take the ferry over to Lismore, hire bikes and enjoy the 9-mile one-track road along the island, rarely meeting a car as you do. Stop at the café half-way for a warming lunch or a piece of cake.

Go further afield and walk through majestic Glencoe, pick up an ice cream at Highland Fold at Barcaldine, collect some Oysters for dinner on the road to Oban, or head up to Fort William to enjoy the outward bound offerings in the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”.


Yes! We’re dog friendly. Just let us know when you book as there is an additional cleaning charge.

The Pierhouse – an award-winning seafood restaurant just 5 minutes from your accommodation in Port Appin

The Kitchen at the Airds Hotel – a bistro-style offering just 200 yards from your door

The Old Inn – a cosy local pub just 3.5 miles away, open weekdays between 4pm & 10pm. Steak and chips and local ales.

Lismore Cafe – if you’re spending the day on the nearby isle of Lismore, head here for lunch or a cup of tea and cake.

Castle Stalker Cafe – coffee, cakes, sandwiches and salads. Walk there in 40 minutes, or a 10 minute drive.

The Deck Restaurant at the Isle of Eriska Hotel – fine dining just across the water from us (or 25 mins if you drive round).

General Groceries

The Port Appin co-op is excellent and carries most essentials and a lovely variety of local produce.

Tesco and Morrisons both deliver. We suggest you book a delivery slot far in advance as they both get very booked up.

The closest large supermarkets are Tesco in Oban (30 min drive) and Morrisons or Marks & Spencer in Fort William (45 min drive). There is a medium sized Co-Op in Ballachulish (30 min drive).

Fresh Seafood

Ryan, a local fisherman, brings his van to Port Appin on Tuesdays at 10am. He will park outside the shop and sells a variety of fresh local fish and seafood, including dressed crabs, sea bass, sea bream, monkfish and fish cakes. He usually stays for about 20 minutes.

Iain Stewart delivers pre-ordered seafood on Fridays to the pier at Port Appin. If you email or call him earlier in the week ( 07932328519) he’ll be able to let you know what he has and you can place your order. He usually has everything you can think of: cod, salmon, sea bass, mackerel, lobster, langoustines, mussels, scallops, oysters…

Oysters. 20 minutes down the road at Barcaldine, Judith sometimes fills the ice box by her gate with Oysters. Collect as many as you’d like and leave cash in the honesty box. Check her facebook page to see when they’re available.


The Heritage Bakehouse delivers to the area on Wednesdays. You need to order ahead of time.


The closest butcher is in Oban (30 min drive). We like to order our meat from Macbeth’s.

There are endless options! From walks and picnics on the beach, kayaking and climbing, boat trips to local islands and cosy pub sessions. See here for lots more ideas.

Yes of course. We have dry, secure storage for them. We can let you know where to safely lock them up when you arrive.

By the way, we’re only 3 miles from The Caledonia Way!

We’re a 30 minute drive from Oban, 30 minutes from Glencoe and 45 minutes from Fort William.

Yes no problem. We’ll just ask you to let us know how many KW you draw, and we will charge you the day rate for that amount.


Just had a very enjoyable stay, great accommodation in a very lovely setting. Found everything just as described and spotlessly clean and tidy. Would definitely stay again.

Jonathan, UK

We loved our four nights at the Coachman’s Bothy. It was a perfect base to explore the Argyll/Bute region. The setting is gorgeous and there were lovely walks in the area. The property was very well equipped – probably one of the best equipped kitchens I’ve ever seen and perfect for cooking dinners at home (after long days hiking and exploring). I’d highly recommend this place for anyone exploring the region.

Kathy, Virginia

We absolutely loved our time at the Coachman’s Bothy and extended our stay as we did not want to leave! The Bothy itself was bright, very spacious and beautifully, thoughtfully furnished, not forgetting the super comfy beds. It felt like a home from home. The location is spectacularly beautiful and we happily spent days exploring the beach and magical coastline literally on our doorstep. Seals, an otter, a golden eagle and a myriad of other wildlife were spotted during our delightful walks.
Although feeling secluded and extremely private, within 5-10 mins walk there is a well stocked local shop and a couple of decent restaurants. Already planning our return to this truly magical place!

Craigan, Perth

I had a beautiful stay at Coachman’s Bothy together with my family. The location was superb and scenery was amazing, with an outdoor area and within walking distance to the beach. It was calm, with a super nice atmosphere. The host was very friendly, kind and proactive, supporting us with a cot and high chair for my niece as well as useful information about the area. The place was well decorated; the kitchen had everything we needed, the bathroom was clean and the beds were also very comfy. Lots of parking space and walking distance to the local shop. Great location to be with short driving distance to many interesting places. I would definitely recommend to others, and I would be very happy to come back to Port Appin and stay again.

Amalie, Norway

What a place! Gorgeous surroundings, really peaceful environment and no light pollution (for a city dweller like me, this was almost eerie). Accommodation was exactly as described, crisp bed linen and electric blankets which were most appreciated!

Lydia, UK

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