Auchinellan is situated in a tranquil rural area approximately half a mile to the south of the village of Ford in the Argyll and Bute region of the West Coast of Scotland. Ford is a small village at the southern …
Auchinellan is situated in a tranquil rural area approximately half a mile to the south of the village of Ford in the Argyll and Bute region of the West Coast of Scotland. Ford is a small village at the southern end of Loch Awe and the village originated as a stopping point on the drove route to Inveraray.
The West Coast of Scotland enjoys a mild climate and is home to many native and exotic species of plants. The surrounding area offers many opportunities for a wide range of outdoor leisure pursuits including walking, pony trekking, shooting and fishing as well as sailing. The area is also well known for its wildlife and, at the head of Loch Awe is An Lodan Bay, a great spot for a pike fishing or watching wildlife. Nearby Knapdale Forest in the heart of Argyll has been home to the Knapdale
Beavers since 2009. In November 2016 the Scottish Government formally allowed them to remain at Knapdale. This is the first time in UK history that a mammal has been formally re-introduced.
Auchinellan is well placed for access to local amenities. Lochgilphead is only 12 miles distant in a sheltered glen at the head of Loch Gilp, an arm of Loch Fyne. The town is a thriving coastal town offering a good range of shops and professional services. Kilmory Castle houses many of the local offices for Argyll and Bute Council; in addition there is primary and secondary schooling, and a modern Medical Centre. The neighbouring village of Ardrishaig is renowned for sailing and water sports. The Crinan Canal provides a link from the Firth of Clyde to Crinan and from there to the Sound of Jura and out to the Western Isles. The Kintyre Peninsula is situated to the south and is a quiet and secret corner of Scotland, boasting some of the country’s most spectacular scenery with its hidden bays and long sandy beaches. There are also excellent golf courses in the area.
The town of Oban is 30 miles to the north and the largest port in the west of Scotland and the main ferry terminus for the Hebrides. Ferries from Oban serve Mull and many of the inner Hebridean islands as well as Barra, South Uist and the Outer Hebrides. Oban (meaning ‘little bay’ in Gaelic) is known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ and boasts a wide variety of shops, sporting and transport facilities.
Restaurants, cafés and bars abound, many hosting live bands and ceilidhs and, for the energetic, swimming and other sports can be enjoyed at the Atlantis Leisure Centre.
The City of Glasgow is 100 miles distant and can be accessed by road via the A83. The surrounding area is well catered for by established agricultural and forestry contractors; there are Agricultural Marts in
Oban and Dalmally which offer excellent outlets for livestock reared on the Estate.
Auchinellan is a delightful residential and agricultural Estate, situated in a private and elevated position overlooking Loch Ederline. The estate is reached by a private road which leads from the B840 public
road to the south from the village of Ford through the Estate grounds to Auchinellan house.
Auchinellan house is situated to the east of the estate and is full of charm and character, with many original features having been retained such as the extensive library of a previous owner, the late
Mr J M B Wright. There are two further dwellings which are also used for holiday lets, a modern bungalow and a traditional steading, which has the potential for conversion to further ancillary accommodation subject to obtaining the necessary building and planning consents. There is a further cottage situated in a secluded position benefitting
from its own separate access from the village of Ford which lies to the north east of the Estate. All the houses have a south facing aspect. The surrounding hill ground extends to approximately 306.96 Ha (758.50 Acres) in total and provides an excellent mix of in-bye pasture adjacent to the residential dwellings, and hill grazing ground which
presents an impressive backdrop to the property.
Auchinellan Estate has been owned by the same family since the property was acquired by Mr J M B Wright in 1934. Mr Wright lived at Auchinellan until his death in 1973 when the Estate was bequeathed
to his distant cousin who was only 4 years old at the time. The Estate was run by Trustees until the owner’s mother took over the running of the Estate in 1993. Under her care the holiday letting business has been developed and, following the tenant farmer retiring, considerable improvements have been made to the farming enterprise on the Estate.
In 1955 Mr Wright commissioned the construction of a beautiful little oratory a short distance from the Main House. Carmichael’s of Lochgilphead were responsible for this traditional style building; it was
carefully constructed to show future generations that Mid-twentieth century craftsmen could produce something which is perfect in its workmanship. With lancet windows and a specially commissioned ‘dove’ window above the beautiful stone altar, the chapel boasts a magnificent barrel vaulted internal roof construction under a pitched slate roof. This is a special feature of the estate.