The Water Mill B&B


Glendaruel, Argyll & Bute, PA22 3AB

    3 individual bedrooms ● B&B Basis ● Optional evening meal ● Dog Welcome ● Any day arrival ● Tasteful conversion in deepest Glendaruel ● Garden location - peaceful and relaxing


    5 bedroom B&B in rural Glendaruel ● Dog Welcome

    Welcome to the Water Mill B&B

    "The Watermill, built in 1905 to service the grain on what was the Glendaruel Estate, has been tastefully converted over the years, but always with a view to retaining its character. 

    They offer quality 4 stars graded B&B rooms in the turret, as well as The Saw Mill and The Joiner's Shop which can be booked on a B&B basis or Self Catering. Each room is different as you would expect in such an unusual building. The property sits within a beautiful secluded garden and woodland, complete with the original mill pond and streams that generated the power to service the mill. 

    The Water Mill is in the idyllic setting of Glendaruel in the heart of the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll. If you are walking the Cowal Way Path then you will be passing our door. We welcome many walkers throughout the year, but we also cater to guests looking for a truly relaxing place to base themselves while they explore our beautiful part of Argyll. 

    The Water Mill is an oasis on a quiet single-track road in West Glendaruel.  

    The public areas

    • A spacious and comfortable lounge with a wood burning fire and TV
    • Adjacent dining room for dinner in the evening
    • Breakfast is served overlooking the garden where you can enjoy watching the red squirrels and bird life
    • Guests are welcome to wander round the extensive grounds and enjoy the gardens

    The bedroom rooms

    • Janet Crawford - Upstairs in the turret. Double with en-suite shower. No TV
    • Sarah Kirkpatrick Room - Upstairs in the turret. Double with a sofa bed. Bathroom with a free standing slipper bath and shower attachment, bidet and separate toilet. No TV
    • The Joiners Ship - Ground floor. Twin beds with open door access to its own lounge with TV. Shower room.
    • The Saw Mill - Own entrance and parking. Two twin bedrooms. Lounge with a pot bellied wood burning fire and TV. Shower room. Patio area with BBQ and garden views.

    How to find us

    • Included with your confirmation is a map with easy to follow dircetions that will bring you right to our door


    • Single travellers welcome
    • Full Scottish breakfast overlooking the gardens
    • Optional dinner £20. Great value, delicious home cooking
    • For walkers and cyclists: Drying area for boots & clothes
    • Pet welcome
    • No smoking 


    • Because of the original thick walls and unusual layout of The Water Mill the complimentary Wi-Fi is only available in the lounge and dining area

    Accommodation Option

    Other information

    • 10% non-refundable card payment to confirm
    • Remainder to be paid on departure – sorry, no cards accepted
    • Arrive in the afternoon or evening
    • Depart by 11am please
    • Open all year 

    The Cowal Way - Baggage Service

    • A partial route baggage service for walkers staying at The Water Mill covering the Tighnabruaich and Strachur sections


    Pubs & Restaurants 

    • 10 miles (20 minutes) to The Colintraive Hotel which is a pub and restaurant - dogs welcome. Overlooking the Kyles of Bute
    • 10 miles (35 minutes) over the hill to The Osyter Catcher Restaurant at Otter Ferry on the shores of Loch Fyne
    • 14 miles (30 minutes) to The Creggans Inn in Strachur. Choice of dining rooms. Views over Loch Fyne
    • 15 miles (45 minutes) to Portavadie Marina. Choice of restaurants in a contemoprary building by Loch Fyne
    • There are a number of coffee & tea shops around Cowal


    • 10 miles (20 minutes) to a newsagent and grocery shop in Colintraive - only open until 1pm
    • 11 miles (30 minutes) to a Spar in the coastal town of Tighnabruaich - open 7 days
    • 14 miles (30 minutes) to the post office and mini market in Strachur
    • 20 miles (45 minites) to Morrisons or a Co-Op supermarket in Dunoon
    • Petrol - there is no garage in the village. Nearest petrol stations are: Strachur and Tighnabruaich

    General Info

    • Mobile phone reception - no signal available at the Water Mill. Vodafone have a signal 50m away
    • The ferry to the Isle of Bute 10 miles - 20 min
    • Glasgow Airport 45 miles - 1 hr 45 min via the Gourock to Hunters Quay Ferry
    • Glasgow Airport 70 miles - 1 hr 50 min via Loch Lomond and Strachur - No ferry
    • Inveraray 33 miles - 1 hr
    • Tarbet, Loch Lomond 35 miles - 1 hr 

    Ferry and travel information

    An easy and fun way to arrive is via the frequent 20 minute Western Ferries trip from Gourock to Hunters Quay. Just turn up, no need to book. You can buy your ticket on board, but there is a real saving to be made if you stop before getting to the ferry at a newsagents on Shore Street called Pauls Food and Wine. From Hunters Quay it is a 40 minute scenic drive (16 miles) to Glendaruel. Alternatively it is a scenic drive following the shores of Loch Lomond and over the Rest-and-be-Thankful viewpoint to arrive via the north of Cowal.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Breakfast Available
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement Contact in advance if you wish a meal on the first night. Happy to do so but we need notice.
    • Lunch Available We can arrange a packed lunch which is handy if you are walking the Cowal Way.
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Internet Access
    • No Smoking Permitted

    Payment Methods

    • Cash


    • Towels Provided


    • Mountains area
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location


    • Bike Storage Available
    • Cycle Locker
    • Private Car Space

    Road Directions


    Finding The Water Mill:

    Coming from Strachur, take the A886 to Colintraive Bute for approx 10 miles and watch out for the Glendaruel Caravan Park Sign. Approx 2 miles further on, turn right at the Brown Kilmodan Stones Sign and at the bottom of the hill, take the first Right, over the bridge approx 1½ miles along a single track road - the Watermill will be on your left.

    If you have sat-nav, it will take you Right at the sign for Home Farm Cottages, this is a single track road which you will drive for approx 4 miles (part of the Cowal Way Walk) – the Watermill will be on your right.

    Coming from Bute carry on the A886 till you come to the Clachan of Glendaruel, also Historic Scotland Sign & Kilmodan Stones, turn left here onto single track road where in 200 metres you will pass the old Glendaruel Hotel on your left, take the second left, over the bridge and drive for 1½ miles along this single track road (part of the Cowal Way Walk) – you will come to the Watermill on your left.

    Public Transport Directions

    You can walk in and out if you are doing the Cowal Way long distance path, otherwise, a car is essential to make the most out of your stay.

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