Thistle House Guest House


Thistle House, St Catherines, Cairndow, Argyll, PA25 8AZ

    A romantic victorian country house sitting in an elevated position overlooking Loch Fyne towards Inveraray

    Your hosts Alistair and Jenifer extend a warm welcome to their magnificent country house built in Victorian style and situated in its own 2 acres of pretty informal wooded gardens, overlooking Loch Fyne to Inveraray and its famous castle. The guesthouse has been providing quality accommodation for over 30 years with many of its guests returning year after year. We strive to exceed our guest’s expectations by being simply "A nice place to stay"

    Our well appointed elegant bedrooms are all individually designed with the comfort of the guests being of the utmost importance. The beds are dressed with crisp white Egyptian cotton bed linen and the en suite facilities are complimented with luxury white towels and Scottish toiletries. Each room features freeview, HD LCD TV's, DVD/CD players, hairdryer, hospitality tray and complimentary WiFi.

    There is a choice of 4 poster, King, Family, Double and Twin bedrooms. All rooms have a panoramic view of Loch Fyne or the tranquillity of the woodland garden. The impressive lounge is always a talking point amongst the guests and is indeed the perfect place for meeting and chatting to other guests or if you prefer you can curl up in the large comfy sofas with a good book in front of the log fire and enjoy the views across the Loch. There is a huge array of books and maps on the local area and a laptop provided to do some research and planning of the next day’s routes. The dining room also benefits from views across Loch Fyne.

    Our gardens have some special visitors which can be seen from both the public rooms and bedrooms. Look out for our red squirrels and roe deer in the garden, and at the front of the house seals, porpoises and sea otters have been spotted. There is a large array of woodland and sea birds to watch and identify.

    The natural peace and tranquillity makes Thistle House perfectly located for relaxing after a long day exploring the Cowal Peninsula, Inveraray, Ardkinglas, Benmore Botanical Gardens which are all on the doorstep, and a little further afield there is Crinan Canal, Oban, Mull and the Islands, Tarbert, Glen Coe, Fort William and the Loch Lomond National Park with its lavish land offering a range of leisure opportunities, such as scenic drives, local crafts, rambling, sailing, fishing, hill walking, boat trips, historical sites, pony trekking and of course Scotland's most famous sport of golf.

    There is ample car parking in the grounds of the house and lockable storage for bicycles etc. We have drying facilities for walkers and cyclists.

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open New Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Double Ensuite Room
    £85.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Double Ensuite Room single occupancy
    £60.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Superior Double Room Ensuite
    £95.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Superior Double Room Ensuite single occupancy
    £70.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Twin/Family Room Ensuite
    £85.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Family Room for 4 (2 adults + 2 children only)
    £140.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Twin/Family Room Ensuite triple occupancy
    £115.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)

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


    • Breakfast Available
    • Bring Your Own Bottle We are not licensed to sell alcohol but comfortable with you bringing your own bottle
    • Gluten Free By prior arrangement
    • Lunch Available Packed lunch available on request
    • Organic Food
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegan Meals Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Fax/Email Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area
    • Porterage


    • Coastal Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Mountains area
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People


    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Linen Provided
    • Log Fire
    • Lounge
    • Open Hearth Fire
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Shower
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Toilets
    • Towels Provided
    • WC EnSuite
    • Wash Hand Basin

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Radio
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV In Room
    • TV Lounge
    • Television
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Bike Storage Available
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Cycle Locker
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking

    Road Directions

    From Glasgow take the A82 alongside Loch Lomond to Tarbet then follow the A83 signposted to Campbelton for 15 miles. Turn left on to the A815 signposted to Dunoon and follow this road for 6 miles until you reach the small village of St Catherines. Please note as the GPS covers the whole village and we are located at the South end approximately half a mile from  the GPS reference... go past the old jetty and we are on the left hand side with a large sign.

    If you are coming from the North take either the A82 or A85 to Crianlarich then take the A82 to Tarbet, the A83 then turn off onto the A815 to St Catherine's.
    Coming from Oban follow the signs to Inveraray, turn left at Inveraray round the top of the loch and join the A815 to St Catherine's.



    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Dunoon TIC take the A815 through Strachur (18 miles) until you reach St Catherines (4 miles) we are on the right hand side ¼ mile past the 40mph road sign.
    From Inveraray TIC take the A83 north for 12 miles then take A815 to St Catherines. Thistle House is on the left ¼ mile past the old jetty.

    Getting there by railway:- From Glasgow Central to Gourock then by ferry to Dunoon then local bus from ferry terminal .The bus leaves the terminal at 08.50 , 12.20 and 17.50 Mon to Sat. Thistle House is on the right hand side just after entering St Catherine's. The approximate journey time is 40 mins

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The two nearest airports are:
    Glasgow International Airport (50 miles)
    Glasgow Prestwick Airport (80 miles)
    Car hire from any location
    Car hire from Glasgow Prestwick

    Getting there by ferry:- Take the car ferry across the Clyde from Gourock to Dunoon ( or the Western ferry from McInroy's point to Hunter Quay ) and then follow the A815 to St Catherines.

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift
      • from the entrance to reception
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the lounge

    Building Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 2


    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • with steps and no ramp
    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath with shower

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment
    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room
    • Restaurant / breakfast / dining room provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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