Ardmarnoch Estate is a delightful 700 acre estate on the East side of Loch Fyne, Scotlands’s largest sea loch. The Estate has nearly 3 miles of coastline with lovely views fom the cottages out across Loch Fyne. The main house on the Estate shown is Georgian. Ardmarnoch House was originally built by John McIver in 1824, who later absconded to Australia leaving behind a trail of debt. The house has recently been completely restored along with the rest of the estate properties and an ongoing restoration and sympathetic development of the estate continues slowly.
Ardmarnoch House has been described as the prettiest small Georgian House in Argyll, and Argyll is generally regarded as the prettiest county in Scotland. The Estate has a long history of occupation and contains an Iron Age fort and Neolithic chambered cairn (burial chamber) about 5000 years old.
Marnock was an Irish monk who landed here in the 7th Century to preach and convert. The last remains of his chapel were lost about 120 years ago.
The estate consists of the main house, steading cottages used for self-catering accommodation, a walled garden, arboretum, woodlands and countryside. Tracks within the estate lead to bays along the seashore, with the oak woods along the sea shore available to wander through accessing the hills that overlook the loch. If you are lucky you may see an otter here.
There are seal colonies on the small islands off shore from Barpuntaig. This is sign-posted but you will need to walk down to the shore, it is also not uncommon to see an otter, and occasionally dolphins in the loch.