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Far and away the most popular pastime whilst staying at Shenavallie is total relaxation. The tranquility of the house makes it the perfect getaway from the stresses of everyday life. Of course this is not to say there is nothing else to do around here!!

The farm

Shenavallie has some beautiful livestock and are members of the Highland Cattle Society. In our part of the world walking is not a chore but pure enjoyment. Take a short stroll up to our private beach with breathtaking views over the sea to the hills and islands beyond. Many of our Highland cattle can be found on the beach paddling in the sea. Wildlife is abundant with pheasants ,badgers, deer and birds.

The Islands

Oban has firmly established itself as the west coast of Scotland’s “Gateway to the Western Isles”. Mull & Iona are a mere 40 minute ferry ride from Oban and tours are readily available.

Closer to hand are the smaller Islands of Kerrera and Lismore. Kerrera is accessible by ferry from Oban and the crossing takes minutes. A beautiful little island with scenic walks and views of Oban that not many see. Lismore is a long and relatively flat island making it an ideal cycle ride. The ferry for Lismore leaves from Port Appin, less than half an hour’s drive from Shenavallie. More information on the ferry times of Caledonian MacBrayne is available on their web page.

Another way to see the islands, and explore the local area is on board one of Coastal Connections 11 metre cabined RIBs. Try their ‘wildlife and castles’ 2 hour trip form Oban or a day trip to Tobermory, giving you time to explore this picturesque village


Join the seafari with Seafari Adventures (Oban). We specialise in offering a unique combination of high adventure and pure exhilaration
with the thrill of close encounters with Scotland’s magnificent sealife and scenery.



The west coast of Scotland enjoys a mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, and it is this mildness that enables such stunning gardens to develop here. There are a range to visit in the area, from the National Trust for Scotland’s Crarae and Arduaine gardens, to the smaller An Cala on the Isle of Seil, Ardchattan Priory gardens on the shores of Loch Etive, and the woodland gardens of Angus’s Garden.

Historic Sites

Argyll has been inhabited for thousands of years, and traces are still very evident. Kilmartin Glen, south of Oban has a wide range of rock carvings, burial cairns and stone circles to explore, as well as Carnasserie Castle. There are also Duart Castle on Mull, Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban, Inveraray Castle and the nearby Jail, and many other sites of interest in the area.


Whatever your pace, there is walking to suit you here with way-marked forestry trails just up the road at Sutherland’s Grove, many shore, woodland and moorland walks and of course the more demanding Munroes. Just make sure you are well equipped and always have your camera to hand to capture the spectacular views.


The area is well known for its excellent sea kayaking, and there are you can hire kayaks in Oban. If you want to get closer to the local wildlife and learn some more skills then try one of our local kayak guides.


The West Coast of Scotland has become a mecca for diving enthusiasts from all over the UK. The clear waters of the gulf stream ensure that the area is diveable all year round. With an abundance of wrecks and knowledgeable charter boat skippers and dive centres to choose from, all divers, from novice to experienced, will find some of the most breathtaking underwater experiences in the UK. Puffin Dive centre can help you make the most of the clear waters with their range of dives.


Less than an hour’s scenic drive from Shenavallie is the majestic Ben Nevis. Towering over the town of Fort William, the Nevis Range boasts some of the best skiing that Scotland has to offer. Slightly closer to hand are the slopes of the historic Glen Coe.


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