Originally Posted by Clamchowder
Happy New Year all!
The missus and I are thinking about trying to sort out a week/5days on the west coast of Scotland in May before the midges get going. We considered the couples retreat at Portavadie but all their accom seems to be booked solid from May onwards if their website is to be believed. Anyone got any experiences of boat friendly self catering accomodation around the firth of clyde or Oban-ish? I guess at a push we could camp but might still be a bit parky in May for a full week.
Is it just for two people?
If so, then the "Wee Barn" (google it) in Tayvallich would suit you very well. I've not stayed there (as we need more space - so have been next door, and various other places in the village) but I know people who have. Its not so far away that you couldn't tag on a night in a B&B or tent to include the ERR at the start / finish.
If the idea of staying at a proper marina was what appealed about Portavadie (its a good location but not much else there) then there are Cottages at Craobh Haven too. I crashed on JK's floor there one year, and it appeared to be a compact, clean and functional terraced house, which would serve you well if the primary focus was getting afloat. There were a whole collection of similar houses...
There should be plenty of accom on the West Coast and Clyde in May though as it is term time.