Sithean is a stunning house on a working hill farm.
Sithean, (pronounced shian), means ‘fairy knoll’ in Gaelic and is built in an elevated position overlooking Glen Lonan. The house commands spectacular views of Loch Etive and the ‘Shepherds of Glencoe’ to the North, Ben Cruachan to the East, and the sun sets over the distant hills of Morvern.
The house is beautifully designed and is full of surprises like the sauna which accesses into the birch woodlands. It sleeps eight and our goal has been to make it as family-friendly, comfortable and unique as possible.
We have attained four stars with VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme, and have achieved the Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Internal and external photographs of Sithean can be found here.
Sithean is secluded and peaceful, yet is only 2 miles away from Taynuilt, a lovely well-serviced village on the shores of Loch Etive. The West Coast town of Oban, known as ‘the Gateway to the Isles’, is eight miles away; from there you can take a ferry to many of the inner and outer Hebridean islands.
The location is ideal for walking and cycling for the whole family, and there is an amazing range of wildlife; hen harriers breed in the rough grassland below the house, deer wander down off the heather hill and red squirrels and woodpeckers breed in the surrounding oak and birch woodlands.
Within walking distance is Angus’ Garden, one of the ‘Glorious Gardens of Argyll & Bute’, which is a beautiful ‘wild’ garden built around Loch Angus, and like the rest of this glen is a magical unspoilt place.
Martin works full time on the farm. You will see him and his dogs out and about. He is tenant of the hill, which has been owned by his family for generations. Leonie is a writer (Marram, Sandstone Press 2017; Ten Minutes of Weather Away) and is currently doing a PhD using creative writing research methodologies to explore Scotland’s ‘deer question’. She is usually somewhere nearby, or with the horses, or Ben the Border Collie. Martin and Leonie have three grown children.