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How lucky we were to find this adorable cottage on the internet.  We have had a smashing weekend under these huge Scottish skies.  Absorbing these incredible views and chuckling at the “yahooing” of the eiders off the pier!
It has been tricky to know whether to go out exploring as relax in this beautiful spot, but thankfully we have enjoyed a bit of both.  We had a magical forest walk at Glenbranter where we didn’t see another soul and yesterday for a birthday celebration we lunched at the fabulous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.  The lobster was to die for and the mussels that we brought home and cooked for supper were also exceptional.

Ms L, Andover  Oct 2006


Where to start?  We arrived late on a Saturday evening to find The Ticket Office welcomingly illuminating the darkness.  With the view from the house of the pier and the surrounding area hidden until the following morning.  We had a grand tour of the property and were left to settle in.  The next morning revealed an unforgettable sunrise. – the first of 7 and the start of a perfect week of breathtaking views, delicious tea breaks and new roads to me (the drive to Otter Ferry and through Hell’s Glen being particularly memorable).
Local artists are well supported with both the Gallimaufry Gallery over the road and the Juno Gallery in Dunoon showcasing their work.  Lorenzo’s good for fish and chips (Sat night).
We had lovely days at Benmore Botanical Gardens and driving around the Isle of Bute, and although we didn’t see Sammy the Seal at the pier, we did see a mum seal and her cub on the shore by Towards Lighthouse.  A wonderful week – thank you.  I hope we will be back.

Ms R, Huntingdon Nov 2006


Arrived at the cottage around lunchtime today and we were overwhelmed by its spectacular setting and how cosy The Ticket Office was so welcoming!
We were given some information regarding the walks in the area by a lovely lady called Morag in the essentials shop.  We spent a full day walking around Puck’s Glen (the waterfalls were spectacular).  The Botanical Gardens at Benmore and the big tree walk were also fantastic.  We spotted a few red squirrels (one of which posed for us on the side at a tree) and lots of birds feeding on the autumn berries.  We sampled the delicious food from the Loch Fyne Seafood Shop including mussels, salmon, haggis and crab which we brought back to the cottage to cook.  We also sampled our very first oyster in the restaurant there! (delicious)  The drive to Inveraray was great and whilst there we sampled some of the whisky at the Loch Fyne Whisky Shop (and bought a bottle of the Loch Fyne Liqueur back for our night cap!! 
On Wednesday we drove through Glencoe to Fort William passing through Luss and Loch Lomond.  We recommend a visit to Luss but prefer the tranquillity of Loch Long, Loch Eck and Loch Fyne.
We visited Quadmania and had a brilliant time on the quad bikes.  We laughed until we cried.  What great fun and the views from the top of the trek are breathtaking.
Today is Thursday and we have not yet seen the seal, otter or porpoises (sadly and despite vigilant watching) but the sound of the eider ducks was soothing as they congregated around the end of the pier.
Nigel was thrilled to see the submarines (that comes from being a James Bond fanatic!! ) as they were escorted up the Loch.
Went for a walk around Glenbranter and stopped for lunch at the Creggans Inn in Strachur (delicious Cullen skink).
Even though it has rained every day and snowed today we have explored lots of places and enjoyed some fantastic walks.
We definitely plan to come back and will recommend a stay at The Ticket Office to our friends for a friendly comfortable, relaxing stay.
Mr Mac, Bolton  Nov 2006
Happy New Year Blairmore!!
Excellent wee place, beautiful setting.  The weather has been interesting, the stay memorable looking forward to calling at the pier with the Waverley during 2007.
Brilliant way to bring in the New Year.  Despite the weather we still managed to pop  a champagne cork on the pier at the Bells.  Beautiful accommodation.  Had a great time.
Amazing views and so peaceful.  A real tonic.
A delightful new year, hope to visit again.

Mr S, Greenock  January 2007


What a coincidence.  Also our last little break before our twin baby girls enter the world and turn our lives upside down!  With only 6 more weeks to go until their arrival you’ve provided us with the most beautiful surroundings for some much needed r and r.  Thank you.
The cottage is all anyone could ask for or dream of and we’ll be sure to recommend to all our friends and family – congratulations on such a wonderful achievement.

Mr W, Darlington  January 2007


Words cannot describe this beautiful, tranquil haven, you have built with your vision.  It is amazing.
Whilst here we have walked around Puck’s Glen which is so beautiful and well worth a visit with its waterfalls and peaceful walks.  Hardly anybody was seen whilst there.
Ben Nevis/Fort William.  This was a long drive about 2 hours in total but the drive is as much part of the day experience, due to the scenery you pass on route.  Fabulous!  Ben Nevis was caked in snow an experience not to miss!  Fun was had by all with the walks and the snowball fights.
We also visited Glencoe on the way back but it was just closing at 4pm which cut short our visit at the Visitor Centre, so we had a beautiful, peaceful walk into the village through the woods.  On the way back we stopped off at Inveraray and ate at the George Hotel recommended to us by Morag’s husband.  This food was amazing!  It melted in your mouth, well worth a visit.  The George Hotel also has stunning interior if you like olde worlde, log fires.

Mr O, Lincoln  March 2007


As we are sat writing this on the grassed area at 8am the sun is so bright and warm.  We’ve been incredibly lucky the whole week to have had such fantastic weather and such a super cottage it enjoy it from.
The Ticket Office exceeds expectations in all areas.  What  a great refurb with everything you need.  It is the setting that never seems to cease having us in awe.  The sun is currently sparkling across the Loch from a clear blue sky and many birds singing, much to the amusement of our dog Barney who has love sitting in the garden or at the window listening and watching.
We wanted a “do as little or as much” holiday as we’re expecting the birth of our first  baby in May and this provided the perfect location to stay close or go to the sights further a field.  On this point we must say that we have been more enthralled with the local scenery often more than those further a field.  On this point whilst Bute would seem nice the scenery and beaches only equal those you can find at Ardentinny just 10 mins along the coast from here.  There you can find a lovely beach and picnic areas (turn right after the Caravan Park and follow to bottom)  Also, if you are going north go out via Ardentinny and along the single track.  Well worth the view.
We didn’t see Sammy the seal at the Ticket Office but pretty sure I saw a seal off the shore at Ardentinny.  The trident sub and a number of cruisers have regularly passed by.
The distillery at Oban is the closest and well worth a visit but allow 2 hours travelling each way.

Mr I, Nottingham  March 2007


The cottage is wonderful and well laid out.  What more can you have with fishing on the doorstep.  Jon caught 2 mackerel on the Sunday morning so fish for lunch.
Benmore Gardens are a must see and give a good 4 hours plus for all the walkways.  The forest trails are great if you like hiking or walking.  All the locals are so friendly and helpful, and you can bump into them on the remotest of forest trials as we did.
The Coylet Inn on Loch Eck is great for lunch time drinks and the venison burger bar meal from 6pm onwards is worth a try.
The scenery is spectacular wherever you go and so peaceful.
Will certainly have to return as one week is not enough time to see all the sights.

Mr G, Shrewsbury  April 2007


This is our first visit to this area, and we were truly delighted with the cottage and this stunning part of the Scotland.  Our usual trips are into the Highlands but this is certainly an area we will be back to, probably later this year.
We have seen the dolphins and seals close up as we brought our kayaks and have been out on the loch several times.  The loch was like a millpond which is amazing when you consider the size of it.  We parked at Ardentinny and kayaked up towards Loch Goil and found an area to stop at which was so tranquil only the birds for company, the seals followed us and were very inquisitive for stayed their distance, got some great pictures.
We also climbed the Cobbler and unfortunately the top was in cloud, but this did not stop David from getting on the top (brave as there are sheer drops either side).  Two lads from Glasgow said “he is a braver man than them”.  I was glad when he safely returned and my stomach settled.  After descending about 150 feet to eat, the sky cleared (typical) and it was a grand sight indeed.  The rest of the week was great weather after that.
The cottage is, as everyone says absolutely lovely make you want to be a squatter!!!
Ok so we had good weather but even in the rain this place really is the nicest place we have every stayed, pity we would be here to see the Waverley next weekend.
Loch Eck is very scenic and cold.  Also kayaked on there which again from the middle got some really good pictures.  (Thank god for digital cameras) or we would have had so many rolls of film.

Ms L Swindon  June 2007


The Ticket Office is truly a little gem in the crown of Loch Long.  Your every need and requirement has been anticipated for a comfortable stay.

We have had a wonderful week, relaxing and visiting the lochs, and have never failed to be awed by our surroundings and the breathtaking scenery. 

We were disappointed, particularly our 12 year old son, not to see Sammy at the pier.  However, we did see a seal basking in the sunshine just off the shore of West Bay Esplanade at Dunoon.

We have photographed a red squirrel at the Botanic Gardens and watched a deer casually cross the road in Dunoon while filling up with petrol.

We have fished off the pier and caught and cooked the mackerel.

We have visited Inveraray, Luss on Loch Lomond, Dunoon and picnicked at Toward Point – but generally just relaxed “chilled out” and enjoyed the area and it’s very friendly people.

Our son James has enjoyed simply beachcombing below the cottage and was thrilled to find, crobi fish, eels, star fish, hermit crabs and much more.

It is our last day today but we plan to stop off at Puck’s Glen on the way.

Well, as they say “all good things must come to an end” for now anyway.

We would certainly recommend a stay here at The Old Ticket Office!

Mr Mc, Sheerness  July 2007


I booked this holiday 12 months ago as a surprise for my husband’s 30th birthday.  I can truly say that I could not have picked a better place.  This place has cut done any expectations that I had.  So much so that I will be putting a deposit down for a return visit next year!

For those who like adventures and challenges we thoroughly recommend Quadmania.  We enjoyed the quads so much that we went back a second time for an exclusive trek.  The views are out of this world and well worth the money.

My husband seem to have found a new passion in his life after trying the shooting at Quadmania for the first time.

Another challenge well worth trying is the Go Ape Hire Wire challenge through in Aberfoyle.  They have the longest zip wire in Britain measuring 460 metres long and at least 100ft high!  Very exciting and the views are amazing.

It was physically challenging but definitely addictive.  We are going to attempt 2 more courses near to where we live.

Benmore Gardens are also worth a visit.  We have taken some lovely pictures there and hope to have a couple made into canvasses to put up in the family home.

The Porsche that my husband’s parents hired for him for the weekend was definitely a bonus!  There are so many gorgeous drives around the lochs and with the roof down and the sub shining we can truly say that this has been our best holiday by far.

We hope to return next year either with a little of our own or at least a little bump.

Thank you for helping to make our holiday one to remember forever.

Ms M, Barnoldswick  Sept 2007


This little cottage has been the perfect place for us to spend our honeymoon, with great views and lovely walks.  Weather has been a little wet but we still had a great time.  Visited Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, well worth a visit, also the Old Jail at Inveraray and the whisky shop.  Had a lovely meal at The Pier hotel and some lovely walks at Pucks Glen.  Thanks so much for a wonderful stay.  We hope to come back next year for our 1st wedding anniversary.

Ms E, Penrith   February 2008


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