Balquidder - Your Holiday Cottage in Argyll and Bute

Relax, Unwind & Drink in the Captivating Views of Gare Loch.
Walk the Stunning Countryside & Eat in Award Winning Restaurants

Built in 1850, Balquidder Holiday Cottage is a self catering holiday cottage near Helensburgh and Loch Lomond.  Sleeping up to 8 guests, Balquidder is perfect for relaxing in and curling up in front of the fire after a long day.

Play golf, walk in the beautiful countryside, explore the Lomond and Argyll National parks. Discover historic houses, wander through botanic gardens, visit Highland villages and eat wonderful food

With four double bedrooms sleeping eight adults, the property is spacious, filled with period features, warm and comfortable.



  • Sleeps 8,  in 4  Bedrooms – 2 zip and link kings, and 2 doubles
  • Well Equipped Kitchen with all mod cons
  • Open Fire
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Smart TV
  • Shower Room,  Bathroom with Luxurious, Enormous Bath
  • Dishwasher, Microwave, Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer.


  • Breathtaking Views across the Gare Loch
  • 1/2 Acre of Private Garden
  • Sheltered Courtyard
  • Direct Access to the hills behind
  • BBQ + Tools provided
  • Garden Benches
  • Plenty of Off Road Parking


Balquidder is just:

  • 18 mins drive from Luss Village, Loch Lomond
  • 40 mins drive from Glasgow Airport
  • Close to golf courses, great walking, historic houses and gardens, beautiful villages
  • Some of the best restaurants on the West Coast.

Self Catering Property highlights

4 bedrooms

8 Guests

Great location

Off road Parking

Dogs welcome

Free WiFI

"Great attention to detail"

The sitting room is spacious and the views from the windows are breathtaking, as are the birds at low tide, so there’s a window seat and binoculars. 

For rainy days, the Smart TV comes into its own or you can play board games, read books or battle each other on the Wii.



"Best equipped kitchen"

Well equipped, the kitchen has everything you need for your self catering stay.

We also provide some “essentials” including capsules for the Nespresso coffee machine, ground coffee for the cafetiere, tea bags, dish-washing tablets washing powder and rubbish bags.


"Loved rolling down the slope"

We are perfect for families with a highchair, baby gates, baby bath, a travel cot, a z bed for under 12’s and children’s cutlery and plates.

The front garden is flat and suitable for little ones to play, whilst being supervised, and the rear garden is ripe for exploring with older children with steep banks, a stream and direct access onto the hills behind.

The Gare Loch is just over the road in front and offers hours of fun at low tide. Loch Long is the best spot to go shrimping and it’s only  a beautiful 15 minutes drive away round the bottom of the Rosneath Peninsula

Cancellation protection is included in the price of your accommodation!

Master Cancel

As of August 1st 2020, we are partnered with MasterCancel.

Guests can cancel for any reason, between 60 and 2 days before arrival, and receive a full refund of accommodation costs.

For more information on our cancellation terms, see our frequently asked questions and our terms and conditions.


Perfectly Located Holiday Cottage near Helensburgh Scotland

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Flexible Cancellation Policy – 100% refund if cancelled 2 – 60 days or more before the check in date.

25% of booking fee is required within 7 days to secure the dates

The balance is due 60 days before the check in date or payment in full if check in date is within 60 days.

We accept payment through Sage Pay for your security.

Master Cancel Terms and Conditions

  • Guests may cancel their reservation by notifying the property owner in writing that they wish to cancel.
  • Refund Payments for cancelled bookings 61 days or more before check in date will be released to the cancelling guest within 5 days of when the cancellation is made.
  • Refund Payments for cancelled bookings from 60 days up to and including 2 days before check in date will be released back to the cancelling guest on the scheduled date of check-out of the original booking. 
  • Cancellations made 1 day prior to or the day of check-in will not be eligible for a refund. Example: For a check in on Saturday, Guests could cancel the prior Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but not Friday (1 day prior) or Saturday (day of check in). 
  • For the avoidance of doubt – cancellations made less than 2 days before the check in date will not be refunded unless you are unable to reach the property due to a national or local Government mandate eg restrictions preventing you from travel.  We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover for all other eventualities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We are members of the ASSC and will be following their Government endorsed cleaning protocols  Balquidder has always been deep cleaned between each guest as standard.  Our housekeeping team will now clean then sanitise in full PPE paying extra attention to  high “touch” areas like door handles, light switches and the banisters and we will ask guests to help us protect staff with the bagging of linen at the end of their stay.

If you or a member of your party develops symptoms of Covid-19 during your stay (a continuous cough, high temperature, or loss or change in taste and smell), it is important that you let us know as soon as possible. There is a different set of procedures that applies in the event of suspected actual case of the virus at a site that we would need to follow. Government advice if you suspect you have developed the symptoms of Covid-19 is for you and your party to go home and self-isolate there:
“If a guest presents themselves with symptoms or Covid-19 or is asymptomatic but declares the need to self-isolate, they should be advised to check out and return home to self-isolate according to current government guidance. If the guest has acute symptoms, has breathing difficulties, or their life is at potential risk, seek medical help immediately.”
If you cannot return home for any reason, their circumstances should be discussed with a health care professional and, if necessary, the local authority. Guests cannot isolate at the property.
It is important to get a test as soon as possible. Visit or call 0800 028 2816.
If you need essential help, call the National Assistance Helpline: 0800 111 400 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Click on any book now button and you will be taken to the availability calendar and rates page.  We accept payment via Sage Pay or bank transfer only.

We are protected by Master Cancel which removes the stress and worry from booking your next holiday. You can cancel up to and including 2 days before the check in date. Master Cancel’s flexible terms & conditions allow you to book with confidence, knowing that if you cancel for unforeseen circumstances, we will refund you in full.

100% refund if cancelled 2 – 60 days or more before the check in date for any reason.

Non refundable if cancelled less than 2 days before the check in date – unless there are Government directed restrictions for non essential travel meaning we are unable to provide the service.

25% of booking fee is required within 7 days to secure the dates

Payment is due 60 days before the check in date.

Yes we do!  Up to 3 free of charge but please keep them downstairs and it goes without saying please pick up after them.  The garden isn’t secure but a bonus of that is direct access onto the hills behind the house.

You can check in from 1600 onwards using the key box.  We will send you the code the week before your stay.

We have a strict 1000 check out time and this is particularly important during this pandemic as the housekeeping team need the extra time to get Balquidder sanitised as well as the usual deep clean.

You can have food delivered by all the usual supermarkets except Ocado who don’t deliver in this area.

If you want to stock up with shopping as soon as you arrive, the closest proper supermarket is located in Rosneath, turn right out of the drive and 12 minutes’ drive will take you to the Co-Op in the heart of the village. There are bigger supermarkets in Helensburgh like the Co-Op who have parking. 


Yes, you can.  You can access the hills behind the house direct from the garden.  It’s very boggy, muddy and slippery going over the stream up the hill but with a stout stick and a sense of humour you’ll make it.  It’s what we do when home and just going for a quick leg stretch with the dogs.


We are members of the Association of Scottish Self Caterers and operate via their code of conduct.

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Friends of Balquidder

The fabulous Kaye Cavendish who we commissioned to breath new life into a much loved family chair and also to make the cushions for the trunk by the window. 

She’s based here in Garelochhead and has a fabulous online shop with some very Scottish things that would make great mementos of your time up here.

An amazingly talented Rhu based artist who discovered she could paint aged 46!

We’ve known Wendy since she started walking our dogs and her artwork is gorgeous.  I know some of the dogs she’s drawn and her ability to capture the character is extraordinary.

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