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St Conan's Escape

· Dalmally, Argyll And Bute, Scotland
4 acres hosted by Richard C.
2 glamping pitches
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Private sites
100% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Best in Scotland: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Dog-friendly lodges on a Scottish mountainside with incredible loch views

Wake up to incredible views during a stay in one of the glass-fronted lodges at St Conan’s Escape in Scotland’s southern Highlands. These mountainside cabins in Argyll and Bute look over the aptly-named Loch Awe, where the resident wildlife includes ospreys, pine martens and otters. Get lucky and you might see sea eagles too. Positioned on the slopes of Ben Cruachan, the cabins are a great base for wildlife watching and walking. As well as a great deal of relaxing.

The two dog-friendly lodges at St Conan’s Escape each offer self-contained, self-catering accommodation for a couple. Each has a single living space with cosy seating and a log burner, a kitchenette, bedroom area – and, of course, an en suite shower room and loo. The difference is only in finishings and fixings, giving each its individual style. Columba’s whitewashed walls give it a fresh and modern appeal, while the natural hues and darker colours give Odhrán, a slightly more rustic and cosier vibe. Both are filled with light thanks to the huge bifold doors which look out onto the view. And whichever lodge you stay in, it’s ultimately all about that view.

Step out into it and you will soon be soaking up the scenery from 360 degrees as you hike up hills and explore the loch. For the fit, there are four munroes to be bagged in the area, starting with the one you’re staying on the side of: Ben Cruachan which at 1,126 metres is the highest in Argyll and Bute. Then there’s the village of Lochawe and Saint Conan’s Kirk on the water’s edge, where you can learn about your getaway’s namesake. And, of course, there’s the water itself. Borrow, hire or bring your own kayaks to get out on the loch which, in case you need something else to be awed by, is Scotland’s longest: 25 miles end to end.

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7 Ratings · 5 reviews
Emily H.recommends
June 19, 2023
A place I will never forget
I stayed here for my 30th birthday and couldn't imagine staying anywhere better! Really private place to stay and the views were incredible! Lots of little touches made it feel really homely. I will definitely be returning!
Puffin440 ?.recommends
April 7, 2023
Amazing views and high quality furnishings with a personal touch.
Laura P.recommends
February 26, 2023
Perfect Stay
We had the most perfect stay at St Conan’s Escape (Columba). The cabin itself is lovely and Hazel’s finishing touches made it even more special. It’s extremely well kitted out for a small space with more than adequate cooking equipment. The walks straight from the door are fantastic with the Cruachan Dam being only a 45 min walk up the road. But what made this place really hard to leave was the most amazing view from the cabin. You really need to see it in person to believe how beautiful it is. From sunrise in the morning to sunset at night, it doesn’t get much better! We will definitely be back and look forward to that day already.
Paula L.recommends
February 21, 2023
Great getaway!
The venue was amazing…. Great views, fabulous pod, fantastic location ! A great place to get away from it all. Had an amazing couple of days.
Hazel B.recommends
August 15, 2022
What a place! The cabin was lovely and cosy. Richard and Hazel know how to make you feel welcome and at home. The views are amazing no matter the weather! You get a total sense of escapism here and a great place to recharge!
Dalmally, Argyll And Bute, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Richard C.Joined in July 2022
From the host
St Conan's Escape provides a haven to think, talk and relax against a backdrop of stunning views across Loch. St Conan’s Escape is embedded in the local environment and is home to an abundance of feathered and furred wildlife. The Sea Eagle is an increasing visitor from the Isle of Mull. Loch Awe is also home to several Golden Eagle and a dozen Osprey nests. Pine Martens, Otter and Red Squirrel populations are on the rise in the vicinity of the escape.
Nearby attractions

For things to do in Lochawe and around St Conan’s Escape, you don’t have to look far. The lodges are nestled on the side of Ben Cruachan and you can walk straight out of the door to Cruachan Dam or the mountain’s summit. If you’re a keen walker or a bagger of munroes (peaks over 3,000 feet) you can do a horseshoe walk to take in Ben Cruachan along with three others: Beinn Eunaich, Beinn A ‘Chochuill and Stob Daimh. If you’re interested in the dam and the related hydroelectric power station, head to the visitor centre which is a couple of miles further around the loch’s edge. You can also visit St Conan’s Kirk and the village of Loch Awe. You can hire kayaks in the village or, better still, borrow them from your host Richard (at your own risk) to launch into the River Strae which flows into the loch. The mountainous terrain is good for mountain biking too. Inverary on the shores of Loch Fyne is just over 20 minutes’ drive from here and Oban on the West Coast is a scenic 20 miles away.

Food and drink

The Ben Cruachan Inn is a gastropub with loch views less than a mile away if you fancy eating out nearby. And if you want supplies to cook at your cabin, you’ll find the village shop is well stocked. Oban is a bit of a drive but it’s a lovely one and worth it if you like seafood as it’s known as ‘the seafood capital of Scotland’. Those in the know (including host, Richard) head straight for the unassuming little Green Shack on the pier (known to locals as Oggie’s) to fill up on fresh crab sandwiches and seafood platters. There are plenty of more formal places for a sit down meal if you want one.

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