Melfort and Loch Craignish are situated about halfway between
Lochgilphead. There are many small hamlets but no
villages of significance except for Ardfern on Loch Craignish
and Craobh Haven at the mouth of Loch Melfort and Kilmelfort.
This is a an extremely beautiful part of the Argyll coastline
with lochs and inlets sporting many small islands.
Ardfern and Craobh Haven and Loch Melfort have boatyards and
Marinas, and there are many holiday homes, hotels and room
providers in this general area.
is a great area to visit by boat or in fact to get boat
hire. There are boats which take passengers to Corryvrecken
(sometimes spelt Corrievrecken) whirlpool at the Gulf of
Corryvrecken between the islands of Jura and Scarba, from
both Ardfern and Craobh Haven.
industry in this area is fishing, yachting, farms and forestry
as well as tourism. Fish farms can be seen dotted up and down
the lochs and inlets in this vicinity. The roads, although
purport to be "A" roads are substandard and can be quite
dangerous as there are many places where there are right angled
bends and narrow places where you might meet a log lorry or
other large vehicle.
main villages also have a pub each with restaurants attached.
The three are the Galley of Lorne at Ardfern, the Lord of the
Isles at Craobh Haven and the Cuilfail Hotel at Kilmelfort. The
first two have stunning views across the water to islands
The fact that all three villages have large yachting marinas is
testament to the popularity of the this section of the west of
Argyll to the sailing and boating fraternity. There are a myriad
of inlets and islands to explore by boat and many of these are
fairly accessible by car or walking. I would suggest that any
able bodied visitors would benefit from some of the many walks
whether they are tracks to ancient stones or a path to a
has facilities for boat or canoe hire as well as for horse
riding. Visit our Local interests pages to see what activities
and places to visit there are.
Loch Melfort to Loch Craignish including Craobh Haven and Ardfern