The west coast of Scotland is beautiful and Highgate Lodge house allows you to soak up views of the sea, forests and mountains from its windows and grounds. It is easily accessible from all parts of Scotland and not too far north for guests travelling from south of the border. We are just over 1 hour away from Glasgow and Prestwick airports – making a visit viable from anywhere in the U.K. The Cowal peninsula is unspoilt and offers lots of opportunity to be outdoors, enjoying a wide variety of activities ( see ‘local attractions’ links).
The sea and foreshore in front of the house hosts lots of oystercatchers and eider ducks – each with their distinctive calls. Herons are also frequently to be seen, standing patiently at the lochside. Porpoises can be seen in the waters in front of the pier and there is at least one seal that frequently visits the pier during the fishing season! The Gantock rocks in the west bay of Dunoon has a colony of seals that are easily visible at low tide. A humpback whale was a visitor off Blairmore pier for a few days in October 2006! Red and Roe deer are plentiful in the region – and occasionally in the garden. Cowal also has a thriving red squirrel population and any sightings can be usefully noted to The Scottish Squirrel Survey website.