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Highland Cattle Sales

Hairy cows were the order of the day yesterday at the Highland Cattle Sales just up the road from us here at Cologin. Highland cattle, instantly recognisable with their long horns and flowing coats, spread from the west of Scotland throughout the world. Written records go back to the 18th century and the Highland Cattle Herd Book, first published in 1885, lists pedigrees since that time. This year it's the Highland Cattle Society's 150th anniversary and the February bull sale in Oban was another record breaking show. The Highlander...

Happy New Year – Here’s to 2018!

We have had an incredibly busy festive season this year and Hogmanay was busy with old friends and new acquaintances. For the first time in 35 years we were missing our regular New Year guests the Shaws and the Gillespies who decided that the journey north was going to be too much for them. We inherited these lovely old customers from Henry and Val when we moved to Cologin so it did feel like the end of an era without them. Wishing all our old friends (as that...

Early Booking Discounts – Last Chance for Summer 2018

If you have already taken advantage of our early booking discount for next summer then give yourself a clap on the back and relax. If you haven't yet booked then you've just this month left to trigger your early booking discount for June 2018. NEW for 2018 (and in action now) we're including a fixed fuel supplement (including VAT at 5%) to all new bookings to remove the hassle of reading meters and paying for electricity used on departure. By law, all our properties have an Energy Performance Certificate...

Autumn’s in the Air!

After what can only be described as a BUSY summer season we are looking forward to the Autumn and cosy nights by the fire. We completed all the lodge re-cladding last winter so this year it will be back to paint pots and rollers as the interiors get their seasonal freshen-up. With so many short breaks this year the lodges have taken a bit of a pounding and the wet summer weather did not help. Let's hope this winter we get a good cold spell with bright...

Rhododendron Alert!

Have you heard about the Glorious Gardens of Argyll and the great Victorian Scottish plant hunters? If you are a fan of a big, bold Rhododendrons then the West Coast is a mecca and you must visit soon as these beautiful plants come into their own later this month and throughout May and early June. I confess to having mixed feelings about these plants as in some parts of Argyll they have become invasive and they are poisonous to most lifestock so whilst they can look lovely they...


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