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Welcome to... Cologin Nestled between the hills with glorious, untamed countryside all around, the chalets are a tranquil escape from the hustle & bustle of city life. They are not ‘luxurious’ but we do offer comfort, space, a great location & a lovely relaxed pace of life. CHECK AVAILABILITY Oban Cologin is just a 5 minute drive from Oban, the gateway to the Western Isles & Hebrides. EXPLORE Perfect for... FAMILY BREAKS Our lodges & cottages at Cologin are the ideal haven to escape to for some family time in the Highlands. We're pet friendly too, so you can bring all the family, not just the two legged variety! VIEW OUR OFFERS
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we are most regularly asked. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please do get in touch. If you have already booked you can use your 'manage my booking' log in to access all our Welcome Information and Covid 19 operational changes. We have enhanced cleaning protocols in place to meet government guidance and we would ask that all our guests continue to adhere to the hand hygiene and social distancing regulations.
I am travelling on the world famous West Highland line to Oban – how far are you from Oban station?

We are less than 3 miles from the station and easily accessible by taxi (there is a taxi rank immediately outside the station). However, to get the most out of our beautiful area you would benefit from hiring a car.

Will you send travel directions of how to find Cologin?

We will send directions with your check in details on receipt of your final balance payment. To find us from Oban simply take the A816 heading south towards Lochgilphead and turn right to Lerags about 2 miles from the town centre. Follow the single track Lerags road into the Glen for about ½ mile and turn right again into Cologin. We are just a few minutes drive from the town centre but our location is wonderfully rural and very peaceful. If you are using a satnav be careful using our postcode as the glen shares the same postcode and some older satnav systems will take you several miles past our entrance as they follow the postcode location further down the glen. You can try using Kilbride, Argyll as this should not take you to far beyond our entrance. Once in the the glen I would turn off the satnav and use your eyes! Our entrance is well signposted….

Our group will have more than one car – will that be a problem?

There is adjacent parking for at least one car and depending on size you might be able to double park two cars in your allocated space. We have an overflow car park for trailers and extra cars within a short walk of most of our properties so parking is not a problem. Please do not park on our grass!

Do we need to bring one pound coins for the meter?

No, all accommodation bookings at Cologin now include a ‘fixed fuel supplement’ – this pre-paid daily charge is added to your booking for any rental of more than 2 nights so there is no need for you to read your meter on arrival/departure. No additional charges for fuel/power apply for the lodges or chalets. Cologin Farmhouse and Cruachan Cottage are both supplied with one basket of logs on arrival. Extra logs can be purchased at £7.00 per basket. These can be booked as extras during the online booking process.

I’m travelling from abroad and won’t have room for towels – can you provide them?

Bath towels are provided as standard – we also provide a hand towel and bath mat for the bathroom/s. If you need extra bath towels these can be hired at £2.00 per towel – if you are booking extra bed linen then bath towel/s will be included as part of the bed linen set.

I have twin babies and will need two cots in our bedroom – is this possible?

All our Inner Hebridean lodges can accommodate one cot per bedroom but always let us know as some have larged bedrooms than others! For example our assisted wheelchair access lodges have enough space for two cots in either bedroom. Don’t forget to bring your own cot linen.

We also use the wheelchair accessible lodges for families with three children as the twin bedroom is large enough to accommodate a fold down z-bed leaving the lounge free in the evening for the parents!

How child-friendly is Cologin?

The Barn is a family friendly pub and restaurant and holds a full ‘Children’s Licence’. This allows children under the age of 14 (accompanied by their parents) and young adults under 18 to visit the Barn until 9.00pm. The Barn offers a children’s menu and half portions from the main menu. Parents should note that the playpark is close to the Barn and visible from the beer garden. We also provide cots and high chairs free of charge (please bring your own cot linen) and all our accommodation has microwaves so you can warm bottles and baby food as you wish. As we have a private water supply we always recommend that you boil tap water before using with very young children and babies.  The playpark with wooden climbing frame, swings and slide, is within easy reach of all our properties and is close to the Barn. It has a bark surface and is fenced from the carpark and duck pond, however, it should not be used unsupervised by an adult and we cannot accept liability for your children in the park.

Is there mobile phone reception in the area?

Depending on the network there is sketchy mobile phone reception in our Glen. Most networks are picked up in Oban, but Vodaphone works best at Cologin. We have two public phone boxes on site and the Barn bar will always take a message for guests.

What if I have to cancel my holiday?

Cancellation can result in a financial loss especially if we are unable to re-let your holiday property. However, insurance is available as an optional extra and can be added during the booking process by phone or online. You may also have your own holiday insurance but if not, please do think through the consequences of cancellation and read our cancellation policy before you enter into a contract with us by booking accommodation at Cologin.

Do you allow smoking at Cologin?

No – all accommodation at Cologin is strictly non smoking. The Barn – our country pub on site – is also a smoke free zone but you can still smoke outside! Please dispose of all cigarette stubbs carefully.

Do you have lodges with Wheelchair Access?

We have two lodges on site that are suitable for ‘assisted wheelchair access’ – see our full accessibility statement for details. We will always try to meet the specific needs of our guests so your best option is to give us a call to talk things through.

We have two large dogs – will our pets still be welcome?

We are dog owners ourselves and Cologin and the Barn Bar are dog friendly. We  welcome up to two pets (charges apply) in our Inner Hebridean lodges and Cruachan. However, pet owners must ensure that their dogs do not foul the site. We also ask pet owners to keep dogs on a lead not just to protect our ducks and chickens (who are more often chased by toddlers than terriers) but as a courtesy to other dog owners and to those who may be wary of strange dogs. Don’t forget we’ve 17,000 acres in the hills above Cologin where your dogs can have a really good run off the lead. You can also bring your dog into The Barn Bar – on a lead only and under close control. We may not permit dogs in the pub during meal service if we are very busy and you must ensure that your pet does not cause an obstruction or offends any other customers as you will be asked to leave! Please never let your pets on the furniture and always clean up after your dog – there are dog bins strategically positioned around the site. With a little advanced warning we can normally accommodate your pet/s in our stables if you need to go away for a day without your pet. We also have a dog cage you can borrow and a huge pile of old duvets to use as dog beds if you prefer to leave your pet in your lodge but don’t trust them to stay off the furniture! Just ask for an old towel for cleaning muddy paws – we’ve plenty available.

I’m a pensioner – do you give discounts?

We are delighted to offer senior citizens a generous 10% discount. We also offer a range of other discounts including a 10% discount for all our return customers. All our discounts are restricted to full week lets and exclude the peak season.

Full details of our discounts can be found on our Prices page but we also offer special discounts throughout the year so do check the Offers page.

Can we drink the water?

Our water is from a natural spring and passes through a comprehensive water filtration plant which includes UV lights to kill any bacteria. We have used this source for 35 years without incident and our water is not chlorinated and tastes like water should do! We are subject to random water samples because we have a pub on site and the new EU regulations which require a zero contamination reading is being enthusiastically enforced by Argyll and Bute. This does mean that we will occasionally ‘fail’ and have to submit a new sample. If that happens by law we are now required to put a BOIL NOTICE in our properties. This happened recently and the notice had to stay over the duration of a weekend whilst we had the water re-tested. If you do find a boil notice in your lodge please just ask at the bar for bottled water as we are happy to provide this free of charge. Our advice all year round is to boil tap water for young children, babies and vulnerable adults. And remember that as the water is so pure and soft your shampoo and toothpaste will produce far more froth than you are used to!

Do you have Internet Access at Cologin?

We offer a free mobile wi-fi network at Cologin and you can log on using any device on our fair usage policy. Please do not download large files, stream music, play online computer games, stream TV or video as they will not work and you will crash the entire system and your access will be revoked for the duration of your stay. If you want fast broadband to download/upload a large file please connect in Oban. We are considering adding an option for guests to purchase extra bandwidth if watching Netflix is important to your enjoyment of a break in the countryside or you are here on business and you need connectivity. Just get in touch to discuss before you book.

Do you have washing machines at Cologin?

Cologin Farmhouse has its own washing machine, but all other properties at Cologin have access to the large machines (both washers and dryers) in the Laundry. Washing powder is provided free of charge but you will need one pound coins for the meters on the wall. Make sure you use the correct meter for the machine you are using.

Check in and Check out details

Due to enhanced cleaning protocols check in for Cologin we can no longer offer early check in so please do not arrive before 4pm.  If you wish we can also offer a DIY check in – just let us know if you’d like this option and we will send full details before your arrival so you can self-check in with confidence. Otherwise check in is at the bar and the Barn staff (wearing masks) will direct you to your accommodation. As the Barn’s opening hours due to Covid are daily from 5pm weekdays and noon at the weekends but there will someone around to check you in from 4pm. When the Barn is closed (Monday and Tuesday in September, weekdays during the winter) all check ins are DIY and we will email self-check in details.

Check out is anytime BEFORE 9.15am – please just leave it in the OUTSIDE of the front door so our cleaning staff can see that you have left so they can access the property. We now require all our guests to strip and fold all used bed linen and towels. We will also leave spare white rubbish bags if you prefer to bag the linen and towels.  All internal bins should be emptied and the external rubbish bags should also be sealed. Before leaving the property please open all windows (just a crack if it is raining) – this is part of the government guidance to keep our staff safe as ventilation reduces the risk of infection. We appreciate that this is not the nicest way to end your relaxing break but it is necessary and we ask for your cooperation.

Late arrivals are possible, but we need to know in advance to avoid your booking being marked as a ‘no show’.

Late departures are no longer possible as our cleaners have busy schedules and the enhanced cleaning protocols require your prompt departure by 9.15am.