This is a wonderfully located cottage with additional accommodation, and a boathouse, situated on the shore of Loch Striven beside the pier. The cottage takes its name from the original pier that was located here for many years before being replaced by the current greenheart pier in the 1990s.
Of traditional whitewashed stone beneath a
pitched slate roof, the accommodation is over two storeys and includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sauna.
A short distance from the cottage is a detached former fish smokehouse, which has been converted as auxiliary accommodation to complement Pier Cottage. Constructed of stone under a slate roof, the accommodation comprises a bathroom on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor.
A notable attraction is the private pier. Constructed from North American greenheart timbers, the pier extends to about 30 metres in length with a deck width of 3 metres at the seaward end. It is designed to work in low or high tide and enables boats with a draft of up to 6 metres (20 feet) to dock. The pier enables easy access to spectacular yachting and boating throughout the Firth of Clyde, together with mixed water sports.
The Pier is owned by the Crown and is leased annually until 31 January 2068. The current annual rent is £500.
Pier Cottage has a truly picturesque setting on the western side of the Cowal Peninsula within a private estate on the shore of Loch Striven. The southerly and westerly views from the property are magnificent and include the Islands of Bute and Cumbrae, together with the peaks of Beinn Bhreac on the eastern shores of Loch Striven.
Access to Pier Cottage is via a minor public road which leads for about 15 miles from Dunoon through the villages of Innellan and Toward. The village of Innellan has a Post Office, convenience store and two pub/restaurants. A wider range of services is provided in Dunoon, with a good selection of shops, professional services, a hospital with A&E and secondary school with sports and community leisure facilities. Dunoon provides two ferry links across the Clyde estuary to Gourock. The journey time by ferry is circa 20 minutes and ferries leave at 20-minute intervals during the day.
The closest airport with scheduled domestic and international flights is at Glasgow International Airport (41 miles) which can be reached in around 1½ hours under normal traffic conditions. Gourock also has a railway station with frequent services to Paisley (for Glasgow airport) and Glasgow city centre. Glasgow airport also has a heliport with helicopters available for charter. The journey time to Pier Cottage is approximately 15 minutes.
The quality of sailing off the Argyll coast and Inner Hebrides is of world renown. There are several well-established commercial marinas within close range of Invervegain at Dunoon, Rothesay, Port Bannatyne, Inverkip and Portavadie.
In terms of land-based activities, there are golf courses at Innellan (9 holes) and Dunoon (18 holes). Further afield there are internationally renowned golf courses at Loch Lomond and on the Ayrshire coast at Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick.
With many islands to explore, mountains to climb, lochs to fish, pubs and restaurants to dine at throughout Argyll, there is a fantastically diverse range of activities within a drive of an hour or so of Pier Cottage.