The Water Mill B&B – Glendaruel

B&B in rural Glendaruel

Welcome to the Water Mill B&B

On the route of the Cowal Way long distance path. Choose from B&B or stay on a self-cater basis.

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The property

“The Watermill, built in 1905 to service the grain on what was the Glendaruel Estate, has been tastefully converted over the years, but always with a view to retaining its character.

They offer quality 4 stars graded B&B rooms in the turret, as well as The Saw Mill and The Joiner’s Shop which can be booked on a B&B basis or Self Catering. Each room is different as you would expect in such an unusual building. The property sits within a beautiful secluded garden and woodland, complete with the original mill pond and streams that generated the power to service the mill.

The Water Mill is in the idyllic setting of Glendaruel in the heart of the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll. If you are walking the Cowal Way Path then you will be passing our door. We welcome many walkers throughout the year, but we also cater to guests looking for a truly relaxing place to base themselves while they explore our beautiful part of Argyll.

The Water Mill is an oasis on a quiet single-track road in West Glendaruel.


The guest areas

  • A spacious and comfortable lounge with a wood burning fire and TV
  • Adjacent dining room for dinner in the evening
  • Breakfast is served overlooking the garden where you can enjoy watching the red squirrels and bird life
  • Guests are welcome to wander round the extensive grounds and enjoy the gardens


The bedrooms

  • Janet Crawford – Upstairs in the turret. Double with en-suite shower. No TV. £55 single, £65 for 2, per night B&B – Book this room
  • Sarah Kirkpatrick Room – Upstairs in the turret. Double with a sofa bed. Bathroom with a free standing slipper bath and shower attachment, bidet and separate toilet. No TV. £65 single, £75 for 2, per night B&B – Book this room
  • The Joiners Ship – Ground floor. Twin beds with open door access to its own lounge with TV. Shower room. £65 single, £75 for 2, per night B&B – Book this room
  • The Saw Mill – Own entrance and parking. Two twin bedrooms. Lounge with a pot bellied wood burning fire and TV. Shower room. Patio area with BBQ and garden views. £120 for 4, per night B&B – Book this room


  • Full Scottish breakfast overlooking the gardens
  • Optional dinner £20. Great value, delicious home cooking
  • If you enjoy a glass of wine, or a drink, with your dinner – you are welcome to bring your own. The Water Mill is not licensed.
  • Packed lunches available – £5
  • For walkers and cyclists: Drying area for boots & clothes
  • Pet welcome
  • No smoking


    • There is wi-fi in all the bedrooms
    • There is wi-fi in all the Joiner’s Shop
    • There is NO Wi-Fi in  the Saw Mill

Take a tour of the Cowal Way


  • Finding the Water Mill: We make it easy. A detailed map and directions will be emailed on receipt of the final payment
  • Arrival & departure: From 4pm on arrival until 10am on departure
  • Travel & Ferry information: An easy and fun way to arrive is via the frequent 20 minute Western Ferries trip from Gourock to Hunters Quay. Just turn up, no need to book. You can buy your ticket on board, but there is a real saving to be made if you stop before getting to the ferry at a newsagents on Shore Street called Pauls Food and Wine. From Hunters Quay it is a one hour scenic drive (22 miles) to Tighnabruaich. Alternatively it is a scenic drive via the shores of Loch Lomond and over the Rest-and-be-Thankful viewpoint to arrive via the north of Cowal.
  • Walking the Cowal Way? The Water Mill is on the route and is the place to overnight between the Tighnabruaich and Strachur sections. Lighten the load – there is a transfer and baggage service available. Contact: Balliemeanoch Baggage

9 reviews

  1. “Tranquil, peaceful location.”

    The watermill is a beautiful place to spend some time. The welcome we received from Sandra (even although we were 2 hours early) was second to none. The offer of tea was declined and we spent some time exploring the beautiful environment before going in to the extremely homely and comfortable lounge room.Our room was so lovely we didn’t want to leave it. The garden of The watermill is a peaceful and a delightful place to calm the mind and soul.Sandra looked after us so well on our stay and we would have no hesitation in recommending The Watermill.

  2. “Watermill”

    Have had another wonderful stay at the Watermill. Michael and Sandra are like friends. Lovely rooms, great food and wonderful location. What more can you ask? We will be back, again and again…….! Whether you are walking the Cowal Way or just looking for a quiet weekend this is the place to stay.

  3. “Fantastic B&B”

    This is the third time we have stayed at the Watermill and already looking forward to our next visit. Sandra and Michael are wonderful hosts who look after you from the time you arrive. Accommodation is of a very high standard in a quiet peaceful location. Given the quiet location I would recommend that guests book dinner, bed and breakfast – you will not be disappointed. A wonderful relaxing break was had by all

  4. “Hidden Gem...”

    Super little retreat. We had 3 nights here recently, super base for touring around, the hosts are wonderful and make you feel very ‘at home’ and ‘spoilt’ at the same time. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast whilst watching the red squirrels play in the immaculate back gardens. They have a self-catering cottage available as well if you dont want to go b&b. We also had dinner one evening as we didn’t want to go back out which was super (2 x courses for £15 each). At £75 per room per night its not a budget hotel, but it is worth it. Free wi-fi available if you ask.

  5. “The Soul Food B & B !!!”

    Gorgeous place with such a homely welcome, we were just passing for one night but I did nt want to leave!! A very special place, ideal and so peaceful if you need an escape! This is a great stop over if you are on the Cowal Way. We arrived without firm plans for Dinner and ate with the family and other guests, this was a relief, good food and the company were very entertaining!! Breakfast was hearty, fuelled us well for the long walk ahead. Lovely place. I hope to return soon.

  6. “Beautiful, peaceful location run by lovely people.”

    We stayed at the watermill while we were on a months trip ‘home’. We decided to stay last minute as my aunt has a caravan in the site near the B&B.
    When the hosts heard we were from Australia they put all the heating on in the room and made it really cozy for us. The room was gorgeous and spacious. The decor of the whole house is lovely.We had our 17 month old in a travel cot in the bay window recess, she slept a dream both nights as did we. The hosts made us a lovely pot of tea and sat and chatted with us in the beautiful lounge room with a big fire going. The house is lovely with lots of character and the breakfast/ sunroom is amazing. We took the baby for a walk through the garden and visited the chickens and cows, which she loved. Michael and Sandra’s breakfast was lovely, the eggs are so fresh, only laid the day before. They even catered to our babies needs spoiling her with her choice/ choices of porridge and scrambled eggs. The location seems out of the way but its only about 2 hours from Glasgow and while we were there we went across to Bute to Stuart House (well worth a visit) for a craft/ food fair which was great. Great place, so nice we had to stay a second night.

  7. “Cowal way”

    We stayed overnight here during a hike across Cowal. The hosts were extremely welcoming and friendly, and the house and garden are very well looked after. They cooked up a fantastic dinner, just what we needed after hiking all day!

  8. “Beautiful accommodation”

    Stayed here whilst walking the Cowal Way with my partner. My first thougt was wow as the place looks really impressive with it’s turrets! Were shown up to the room and to our delight, there were some biscuity cakes sitting with the tea and coffee. The house is so big it’s hard to heat; however our room was lovely and toasty and the bed had an electric blanket which was already switched on. A lovely touch. We had organised to have dinner and I am glad we did as we got to sample some of Sandra’s cooking and try her tasty deserts. Couldn’t decide what to have for pudding so Sandra just gave me all four instead! Breakfast the next morning was in the conservatory out the back and it was just perfect. There is an amazing view into the forest and you can sit and see the families of red squirrels playing, Would have sat there all day if it was possible. The breakfast was delicious as well and the eggs were freshly laid that morning.
    Michael and Sandra are lovely and make a great double team together. If you get a chance to go to Cowal, make sure you visit here.

  9. “Warm welcome in a peaceful setting”

    We stayed there during a one week trips to Scotland. It’s a very remote and hence quiet location. We received a warm welcome by our caring hosts. The room was spacious, although a bit old fashioned.

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