Saddell Abbey was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1207 by Ragnall, son of Somairle mac Gille Brigte. It was established by monks from Mellifont Abbey in Ireland. Very little is known about the abbey and its history. It probably enjoyed several centuries of good monastic life, but by the reign of James IV of Scotland monastic life had apparently disappeared. It was proposed to the Pope that the bishopric of Argyll should be moved from Lismore to Saddell as the former was in ruins.

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Matt Huntley (2 years ago)
What can I say except the place is amazing, stayed here with my family and friends and already looking forward to our next stay. Set in a beautiful location, the ideal place to relax and unwind
Eddie Ford (3 years ago)
Came here for a wedding in November, it's a very tranquil Scenic little place. We stayed in the Cottage which was right next to "the grip", which is really a pleasure to stay in. As there is no WI-Fi or TV, it really is a chance to really get away from it all. As expected it was all very clean and tidy, beds were comfortable. Extra (wool) blankets, pillows, sheets etc etc were all freely available, so no chance of getting cold in bed. The beach and the rest of the castle grounds are definitely worth exploring as well as rest of the area as everywhere you look looks like a scene from a movie or postcard. In conclusion I would come here again as you can properly chill out.
Greg Park (3 years ago)
A beautiful place to spend a few hours.
David Bromby (3 years ago)
Great to be on beach where the video for the song Mull of Kintyre was made
Max Mallows (3 years ago)
What a place to stay! So magical and so much exploring to do. I don't want to give it all away but seriously recommend getting a group together and spending a long weekend here. The housekeeper can arrange for bikes to be rented and dropped off too if you want to bike a bit further afield. Also be sure to check out the secret bothy at the far end of the beach during the day.
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