Children at Balinakill

Children of all ages love Balinakill – there are endless opportunities for hide and seek and treasure hunts in both the house and garden and lots of space for everyone so adults can have some quiet space too! We have a dedicated “Children’s room” directly above the kitchen on the first floor, so not too far away from the main public rooms if the adults are busy cooking, dining or just relaxing. The room is full of toys, games and books for all ages so there is usually something for everyone. There is also a range of musical instruments and garden games. SLEEPING – The Children’s room has a 3/4 bed, a toddler bed and we have 2 travel cots which can be moved to any bedroom. There’s also plenty of space to put some mattresses on the floor for the children who all want to be in the same room! EATING – 2 high chairs and a small selection of children’s cups, crockery and cutlery are provided. BEST RESTAURANTS FOR CHILDREN – most local restaurants are child friendly…… However, the children in our family have their own 2 favourites which are; The Seafood Cabin,  Skipness     http://www.skipnessseafoodcabin.co.uk/index2.asp The Boat House, Isle of Gigha     http://boathousegigha.co.uk BABYSITTING / Nanny Service – a qualified and police checked child minder is available locally. Mrs Lori Silvan (please see Children’s Fun & Entertainment below) is available to assist as required and can also organise a range of age appropriate activities indoors and outdoors. ACTIVITIES / DAYS OUT : ACTIVE KINTYRE – This new business offers to create exciting and unique tailor made holiday itineries from a broad range of local activities and services. http://www.activekintyre.com BEACH – Dunskeig beach is a 20 minute walk from Balinakill through the village and across the field. The beach is sandy, has lots of interesting finds within the flotsam and jetsam and there are large rocks and pools to explore at the far end. CHILDREN’S (AND ADULT”S) FUN & ENTERTAINMENT – We are very lucky to have Funky Chicken Fun Children’s Entertainment Company based in Clachan. Funky Chicken offer exciting activities and entertainment for ALL age groups such as circus skills and crafts, face painting, jewellery making, flower crafts and balloon art. Please contact Mrs Lori Silvan for further information and pricing: http://www.funkychickenfun.com CLACHAN VILLAGE – There is an active village community in Clachan and a well used village hall. Visitors are always welcome and a diary of events can be found on this website: http://littlegreenclachan.org FORESTS – Explore the local forests  –  walking, cycling, riding, birds and wildlife! http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/fchomepages.nsf/hp/seee HILL WALK / GEOCACHING – The summit of Dunskeig Hill is a half hour walk from Balinakill. At the top there is the remains of an Iron Age Fort, a cairn and a Geocaching Site as well as stunning views of the islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha, West Loch Tarbert and, on a clear day, Ireland. http://www.geocaching.com KINTYRE WAY / LOCAL WALKS – The Kintyre way walk was opened officially in 2006 and passes right by Balinakill. This 87 mile walk which criss-crosses the peninsula is broken up into easily manageable sections which can be found on the website. Books of local walks and Ordinance Survey Maps are available for guests use. http://www.kintyreway.com/index.php

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