The Old School Apartments Ltd,
The Old School
The Old School stands in the center of the village of Dalavich, (pronounced De-lar-vic) which itself nestles against the banks of the beautiful Loch Awe, in the Scottish Highlands.
The current Forestry village, with many of its buildings made from the local wood, dates from 1952. However, records show the parish of Dalavich, being seperated from Kilchrenan as far back as 1649.
The present village is small, with a true local community friendliness, and boasts a village shop and post office (combined), a community centre (with bar and grill), a bus-stop, red telephone box and of course the local kirk.
The surronding countryside is a haven for wildlife, with wonderful walks, exciting bike rides, hills to climb, waters to fish, views to absorb, and above all else peace to savour.
The Old School, with its hosts Carol, Peter & Pam, is a sanctuary of peace and calm from which to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of Argyll
The School Masters
Carol & Peter Thomas hail from Buckinghamshire but have always dreamt of moving north of the border. In 2012, they were finally able to realise that dream and bought The Old School in Dalavich. They now have plenty of space to welcome friends and family, which is useful as they already have 11 direct descendants, including a great-grandchild.
They both love the outdoors, are members of the RSPB and the Scottish National Trust.
Carol is the Owner/Manager of Old School Apartments Limited and lives on site. She is a member of the Scout Association and a Gold Expedition Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. She has been a member of the Scout Association for many years and in 2012 attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her voluntary work with teenagers in the Scout Association. She is still an active member of the Scout Association and loves nothing more than helping young people, especially teenagers; prepare to take an active and worthwhile role in society.
Peter still works south of the border but comes home as often as he can, after all there’s a lot of hedge to cut and plenty of decorating to do. He is a British Mountaineering Council qualified Mountain Leader and climber, although these days he doesn’t climb quite so much! He too, is a Gold Accredited Duke of Edinburgh Assessor. He loves nothing more than heading for the mountains, especially in winter and still can’t quite believe his home is now where his heart is, near the mountains.
Shopping for Supplies
Dalavich local shop is open from 7.30am until 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9.00am to 1pm on Sundays. You can purchase essential supplies from the small shop, or chose to have a coffee and snack from their Wild Rowan café. The post office is open normal Post Office hours, with a daily post collection every day except Sundays.
Groceries are available in Taynuilt at Graham’s Store (from the A85 follow signs to Taynuilt Village Centre), where you will also find an excellent local butcher for your fresh meat.
Alternatively a trip to Oban (approximately 50 minutes away), will find you a Tesco Superstore, which is open 24 hours (Monday 6am to midnight Saturday), with extended Sunday trading hours from 8am to 8pm.
Tesco Direct now calls at Dalavich on different days, so you can order and pay online, and arrange a delivery
for when you are here, or have your groceries delivered to the Old School ready for you when you arrive.
Keeping Topped Up
Petrol Stations can have some distance between them in the Scottish Highlands, so we recommend keeping your fuel tank topped up so that you can relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery without worrying about filling up
Our nearest fuel station is at Awe Service Station, (Bridge of Awe, Taynuilt PA35 1HT 01866 822612) near Corachie Clematis Garden centre. The cheapest (currently) fuel station is at Tesco Superstore in Oban. (Lochside, Oban, PA34 4HP)