Tir nan Og at Kilnaughton
A Stone Cottage Overlooking the Beach
We are proud to say Tir nan Og was awarded a commendation in the Argyll & Bute Sustainable Design Awards 2009.
Designed by architect Tom McCardel of Ardfern and built by local constructor Colin Logan and his team Tir nan Og mirrors the design of dwellings through the ages here in Islay.
The long low lines of the building with its slate capping below the roof elevation reflect the shape of the original Hebridean “blackhouse”.
At the rear, the red roof echoes the corrugated iron used in many agricultural buildings during decades past. The beautiful dry stone walls were created from the pink quartzite quarried at the site and lovingly crafted for us by Pat Gillespie.
On a more contemporary theme Siberian larch was chosen for the cladding as over time it will turn a soft silver grey. Our storm proof windows are aluminium coated in the same colour as the lichen which now grows on the ruin outside and when it rains the house appears to sing as a result of the galvanised guttering and down pipes!
Inside our double aspect panoramic windows frame the breathtaking views across the bay and of the peak of Bienn Biorach behind. Capturing vistas from all parts of the house was a major consideration when originally orientating the building to sit naturally against the hillside.
Tir nan Og is the result of the dedication and skill of all those involved in her creation and we are immensely grateful to them all.
Link to: Argyll and Bute Sustainable Design Awards 2009