Bowater Cottage is a one bedroom holiday home with uninterrupted loch and mountain views on the west side of Loch Goil. One mile from Lochgoilhead village you can combine a private location at the same time as being close to the restaurants and activities on offer in the area. Perfect for a single traveller or couple looking to enjoy this wonderful location. A pet is welcome.
The lounge has floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the view while giving it an open and bright feeling. There is a dining table for 2. 32" TV with Freesat channels, DVD and CD Player. The French doors open up onto a patio seating area with patio furniture. You can relax and watch the boats on the loch, as well as the gannets, eider ducks and other bird life. The cottage has its own entrance leading into a small hallway and then into a modern kitchen with an electric hob and oven, a full sized fridge and separate freezer, microwave and washing machine. It has all the crockery and equipment you will need for a self-catering holiday. The WC has a good sized shower. Towels included and the bed is made up for your arrival. Central heating is by a gas combi-boiler with instant and unlimited hot water. The cottage is cosy and warm for winter breaks. The bedroom has a double bed and wardrobe storage. Parking for a car by the cottage.
There is a gate off the driveway that leads to a screened part of the loch side. Loch Goil is a tidal sea loch. You can fish from here or launch a canoe or kayak.
Privacy: Bowater Cottage is built adjacent to the main Bowater House. Located at the end of a private driveway, there is no one passing in front of the cottage, so privacy is assured. Your privacy will be respected. If you need anything during your stay you are welcome to call on the owners, but otherwise you will be left to enjoy the peace and quiet of this special place.
No smoking please.
If you are new to Lochgolilhead, or even if you think you know the area, read our 17 page Destination Guide for all the latest information.
Getting to Lochgoilhead
Lochgoilhead, sitting at the head of Loch Goil within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, is a truly scenic location with a choice of activities, places to eat and things to see & do.
Coming from the Glasgow direction your holiday starts when you drive up the shores of Loch Lomond. Getting to Lochgoilhead takes just over an hour from the Erskine Bridge and the M8. Allow some time to take in the scenery of the Arrochar Alps from the viewpoint at the Rest-and-be-Thankful. You then take the 6-mile single track road that twists and turns its way down to the village. It is a spectacular arrival.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Centred on Loch Lomond, and including several ranges of hills, Loch Lomond and Trossachs was the first national park established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002.
It includes 21 Munros and 20 Corbetts, two forest parks and 57 designated special nature conservation sites. The park consists of many mountains as well as inland and sea lochs. The main principal attractions are scenery, walking, and wildlife.
For walkers seeking a challenge, the West Highland Way passes through the park, and sections can be done as a day trip from Lochgoilhead and Cowal in conjunction with Loch Lomond Cruises. They run a daily boat from Tarbet that will drop you off and pick you up on the north Loch Lomond section. This not a difficult walk and makes for a great day out. For the nearby Munros, Ben Lomond, and The Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps attract most hikers.
There is a national park visitor centre at the southern end of Loch Lomond, called Loch Lomond Shores, which includes a visitor information centre at the most popular gateway to the park, as well as an aquarium, shops and restaurants.
Day trips include Loch Katrine where you can travel on the historic steamship SS Sir Walter Scott, while cruises on Loch Lomond can be taken from Tarbet and Balloch.
Munros within the Park - a list of mountains over 3000ft within easy travelling of Lochgoilhead and Cowal include:
· Beinn Ime (1011m), Arrochar
· Ben Lomond (974m), Balmaha
· Ben Vorlich (943m), Ardlui
· Beinn Chabhair (933m), Ardlui
· Beinn Narnain (926m), Arrochar
· Ben Vane (915), Ardlui
What to do in the area
Eating Out - Sitting at the head of the loch is The Shorehouse Inn. Open for lunch and dinner (closed Monday & Tuesday) it has a bar as well as a seperate dining room with loch views. In the village as The Goil Inn, again serving lunch and dinner. The Drimsynie Leisure Centre has the Rob Roy Lounge and a Coffee Shop. All of them offer a Take-Away service. For restaurants outside the glen you will find a number of options shown on the Information Map.
Entertainment - Friday nights in The Shorehouse Inn is an informal accoustic night usually kicking off around 9pm. This is very much a wait-and-see-who-turns-up night, but there has been a regular crew coming for years and it can be a good night. The Goil Inn has regular bar lounge entertainment on a Friday night. The Drimsynie House Hotel also has regular entertainment throughout the year.
Boating – There is a slipway in the village so if you are a boat, canoe or kayak, bring them. You can hire a motor boat all year round as well as fishing boats during the main season. New for 2013 – Argyll Voyageur Canoes offer a number of escorted trips on the loch.
Wild Life – Bring your binoculars as there is plenty of bird life on the loch. You are likely to see deer, red squirrels, buzzards – and, no joking, we have had whales in the loch the last 2 summers that were visible from the village.
Hill Walking – More hills than you can shake a stick at. There are marked trails starting in the village. Choose from circular walks on good paths or get the kit on and head up into the higher hills. No matter what walk you do, the views are always rewarding and ever changing. Bring your camera. Use the Information Map on this website to get a better idea of what walks are available, If you want to take on some Munro’s Ben Ime and The Cobbler are just a short drive away outside the glen.
Touring - If you look at the map you will see that Lochgoilhead is a great base to explore a wonderful area. Day trips north take you to Oban and Fort William. South heads towards the Cowal Peninsula. Cruise boat trips on Loch Lomond available all year as well as the Paddle Steamer Waverley from Dunoon during the summer. Again, the Information Map is the best place to see what your options are.
The Drimsynie Estate Leisure Centre - 1 mile from Bowater Cottage
Open all year round the Drimsynie Leisure Centre offers an excellent range of indoor and outoor activities.
- 25m indoor Swimming Pool
- Sauna, Jacuzzi. Steam Room
- 9-hole loch side Golf Course
- Crazy Golf
- Indoor Bowls
- Table Tennis
- Soft Play & Indoor Play Area
2013 Prices and Hours
The facilities are open 9am to 9pm daily
Swimming Pool - 8.30m to 9pm daily. Last entry 8.40pm.
Adult swim sessions: Every morning 8.30am - 9.30am and Tuesday / Thursday 8pm - 9pm.
Adult Swim Food Ticket: £7.85 (includes £4 towards food)
Child Swim Food Ticket: £5.75 (6-15 years, includes £3.50 towards food)
Swim food tickets include use of all pool and gym facilities.
Food vouchers must be redeemed on the day of purchase.
Gym - Optional extras: 1 hour induction can be booked for £15. 1 hour personal trainer: £22
Indoor bowling - £3.50 per person.
Golf - 18-holes £13.50 or Weekly ticket | Adult £38 | Child £23. Club hire available with a returnable £20 deposit.