If it is a loch view property in a private setting you are looking for, then Westering Cottage certainly ticks those boxes.
Located on the private Inverlounan Road on the east shore of Loch Goil you benefit from the sun all day until it dips over the mountains in the west. With a mature and private garden this cottage is a real sun trap when the weather allows. This is the west of Scotland, we cannot guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee the ever changing views that come with such a great loch front setting.
There is a parking bay for one car at the entrance to the cottage. Be aware there are 17 steps down from the entrance to access the cottage. This may be a factor for anyone with limited mobility. The garden surrounds three sides of Westerings. There is a grassy sitting area on one side which has access from the sliding doors in the dining area. To the front is a smaller patio area complete with a BBQ.
The first thing that strikes you on entering the cottage is just how light it is. There are as many floor to ceiling windows as possible which just brings the view right into the living areas. The roomy lounge and dining area is set up so as to maximise the view. There is a small TV in a closeable cabinet. The kitchen is modern and is bright and airy as it has a breakfast bar which opens up into the lounge.
Bedroom 1 has twin beds and a dressing area with access to the family bathroom and shower over the bath. The bathroom leads on to a second WC which can be accessed from the hall. Depending on your requirements the bathroom can be closed off to make it an en-suite from the twin bedroom, or it can be left open for everyone to use. Bedroom 2 is a bunk room. There is a z-bed in the bunkroom which can turn this room into a triple so the property can sleep 5 guests.
There is a storage heater in the hall. All other rooms have portable heaters. The heating will be on for your arrival. Please be aware that electricity is extra and based on a meter reading on arrival and departure. Guests then leave the energy payment in cash. We have been told by the owner that it is usually less than £10 for a week in the summer.
Beds are made up for your arrival. Please bring your own towels or you can hire towels at £2 each. Let us know in advance.
Short breaks are welcome all year round and you can arrive any day. Sorry. but Westerings does not accept pets.
FREE WiFi connection in the public areas of the nearby Goil Inn as well as the Shorehouse Inn. A third option is the Rob Roy Lounge & Coffee Shop at the Drimsynie Leisure Centre. Surf while enjoying a coffee or snack while you are using the facility.
Automatic Washing Machine
Cot & Highchair
Electricity and Electric Heaters by Meter Reading - see note below
Fenced Garden Overlooking the Loch Take Care With Children
Linen (Duvets) Included
Off street parking for 1 car
Optional towels - £2 Per Person Per Week Payable on Arrival
Electricity: On arrival the meter reading is noted on a pad in the hall. On departure please take the meter reading, subtract the numbers and then leave .10p per unit in cash. It is really easy.
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 Westering 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
Soft Play & Indoor Play Area
Gym - extra admission charge - not included in the Rover PassThe Leisure Centre is open to the public. You can enjoy the activities on a pay-as-you-go basis. As a customer of Lochgoilhead Holidays you also have the option of pre-ordering an unlimited Rover Leisure Pass which will cover everyone staying in the property.
3 Day - £95
7 Day - £155
2013 Prices and HoursThe 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.