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Hire a boat on Loch Goil, go quad biking above Loch Long, or how about a sightseeing cruise oh Loch Lomond?  

There is an excellent range of activities in Lochgoilhead village, but if you head out the glen you will find many attractions to enjoy.

Activities – mileages are from Lochgoilhead

Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Gym – Drimsynie Leisure Centre – Lochgoilhead

Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi – Drimsynie Leisure Centre – Lochgoilhead

A fantastic facility to have available in our small village.

Open to the public. Relax in the 25 metre swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi & steam room and adult only gym. The centre operates a Swim/Food ticket system. Time your visit to allow for having a snack in the Coffee Shop or Rob Roy Lounge and make the most of your ticket price. There are some adult only sessions – check with the reception for days and times. Open all year round.

Note: If you are a guest staying in a lodge on the Estate you can purchase a swim pass.

Indoor Play Hall – Drimsynie Estate – Lochgoilhead

Indoor Play Hall – Drimsynie Estate – Lochgoilhead

Includes a youngsters’ adventure climbing frame with chutes, swings and balls as well as a toddler’s ball pit play area. The funhouse also has air hockey, pool tables, video games and more! In peak periods there are organised play sessions, including arts and crafts. Rusty can be seen out and about, mostly during the peak holidays – but he can appear anytime of year. He also enjoys the children’s disco.

Bike Hire – Lochgoilhead

Bike Hire – Lochgoilhead

Call Matt on ? 07771 844786

Cycling around the head of the loch is a pleasure. Lots of places to stop by the water as well as some ideal picnic spots. Although you are on a single-track road, traffic is light so you often see families out on their bikes. Argyll Bike Hire, based at Drimsynie, offers a range of bikes including: Mountain bikes, BMX, Hybrid. Helmets provided. You can hire for a half day, full day, weekend or full week.

  • From£15.00
  • DurationHalf Day/ Full Day
  • Age Range 8+

Website: Argyll Bike Hire

Outdoor bowls, tennis & multi court - Lochgoilhead

Where: Lochgoilhead village

The multi-court is next to the village hall. This is a community facility – visitors are welcome.

The court has goals for a kick-around game of football as well as markings and a net for tennis. You may have to erect the net depending on when it was last used. Bring your own racquets and balls.

Nearby is the outdoor bowling green. Open April to September. Bowls and shoes are at the entrance to the bowling club.

There is a small charge for using the multi-court or bowling green – honestly box in the office.

Boat Hire - Loch Goil Cruisers - Loch Goil

Carrick Castle Road, Lochgoilhead, PA24 8AE   07787 516709

Where:

One mile from Lochgoilhead village on the road to Carrick Castle. Easy to find.

What they say:

We have a fleet of day boats for hire that are perfect for enjoying the stunning scenery, observing the diverse wildlife and on-board picnic-ing whilst cruising the loch. We are a small, friendly business and we will always try to accommodate passing visitors but we strongly recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment

What I say:

Hire an easy to handle motor boat to give you the freedom to roam around Loch Goil at will. These modern boats can take up to 8 people. Choose from half or full day hire. Special rates for week bookings. Popular for fishing. Basic fishing equipment can be hired if you don’t have your own. With its steep forested mountains, Ben Donich at the head of the loch and the village of Carrick Castle to the South, this is an ideal way to relax and enjoy the scenery. Available all year.

Website: Loch Goil Cruisers

Golf - Lochgoilhead & Cowal

Drimsynie Estate Golf Course in Lochgoilhead

A scenic 9-hole golf course split into two parts joined via a footbridge over the River Goil. Even a low handicap golfer will enjoy the challenge of finding the green and avoiding the water and out-of-bounds. In parts it follows the loch side before heading inland and along by the riverside. 3604 yards, Par 62. Open all year. Beginners and children are welcome. Club hire available. Turn up and play.

Pay at the leisure reception.

Other courses:

There are some beautiful courses within easy travelling. All welcome visitors.

Fishing - Loch Goil & Cowal

Fishing on Loch Goil and in the area

Loch Goil is a tidal sea loch. Fishing on the loch or from the shore is free. Chance of catching mackerel, pollock, sea trout or even a salmon.

You need a permit to fish on the River Goil. Available at the  Post Office. Best when the river is in spate.

If you are up for a walk and a bit of an adventure, you can hike up to a hill lochan to fish. For more info look for Lochan nan Cnaimh on the Local Walks page.

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Pony Treks, Horse Riding – Inveraray - 20 miles

Dalchenna Farm, Inveraray PA32 8XT   ? 01499 302611

For: Scenic Treks, Fast Rides, Riding Lessons and Pony Rides.

What the say:

We pride ourselves on our selection of well trained horses and ponies, experienced riding instructors and the highest safety standards. We have a number of horse and pony activities every day. We provide the horse and your riding helmet. All of the saddles are fitted with toe stoppers to prevent foot jams but a shoe with a small heel is recommended. Please dress for the weather, no shorts or short sleeved shirts and we do ride in the rain, the landscape, seascape, flora and wildlife are just as stunning.

Website: Argyll Adventure – Horse Riding

Argyll Adventure – Inveraray - 20 miles


Dalchenna Farm, Inveraray PA32 8XT   ? 01499 302611

PAINTBALL

Six different game zones in the woodlands. Min-age 12yrs.

PAINTBALL RANGE

This activity is under cover. Up to 8 players. 400 paintballs per player and there is even a Zombie kill of the week competition. Min-age 8 yrs.

CROSSBOW RANGE

This activity is under cover. Up to 10 players. Min-age 8 yrs.

LASER BLAST

This activity is played indoors it has flashing lights and smoke as two groups of survivalists battle each other to gain control. 2 to 10 players per session. Min-age 8 yrs.

Book online on their website.

Website: Argyll Adventure

Loch Lomond Leisure – Luss by Loch Lomond - 22 miles

Luss Pier, Luss Beach and Rowardennan  ? 0333 5770715  info@lochlomond-scotland.com

Experience Loch Lomond up close by Speedboat, Boat Hire, Watersports and Outdoor Activities.

BWSW qualified staff, Waterskiing, Kayaking, Wakeboarding, Wakesurf, Guided Canoe Tours, Pedal Boats, Speedboat Tours, Banana Boats, Ringo Rides, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Bike Hire and much more.  Loch Lomond Leisure have all your Outdoor Adventures covered for small and large groups!

Find out more on their website: Loch Lomond Leisure

Quadmania - Quad Bikes, Archery, Clay Shooting - 27 miles

Stronchullin Farm, Blairmore, PA23 8TP  ? 01369 810289

Where: A scenic drive via Loch Eck and Glen Finnart – 27 miles from Lochgoilhead

What they say:

If you feel the need to be revitalised and have some outdoor fun, we offer you a fantastic experience at Quadmania. With over 2,000 acres to play on we guarantee an exhilarating outdoor adventure in Scotland at any time of the year. Choose from quad biking, archery and clay shooting.  Situated in the dramatically beautiful, unspoiled Cowal Peninsula in Argyll

What I say:

The video tell you all you need to know about how much fun there is to be had at Quadmania.

Find out more: Website: Quadmania

TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course Loch Lomond - 30 miles

1 Ben Lomond Way, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch G83 8QL  ? 01389 496055

TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course Loch Lomond

At the entrance to Loch Lomond Shores retail park, you will find TreeZone, the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course ….. Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tightropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges & gap jumps. Get a squirrel’s-eye view as you swing high in the trees tackling a host of TreeZone challenges. It looks fun. A good combination of shopping and something for the non- shoppers to do.

Website: TreeZone

Portavadie - Pool & Spa - 40 miles

What they say:

It is a wonderful light-filled, modern facility that brings something totally unique to the Highlands on the West Coast of Scotland. From the superb infinity pool and hydro pools to the tranquil treatment and relaxation spaces, we’re offering the ultimate in luxury and reward for our guests.

What I say:

Fabulous.

Website: Portavadie Pool & Spa

Take to the air - Sightseeing flights from Oban Airport - 52 miles

North Connel, Oban PA37 1SW   01228 573490

Where: 52 miles from Lochgoilhead via Invereray and over the Connel Bridge

What they say:

Argyll and The West Coast of Scotland is famous the world over for its mix of beautiful coastline, impressive mountains, and the beaches and scenery on the islands of the Inner Hebrides.

Choose from any of our 10 tour’s, exploring the unparalleled views of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. View from the air such iconic places as Castle Stalker, The Island of Mull, The Bridge over the Atlantic and mighty Ben Nevis.

What I say:

What a great way to see the west of Scotland.

From their base at Oban Airport, in just minutes you are heading up over Oban with views of the islands, lochs, mountains and castles that make this a wonderful area to enjoy from the air.

Choose rom a range of tours heading north to Ben Nevis, west to the island of Mull, south to Jura and the Bridge over the Atlantic or east to Ben Cruachan and Loch Awe.

Website: FlyScenicScotland

Attractions – mileages are from Lochgoilhead

Ardkinglas House - House Tour and Woodland Gardens - 8 miles

Ardkinglas House, Cairndow, PA26 8BG  ? 01499 600261

Where:

On the way to Invereray. Follow signs from the main road as you approach Cairndow. 8 miles from Lochgoilhead

What they say:

Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Estate covers about 4800 hectares. Ardkinglas house is an architectural gem and provides a very special setting for weddings, family parties and other events. The Woodland Garden is open all the year round with an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the “Mightiest Conifer in Europe”.

The House
The House is still a much-loved family home and although not open to the public on a regular basis, a private tour of the house can be booked at any time of the year. A public tour is available every Friday from April to October.

What I say:

The Friday afternoon house tour is well worth it. This house is not a museum piece. It has a fascinating history, and the fact it is still family home makes it a privilege to be able to tour the property and gardens. The Woodland Garden is also worth a visit. There is a Gruffalo Trail which makes it fun for the youngsters.

Website: Ardkinglas House

Fyne Ales - Brewery Tours - 13 miles


Achadunan, A83, Cairndow PA26 8BJ 01499 600120

Where:

On the way to Invereray. Follow the signs form the head of Loch Fyne. 13 miles from Lochgoilhead

What they say:

Take a tour at our brewery with one of our expert brewers and see the Fyne Ales brewery and its history.
Formally contained within an old cattle shed, the Fyne Ales brewery expanded into a converted barn adjacent to the tap room in 2015, upgrading to state-of-the-art British brewing equipment designed to get the best possible quality from the finest ingredients used for all Fyne Ales beers. The former brewery continues to be used for experimental beer projects, including barrel-aging and a tour will include insight into the setup and production in both facilities.

Tours begin in the brewery tap with a half pint of beer and a discussion about the different ingredients that we use in our beer. Our trained staff will then take you around our working breweries and show you what it takes to make our multi-award-winning beers, with every stage of how we turn water, malt, yeast and hops into our unique beers fully explained. At the end of the tour you will get the chance to have a tutored tasting through each of our beers.

Tours cost £7.50, include a half pint of Jarl and take roughly 30 minutes.

What I say:

The tour is interesting, but it is also worth calling in to their Tap Room for a taster, a tea or coffee as well as their home made meat pies.

Website: Fyne Ales

Cruise Loch Lomond - Sightseeing Cruises - 14 miles

Where:

Various pick-up points around the loch. Closest is Tarbet. 14 miles from Lochgoilhead.  ? 01301 702 356

What they say:

Loch Lomond provides the focal point for Scotland’s first National Park being globally renowned for its natural beauty, history and tranquillity.

Cruise Loch Lomond offers you the opportunity to experience the serenity of the ‘bonnie banks’ from the comfort of one of seven vessels in our fleet. Whether entertaining clients or colleagues, considering having a wedding on Loch Lomond, or celebrating that special occasion with a private party in this unique venue.

The company has been operating cruises from the Western shore of Loch Lomond since 1978. A family business with its own Boat Yard/Maintenance facilities, we are able to keep the vessels to a very high standard, with a back up service second to none and an operation that takes pride in tailoring each cruise to your requirements.

The operation has grown over the years and we now provide a full schedule of cruises and ferry & waterbus crossings from Tarbet, Inversnaid, Rowardennan and Luss. The numerous list of products offer day trippers, holiday makers and walking enthusiasts exciting opportunites to see the Loch and explore the surrounding area at their leisure.

During the daily cruises we will sail pass the lands of the Clan Colquhoun , MacGregor, Buchanan, Montrose, Graham and the ruined strongholds of the MacFarlanes.

What I say:

The easy and relaxing way to take in the scenery and history of this most famous of lochs.

Check out their website for options and itineraries to help you explore.

Website: Cruise Loch Lomond

Inveraray Jail - A living Museum - 20 miles


Main Street, Inveraray PA32 8TX    ? 01499 302381

Where:

Park in Inveraray and walk up to the top of the High Street. Easy to find. 20 miles from Lochgoilhead.

What they say:

STEP THROUGH THE DOORS OF INVERARAY JAIL AND STEP BACK IN TIME TO A 19TH-CENTURY PRISON. EXPERIENCE WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE FOR THE REAL MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN – SOME AS YOUNG AS SEVEN – WHO WERE TRIED AND LOCKED UP HERE. EXPLORE THE ATMOSPHERIC HISTORIC BUILDINGS AT YOUR LEISURE AND MEET THE COSTUMED CHARACTERS WHO ANIMATE THE PAST IN THIS UNIQUE LIVING MUSEUM.

What I say:

As a visitor attraction – this is first class. Educational, informative, and fun. Do not even be tempted to buy a ticket at the door. Click on their website and buy a discounted ticket online.

Website: Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Castle - Home of the Duke of Argyll - 20 miles

Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, PA32 8XE   ? 01499 302203

Where:

Signposted at the entrance to Invereray. 20 miles from Lochgoilhead.

What they say:

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland.

Browse around our website to find out more about the Castle and it’s history and take a trip around our beautiful grounds & gardens.

You’ll also find out what’s on at the Castle and in and around the stunning scenery of Argyll.

What I say:

As you cross the hump backed bridge approaching Inveraray – look right for your first view of this impressive looking castle.

The castle is interesting, but the grounds are also worth a visit. Pleasant walks throughout the Estate.

This is the starting point for the prominent landmark of the Dun na Cuaiche monument. Wonderful views from the top.  Worth it if you have the time, and the stamina. Details on the Local Walks page.

Website: Inveraray Castle

Auchindrain Township - Museum - 25 miles


Where: On the A83, six miles south of Inveraray. 25 miles from Lochgoilhead.

What they say:

Step back in time and discover Scotland’s rural history at Auchindrain, the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township. Vividly imagine life in the old Highlands as you walk through the settlement and see how ordinary people lived and worked. Step into the restored longhouses, see the objects of everyday life and learn about the past inhabitants. Explore the byres, stables and fields to understand how groups of families worked the land in common. Uncover a fascinating, long-vanished Scottish way of life deep in the hills of Argyll.

What I say:

Fascinating. For a glimpse into the not too distant past – pay it a visit.

Website: Auchindrain Township

Benmore Botanic Gardens - 25 miles


Benmore, Dunoon PA23 8QU ? 01369 706261

Where: On the road to Dunoon. 25 miles from Lochgoilhead.

What they say:

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies Benmore, an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.

Open daily 1 March to 31 October from 10am to 5pm/6pm

What I say:

Beautifully laid out on a hill side. You do not have to be a botanist to enjoy a visit to Benmore. Pop in to the spiral hide for a glimpse of our native red squirrels.

Website: Benmore Gardens

Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park - by Colintraive - 35 miles


Where: Not the easiest place to find. Check the directions on their website. 35 miles form Lochgoilhead in the direction of the Bute Ferry at Colintraive.

What they say:

Scottish Sculpture Park at Caol Ruadh (pronounced ‘col ru’) tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s secret coast, is a unique outdoor gallery promoting and selling contemporary sculpture created in Scotland.

What I say:

This is a real gem of a visitor attraction. The gardens and location on the shores of the Kyle of Bute are with the admission price alone. For anyone interested in sculpture and art, then a visit to Caol Ruadh is a must.

Website: Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park

Mount Stuart House and Gardens - Isle of Bute - 49 miles

Mount Stuart House courtesy of Mount Stuart

Isle of Bute PA20 9LR  ? 01700 503877

Where: Over the Bute Ferry at Colintraive and drive on south through Rothesay.  49 miles from Lochgoilhead.

What they say:

Mount Stuart House and Gardens are located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow. It is the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland.

The spirit of nineteenth-century invention is embodied in Mount Stuart – a feat of Victorian engineering, this neo-gothic mansion was one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age. Ironic, when you consider the medieval inspiration of the Gothic Revival. Set in 300 acres of grounds which include designed gardens, woodland and coast there is something for everyone at Mount Stuart!

What I say:

Make a day of it. There is a lot to see in the house and the gardens.

Website: Mount Stuart House

Corryvreckan Whirlpool - with Craignish Cruises - 60 miles

Ardfern Yacht Centre, Ardfern PA31 8QN ? 07747 023038

Where:

A scenic 60 mile drive from Lochgoilhead via Inveraray and Lochgilphead. Allow at least 1hr 30min so as to enjoy the drive.

What they say:

40 years experienced skipper/wildlife guide Lindsay Johnston invites you aboard M.V. Venturer to view the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Sound of Jura and the Firth of Lorn or for a Whirlpool Experience to see the maelstrom in action.

If the weather is reasonable we will run some trips over the 2017/2018 festive period. Please call or e mail to find out more.

For the 2018 season we will operate 7 days from the 28th March to 31st October subject to weather and demand.

What I say:

We go on this every year. It is simply a great day out, starting with the drive to Ardfern and then heading out towards Jura. Ospreys, Sea Eagles, Dolphins and the Corryvreckan. Superb. Highly recommended.

Website: Craignish Cruises

Glencoe - for iconic Scotland - 88 miles

Glencoe © Radek Sturgolewski Adobe

Where:

Head north by Loch Lomond and over Rannoch Moor. 88  miles from Lochgoilhead

What they say:

No description can re-create the impact of seeing Glencoe for the first time. It has long been one of the most famous places in Scotland, known equally for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past.

Glencoe is a place of history, wildlife, adventure and myths. The mountains were formed through violent volcanic eruptions, and then sculpted by massive glaciers. Fingal, the legendary Celtic hero, is said to have made his home among these towering mountains, while his poet son, Ossian, found inspiration in the landscape.

On 13 February 1692, 38 men, women and children of the MacDonald clan were murdered by a regiment of soldiers (acting on behalf of the government) whom they had welcomed into their homes. The tragedy of the Glencoe Massacre still has the power to evoke powerful emotions.

The Trust has cared for Glencoe & Dalness since 1935. We work to maintain footpaths, look after the fragile biodiversity and keep the landscape as precious and wild as it was when it first came into our care.

What I say:

So worth a visit I created a Scenic Drive itinerary to make it easy for you. History, scenery and viewpoints. Ticks all my boxes.

Website: Glencoe – National Trust for Scotland