Things To See & Do

Local Activities & Places to Visit

The Loch Goil area has possibly the best range of Activity Options of any small community in the west of Scotland. Go seal spotting or fishing on a boat from Loch Goil Cruisers, head off on a number of marked Walking Trails, enjoy a round of golf at Drimsynie.

Local Restaurants, Activities and Shops

Shops:

  • ASDA home delivery is available direct to Lochwood House.
  • Costcutters mini-market and public laundry – (1.5 miles).
  • Grocer / post office is located in Lochgoilhead village (2 miles).
  • Pinetrees gift shop (local jewellery, art work, crafts and cards etc) Lochgoilhead

Restaurants:

  • The Goil Inn, Lochgoilhead village pub and restaurant. Live music on most Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • “The View Restaurant and Bar”, “Rob Roy Lounge” and “DC’s Takeaway” are located within the Drimsynie Hotel Leisure centre.
  • Fine dining available at the Lodge on Loch Goil – visit website

Activities:

  • Cormonachan Community Woodlands (0.25 miles). Ancient Atlantic Oak and Hazel woodland with squirrel hide and contemplation shelter. cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk
  • Drimsynie Hotel Leisure Centre (1.5 miles).
    Offers a variety of activities including a swimming pool, gymnasium, 9 hole golf course, Archery, Sequoia spa facilities and indoor play area. There is also regular evening entertainment.
  • The Lochgoilhead area is a hill walker’s paradise. There are around 18 walks locally. A few examples are given below:
    • Glen Donich Trail and waterfalls – Lochgoilhead (2 ½ miles – allow 1 ½ hours)
    • Tom a’ Chluig Trail – Lochgoilhead (3 ½ miles – allow 2 hours)
    • The Cowal Way, which runs from Portavadie to Inveruglas, passes through Lochgoilhead village and is a popular 40 mile route for walkers and cyclists.
  • For walks further afield – Visit: www.walkhighlands.co.uk and www.visitcowal.co.uk
  • Lochgoilhead Kayak Hire from Carrick farm (2 miles). Take a leisurely paddle in a Sea Kayak and visit the local seal colonies.
    Visit: www.lochgoilheadkayakhire.com
Explore Further Afield
  • Ardkinglas House & Woodland Garden (10 miles).
    Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Estate covers about 4,800 hectares. Ardkinglas house is an architectural gem. The Woodland Garden is open all the year round with an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the “Mightiest Conifer in Europe”.
    Visit: www.ardkinglas.com
  • Auchindrain Township Museum (25 miles).
    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.
    Visit: www.auchindrain.org.uk
  • Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe (88 miles)
    Built at the beginning of the 16th century and well restored, this was the ancient home of the Stewarts of Appin.
    Visit: www.castlestalker.com/wp
  • Cruachan – The Hollow Mountain (40 miles)
    The reservoir stands at 1,315 ft and the Power Station is built deep into the mountain. The Visitors’ Centre has displays and literature explaining the scheme. Visitors can book a trip to go inside “The Hollow Mountain” by bus.
    Visit: https://www.visitcruachan.co.uk/
  • Duncan Bhan’s Monument (37 miles)
    One of Glen Orchy’s most famous sons, the Gaelic Bard, Duncan Ban (or “Fair” Duncan), was born in a now deserted township on the shores of Loch Tulla.  His extraordinary granite monument (44 feet high on the Old Military Road from Inveraray to Dalmally) was raised by public subscription in 1859 and dominates Glen Orchy and Loch Awe and its islands. Queen Victoria was thrilled by the view when she came to see it in 1875.
  • Fyne Ales – Micro Brewery and coffee shop (11 miles).
    Visit: www.fyneales.com
  • Glen Coe Visitor Centre (66 miles)
    Standing in outstanding walking and climbing country, the centre stands about half a mile from Signal Rock, from which the signal was given for the hideous massacre of the Macdonalds of Glencoe by the Campbells of Glen Lyon in 1692.
    Visit: www.glencoescotland.com
  • Glencoe village
    Two heather-thatched cottages in the main street house the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum, with Macdonald and Jacobite relics. The conical peak of the 2,430 ft Pap of Glencoe dominates the village.
  • Inverawe Smokery & Fisheries (45 miles)
    Inverawe has something for everyone, be it fishing, finding out how salmon is smoked, exploring the many trails and tracks, feeding the fish or browsing through the shop, or enjoying our delicious food in the Smokery Café.
    Visit: inverawe-fisheries.co.uk
  • Inveraray– (20miles)
    The new town of Inveraray and Inveraray Castle (home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and headquarters of the Clan Campbell since the early 15th century) were rebuilt in the 18th century.  Visit also Inveraray Jail and The Bell Tower.
    Visit: www.inveraray-argyll.com
  • Kilchurn Castle (35 miles)
    Standing at the head of Loch Awe on what is today a low, rocky mound, but which, in medieval times, was an island, Kilchurn Castle was built, probably, around 1440 by Margaret, wife of Sir Colin Campbell, first Laird of Glenurquhay. Her husband was away at the time – he was a much travelled man, visiting Rome three times and made Knight of Rhodes to boot.
    Visit: www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/kilchurn-castle-p859451
  • Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Restaurant; The Tree Shop Garden Centre; Café and Information Centre – Loch Fyne (11 miles)
    Visit: www.lochfyne.com
  • Loch Lomond (17 to 24 miles)
    Take a cruise on the loch. Stroll along the loch shore at sunset. Hike up a Munro before sunrise. Cycle over the Duke’s Pass. Spend an afternoon fishing, bouldering, or horse riding – whatever your style, you’ll find something brilliant to do here.
    Visit: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/things-to-do and www.lochlomond-scotland.com
  • Mount Stuart House and Gardens – Isle of Bute via ferry link (49 miles)
    Mount Stuart is famous for the Bute collection, one of the foremost private art and artefact collections in the UK. The building is renowned for its architecture, gardens and woodlands
    Visit: https://www.mountstuart.com/
  • Oban (58 miles)
    The Gateway to the Isles. Dominating the skyline is McCaig’s Tower, a coliseum-style monument built in 1897 to help alleviate unemployment in the area. Visit also Caithness Glass Visitor Centre and Oban Distillery Visitor Centre.
    Visit: https://www.oban.org.uk/
  • Old Castle Lachlan (22 miles)
    Take a day trip to visit a tranquil ruin set on the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne. Stroll along the rocky shores, then enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner at the highly recommended Inver Restaurant, located conveniently beside the castle.
    Visit: www.oldcastlelachlan.com and inverrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Portavadie Marina (40 miles).
    Stunning location with restaurants , infinity pool & spa
    Visit: www.portavadie.com
  • St Conan’s Kirk (38 miles)
    Nestled on the banks of the stunning Loch Awe, Saint Conan’s Kirk has been providing the local community and visitors alike with a most enchanting experience. It is steeped in a family history, unconventional approaches to design and magical and almost unbelievable stories that surprise and delight those of every age.
    Visit: https://www.stconanskirk.org.uk/
  • See Loch Lomond
    The See Loch Lomond website is an extremely useful source of information for both visitor guides and accommodation throughout the length and breadth of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
    Visit: www.seelochlomond.co.uk