Garelochhead is situated at the head of Gare Loch, 7 miles northwest of Helensburgh. And just 35 miles from Glasgow.
Today, almost 1300 inhabitants live in the village. Compared to other villages in Scotland, Garelochhead is quite young because it was formed in the 1820s.
Even though it is a quiet place and visitors feel like being back in time, Garelochhead is interesting for a number of activities, especially for people who love water and yachting. For those who prefer a walk, Garelochhead's forests are a good place to do so. Nearby Garelochhead are many possibilities for hillwalking including the hills Beinn Chaorach, Beinn a'Mhanaich and Beinn Eich. The village also has a community centre, the Gibson Hall and a bowling centre as well as an art gallery that opened in 2009.
An operation base of the Royal Navy, HMNB Clyde, is situated in Garelochhead but does not effect the beautiful view on Gare Loch. Also a British army training camp is near the village. Garelochhead has a number of accommodations with scenic views of the landscape. There is also a railway station in the village.
The Outdoor Education Centre in Garelochhead offers training for youth groups and schools. Nearby Garelochhead is the smaller village Shandon where the organisation Shandon Country Pursuits offers outdoor activities such as Clay Target Shooting, Archery and, off road drives.
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