Lochgoilhead (Gaelic) Ceann Loch Goibhle is situated on the northern shores of Loch Goil, where the Goil river flows into the loch from nearby Ben Donich and Beinn Bheula in the Arrochar Alps. It is a small village of 300-400 people, its remote location in the Argyll Highlands make it a popular retreat for those wishing to sample breathtaking natural scenery, causing the population to double during the summer months.
Lochgoilhead became an established settlement in the 1750's with the arrival of Steamers in the clyde estuary. These eventually caused Lochgoilhead to become a holiday destination and the steamer services ran up until 1946.
The ruins of Carrick castle can be found at Lochgoilhead. This was originally built in the 13th century, the ruins which remain today are of a tower house built in the 15th century and burned down in an assault in 1685.
There are two outdoor education centres in the village,The Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre and Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre. Lochgoilhead also has a post office and a village store.
A few miles north of Lochgoilhead, you come up to a junction which will take you on the left through Hell's Glen, Loch Fyne, Dunoon, Inverary, Lochawe, Oban, Tyndrum, Glencoe and Fort William and on the right it will follow you to Glen Coe, Loch Long, Arrochar and Tarbet, Loch Lomond, Glasgow and Crianlarich with the options of travelling to either Inveraray and Lochawe, Oban and Fort William, Lochearnhead and Killin.
Lochgoilhead also has the Drimsynie Holiday Estate owned by Argyll Holidays on the edge of the village. This large complex has a swimming pool, bars and restaurants and has many Holiday Lodges and Caravans for hire throughout the year. It also has a popular dinner and dance each weekend and is a great place for a wedding or special occasion.
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