Where is Carrick Castle?
Whenever I post a photograph of Carrick Castle I am always asked where is it within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, often people haven’t heard of it before.. This guide will hopefully help to answer the questions about this gem and let you know what to see and do on a visit to Carrick Castle.
Getting to Carrick Castle
It’s a dramatic location, and one of the most remote villages in the National Park. If you’re coming from Glasgow/Loch Lomond head across The Rest & Be Thankful and then turn left just after the main viewpoint car park, following signs for Lochgoilhead. Alternatively coming from Dunoon and The Cowal Peninsula follow the signs for Lochgoilhead from the A815.
The 6 mile single track road will take you into Lochgoilhead, where you will find Carrick Castle clearly signed. To get there it’s a further 5 miles along another single track road. Residents and visitors are served by a bus service that connects the village three times a day. This is a luxury as there was a time in the last century that the only way to access the community was by boat.
Carrick Castle History
This small community is dominated by the castle that it is named after. According to the very useful information posted on the village notice board, the Campbells of Loch Awe built the earliest sections of it in the late 14th century.
The castle was an important staging post for journeys between the Clyde and Loch Fyne, Mary Queen of Scots spent a night in the castle in 1563. Now in private ownership scaffolding has been present around the castles exterior walls for some time.
Here are some photographs taken around the small community to show you what to expect. It’s well worth enduring the 11 miles of single track roads to visit this pretty spot on Loch Goil.
Carrick Castle Walks
There are a number of walks from, Carrick Castle if you want to stay alongside Loch Goil then the excellent Cormonachan Woodlands are just 2 miles away, here you can see red squirrels (check out our more detailed guide).
In the other direction is Ardentinny, which is 6 miles away. This will be the best way to see where Loch Goil becomes Loch Long. Carrick Castle is the end of the road so by boat, or foot are your options for going towards the mouth of Loch Goil.
If you are planning on walking around Loch Goil, I highly recommend a book by local resident, Leonard Gow describing 21 scenic Loch Goil trails. The book is sold around at various outlets around Loch Goil and costs £5.
We have written further guides to Loch Goil itself as well as some of the nearby places to visit, including Cormonachan Woodlands and Lochgoilhead. You could choose to visit Carrick Castle by boat, if so you can read more information and pay for mooring by the Carrick Castle Boat Club website. Along the road to Carrick Castle form Lochgoilhead you will find Loch Goil Cruisers, with self drive boats available for hir
We will be regularly updating this and other guides to the Loch Goil area, as well as adding some new articles. For now please also read about nearby Cormonachan Woodlands and Lochgoilhead as well as a full guide to Loch Goil.
This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.
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