The village, as the name suggests is at the head of Loch Goil, a sea loch that is an arm of Loch Long. The Arrochar Alps are around the edge of village and the approach by road is made by a 6 mile single track road.
I love making this journey and always have a good time when around Loch Goil. This guide concentrates on the village and what to see and do when visiting.
The large scale Drimsynie Holiday Estate features a recently renovated hotel, lodges and caravans. There are excellent views from their restaurant which is in the main hotel.
Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
The long distance 57 mile Loch Lomond and Cowal Way passes through Lochgoilhead. If you’re walking from Portavadie to Inveruglas you’ll be about 3/4 of the way through the walk once you reach the village. The route is clearly marked and signed throughout Lochgoilhead.
Just by the waters edge, across from the villages main car park there is Pinetrees, an excellent card and gift shop, selling items produced by local artists.
Local Guidebooks for Lochgoilhead
I recommend two local guide books (both sold by Pinetrees). The first is Loch Goil - A slice out of Paradise, which tells the rich history of the area. The second is a guide to walks in the area, by Leonard Gow a local. The book of walks is £5 and sold at various other outlets around Loch Goil. The book describes 21 scenic walks.
From the main car park walk towards The Goil Inn, opposite it you will see a gate with a sign saying ‘Village Green’. This is a short walk, along the edge of the loch, with access to the beach.
Loch Goil Community Trust are doing an excellent job creating new outdoor gardens and spaces on the site of the old rifle range and curling rink. They’ve also developed a new river path.
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 Carrick Castle as well as a full guide to Loch Goil.
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