Set at the head of Loch Goil in Eastern Argyll deep in the Argyll National Park
Before the advent of the steamers, Loch Goil must have been a very difficult place to navigate with its steep sides and lack of land access. Until that date, Carrick Castle further up the loch was the main settlement, but after the steamers, Lochgoilhead started to grow as a summer destination for visitors. The steamers stopped around 1946 but today people access via the admittedly rather narrow roads. Lochgoilhead sits at the southern end of a network of single track roads shaped rather like a "Y" that lead north to the A83 and, via Hell's Glen, to the main road skirting Loch Fyne opposite of the town of Inveraray.
Despite the somewhat inauspicious location, Lochgoilhead has benefited from being proximate to the central belt and and yet retains a wild highland quality. Today, tourism is certainly the main business of the loch and glen with small camps of lodges and hotels festooning the shores.
The local major hotel, Drimsynie has a leisure centre which is accessible to the public and there is substantial walking nearby.