Our visitor guide to Lochgilphead in Argyll, providing information on travel around the area, including how to get to Lochgilphead, sleeping and eating, self catering holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels in Lochgilphead, and other essential visitor information.
Lochgilphead is the main town in the area, and the administrative centre for the entire Argyll and Bute region. It's a sleepy little place at the head of Loch Gilp, an arm of Loch Fyne. Lochgilphead started life as a planned town, but the industries came and went, leaving it with the customary grid plan of wide streets but little else. Today it serves as a useful base for exploring the area, with a decent range of accommodation, a bank and supermarket.
Phone code: +44 (0)1546
Banks: Bank of Scotland, Poltalloch St.
Local Sights & Activities for Lochgilphead
South of Lochgilphead, and almost a continuation of the town, is the village of Ardrishaig, where you'll find the Castle Riding Centre, at Brenfield Estate and Farm, Tel. 603274. Here you can enjoy cross-country horse riding, beach gallops, pub rides or hire mountain bikes, sail boards, boats, or even try clay pigeon shooting and archery. There's a nice easy walk from the car park at Kilmory Castle Gardens, about a mile east of town, up to Kilmory Loch. It takes about an hour there and back and is well marked. The gardens also make a pleasant stroll and there are other marked walks, including up to Dun Mór (360 ft).
Lochgilphead Hotels & Accommodation
There are several hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in and around Lochgilphead. Best of the bunch is Cairnbaan Hotel, Tel. 603668, Fax. 606045, a lovely 18th-century coaching inn overlooking the Crinan Canal in the village of Cairnbaan, just north of Lochgilphead. In the town itself is The Argyll Hotel on Lochnell St, Tel. 602221, Fax. 603576, which has a moderately priced restaurant and lively bar.
Just outside of town, at Bank Park, is a caravan park, where you can pitch a tent. It has the full range of facilities and also hires out mountain bikes, Tel. 602003.