ARCHERY! BOAT & BIKE HIRE! CANOE TRIPS! SWIMMING! BOWLING! FISHING! TENNIS! QUAD BIKES! PONY TREKKING! ADVENTURE DAYS
ACTIVITIES GUIDE! INTRODUCTION TO WHAT IS ON OFFER IN LOCHGOILHEAD AND AREA
! ! ! ! If itâ€™s activities you are after there is an impressive range of things to do in and around the area.!
Lochgoilhead has long been a popular destination with families, groups of friends and visitors looking to get out and enjoy some active time. It would be fair to say that there is nowhere quite like it in the area that can offer the range of things to do that are included in this guide.
The guide is designed to introduce what is available and then put you in touch with the activity provider. The availability and prices are subject to change so be sure to reconfirm when calling them.
Take to the water on Loch Goil by joining Ian on his Argyll Voyageur 10 person canoe trip. Hire a boat for fishing or exploring the loch at your own pace. Try out an Adventure Day on land and the water at The Lochgoilhead Centre in the village. Hire a bike and explore around the loch side, or if you can handle a few hills, head off to Carrick Castle. Matt at Argyll Bike Hire has a range of bikes, including various sizes for children, and even a tandem. The Drimsynie Estate Leisure Centre is open to the public and provides some excellent wet weather options, as well as things for toddlers and children.
Outside the glen the Argyll Adventure in Inveraray and Quadmania overlooking Loch Long are easy to reach and well worth the trip. There really is something for all ages.
If you are a group of friends talk to us about what can be arranged. We can point you in the right direction and make sure your stay makes the most of what is on offer.
As with all the Lochgoilhead Holiday Guides no business has paid to be included.This is not funded by advertising. What is included is based on personal recommendations.
The guide is designed to be viewed on your computer. If you prefer a paper copy instructions on how to download and print it off or on the last page.
Leonard Gow Lochgoilheadholidays.comâ€Š
ARGYLL BIKE HIRE IN LOCHGOILHEAD
Based at the Drimsynie Leisure Centre, Argyll Bike Hire is owned and operated by Matt Montgomery who lives in the village. Matt provides a range of bikes suitable for all the family. Cycling around the head of the loch is a pleasure. Looking for a place to go? Matt is happy to point you in the right direction, be it down to the end of Inverlounin Road where you can enjoy looking at the Victorian Villas, waterfalls and views, or the 5 mile trek to Carrick Castle. There are a number of forestry roads - use his local knowledge to make the most of your hire.
Mountain bikes, BMX, Hybrid, All Sizes, Accessories, Delivery & Collection Service Available
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All hires! include a ! HELMET
Half day! 9am - 1pm
Full day! 9am - 5pm
Weekend! Fri - Sun
Deposit - Refundable
Contact 01301 703177 or 07771 844786 Booking recommended
DRIMSYNIE ESTATE LEISURE CENTRE IN LOCHGOILHEAD
One mile from Lochgoilhead village is the Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village. If you are staying in one of the holiday properties in the village it is a pleasant 10 minute walk taking a short cut on a path round the head of the loch which brings you to the entrance to the Estate. Or, jump in the car and drive round. The Drimsynie Estate Leisure Centre offers an excellent range of all weather facilities and is open to the public on a pay-as-you-go basis. Daily visit charges are listed below. NEW for 2014 Drimsynie are adding a whole range of extra activities under a Get Lively header. Details on the next page. Open 8.30am to 9pm Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna & Steam Room
Adult Swim Food: £7.85
Includes £4 towards food/drink
Check timings for adult only sessions
Child Swim Food: £5.75
Includes £3.75 towards food/drink
6 to 15 years old
Daily: Adult £13 Child £7
Weekly: Adult £38! Child £23
Golf Balls: £1 Club Hire : Half Set £3
1 Hour £3.50
Half Hour £2.85
Half Hour £2.85
1 Hour £5.75
1 Hour Induction £15
1 Hour Personal Trainer £22
Jack Deposit £5
Contact the leisure reception on 01301 703247
GET LIVELY AT DRIMSYNIE IN LOCHGOILHEAD
NEW for 2014 at Drimsynie the leisure team are adding an exciting range of new indoor and outdoor activities under a Get Lively header. As with all the leisure options these activities are open to the public. A programme of events is displayed at the entrance to the leisure centre each week so it is convenient to have a look and plan them into your stay. Numbers are limited on a number of activities so pre-booking is required. It is recommended to avoid disappointment that you either contact the leisure team in advance or book your activity early in your stay.
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Contact the leisure reception on 01301 703247
THE LOCHGOILHEAD CENTRE
Operated by The Scout Association, the Lochgoilhead Centre is approaching its 50th anniversary of introducing youngsters and adults to outdoor adventures in Lochgoilhead
Making full use of the hills and rivers above the village, the space within the centre and the loch on its doorstep, the staff welcomes guests staying in the area that would like to join in on a variety of land and water based activities. With no set schedule what is on offer is subject to availability depending on the groups that are staying at the time.
To find out what is on offer during your stay call in advance or take a chance and pitch up at their office within the centre. As you would expect, all the instructors are fully qualified, and they will make your Adventure Day with them a real treat.
! Contact the office on 01301 703217
BOWLING, TENNIS & MULTI COURT IN LOCHGOILHEAD
! Within the village the Community Council provide a multi-court which is open to all visitors. The court has goals for a kick-around game of football as well markings and a net for tennis. You may have to erect the net depending on when it was last used. Provide your own racquets and balls. You can pre-book the tennis court in the diary in an office next to the court. Before you reach the multi-court you will see the bowling green. The Lochgoilhead Bowling Club has been playing outdoor bowls here for over 100 years. There is still an active club and they are proud of the work they do to keep the bowling green in good playing condition. Visitors are welcome to come along and enjoy a game during their stay. Payment for all activities are into the honesty boxes provided.
! Bowling - Season: April to September
£2 per person
Tennis - All Year
£2 per person per hour
Multi-Court Hire - All Year
£5 per hour
Instructions are on the notice boards at each facility
ARGYLL VOYAGEUR CANOES ON LOCH GOIL
Is there a better way to reach the inaccessible parts of the loch and make the most of watching the birds and seals than by paddling up by canoe? I doubt it. Leaving from the village car park you join a unique guided canoe trip either as a group or as making up part of a group. Voyageur canoeing is a fun and safe way to enjoy the outdoors. Their fully equipped 26 feet long canoe is stable, and seats up to a 10 passengers. You paddle as a team, making it an accessible activity for all ages. The steersman Ian welcomes the most inexperienced paddler to the most avid adventure explorer! Nothing is preset with this, every trip is different depending on numbers and the weather. Contact Ian and he will let you know what is scheduled.
! TRIP ROUND THE HEAD OF THE LOCH - 1 HOUR INVERLOUNAN BAY - 2 TO 3 HOURS STUCBEAG AND THE SEAL COLONY - 4 HOURS MEGA CARRICK CASTLE TRIP - 7 HOURS INDIVIDUAL TOURS MADE TO SUIT
Contact Ian Prescott on 07765 0165453
FISHING AND BOAT HIRE IN LOCHGOILHEAD
! Fishing on the loch, or from the shore, is free. Permits are available at the Post Office for fishing the River Goil, an attractive spate river with 30 named pools with sea trout and the occasional grilse. Best between June to October and only when there has been rain. Daily permit £15 or multiple-day permit – Monday to Friday £40. There are also two hill lochans to the east of Loch Goil. Free of charge. Quite a hike but in wonderful settings. There are two hire boat providers at the head of the loch. Ideal for getting out on the water, not only for fishing, but for enjoying some time looking at the birds, seals and scenery. For information on fishing you are best to talk to Bill at Loch Goil Cruisers or Tom at D.M. Auto Marine. D.M. Auto Marine
By the Jetty in the village
April to October
16’ Arran. Max 4 people
£40 - 3 hours
£60 - Full Day
19’ Orkney & 18’ Nordic
£60 - 3 hours
£74 - Full Day
Loch Goil Cruisers
On the Carrick Castle Road
22’ boat with cabin
£60 - 3 hours
£50 refundable security deposit on all hires
£90 - 6 hours
Rates include fuel
£105 - 9 hours Rod & Tackle Hire
£5 per rod
Loch Goil Cruisers 01301 703382
D.M. Auto Marine 01301 703432
ARGYLL ADVENTURE BY INVERARAY
! Head over to Inveraray, drive through the town and carry on south on the Lochgilphead road. You will soon come to the well signposted Argyll Adventure. This custom built facility offers some unique and fun options in the area including: Paintball, Pony Trekking, Climbing, Bungee’s, Crossbows and Laser Storm. It is possible to spend the whole day there trying out the different activities. Perfect for a family or group of friends who would enjoy trying a number of activities. Some offerings are Easter to October, so call the park to check for dates.
! Pony Trekking
£15 - Short Ride
£25 Scenic Trail
Rock Climbing 7M - 4 routes
Laser Storm - Paintball without the heavy kit
To talk over your day out at Argyll Adventures call 01499 302611
QUADMANIA BY BLAIRMORE
! Based on 2,000 acres in a beautiful setting overlooking Loch Long, Quadmania is worth visiting for the views alone. Add in the Quad Bikes, Archery and Clay Shooting and you have found a centre with activities tailor made to make the most of this beautiful location. The qualified instructors are on hand to help you make the most of your time with them. They will tailor make the event base on our experience. Beginners welcome. Ideal for families and groups of friends.
! Per Person
Groups 7+ Per person
Quad Adventure Trek 1.5 hours
Monster Quad ATV Trek 2 hours
Mammoth Quad ATV Trek 2.5 hours
15 Clay Target Shoot
25 Clay Target Shoot
40 Clay Target Shoot
Contact Quadmania to book or talk over a special day out on 01369 810289
Contact us if you have any comments or would like something added to this guide. Leonard Gow
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