Local info

In the quiet village of Lochgair there is a lovely riverside walk with amazing views over Loch Fyne to the Cowals of Bute. The inlet of Loch Gair offers sheltered mooring and is a popular stopping-off place for yachters.

Within five minutes drive of the hotel are extensive forestry walks. At Loch Glashan, with its Hydro electric dam, there are beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and at Ardcastle there are many walking and cycling routes and bridle paths to choose from. In both areas it is possible to walk for miles and never encounter another person. The walk at Otter Ferry follows a path down to the shore of Loch Fyne and the ruined village and pier of West Otter Ferry.

Beautiful gardens

Also only a couple of miles from the hotel is Crarae Gardens, a National Trust for Scotland property. This garden is open all year round and features a collection of rhododendron and azaleas which provide stunning colour in spring and summer. Crarae is also one of the best gardens in Scotland for autumn foliage with its huge collection of birch, maple and rowan trees.

Local shops and amenities

The county town of Lochgilphead provides an excellent selection of independent shops as well as the usual facilities such as tourist information, banks, supermarkets and petrol stations. There is also a swimming pool. Lochgilphead is the place to organize bike hire from Crinan Cycles and fishing advice and permits from Fyne Tackle.

Slightly further afield

Slightly further afield, the Crinan canal runs for nine miles between Ardrishaig and Crinan. In the summer the canal is a hive of activity with yachts and pleasure craft. The Crinan canal basin is a popular destination, with stunning views to the isle of Jura. Boat trips run from Crinan basin as well as from Tayvallich and Ardfern.

Just north of Lochgilphead, on the road to Oban, is Kilmartin Glen – one of Scotland's most important prehistoric landscapes with neolithic standing stone circles and burial cairns. There are over 300 ancient monuments within a six mile radius of Kilmartin village. Kilmartin House Museum is the place to start your exploration of this historic glen.

Golfing

For golfers there is a wide choice: Inveraray, Lochgilphead and Tarbert each have a nine hole course - in summer it is possible to play all three in the one day! The championship course of Machrihanish offers 18 holes of challenging links golf. It is a ninety minute drive from Lochgair but is a real 'must play' course for golfers the world over. A new course has also been built nearby – the Machrihanish Dunes.

Other activities and attractions

Other activities in the area of the Lochgair Hotel include pony trekking and clay pigeon shooting at the Brenfield Estate beyond Ardrishaig. Argyll Adventure, near Inveraray, offers horse riding, laser clay pigeon shooting, bungee trampolines, climbing walls and paintball.

 

^ View of Loch Gair from the Black Quarry, 3 minute drive from the hotel.

 

 

v^ Loch Glashan, 2 minute drive from hotel. 

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