Top 10 Things to do in Lochgilphead, United Kingdom (UK)

December 5, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Lochgilphead /lɒxˈɡɪlp.hɛd/ (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb [kʲʰan̪ˠ lˠ̪ɔx ˈkʲilip]) is a town and former burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, with a population of around 2,300 people. It is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute. The village lies at the end of Loch Gilp (a branch of Loch Fyne) and lies on the banks of the Crinan Canal. Lochgilphead sits on the A83 road, with Ardrishaig 2 miles to the south and Inveraray 24 miles to the north-east; Oban lies 37 miles north on the A816.
Restaurants in Lochgilphead

1. Dunadd Fort

2m south of Kilmartin off the A816, Lochgilphead, Scotland
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Dunadd Fort

Dark Ages fort where the early kings of Scotland were crowned.

Reviewed By Lonech - Copenhagen, Denmark

The area is where you can walk in the footsteps of the first scots. Very beautiful area and if you go up the small hill, there is a foodprint in concrete, where the first scot supposedly had his foot.

2. Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin, Scotland +44 1546 510278
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Kilmartin Glen

Reviewed By GandC_UK - Moira, United Kingdom

We spent 2 days of our week's stay visiting Kilmartin Glen sites, you could stay even longer if you went to the more remote sites. There is everything from pre-historic rock art, standing stones, stone circles, cairns, hill forts and a castle. The hill fort at Dal Radda was the ancient seat of the first Scots kings and the Stone of Destiny MAY have originated here.Some of the sites are easily accessible with plenty of nearby parking e.g. next to the cafe and museum, some need proper walking boots and require a climb or a trek.
Everything is free to enter part from the museum , but this gives context for the whole area.
It is worth getting the book 'In the Footsteps of Kings' it explains the sites and provides walks to take in most of them. It is available from the museum and they will send it to you in advance.

3. Tayvallich Bay

Tayvallich, Scotland
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Tayvallich Bay

Reviewed By aberdeenangler - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

This delightful spot is reached by a very twisty and single-track road. It is a small harbour and bay which is well worth seeking out. Great place to have a picnic or let kids paddle in the shallow waters.
I noticed some people had been hook-and-line fishing off the jetties but would have thought the bay is too busy with crafts of various sizes to encourage fish worthy of being caught to come within casting reach.

4. Craignish Cruises

Ardfern Yacht Centre, Ardfern PA31 8QN, Scotland
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5 based on 79 reviews

Craignish Cruises

Guided wildlife and Corryvreckan Whirlpool boat trips from Ardfern,Argyll,on our new passenger boat Venturer.Two,three and four hour trips,day trips and private charter.Join 40 years experienced skipper Lindsay Johnston for a memorable trip through the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife of this special conservation area.

Reviewed By ScotlandUK_11 - Lochgilphead, United Kingdom

A great trip with two adults and two children (15yrs & 10yrs).
The Venturer a lovely comfortable powerful boat.
Skipper knowledgable and confident.
Weather varied however didn't really matter ! (sun did come out eventually)
Corryvreakan Gulf "bumpy" and great fun.
Wild life ~ Feral goats, Golden and Sea Eagles, Seals and many sea birds.
Will do this trip again.
Many Thanks

5. Tarbert Castle

Brucehill, Tarbert, Scotland
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4 based on 131 reviews

Tarbert Castle

Reviewed By BettyBoo2u - London, United Kingdom

A relatively easy walk up steps and a path, we saw a couple of old ladies walking up with sticks at a leisurely pace so it is doable. Well worth it at the top. A nice little castle ruins with great views over the harbour, ferry and the Mull of Kintyre. If you go to Tarbert, you need to make the effort to go up and admire the views.

6. Venture West Day Tours

Crinan Harbour | Crinan, Lochgilphead PA31 8, Scotland
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5 based on 40 reviews

Venture West Day Tours

Boat trips and Tours, wildlife and the Corryvreckan, island hopping, sea taxi and private charters from Crinan and Tayvallich on our state of the art cabined RIB

Reviewed By rcspeirs - London

Despite some really driech weather, we had a fabulous trip. Sandy found loads of wildlife for us. Seals (and pups). Crane. Cormorants. Sea Eagle. Feral goats. Canada Geese. And of course - that famous maelstrom.
Really friendly and knowledgeable crew - will definitely do this again.

7. Crarae Garden Argyll

Inveraray PA32 8YA, Scotland +44 1546 886614
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Crarae Garden Argyll

Reviewed By LesGUk - East Anglia, United Kingdom

Visitor centre etc closed when we were there, main toilets were locked but the disabled toilet was unlocked. To me this is more of a forest walk, nothing wrong with that it’s very nice but there are not many flowers. Enjoyed spending time there but would not go out of my way to see it.

Harbour Street, Tarbert PA29 6UD, Scotland +44 1880 820390
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Loch Fyne Gallery

"Tarbert's friendly and relaxing shopping experience."Loch Fyne Gallery occupies a distinctive 1880s building beside Tarbert harbour. The fresh smart frontage opens up into the original ornate interior, and a spectacle of colour welcomes you. Eye-catching Scottish paintings and prints are the backdrop to beautiful jewellery, quality gifts, and books for all ages. Handmade greetings cards, maps & charts, art materials, stationery, and Scottish music complete the eclectic ever changing displays. A relaxed ambience, with friendly service and free-gift wrapping complete this must-visit shopping experience. Drop in and savour the warmth of this West Coast gallery. Open all year.

Reviewed By 25traveller25 - Stirling

There has to be something here for everyone! It's years since I visited Tarbert but this is the one place that had stuck in my memory - beautiful art work and a good selection of jewellery by well known and respected artists and jewellers. Arran Aromatics products, quirky cards and handcrafts fill the shelves. An interesting place to browse and shop.

9. Temple Wood Stone Circle

78 Lochgilphead, Kilmartin PA31 8QG, Scotland
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Temple Wood Stone Circle

Reviewed By Crystalline4u - Traralgon, Australia

I truly loved seeing this! By the side of the road ... completely free and utterly fascinating!
Maybe it was my Scottish guide but truly this will capture your imagination. The standing stones remind me of Stonehenge and you can't help wondering what occurred here so long ago.
Well worth stopping for.

10. Lunga Riding Stables

Lunga Estate | Craobh Haven, Lochgilphead PA31 8UU, Scotland +44 1852 500632
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5 based on 29 reviews

Lunga Riding Stables

Reviewed By Kelly S - Oban, United Kingdom

Thanks to the owner Patricia for a great ride out with her in a stunning location. Even though we're both riding novices she made it a very enjoyable and special experience. She also picked the perfect horses for us and we felt safe and comfortable in the Western saddles. Highly recommended, we'll be back!

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