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Lochgilphead

Lochgilphead

Created as a planned town in the late 1700’s Lochgilphead is located at the apex of a short loch called Loch Gilp, on the western shore of the largest sea loch in Scotland, Loch Fyne. With the opening of the Crinan Canal at the turn of the 19th century providing a short cut across the Kintyre peninsula, the town’s importance and popularity began to increase.

Within the town, the individual shops are a great way to pass the time, with visits to the shellfish eatery on the main street and the likes of the garden centre keeping your experience unlike one you are used to in city centre shopping.

Outwith the town itself offers much to see and do. Take a walk up the hill to Dunadd Fort and step in the legendary Footprint of Fealty, or plan a drive along to the ruin of Kilmory Knap Chapel and learn about the great old burial stones inside – also close by to the beach if you are visiting in the warmer months.

We love Lochgilphead because...

  • Bespoke shopping
  • Good for wildlife watchers
  • An interesting history
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Hotels in Lochgilphead
The Grey Gull Inn
Glenburn Road Ardrishaig Lochgilphead PA30 8EU

Originally built in 1872, The Grey Gull Inn sits in a leading location by Crinan Canal and Loch Gilp, right by where they join into the beautiful Loch Fyne.

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The Grey Gull Inn
Glenburn Road Ardrishaig Lochgilphead PA30 8EU

Originally built in 1872, The Grey Gull Inn sits in a leading location by Crinan Canal and Loch Gilp, right by where they join into the beautiful Loch Fyne.

In and around Lochgilphead

Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve

Being older than most of the standing stones in the surrounding glen – over 5000 years of age – Moine Mhor is given a special historic edge. Its open pools and mossy mounds give the reserve real character and the presence of the hen harrier bird of prey only adds to its majesty. Moine Mhòr is one of the few British landscapes which takes in saltmarsh, peat bog, woodland and hillside.

Dunchraigaig Cairn

Located in Kilmartin Glen, visit a tomb set apart from the others on a shaded tree-covered terrace. This Bronze Age cairn, a mound of rough stones built as a memorial, is not considered to be part of the linear group in the area due to its unusuality. Inside it, excavations in the 1800s found remains of up to 10 individuals in one cist which was dug directly in to the ground and capped with a huge 3.8m stone!

Loch Fyne

Extending 40 miles, Loch Fyne is Scotland’s longest sea loch, which is located on the west coast of Argyll and Bute, connected to the Sound of Jura by the Crinan Canal. The loch is popular for water activities such as diving and fishing. Dolphins, otters, seals and basking sharks can also be spotted across different times of the year.

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