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Here at Argyll Holidays, we have a park to suit everyone. Are you a young couple looking for a quiet, romantic weekend away? A family looking for your next dream holiday? Perhaps you are looking for an escape from the city, a new home from home, or a wild week of outdoor adventure? We have broken down the best of our parks to help you decide just what kind of experience you are looking for.

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Drimsynie

Drimsynie Estate, Est. 1967, is the original site for Argyll Holidays. Just over 50 years ago a man named Douglas Campbell and his wife Jean sold the first Caravan to be parked in a field within Lochgoilhead, and so the story of Argyll Holidays began.

Lochgoilhead is home to several stunning hiking routes including to Donich Waterfall and Ben Donich, as well as Glen Mhor to Pole Straights. If you prefer to cycle, we have routes for all preferences. For road cyclists we have several easy to moderate scenic routes and more difficult inclines for those of you who enjoy a challenge! For mountain bikers Lochgoilhead boasts a range of terrain and gnarly trails in stunning natural scenery. You can ride along through the mountains, forest, or by the side of the loch. The weather conditions can vary so be prepared and make sure you have all your gear packed! For spur of the moment or family cycles, Drimsynie House Hotel can provide bikes and equipment for hire on park.

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For avid hikers and hill walkers we have routes for every level of ability and trails packed with history. Why not follow the circular walk through time on the Old Military Road and Glen Croe from the Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint? You can even walk up to the F29 bomber aeroplane which crashed into the side of Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn, a hill in Succoth Glen, near Lochgoilhead, 1949, spreading wreckage in the valley between Stob na Boine and Beinn Tharsuinn. Local Leonard Gow compiled a booklet named ‘Loch Goil Trails’ A local’s guide to Lochgoilhead and Area, which makes for the perfect guide to the local walks and trails.

If town life is more up your street the site is close to Helensburgh, Inveraray, and a 40-minute drive to Dunoon. The neighbouring towns are home to a range of local shops and services. Dunoon is home to West Coast Cinemas who offer exclusive discounts to Argyll Holidays customers through our friends of Argyll Scheme. Not to mention a range of charming local cafes and stores to browse! 

Fancy an evening of traditional Scottish cuisine? Why not pay The Goil Inn a visit? The friendly old coaching inn has been pouring pints and serving up grub to locals and holidaymakers alike since the 70s. Nestled in the heart of the village of Lochgoilhead. With live entertainment booked throughout the year, the cosy pub is the perfect setting to enjoy dinner and a show while admiring the stunning views over the Loch Goil.

If you fancy something a little different, Drimsynie Estate is home to The View Bar and Restaurant, appropriately named after the breath-taking panoramic views that can be seen from the dining area and bar. The restaurant cooks up a number of delicious meals from seafood linguine, juicy steaks and outstanding curry, to more simple pizza and pasta dishes. Each made with care in our on-site facility, take away available! If you are looking for a lighter bite and a coffee, we have a range of costa drinks to chose from onsite as well as fantastic cocktails from behind the bar for those nights of live entertainment.

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If you are looking for an evening of cocktails and live performances, Our Rob Roy suite is perfect for functions and special occasions. Overlooking the entertainment lounge, the Rob Roy Suite is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail or two in the evening.  There’s a family atmosphere, allowing you to socialise whilst enjoying the live entertainment - and a well-stocked bar!

Drimsynie Estate is home to many species from deer, and seals, to herons, red squirrels, and pine martins! The best time of year to spot red squirrels is in Spring when they are out getting their dreys ready high up in the trees, or the Autumn when they’re gathering food for the winter.  There are a few key gardens and woodlands that are regarded as popular spots! Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, and Benmore Botanic Gardens are good places to see a red squirrel. Not to mention they are Friends of Argyll partners, so all Argyll Holidays customers are entitled to a discount on entry!

If you are more inclined to seek out aquatic life, Argyll Holidays has partnered with Loch Goil Cruisers to provide free fishing rod hire to any Argyll Holidays customers looking to hire one of their fleet of self-hire boats to explore Lochgoilhead’s shores, spot some seals and catch some trout! If you prefer to hit the water in other ways, Carrick Farm offer discounted Kayak, canoe and paddle board hire to Argyll Holidays customers and are located just a 5 mile drive from the Drimsynie Estate opposite Carrick Castle. They also run laser clay pigeon shooting if you fancy trying something a bit different during your stay!

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Carrick Castle itself is a popular tourist spot for visitors, the14th-century tower house sits on the west shore of Loch Goil on the Cowal peninsula and is located between Cuilmuich and Carrick, 4 miles south of Lochgoilhead. It was originally a Lamont stronghold, and Robert the Bruce recovered the castle from the English in 1307 but passed in 1368 to the Campbell Earls of Argyll. Even Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here within its walls in 1563!

'The Drimsynie Estate within Lochgoilhead is rich in history itself. What is now known as Drimsynie House Hotel, was originally built in 1860 for Ronald Livingstone, a Liverpool merchant. The design of Drimsynie House is thought likely to have been the work of James Smith, a Glasgow architect. Today the building mainly serves as a venue for function rooms and staff accommodation as the main hotel extension was built in 2018, the renovations bringing in some new additions such as the View Bar and Grill, and our Sequoia Spa, should you fancy a little pampering! Rusty’s Funhouse is also onsite adjacent to the pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The Funhouse offers indoor fun for all the family including arcade games, soft play, ball pit, badminton court and go carts! The Go Active desk is also based here for any activity bookings guest may wish to take part in including zorbing, archery and sea scooters!

Set in the beautiful valley of Lochgoilhead, the surrounding beaches, forests and farmlands make for a serene and action-packed holiday destination for all.

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Hunters Quay

Situated tucked away in an elevated position within the charming countryside, offering spectacular panoramic views across the Holy Loch and the Argyllshire Mountains. Hunters Quay is Argyll Holidays biggest park with a range of luxury accommodation - from cosy caravans to top-of-the-range platinum lodges with a private hot tub and all the essential modern comforts.

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For guests looking for a relaxing retreat, there are massage and treatment rooms as well as a fully equipped leisure complex with two heated pools, a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. You can even keep on top of your gym routine in our fitness centre and dance studio.

Evenings are never dull at Hunters Quay with our live entertainment and themed weekends. Whether you’re a Karaoke superstar or a quiz expert, we’ve got the entertainment for you. Every weekend, we host the best live acts or themed weekends including Cabaret Night, Vegas Night or a Country & Western weekend. There’s something for the whole family too with our Family Game Show and bingo. Kids can rock out with our resident squirrels, Rusty or Rosie at the kids disco.

Fancy dinner and a show? Hunters Quay is home to Hunters Bar & Grill, a  beautifully crafted bar and grill is conveniently located within the main complex and is the ideal place to grab a bite to eat or relax.  The cosy interior is complete with an open fireplace and soft furnishings, plus large flat screen televisions with Sky.  For those warmer days the large patio area is ideal for al fresco dining and enjoying a social drink - complete with views of the Argyll hills!

Prefer to take away? Quay by the Sea offers all your favourites from the comfort of your accommodation by utilising our convenient onsite Fish & Chip van. Offering a tasty takeaway service, this is a great option if you want to enjoy a cosy night in or enjoy dinner from the comfort of your personal balcony on a sunny evening.

For avid hikers, there are several scenic Forestry Commission protected walks onsite and nearby. You can even walk to Bishops Glen reservoir if you fancy the view or drive there to do a spot of fishing! Besides fish, there are deer and red squirrels local to the area to spot while out on your travels!

Prefer adventure? Hunters Quay has a range of activities indoor and outdoor for all ages to enjoy! The Funhouse is home to arcade games, climbing wall, areoball, and indoor racket sports. Go Active run several fun activities from the onsite leisure desk including water walkers, snorkelling and sea scooter hire!

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Hunters Quay also runs a few fun workshops for the little ones for those rainy days. Science kids give children the chance to take part in discovering what a volcano looks like when it erupts or play with colourful gloop! Prepare to get messy with this fun-filled science adventure! Pirates Paradise allows kids to be a part of a pirate escapade like no other. Dress up and join the Captain to play pirate games and find the stolen treasure in this swashbuckling adventure!

More partial to outdoor fun? Hunters Quay has onsite Archery and Crossbow facilities, body zorbing, and other Go Active activities that can be booked at the leisure desk. Raft Building is perfect for families and teambuilding, all on our front doorstep. Friends of Argyll partner Wreckspeditions also offers boat trips on their 7.5m RHIB to various locations in the Clyde including the Sugar Wreck (MV Captayannis), 14th century Carrick Castle, the Gantocks Lighthouse and the Holy Loch. They also provide scuba diving charters throughout the Clyde with pick ups from Dunoon, Inverkip and Largs!

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Loch Awe

This lovely park is located just 14 miles from the popular coastal town of Oban. Bordered by the River Awe, this spacious park is easy to get to, as it is located just a short drive from the A82 main access road to the west of Argyll. There is so much to do and see in this area and is the perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts.

Argyll is well known for being a fishing paradise, with its well-stocked shores, lochs and rivers attracting many keen anglers, while walkers and cyclists make the most of the beautiful scenery and mountainous landscape. Bike and equipment hire is available nearby for those of you who prefer to explore the surrounding areas by bike!

At the entrance to the park there is a petrol station with a well-stocked Spar shop open seven days a week all year round. There is also an onsite playground for the kids to use.  A few minutes away is the Brander Lodge Hotel & Bistro which is ideal for eating out. Loch Awe Holiday Park is all about location, location, location.

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The park is located close to St Conan’s Kirk in the village of Lochawe. The Kirk attracts visitors from all over the world with its magical lochside setting and easily reached location. From the road the Kirk gives few clues about the amazing architecture both inside and out. It is exceptional both in style and surroundings, with a strong sense of peace and inherent spirituality. Although one of the most popular visitor attractions in Argyll, the surprising size of the Kirk means that there are days when you can feel you have the place all to yourself. The lochside gardens offer stunning views over Loch Awe.

The park is also close to Friends of Argyll partners, Auchindrain Township, an original West Highland township of great antiquity and the only such township in Scotland to have survived on its centuries old site. The township buildings have been preserved, equipped and furnished to present the visitor with a fascinating glimpse of the way of life of the highlander. Also close by also sits our partner Cruachan - The Hollow Mountain. This reservoir stands at 1,315 ft and the Power Station is built deep into the mountain. The Visitors' Centre has displays and literature explaining the scheme. Visitors can book a trip to go inside "The Hollow Mountain" by bus.

For holiday makers, Loch Awe makes the perfect base from which to explore Argyll and Bute.

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St Catherine’s

St Catherine’s is the perfect park to visit when you want to truly get-away-from-it-all on the banks of Loch Fyne. St. Catherine’s is a small and peaceful park exclusive to only 64 caravan owners. Located on the banks of Loch Fyne looking across the water to the quaint white stone town of Inveraray and the Duke of Argyll’s Castle - St. Catherine’s Caravan Park encompasses quintessentially Scottish views. The park is ideal for relaxation and weekend retreats.

Argyll is well known for being a fishing paradise, with its well-stocked shores, lochs and rivers attracting many keen anglers. St Catherine’s is no exception and its position on the banks of Loch Fyne makes it ideal for accessing prime fishing points.

If you enjoy seafood  you don’t have to catch yourself, then you are in for a treat as only 7 ½ miles down the road you will find the award winning and internationally acclaimed Loch Fyne Oysters restaurant, gourmet shop and smokehouse. A Friends of Argyll partner and a must eat!

The park is just 10 minutes away from our Drimsynie site, where owners are entitled to free access to swimming, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym facilities! To have a look at what units we have available on this site please visit our Holiday Home website.

Friends of Argyll partner Argyll Adventure are located nearby, offering a wide range of activities for all ages including Horse Riding, Paintball, Crossbow and Laser Storm. Offering an action-packed itinerary for your stay!

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Stratheck

Nestled between Benmore and Loch Eck, our holiday park is set in a stunning mountainside location, just a short distance from Dunoon, on the Cowal Peninsula. The park is surrounded by delicate woodland and craggy hills, making it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This peaceful park is great for outdoor enthusiasts and keen anglers with wonderful walking and cycling paths close by as well as freshwater fishing available in Loch Eck. Stratheck Holiday Park is a spacious and beautifully landscaped park just a few miles north of Dunoon.

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Fancy a bite to eat? Stratheck Holiday Park is home to a Cosy Club House, complete with Flat Screen TV, Pool Table, Licensed Bar and Warm, Friendly Atmosphere.  Children are welcome until 8pm, afterwards they can relax in our Games Room next door. There is also an onsite children’s outdoor play area to keep the kids entertained year-round.

Stratheck is ideal for families as the park is set back from the road with a football field for them to run around and play in. Owners also have free access to swimming, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym facilities at Hunters Quay Holiday Village; just 10 minutes’ drive down the road!

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Loch Eck

Loch Eck is the ideal park for fishing and boating enthusiasts, positioned right on the banks of Loch Eck. The quaint little park which sits on an extraordinary elevated position overlooking Loch Eck and the surrounding mountains, is positioned right on the banks of the Loch owners can moor their boats just a stone’s throw from their caravan. Each and every property enjoys the stunning views and tranquil feeling of seclusion. Ideal for freshwater fishing in the Loch and walkers can enjoy an excellent choice of marked trails nearby.

Park owners also have free access to swimming, sauna, steamroom, Jacuzzi and gym facilities at Hunters Quay Holiday Village; just 10 minutes’ drive down the road!

There are two pubs within walking distance also, the Whitlefield Inn - 50mins walk & Coilet Inn - 2mins walk, both offering a 10% discount and both dog friendly. If you fancy a change of scenery and a drink or two.

There are several stunning walks nearby, including the route to Ports Glen, the Massen, Lock Eck Loop, the path to Lochgoilhead, and the walk to Ardintiny beach. And, as we own the shoreline, you can store your boat/s at Strath Eck,and launch the boat here into Lock Eck!

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Loch Lomond

With breath taking views, the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are the perfect escape from the city. Positioned right on the water, Argyll Holidays’ Loch Lomond Holiday Park makes the most of what the area has to offer with exclusive waterfront lodges that are perfectly positioned for a relaxing retreat as well as an active holiday.

Situated just off the A82, Loch Lomond Holiday Park offers stunning panoramic views across the ‘Bonnie Banks’. It’s the perfect location for relaxing in the splendour of the mountains, or as a base for exploring the many interesting nearby sights. Argyll is well known for being a fishing paradise, with its well stocked shores, lochs and rivers attracting many keen anglers.

The park is tranquil yet has a range of amenities both onsite and nearby, making it perfect for families, couples and groups alike. It’s got its very own jetty, a play park for the children, and a resident’s lounge/ games room – perfect for chilling out.  The small site shop is also stocked with all those holiday essentials.

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Fancy a bite to eat? Loch Lomond is not far from Friends of Argyll Partner The Slanj Loch Lomond. Slanj Loch Lomond is all about real Scottish hospitality. Fresh home cooked food, Real Ales & Live music at the weekends. Dog friendly. Families welcome. Complimentary shuttle bus from surrounding areas including our Loch Lomond park. All this is in the unique setting of the Ballyhennan Church, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Call 01301 702172 to reserve your table.

There is a boat park on site which runs boat trips from over summer (including speedboats), giving guests the chance to fish for a number of local wildlife including trout, salmon, and pike!

For those holiday makers inclined more toward adventure, we have Water skiing, Kayak hire, stand up paddle boards, and peddlo hire on site! Not to mention Glen Co skiing is only 45 minutes away (seasonal) and runs tubing during summer months!

There is a beautiful walk to the Falls of Fallock from the park’s location. The site itself faces Ben Lomond and sits below Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich. The area is home to a range of wildlife from Pine Martins, Red squirrels, and deer. To foxes, ospreys, red kite eagles, and owls! If you fancy exploring the surrounding areas by bike, there are facilities near by for bike and equipment hire.

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We hope to welcome you to our parks soon, and for all of you who have visited us over the years – Haste Ye Back!

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20 Mar 2020

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