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Enjoying a Socially Distanced break in Argyll

The world as we know it may be changing – but the beauty and splendour of Argyll remains uninterrupted. As we move forward with implementing changes to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests – we have taken the time to reflect on how best to navigate new changes. Enjoy this short guide on how to enjoy your socially distanced break away with Argyll Holidays!

6 Jul 2020

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First and foremost, our guests can be rest assured that we are taking the safety of our visitors very seriously. We are adhering to the Hoseasons Safer Stays initiative and are Visit Scotland Good to Go certified, so you can be sure to book with us in confidence. Although some of our facilities are currently closed due to social distancing measures – we are working towards reopening all facilities as and when Government guidance defines it possible. For updates on reopening dates for our individual facilities (e.g. Swimming Pool, Spa, Rusty’s Funhouse), please visit our Safer Stays at Argyll Holidays page where regular updates are posted.

Not keen to cook during your stay? Our onsite restaurants, bars and takeaways are now open, with outdoor seating with new social distancing measures in place. Holidays are more fun without the washing up! Why not curb your appetite with a delicious onsite takeaway option from DC’s or Quay by the Sea? To be enjoyed wherever you like, or simply in the comfort of your own holiday home.

Take Away with DC's Takeaway

No extra precautions needed for a good old-fashioned stroll, why not enjoy the scenic surroundings of Argyll along one of the many available routes near our parks? There are routes for every terrain and ability level – each with stunning views of Argyll. The perfect way to explore the wide-open spaces at a safe distance, with some of the most breath-taking views.

Take a look at our guide for local walks to try during your stay with us at Hunters Quay, all starting and finishing in the holiday park, and ranging in duration from 30 minutes to two hours. For a little further afield, you can always check out some recommended routes from Forestry & Land Scotland.

If staying with us at Drimsynie Estate – we recommend a favourite of ours, the Drimsynie Circular Walk! The route starts outside Drimsynie Estate Hotel and is well signposted, taking you on an elevated route to Corrow Farm. It’s enjoyable in all weathers and takes you past the famous ‘Fairy Pools’. Another local gem is the Dukes Pass Circular, which starts in Lochgoilhead village and takes about 3-4 hours to complete – so don’t forget your water bottle and lunch! If you are looking for a shorter stroll then the Cormonachan Woodlands, (situated only a 5 minute drive from Drimsynie Estate) is a thriving community project, with a series of different routes circling around the ancient woodland. Perfect for taking the kids to visit local wildlife!

A full list of our favourite routes can be found on our ‘Walking in Argyll’ article.

Family Hike

Are you a keen cyclist? Then we have something for you too! Argyll is home to cycling tracks of every terrain and level. Whether you prefer to explore near the water by road or tackle the mountain paths – we have a route for you to enjoy as you keep yourself safe in the wide open areas that surround all of our park locations. The Ardgarten Cycle Circuit is a fantastic route as it can be started at any point depending on how long you are looking to travel. Starting off from Lochgoilhead, after passing through the village you take the forestry road at the foot of Gleann Mor. The gradual climb out of the glen rises above the B828 main road and leads to the base of Ben Donich. The view from the top of the ‘Rest and be Thankful’ is a great reward for the exertion!

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If a more relaxed day of exercise is what you had in mind - Drimsynie Estate is home to its very own 9-hole, scenic golf course! This great little course spans 3604 yards, is a Par 62 and is open all year round. From the 3rd of July the course will be open to holiday makers to enjoy – safe, and in gorgeous surroundings just meters from the shores of Loch Goil.

Golf Course

Argyll Holidays is always looking to ensure your stay with us is as enjoyable as possible. As part of that mission we have teamed up with several businesses across Argyll to offer exclusive discounts and offers to our guests. Following new protocols we have highlighted a few of our partners who are back up and running – looking to welcome you back!

Located at Carrick Farm - just 4 miles from Drimsynie Estate - Our Friends of Argyll partner Lochgoilhead Kayak Hire can accommodate group of up to 17 in their sit-on-top kayaks, spottyak, open canoes & stand-up paddle boards. Why not take advantage of your exclusive discount and book with them today!  Enjoy the stunning surroundings by water - get up close and personal to the aquatic wildlife that resides in the loch, all while keeping safely socially distanced off the shore.

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If you prefer to explore the water by alternative means – Loch Goil Cruisers are now operating again – ensuring each self-drive boat is sterilised before its next use. Your exclusive discount gives you access to free fishing equipment, and the harbour is situated only 5 minutes away from a popular seal spotting area! A perfect day out for the family, and it’s only a 10-minute walk from Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village.

Our partners ar Seafari offer guests an exclusive discount on their Wildlife Tours visiting the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the World's Third Largest Whirlpool. Porpoise, dolphins, whales, seals, and the occasional otter can be spotted on their tours! Their two-hour nature spectacular is set amongst the many islands in the area. They are open for private charters / social bubble tours from 9th July and then for more scheduled tours from 15th July onwards. Book with them today for an adventure on the high sea, and check their webpage for updates. An exciting day out worth booking!

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For a different experience on the water at an exclusive price, our partner Cruise Loch Lomond are back open with cruises departing daily from Tarbet Pier and Luss Pier. Cruise Loch Lomond offers you the opportunity to experience the serenity of the ‘bonnie banks’ from the comfort of one of seven vessels in their fleet. Cruise through the focal point of Scotland’s first National Park - Book online to redeem your offer and secure your space!

TreeZone

Friends of Argyll partner Treezone is now open and all other activities (including canoeing, gorge walking, river sledging, river tubing, archery, axe throwing) are scheduled to start again from this weekend onwards! Treezone offers the perfect day out for all the family – not to mention one of the best views in the country from the final zip wire! For more information on what activities are available please visit their website.  

We hope that you enjoy some of the exciting activities we have on offer here at Argyll Holidays, in the understanding that every measure has been taken to ensure the safety of our guests and employees as we reopen our doors. Although much is changing, our promise to help create great memories stays the same! We are proud to have been the home of happy holidays for over 50 years – and will continue to put our guests first. We can’t wait to welcome you back for your next stay – we missed you!

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