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At the end of last century, Lochgoilhead was described as “not easily surpassed for beauty of situation and fine scenery” and we’re pleased to say, nothing has changed!

Here at Argyll Holidays, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the great outdoors, with multiple good forestry roads and paths in the surrounding area. The paths vary from scenic, offering exceptional views from the hills around the village, to rougher routes perfect for the experienced walker in need of a challenge—overall making Argyll the perfect place to plan your walking holiday! Here are a list of our favourite local walks complete with downloadable maps.


Hunter's Quay Walks

The beautiful countryside around Hunter's Quay Holiday Village is perfect for taking a stroll. Whether you wish to take a short walk or a longer, more adventurous trek through the surrounding woodlands, there is a route to suit your requirements.  We've compiled four walks in the document below, ranging in duration from 30 minutes to two hours.


The Dukes Pass Circular Walk—5km

One of the most popular walks in the local area, The Dukes Pass Circular Walk is located close by to our Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village. The walk takes 2—3 hours to complete so it is definitely one for a committed walker, and if you are thinking of taking kids along, make sure you pack a picnic! The route takes you across the rugged Ardgartan Peninsula in the section above the east shore of Loch Goil. Our written instructions offer a step by step guide of the route ensuring you don’t miss any important turns; the map is even available to download meaning you can follow it on your smartphone with ease.  Click on the image below to access the map.




Dun Na Cuiache Woodland Walk—2.4km

This walk takes place around Inveraray Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, and is located merely half an hour from our Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village. Inverary is one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, with the surrounding area of the Argyll Estate offering an extensive selection of stunning scenery, as well as a great traditional tearoom if you fancy a break! For more historical facts about the surrounding area check out our accompanying blog here.



Inverawe Nature Trails—distances vary

This selection of routes are based around the Inverawe Smokehouse, a popular attraction located nearby to our Loch Awe Holiday Park. The walks include, Balure Walk (45 minutes); Lily Loch Trail (20 minutes); Riverside Walk (30 minutes); and Loch Etive Walk (30 minutes). The walks are particularly popular with locals and dog walkers, exploring many a hidden cove of forest and making wonderful use of the lochside. There is plenty of wildlife to spot on these trails so make sure you take along a camera!


Drimsynie Circular Walk—3km

A favourite with holiday goers, this walk starts in the Drimsynie House Hotel car park and is clearly signposted. Taking you all the way to Corrow Farm, this walk is most enjoyable on a sunny day and very popular with dogs! You can extend this walk by continuing on to the Gleann Ban Walk featured below.

Drimsynie Circular Walk


Other popular walks include: 

Gleann Ban Walk—3km

A linear walk sign posted from the bottom of Corrow Brae ending at the Gleann Ban Gorge. There is a slight climb on gravel path but overall a very nice and easy walk.

Meeting of the Waters Walk—5km

This walk is well signposted from Arboretum opposite the primary school. Follow the path behind the Lochgoilhead Centre and take the uphill path at the kissing gate. There are impressive waterfalls at the top of the path. Follow the ‘Forest Walk’ sign to the left so as to avoid climbing onto the Cowal Way Path. At the highest point on the circuit it is possible to extend the walk by following the blue waymarkers back to the glen road. Otherwise, keep left and follow the red markers, now heading downhill with some great views through the trees to the surrounding hills and over towards the head of the loch.

Lettermay Walk—20km—not for the faint hearted!

Starts at Lettermay (first road on the right after Corrow Farm) and follow the forestry road as it climbs and twists its way around the hills until you are above Drimsynie. You reach the public road again at Drimsyniebeag. Keep to the public road to come back to the village and look out for the excellent views back over Loch Goil and up to the head of the glen. The forestry road is easy walking but it is a long walk although it's well worth it! Car parking is available at both ends of the walk if you don't fancy the trek home!

In the best interest of the local environment, always remember to take care of your surroundings and preserve their natural beauty whilst walking.


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