Occasional views of Lochgoilhead from the summits of the surrounding Arrochar Alps aren't promising: a spread of caravan parks and hotels seemingly ruining an otherwise beautiful sea loch. The reality is better: a tiny village with its tourist accommodation mostly a respectful distance away, taking little away from the stunning situation at the head of Loch Goil, itself an arm of the much larger Loch Long. And that's about it - there's almost nothing to do here apart from take in the scenery. Carrick Castle (exterior views only) is worth a quick trip, five miles away down a dead-end road to the south. Despite being just 30 miles from the centre of Glasgow as the crow flies, Lochgoilhead is as remote a location as many elsewhere in the Highlands. Steamer services have long ceased, so the only access is by a choice of two winding, single-track mountain passes - no doubt hairy in winter.
Name: Lochgoilhead ★☆☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NN 200013 / shipyards miles pounce