A small sea loch on the western edge of the National Park, Loch Goil forms an arm of Loch Long and a coastal section of the Cowal Peninsula.
The village of Lochgoilhead is situated at the head of the fjord-like loch, which is accessed via the famous Rest & Be Thankful pass by way of a six-mile single-track road. Look out for Carrick Castle positioned dramatically on the west shore of Loch Goil, some four miles south of Lochgoilhead.
The landscape at Loch Goil provides a magnificent backdrop thanks to the rugged mountains of the Arrochar Alps and the swathes of dark-green forestry. Many people simply enjoy the drive to the head of the loch, while walkers and cyclists can further immerse themselves in the scenery by way of numerous tracks and trails surrounding the loch.
Whether you’re looking for the comfort of a campsite or the solitude of ‘wild camping’, the National Park offers plenty of places to immerse yourself in some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.
If you are planning to ‘wild camp’, be aware that seasonal byelaws came into effect on 1st March 2017 which affect how you can camp in some areas between March and September. During this time, you need a permit to camp or (in some locations) to stay overnight in your motorhome in these Camping Management Zones.
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