For your entertainment there is plenty to do, see, visit and enjoy in Lochgilphead and adjoining areas of Argyll. Depending on your particular preferences and the time that you can spare, you can have your pick from some of the activities that are available: you can visit castles, ancient culture centre, go for a walk in the parks, visit the standing stones or enjoy some of the sporting activities that are available here.
If you are interested in fishing, permits can be obtained for all Forestry Commission, and Local Club Lochs. You can hire a boat either at Crinan or Ardrishaig. Ardrishaig Boatyard, Ardrishaig, Argyll. Telephone: 01546 603280.
Craignish Cruises, 20 Creag Bhan Village, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4BF. They operate 7 days a week from April 1 to October 31, weather permitting and offer: 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour trips and 4 hour whale watching trip (departure times will vary). Telephone: Evenings, 0845 397 9824, Daytime, 07747 023038, email.
Fyne Pioneer, East Lodge, Asknish, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8SB. They are a Scuba Diving and Charter Boat business offering Diver Training, Dive Charters and Scenic Tours in Loch Fyne. They normally pick up from Ardrishaig. Fyne Pioneer is a 33ft Humber RIB custom designed for divers. She is coded by the MCA to 20 miles from a safe haven and is licensed to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew. With a top speed of 45 knots and a cruising speed of over 20 knots, she can be at a range of dive sites very quickly. Dive sites include Stallion Rock, Kenmore Point, Minard Isles, wreck of the SS Arran III and more... They also offer pickups in the clyde from either Largs or Inverkip, allowing people to dive wrecks such as the Akka, Wallachia, Beagle and others. Contact: Telephone: 01546 808085, Mobile: 07904 011774, email.
Loch Fyne Dive Charters, Boatyard, Pier Road, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6UF. Telephone: 0781 257 2681. Scuba diving, and fishing charters. Loch Fyne Dive Charters are Based in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll.
Loch Fyne Services, An Cala, Lochgair, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8Sd. They offer five different charters: Marine Wildlife Cruising Day, Corporate/Group Trips, Diving Charters, Half Day Charters and Fishing Charters. Contact: Barry and Vivienne, Telephone: 01546 886282 (office) or 07810 600767 (boat).
Seafari Oban, Ellenabeich, Ardfern, by Lochgilphead PA31 8QN. They specialise in a unique combination of high adventure and pure exhilaration with the thrill of close encounters with Scotland's magnificent sealife and beautiful scenery. Telephone: 01852 300003.
Swimming: There are some lovely beaches in the area, in particular, Crinan has a stunning beach where the Atlantic waters can be a touch warmer than elsewhere!
Mid Argyll Swimming Pool, Oban Road (A816), Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31. Telephone: 01546 606676. Swimming pool provides swimming lessons, water based aerobics classes and life saving procedures.
Ardrishaig Bowling & Tennis Club, Glenburn Road, Ardrishaig, Argyll. PA30 8EU. Telephone: 01546 602594.
Lochgilphead Bowling Club, Bank Park, Lochgilphead, Argyll. Telephone: 01546 606267.
Mountain Cycling can be hazardous, please take all precautions. Argyll is surrounded in woodland and lochs which could keep you cycling on a different track every day for years to come. Here are a few of the most popular cycling routes:
Crinan Canal Trail (Easy), The Crinan Canal is approximately 9 miles long and perfectly flat. It is a popular routes for families and casual cyclists;
Fire Tower Trail (Intermediate/Difficult), The Fire Tower Trail is a purpose built mountain bike track with a long hard forestry climb linking on to some fantastic single track which includes jumps, drop-offs and a section of raised wooden platform;
Forestry Commission Trail (Easy/Intermediate), The Forestry Commission have numerous tracks all over the area; these tracks are predominantly made up of forestry roads and tend to be a bit hilly.
If you don't have your own bike you can hire one at: Crinan Cycles, 34 Argyll Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8NE. Telephone: 01546 603511, email. They are open Monday - Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
There are a number of good golf courses around here, some of these are:
Lochgilphead: There is beautiful 9 hole Golf Course, Blarbuie Road, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8LE. Open all Year, daily admission tickets costing £15.00 available. Telephone: 01546 602340.
Machrihanish: If you like only the best, then this one is for you! Machrihanish Golf Club, Machrihanish, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6PT. For further details Telephone: Secretary: Mrs A Anderson 01586 810213, Fax: 01586 810221.
Tarbert: There is a fine 9 hole Golf Course in Tarbert about a kilometre away. Take the A83 towards Campbeltown for about 500 metres, and then take the B8024 towards Kilberry. Telephone: 01880 820565.
Argyll Trail Riding, Brenfield Farm, Ardrishaig, Argyll, PA30 8ER. In Ardrishaig there is a fine BHS TRSS approved horse riding centre. All kinds of horse riding activities are available for all ages and abilities. Telephone: 01546 603274, Fax: 01546 603225.
Mid-Argyll Sports Centre, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QU. Athletics, Cross Country Running, Physical Achievement, Squash, Weightlifting, Weight Training, and more. Telephone: 01546 603228.
Shooting: If you are interested in shooting, facilities are available at:
Ormsary Sporting, PO Box 7, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8JH. Red deer stalking is available in September and October with the topography making it possible for two rifles to stalk in any wind. High seats are located throughout the Estate. Rough shooting is also available, linked to hind stalking lets if required, with a range of challenging shooting - pheasant, woodcock, snipe, duck, pigeon and rabbit. Telephone: 01880 770700, Fax: 01880 770728, email.
Brenfield Farm, Ardrishaig, Argyll, PA30 8ER. Clay Pigeon shooting facilities are available at Brenfield Farm for novices and the experienced. All equipment is supplied and tuition is available. Telephone: 01546 603274, Fax: 01546 603225.