North Lodge sits in the middle of ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’, an area of incredible natural beauty bordered by the beautiful waters of Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute. It is right on the Cowal Way, a long-distance path from Portavadie in the South to Inveruglas in the North, which was first devised by the previous owner of North Lodge. Covering 57 miles (90Km), the Cowal Way terrain varies from single-track roads to steep climbs; an illustrated guide to the whole route is available in the cottage or from – www.cowalway.co.uk. In addition to walkers, 90% of the Cowal Way can accommodate cyclists and horse-riding is also permitted on certain parts of the route.
PLACES OF INTEREST
There are countless places of interest within easy reach for a day trip:
- Benmore Botanic Garden, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk
- Isle of Bute, famous for Mount Stuart with its magnificent house and gardens www.visitbute.com
- Portavadie Marina, a modern complex with 3 restaurants, swimming pool and spa facilities, shop etc. – day passes are available and it's perfect for a rainy day, being just a few miles away www.portavadie.com
- Inveraray Castle, home of the Dukes of Argyll, and the rest of the town www.inveraray-argyll.com
- Mull of Kintyre , Isles of Arran and Gigha – all reached by Calmac Ferries. www.calmac.co.uk
- Ostell Bay, white sand and machair grassland (used to practice manoeuvres for the Normandy Invasion of World War II)
- Golf courses at Dunoon, Inveraray and Kames
- Horse Riding (Wilder Ways Riding - www.wilderways.scot), Sailing and Play Parks (there is a good one at Glendaruel)
Cowal Highland Gathering - end of August each year
Cowalfest - 6th - 15th October 2017 www.cowalfest.org
You will be spoilt for choice for places to eat within half an hour’s drive from North Lodge:
Wellpark Hotel, Tighnabruaich
Royal An Lochan Hotel, Tighnabruaich
Portavadie Marina (3 restaurants)
Oystercatcher, Otter Ferry (closed Wednesdays + Tuesday in Winter)
Creggans Inn, Strachur
Inver Restaurant, Strachlachlan
Loch Fyne Restaurant and Oyster Bar
We would recommend that you book any dining in advance, particularly during high season, and that you check websites before turning up on spec as opening hours do vary throughout the year.
Kames’ Producers’ Market in the Recreation Hall is held on the first Saturday of the month from 10-13.00 hrs.
For more information on walking in Scotland, Argyll and the Cowal Peninsula, visit www.walkhighlands.co.uk