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Strathlachlan Lodge offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty to make their stay on the estate a memorable and enjoyable experience. In addition the Cowal peninsula offers unrivalled walks, wildlife, fishing and much much more. Use the links on the right to find out what activities the Lodge and the Cowal peninsula have to offer.


The areas surrounding the Firth of Clyde are ideal for holiday escapes and it is here that you will find fine golf courses on the beautiful Cowal Peninsula such as the Cowal and Innellan clubs near Dunoon.


The warm waters of the Firth of Clyde offer rich pickings for the sea angler. There are many rocky outcrops along the coastline of the area that are easily accessed and give plenty of opportunity for sea fishing for mackerel to conger eels, as do the sheltered piers of Rothesay, Dunoon, Lochgoilhead and Tighnabruaich. Inland, Loch Eck, amongst the forested hills north of Dunoon, has angling for salmon, trout and powan, while Loch Fad on the Isle of Bute, again amongst superb scenery, is famed for its rainbow and brown trout. Lochs Ascog, Quien and Greenan, again on Bute, are excellent for coarse fishing, with fine specimen pike a rich prize at Ascog.


One of the best ways to appreciate the varied landscape of the Isle of Bute is on foot, following the many short walking routes throughout the island, ranging from gentle strolls to more strenuous climbs. A walk in the mature woodlands around Rothesay, the islands picturesque capital, offers fine views over the Firth of Clyde. There are plenty of enjoyable shore walks, such as the Ettrick Bay area which offers superb views over the Kyles of Bute. There are also walks into the heart of the island : from Barone Hill you have a superb view of the whole island. For those looking for a long walk there is the West Island Way - Scotland first long distance island footpath. The Way encompasses some of the best walking that Bute has to offer and embraces a variety of landscapes : seashore, moorland, farmland and forest.


The Cowal Peninsula also offers a number of varied routes for the walker. There are several high viewpoints in the West of the Peninsula with splendid views over Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute. Further East there is the choice of short walks along Forest Enterprise routes, or longer walks along the shores of Loch Goil or Loch Long. The Cowal Way offers walkers the opportunity to follow a long distance footpath or sample some sections of it.


With a magnificent sealoch indented coastline, as well as fine inland lochs and rivers, there is plenty of opportunity to indulge in the best of watersports in the Isle of Bute & the Cowal Peninsula. The waters of the Firth of Clyde are renowned as amongst the best sailing waters in the world, with islands large and small. Berthing facilities are available at Rothesay, and moorings at Port Bannatyne and Kilchattan Bay on Bute, Dunoon, Lochgoilhead, Strachur, Ardentinny, the Holy Loch, Innellan, Otter Ferry, Tighnabruaich and Colintraive. Sea canoeing, wind-surfing and kayaking are also popular, as is water skiing in the sheltered bays.


Cowal is the domain of birds of prey and red deer, and many species may be spotted within the unspoilt Argyll Forest Park, part of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The north of the Isle of Bute is the domain of feral mountain goats, buzzards and roe deer, while Scalpsie Bay is home to a large colony of seals who gaze curiously from their rocky perches at those who gather to watch their antics. Red squirrels can still be spotted in some of the inland glens.


Bute and Cowal offers the ideal location for trekking and riding, and there are landscapes to suit riders of every level, from novices to the more experienced. You can choose from shoreline gallops along wide, deserted beaches on the coast to shady forest trails through the Argyll Forest Park and around Loch Eck. The quiet, country lanes throughout Bute & Cowal are also excellent for meandering.


With its quiet country lanes, the Isle of Bute & Cowal Peninsula is an excellent area for leisurely family cycling. It offers a variety of landscapes, from rolling hills and moorland to mountains, which provide many opportunities for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The trails of the Argyll Forest Park on the hills surrounding Lochs Long, Goil and Eck are excellent for safe off-road cycling. South west Cowal has many delightful shoreline roads and the Isle of Bute is a cyclistâs paradise, being low lying with many quiet roads.


Ardgartan Shore Cycle Route

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A circular route starting at the Ardgartan Visitor Centre. Follow blue waymarkers down to the shore, then climb back up to Coilessan Glen crossing the Red Cycle Route, back to the Coillessan Events Carpark, and then back to Ardgartan Visitor Centre. Ardgartan Shore Cycle Route can be started from Ardgartan Visitor Centre in Ardgartan which is part of Argyll Forest Park. Arrochar is the nearest town or village.


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Cycling by the loch

The B8000 is a quiet single track road that meanders along the Lochside. It is great for exploring by bicycle. Bring your own or hire them at the Strachur filling station.


Loch Fyne Dive Charters

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Loch Fyne Dive Charters is based in Tarbert on the west coast of Scotland and commenced trading in July 2003.


They take parties of divers out into the largely unspoiled waters of Loch Fyne all year round and can also cater for pleasure and educational trips on the Loch and its surrounding areas of Arran and Bute.


They are able to offer air and nitrox fills to our customers and also to other divers who are enjoying the wonderful diving in Loch Fyne.


'MV Little Blue’ can be chartered to dive the sheltered waters of Loch Fyne on Scotland’s west coast.


MV Little BlueThe clear sheltered waters of Loch Fyne give visibility of 10-15 metres for most of the year and the scenery, above and below water, is exceptional with many new wreck sites waiting to be visited.


After two or three dives per day, evenings can be spent ashore exploring Tarbert and the Mull of Kintyre which provides an easy, relaxed holiday to suit the novice, experienced diver or people with mixed interests.


Little Blue viewed from the stern in Tarbert HarbourThe boat is MCA category 4 licensed to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew and carries up to date electronics, navigational aids and medical oxygen. There is a small galley for hot and cold drinks and snacks.


Little Blue is based in Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsular and will be diving the unspoiled waters of Loch Fyne with prices from £15 per dive. Air and Nitrox fills are available. You can also now view the first online picture of Little Blue's new big brother, aptly named Big Blue the latest addition to the Fyne Diving family fleet.


Loch Fyne boasts abundant sea life with scenic dives from 5 to 50 metres.


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Fishing on Loch Eck

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Magnificent Loch Eck just over 6 miles long and 67 feet above sea level, scythes through the centre of the Cowal Peninsula, surrounded by high, forested hills.

The loch epitomises Cowal - rugged and spectacular but at the same time peaceful, where you can while away the hours, and with our own private beach, our motor / rowing boats are always ready to go exploring. We are the only place on the Loch that offers people the opportunity to hire a boat and explore this very special spot.


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Trout Fishing around Dunoon

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Trout fishing around Dunoon can be arranged through Purdies fishing tackle shop in Dunoon.



We are very fortunate in the Dunoon and Cowal area to have some superb fishing in close proximity all of which is located in an area of stunning natural beauty.



There are a variety of angling opportunities available.  From running to stillwater, Rainbow Trout to Salmon.  It's all there and waiting for your visit...


All of the waters listed are managed by the Dunoon and District Angling Club (DDAC).  DDAC is a friendly local club with an emphasis on providing quality fishing in a relaxing environment.  The club and its members are very hardworking and knowledgeable.  Regular working parties are held to improve banksides, clean litter and improve spawning habitats.  You will find that club members are very approachable and helpful.


Fishing on all DDAC waters is via permit only.  For more information regarding permit prices and details, please view the Permits & Tackle link above.



After two or three dives per day, evenings can be spent ashore exploring Tarbert and the Mull of Kintyre which provides an easy, relaxed holiday to suit the novice, experienced diver or people with mixed interests.


Stillwaters

Dunoon Reservoir - A 5 acre reservoir situated in natural woodland near to Dunoon.  Stocked with hard fighting Rainbow Trout of a good average size.  Fly fishing only.  There are a limited number of daily permits.  Pre-booking is advisable.


Loch Loskin - A 6 acre lochan located on the A885 Sandbank Road just outside of Dunoon.  Stocked with high quality Brown Trout which supplement indigenous wild fish.  Occasional Sea Trout are present in the loch later in the season.  Fly fishing by boat (3 available) only.



Loch Tarsan - A 273 acre upland loch situated by the side of the B838 which is a short drive from Dunoon.  Stocked with quality Brown Trout of a generous average size which respond to a variety of methods.  There is an abundance of bank fishing available or the choice of 4 boats available to hire for traditional loch style fishing in superb scenery.


Rivers


River Massan - A tributary of the River Echaig located in the scenic Massan Valley.  The river provides a variety of pools, glides, broken water, gorges and falls for the angler.  There is a healthy population of Brown Trout present.  Salmon and Sea Trout are also present in the system from June onwards during spate conditions.  Challenging fly fishing with worm and spinning also permitted.


River Cur - DDAC have access to a pleasant stretch of this river located at the northern end of Loch Eck just to the side of the A815.  Tree lined pools and glides containing some lovely Brown Trout provide consistent sport.  Sea Trout and occasional Salmon are also present in this stretch of river from June onwards following favourable weather conditions.  Fly fishing highly recommended.  Worm and spinning also permitted.


River Finnart - A lovely small spate river that runs into Loch Long near Ardentinny.  Good fishing exists with some fine pools and runs from the Estuary up to the Warden's markers.  Fishing with a fly is challenging due to overhanging trees and bank side vegetation in some areas.  There is a good population of native wild Brown Trout.  This river also has good runs of Sea Trout and occasional Salmon following summer rain.  Fly fishing, worm and spinning permitted.



River Ruel - A super stretch of this fine river is available for fly fishing which is situated approximately 20 miles from Dunoon.  Fishy, foamy pools and slow deep runs await anglers who make the trip over to Glendaruel.  The river offers a good chance of a Sea Trout or Salmon to a carefully presented fly in the right conditions in late Summer or early Autumn.  Migratory fish runs on this river are now improving after lengthy, dedicated conservation work carried out by local bailiffs and club members.  If the migratory species do not respond, then you can target the Brownies with a dry fly !  Fly fishing only.


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  • Purdies
  • 112 Argyll Street
  • Argyll
  • Dunoon
  • PA23 7NE
  • Tel: 01369 703232



Quadmania

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If you prefer your adventures to be on dry land, why not try a thrilling quad-bike ride with Quadmainia? In addition to taking the quad-bike on the trail, Quadmania can organise other adventures to complete your day. You can go kayaking on secluded lochs, exploring ancient gorges, clay-shooting, abseiling or rock climbing - whatever your fancy. You can even combine your quadbiking with some River Rocketing! Quadmania will organise your dream day in the stunning scenery of Argyll in Scotland.

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