Driving to Lochgoilhead in Scotland isn’t the kind of normal driving experience – but it’s Scotland highland we are talking about, so have to save the complaint just going with the narrow lane and on-and-off drizzle rain all the way.
It all seemed worth the journey when we reached our destination, Lochgoilhead Argyll Holiday park; the pointing roof lodge looks fantastic for the next 3 nights!
This holiday lodge is a 2-bedroom accommodation with 2 showers and 2 toilets. It’s a type of family accommodation most suitable for a 4+ party size.
The Master bedroom’s en suite has a much more spacious walk-in shower compared to the downstairs one. I found the closet and dressing table are all handy to use.
The kitchen is small but functional – with an oven, microwave, dining sets, cutlery, and a dining area that can look out of the window for a nice mountain view scenery.
The living room is equipped with two good-sized sofas, a coffee table, a CD player, standard TV (not a smart TV), and a DVD player.
We didn’t take any DVDs with us this time because, during our previous holidays, I could use onsite wifi to watch Netflix online, so there was no need for any DVDs. But this part of Scotland is not great with WIFI, especially if the accommodation is not closer to reception- which is our case, no WIFI connection at all!
For most of the holiday trips we’ve been on, rather than stay onsite within the holiday park booking an all-inclusive package, we’d always go for self-catering and go out-about exploring the area. This time is the same; on the first day, we went to Inveraray, a town that is 1 hour away from Lochgoilhead. The day after, Lochgoilhead beach itself made full use of the park’s facility. Then the last day, Luss, another beautiful Scottish town.
The spectacular view of Inveraray Castle was such a surprise to me, the interior display has demonstrated such wealth in this Scottish family – Clan Campbell, which has century-old heritage culture and art pieces attractive to people from around the world! The famous Downton Abby TV series has been cast here for the Scotland holiday scenes! Wow!
Walking towards Lochgoilhead beach only takes 10 minutes from our lodge. Daddy and the kids were trying the adventure route of walking along the stream and stepping on river stones all the way. What a sunny day as well!
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the swimming pool. There are also Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room for adults to use. The onsite restaurant has evening entertainment every night, Bingo, disco and quiz night, etc. The staff is friendly and pretty engaging with all kids. My girl got a Bingo prize to take home that night, yippee!
- Great view of Scotland if you are into nature and lakes
- Great for kids’ outdoor activities, so they don’t get stuck indoors with their tablets and phones all day long.
- Close to other tourist towns by driving distance.
- WiFi connection not being great plays a benefit for the family once in a while that all members will have to go back to the traditional way of communication, just a simple ‘talk’ without internet and text messages!
- Limited evening entertainment. The lodges are separate from each other to give privacy to each family, but in some way, isolate each family visitor group from each other.
- No communal activity centre, such as a kid’s sports facility or swimming pool.
- Poor WiFi connection (although this is also listed as a pro above). If you have to get out of the lodge just to get a signal on your phone a few times a day, it becomes a nuisance.
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