Beach House

Self Catering

Carrick Castle, Lochgoilhead, Argyll, PA24 8AG

    4 bedrooms ● Sleep 9 ● FREE secure WiFi ● Dog Welcome ● Loch View ● Short breaks all year ● Any day arrival ● Refurbished villa in the shoreside village of Carrick Castle. Perfect for family & friends.


    4 bedrooms ● Sleep 9 ● Wi-Fi ● Dog Welcome ● Loch View ● Short breaks all year ● Any day arrival ● Refurbished villa in the shoreside village of Carrick Castle. Perfect for family & friends.

    What makes Beach House special

    A spacious holiday home perfect for family or friends in a get-away-from-it-all location overlooking Loch Goil in the Loch Lomond National Park. Piano player in your party? The baby grand in the lounge is a nice touch.

    The property

    This characterful, 2 story villa offers a good standard of accommodation and facilities while still retaining many of the original Victorian features.

    Just yards from your front door you are on the shores of this scenic, tidal sea loch. Perfect for fishing, exploring the waters between the rocks with nets and strolling along the quiet loch side road. With views north towards Lochgoilhead, south to the entrance from Loch Long and mountains all around, this is a scenic and peaceful place to stay.

    Ground floor

    Entry from the roomy, off-road parking area to the rear of the house with space for 3 or 4 cars, is via the back door, leading into a porch area. Carry on into the house to the spacious hallway where you will find a WC cloakroom and a broad, dramatic staircase. The drawing room is at the front of the house with a magnificent bay window giving you a full sweep of the ever changing panorama. This is the place to relax and socialise - with a baby grand piano, you can even enjoy live music if anyone in the party plays!

    At the rear of the ground floor is a TV/games room with a 32" TV, DVD, iPod docking station as well as a selection of board games, plus mountain and loch views for added distraction. There is a single bed in the room to sleep a 9th guest. Please be aware that if you are a larger party the TV room has limited seating. It is ideal for some of your party to have a quiet room to watch TV. There is no TV in the main lounge.

    Across the hall is a separate dining room with a table for up to 8 guests, who can also feast their eyes on the view of the loch and the 14th century castle through another huge window.

    The modern kitchen is behind the dining room and is fitted with all the appliances, crockery and utensils you will need for a self-catering holiday – it also has views across fields to the farmstead behind and up onto the mountainside rising beyond to distract you from the washing up!

    First floor

    Large landing and four spacious bedrooms to sleep 8 (9th guest is in the ground floor TV room)

    Bedroom 1: 4-poster bed, loch view, en-suite shower and WC.

    Bedroom 2: double bed, loch view, en-suite bath with shower over bath and WC.

    Bedroom 3: sleigh style double bed plus single bed, mountain and loch views.

    Bedroom 4: twin bedroom

    Family bathroom with shower over the bath and WC.


    Free WiFi

    Central heating throughout

    Freesat TV, Hi-Fi and Docking Station

    Fridge, freezer, microwave, 4 hob cooker, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer & BBQ

    Linen included - beds made up for your arrival

    Iron and ironing board

    Towels not included - optional towel pack available - £25

    Cot and highchair available

    No smoking property

    Off road hard standing to park 3-4 cars

    Games & books

    Starter pack of liquid soaps in all toilets plus toilet paper, 2 black bags, 1 bottle of surface cleaner, scourer, cleaning cloths 


    One well behaved dog is welcome. Please be aware that your dog is not allowed upstairs in the house. £30 per stay.

    Outside space

    Beach House has a raised patio area at the front of the house with a viewing bench and steps down to a lower lawn, which finishes just yards from the bank across the lane with further steps down to the high tide mark. There is a grassy area to the rear beyond the parking area, with extensive open views to the surrounding mountains, in the middle of which the house nestles as if in a bowl of green and purple peaks.

    Straight out of the front door, there are low level coastal walks along the side of the loch round to the next villages in each direction; mid level forest walks across the face of the mountains; and high level peak walks over the tops – not for the unprepared or the inexperienced at this level though.

    And bring your binoculars! Depending on the time of year the gannets put on a marvelous display diving for fish, and you can look out for seals, which are common. The oyster catchers are great fun running frantically around on the foreshore, stopping to thrust their long, bright red beaks into the ground; the hooded crows are fascinating as they fly up with shellfish and drop them onto the road and the rocks to break them open; deer are regular visitors to the shoreline in search of seaweed; and a rare red squirrel has recently been seen scampering along a bridge parapet barely 50 yards from the house.

    Porpoises are also regular visitors to the bay and in the last two years there have even been sightings of what are believed to have been minke whale. No matter what, you're in a perfect spot to look out for all of them with easy access to the shoreline, the woods and the mountains.

    We have to admit that the beach is not golden, tropical sand but primarily pebble and shingle, although there are sizeable areas of sand exposed as the tide retreats. However, the nooks and crannies among the rocks and the clarity of the water make for fascinating exploration territory as you paddle along the waterline, following the tide out and back – getting the kids back in for meals can be hard work!

    There is a collection of 'House Wellies' in a variety of sizes in the back porch to facilitate such adventures, even for those who only brought sandals – the water can be chilly on the toes and nobody comes to Scotland with a plan to lounge around working on their tan now, do they!

    Who will enjoy staying at Beach House?

    This spacious and well-appointed house will be ideal for larger families or groups of friends looking for good facilities within the property in a get-away-from-it-all location. Carrick Castle is at the end of a 5-mile single track road from Lochgoilhead, which is 5 miles down a single track road from the high point in the pass through the Arrochar Alps known as Rest And Be Thankful. Having made the effort to get here, Carrick Beach House is the ideal base for enjoying time together as well as getting out on foot and exploring what the area has to offer. This is a place for people looking to enjoy a family holiday, a get-away-from-it-all break or perhaps a special birthday or anniversary.

    You can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish; you can choose the pace of life that YOU want to live for a truly magical break in a world that really does seem to be somewhere else entirely, in the house on the beach at the end of the road.

    Good Housekeeping Deposit

    You are required to provide a Credit / Debit Card prior to arrival for the pre-authorisation of funds to the value of £100. This authorisation will be removed from your card after departure provided that Beach House is undamaged, clean and tidy. Single-sex and youth group bookings are only accepted if declared and agreed at the time of booking and may be subject to an additional deposit. Pre-authorisation is not a charge and no funds will be debited from your account unless you forfeit your pre-authorised amount. Please note that in the event that any damage is greater than the security deposit you are liable for the difference. Should a charge be made you have the right to dispute it with your card company who will be the final arbiter. 

    • FAQ's


      • 6 miles to The Goil Inn which is the village pub. Bar meals & take-away, pool table and TV for watching sport
      • The Goil Inn has regular Friday night bar entertainment and acoustic nights. 
      • 6 miles to the Shore House Inn in a beautiful location at the head of Loch Goil. Restaurant and bar. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Take-away pizzas. 
      • 5 miles to the Drimsynie Estate. Regular entertainment and family nights (during holiday dates). They have the Rob Roy Lounge for bar meals and the Fireside Bar.
      • 5 miles to The Bistro in the Drimsynie House Hotel. Not open every night. 


      • 5 miles to the Leisure Centre with 25m indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room & gym. Available on a pay-as-you-go basis
      • 5 miles to a 9-hole loch side golf course - pay-on-the-day
      • 5 miles to Argyll Bike Hire - will deliver bikes to the holiday home. 
      • 2 mile to Loch Goil Cruisers - all year boat hire
      • Fishing on the shores of Loch Goil - or hire a boat


      • 6 miles to the Post Office, newsagent and small grocery store
      • 5 miles to the Costcutter mini-market - open 7 days
      • No supermarket delivers to the village. Many guests shop at ASDA or Morrisons in Dumbarton or the Co-Op in Balloch on the way to Lochgoilhead
      • Petrol - there is no garage in the village. Nearest petrol stations are: Strachur, Arrochar and Inveraray


      • There is no shop, pub or restaurant in Carrick Castle village
      • Mobile phone reception - Vodafone - if you use another service please check with your provider about cover
      • 2 miles to The Lodge wedding venue
      • Get the most out of your stay. Services of a local agent available for walking and tourist information
      • Glasgow Airport 48 miles - 1 hr 15 min
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    Opening Times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Beach House Holiday Home
    £120.00 per unit per night

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Holiday Rentals
    • Seasonal Breaks
    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Linen Provided Beds are made up for your arrival
    • Microwave

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV Lounge
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • On Public Transport Route


    • Restaurant The Goil Inn and Shorehouse Inn are 5 miles away
    • Shop There is a Costcutter mini market 4 miles away


    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area Picnic tables by the castle


    • Lochside Location
    • Mountains area
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Village Location
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome

    Road Directions

    Lochgoilhead is situated just over an hours drive from Glasgow Airport. It is a small rural village, situated at the head of a sea loch (tidal lake) in stunning fjord like setting.

    From Glasgow M8 motorway head past airport and follow signs for the Erskine Bridge. Over the Erskine Bridge follow the A82 for Loch Lomond.
    Drive alongside Loch Lomond on the A82 until Tarbet (Note - There are several Tarbets in Scotland!) At Tarbet keep left onto the A83 passing through Arrochar.

    Several miles after Arrochar you will start to climb a very significant hill. This is known as the 'Rest and be Thankful'. At the top of the hill there is a car park and viewpoint, and a small road signposted 'Lochgoilhead' .

    Follow this road - (take care - single track!) for approximately 6 miles into the village.

    Carrick Castle village is 5 miles further down the loch.

    Detailed directions are included with your final confirmation. We make sure the holiday property is really easy to find.

    Public Transport Directions

    There is public transport by bus to the village from Dunoon. Use the Traveline Scotland link right of this box to check times.

    Transport within Scotland

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    YouTube video from in front of Beach House

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