The estate 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 left to find out what activities the Castle Lachlan Estate 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.