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Pet Friendly Places

As dog owners ourselves we know that when you come to a new area on holiday it can be hard to find places to visit where you can take your dogs. With this in mind we have been gathering information on local attractions, places to eat and drink and good dog friendly walks. We are always adding to our information and we are always pleased to hear from guests if they have discovered a new dog friendly establishment.

These are just a few places mentioned – we provide more detailed information in our information pack:

Dog Friendly Restaurants, Bars & Cafes
The George, Inveraray
The Stagecoach, Cairndow
The Coylet, Loch Eck
The Dug Cafe, Loch Lomond Shores

Attractions
Motor Boat Hire – Loch Goil
Loch Lomond Cruises – Loch Lomond
Inveraray Jail – Inveraray

Walks – too many to list here!

Of course Rhumhor is one of a handful of large self catering houses in the Loch Lomond National Park that is dog friendly. We welcome well behaved dog(s) with prior discussion and agreement and we are happy to allow dogs access to the full downstairs area of the house, provided dogs remain off all furniture and beds. We do provide a stair gate as dogs are not allowed onto the first floor areas. We ask owners to agree to some simple terms and conditions for our doggie guests and we’ve found that over the years our guests really appreciate being able to bring the furry member of their family along for the holiday. It’s much nicer for everyone if their dog can join in their short break or holiday rather than be sent off to kennels.

Time to treat your Mum?

Enjoy a Spring break on beautiful Loch Goil here at Rhumhor Holiday Lodge.   A two night break in March is £700 (discount available for groups of 6 or under.)  Come and enjoy the first signs of Spring in Argyll.

Why not treat your mum to a special Mother’s day weekend?

Spring arrives on Loch Goil

Spring arrives on Loch Goil

A House with Loch Views

If you are holidaying in Scotland you want to be sure that on those days you decide you’d like to stay indoors you can still enjoy the sight of the stunning Scottish countryside.  At Rhumhor you will be truly spoilt as the house has uninterrupted views over Loch Goil and the mountains that surround the loch.   It means that you can enjoy a different picture from every window each day of your stay.  The loch never has the same ‘mood’ and there is always something different to see from the house.  In summer we have dreamy days with the blues of the loch and greens of the Argyll Forest park. In autumn the gold and russet of trees and bracken provide a rich and fiery feel to the scene, and in the winter the snow capped mountains offer a cool winter wonderland.  As the house sits on the shore you can see a variety of sea birds, seals and even the occasional submarine from the front windows and from the windows that face the mountains you may see deer, foxes or even pine martens.  Rainbows are common above the loch, although we have yet to find that elusive pot of gold.

While all rooms facing the front of the house look out over the loch, our upstairs turret room has panoramic views of both loch and the mountains behind the house and this is the room to stay in if you love seeing the sun rise. Rhumhor’s unique picture windows on the half landing provide unparalleled mountain views, and even at the kitchen sink you’ll be distracted by another picture perfect sight of the Loch.

Winter Watch Back in Scotland

We are very excited to see that Winter Watch is back in Scotland on Monday 20th January. Scotland has some amazing and unique wildlife and it is always fascinating to see them captured by the BBC.

Of course guests at Rhumhor have great opportunities to see Scotland’s wildlife throughout the year. In the heart of the Argyll Forest park we are fortunate enough to be located in one of the last strongholds of the red squirrel in the UK. They can often be seen around the road between Carrick Castle and Lochgoilhead or in the forests around the glen.

Loch Goil has its own seal colony and in the last few months we seem to have our own splinter group at Carrick. A short distance past the castle and you can see them perching on the rocks and as you get closer there is usually a couple who come to take a peek at any walkers passing their shingle bay. As the house has such clear loch views you can sometimes stand in the drawing room and see the seals playing in the loch right in front of the house.

Pine martens, once common across the UK, will be a familiar sight to Winter Watch viewers. This summer we were fortunate enough to photograph and video one in Rhumhor’s gardens, beautiful creatures.

Summer also brings visiting porpoises to the loch. You can see them with binoculars form the shore outside the house, however it is even more exciting to take a canoe trip on the loch where you can find them circling you as they chase fish.

Throughout the year you may see red and roe deer in the glen. In September it is easier to catch site of a stag as they bellow accross the hills at each other during the rut.

Birdwatchers are always spoilt when they stay at Rhumhor as not only do you have resident and migrant sea birds, you also have birds of prey, buzzards, sparrow hawks and if you are lucky you may spot a golden eagle.

Guests this year have also reported seeing an otter in the loch. We have yet to spot this shy creature, however we will be keeping a close eye out during 2014.

This video shows some of the wildlife we have been lucky enough to capture on video over the past year. We hope it gives you a taster of the wildlife you could see if you book your holiday in our beautiful self catering house this year. We look forward to welcoming you to Rhumhor Holiday Lodge and Loch Goil.

Dogs are welcome in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Dog CafeThere is excellent news for our doggie guests this year. A new dog friendly cafe has opened at Lomond Shores, the shopping centre at the head of Loch Lomond.

It offers a warm welcome to dogs and their owners at the entrance to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The ‘Dug Cafe‘ is a place you can have lunch or just a coffee with your four legged friends. We will be adding this to our list of dog friendly places for our guests at Rhumhor Holiday Lodge.

We also recommend the nearby Balloch Castle Country Park, with its stunning views of Loch Lomond, for a walk with your dog either before or after your visit to the Dug Cafe.

Rhumhor is dog friendly accommodation (with prior discussion) and dogs staying here have some fantastic walks around Loch Goil and into the mountains and forests surrounding the loch. We can always offer advice on walks and places to visit with your dog.

Destination Loch Goil

If you are hunting for the ideal holiday location in Scotland then Loch Goil with its villages of Lochgoilhead and Carrick Castle is an ideal choice. It really is the perfect location for anyone looking to get away from it all, without spending hours driving ever northwards.

Loch Goil is a unique holiday destination. When you are here it feels like you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, indeed the peace, tranquillity and unspoilt views could easily trick you into believing you were many hours away from civilisation. In reality you are just over an hour from the vibrant city of Glasgow and within the glen you have a plethora of facilities to suit all your holiday needs.

Loch Goil is a fjord-like sea loch surrounded by mountains and the forests of the Argyll Forest Park. While it is located within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park it is still an undiscovered gem for many visitors to the park.

At the head of the loch you find the pretty village of Lochgoilhead with its post office and village store, friendly pubs, inns Lochgoilhead Villageand activity centres.

The village has been a popular holiday destination for a long time and in years gone by holiday makers journeyed to their holiday houses in Lochgoilhead via steamer from the Clyde river.

Today the village still has a mixture of permanent and holiday homes as well as the the leisure village of Drimsynie next to the village. Drimsynie has a range of facilities including a golf course, indoor bowling, swimming pool, children’s play area and bar / restaurant. Here you will also find a small supermarket and laundrette.

Drive further along the loch and you find the village of Carrick Castle, named after the 15th century tower house that guards the shore line.
Carrick Castle
When you stay at Carrick you immediately notice the absence of noise. With no through road the usual background hum of traffic is non existent, instead you hear only the lapping of the waves on the shore and cries of sea birds.

Instead of buses and trains you may spot one of the loch’s seals or if you are really fortunate an otter. Whether you like to potter along the shoreline or hike off into the hills you will notice the sparklingly clean air and how refreshed it makes you feel.

All around you are magnificent hills and mountains, sometimes snow capped or adorned with waterfalls and during the summer cloaked in the deep green of the Argyll Forest Park.

If you are looking for really special destination for your holiday or short break in Scotland choose Loch Goil. If you are looking for an equally special holiday rental for you and your family then contact us to discuss your stay at Rhumhor Holiday Lodge.

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Season’s Greetings from Rhumhor Holiday Lodge

Wishing all guests, past, future and present a wonderful Christmas and Very Happy New Year.

View our new Festive Gallery to see Rhumhor in its festive splendour.

Space and Time with family and friends

Our guests often tell us how much they have enjoyed the different rooms in the house. This guest comment from earlier this year sum them up:

“Thanks again for a brilliant week at Rhumhor; we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The house was perfect for all our differing needs, from our son at the age of 10 loved the wii (and the pool table) to my Dad who spent his quiet moments practising pool so he stood at least some chance at the nightly family pool tournament!
My sister loved ‘her’ turret bedroom; our other son at the age of 13, enjoyed his own space in the ‘quirky’ single room; my Mum, the quiet of the drawing room and my favourite spot was on the half landing.
Everybody was happy and the views were just perfect.
Rhumhor is definitely ‘food for the soul!’”

Of course Scotland, being such a green and beautiful country, does experience its fair share of wet weather, so it really helps when you are away as part of a larger group to have the space for everyone to be able to enjoy themselves indoors.

The large family room, with its comfortable Chesterfields, TV & DVD and Wii is a popular place for everyone to gather, while others enjoy the drawing room with its big comfy sofas, stunning views of Loch Goil and log burner. The half landing attracts those who like to sit and read or perhaps catch up with the on-line world on their tablet or smart phone using the free wi-fi.

Board Games Drawing RoomOf course on a holiday or short break you can’t beat some time together playing a good board game. In the family room we have always had some of the more traditional games, chess & chequers and trivial pursuits as well as some more ‘hi-tech’ Wii family games. This autumn we’ve added some more modern ‘low tech’ games in the drawing room.

We know it’s the little things that count on holiday and we are always thinking of things we can add to the house to make our guests stay extra special and ensure they feel like they are home-from-home.

Pine Marten at Rhumhor

We were very excited to finally capture on film this evening our elusive visitor, the pine marten.  We have known for some time that a pine marten has been frequenting the gardens at Rhumhor but had not seen one before for more than an instant.  Looking out at the back garden early this evening we saw him (or her) trotting across the lawn, pausing, running back to the trees and then finally going on his way.  It was a fantastic chance to get the camera out and take a photo.

The pine marten was once found throughout Britain. However the species is particularly susceptible to persecution and, in the 19th century, it suffered one of the most dramatic declines of any UK mammal.  Fortunately the pine martens held on in north west Scotland, and now with protected status, their numbers are increasing.

The pine marten is definitely one of the most striking of our wildlife visitors and we aim to encourage them to visit Rhumhor’s gardens regularly so that our guests will also have the opportunity to spot this beautiful creature during their stay on Loch Goil.

Pine Marten Loch Goil

Special September / October Short Breaks

Short breaks at Rhumhor usually run from November through to March, however this year we have two autumn short breaks available, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy a short break in the stunning Argyll countryside.

At this time of year the leaves are just starting to turn golden and the bracken is turning from green to russet.  In the hills you can hear the stags bellowing at each other as the rut begins, and sometimes you’ll even catch the clash of antlers.

It’s a fantastic time to visit Rhumhor, so why not take advantage of this unique short breaks.

  • Special September Bank Holiday Weekend Short Break – 2 nights from 28th September 2013 – £680
  • Special October Long Weekend Break - 3 nights from 4th October 2013 – £780

Contact Us now for More Details

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