Carrick Estate News

Carrick Estate
Guests who have stayed at Rhumhor over the past couple of months have noticed activity at either end of the village of Carrick Castle.

At the south end of the village a pier has been constructed, and at the Rhumhor end of the village construction of an estate lodge, home and office has been under-way. This is all part of the newly formed Carrick Estate which has meant that hills behind Carrick Castle have been planted for forestry and tracks into the hills improved and in certain areas new tracks installed. The pier will enable harvested timber to be removed by boat, rather than using the road network and large lorries. The new buildings will be used to manage the Estate. The Estate is working on improving bio-diversity which means both natural flora and fauna should benefit and flourish.

A great benefit for guests at Rhumhor are the improvements made to the tracks in the hills behind Carrick Castle. We have always had a good network of tracks for walkers but now these include new entrance access points and improved tracks north and south of Rhumhor.

You can see more information on Carrick Estate on their newly launched website


Celebrate in Scotland with style

“Amazing family celebration for Mum’s big birthday. What a fabulous house, so cosy and comfortable! Amazing sleeps and lovely to wake up to stunning views.” Christies & Dowlings: January 2016

When you have a special birthday or other special occasion on the horizon you want to celebrate it with the people you love, enjoy your celebrations and have a memorable time.

Dining Room overlooking Loch Goil
Rhumhor’s dining room is perfect for a celebratory meal

Having the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, relax, enjoy good food and wine and be away from the stress of day to day life is the perfect recipe for a family celebration be it a birthday, such as a 50th, or perhaps a golden wedding anniversary.

Most people don’t have the room in their own home to host a larger family gathering and while meeting at a restaurant can be great it can be difficult to find one that doesn’t mean some of your guests end up stressed out by traffic and travel.

When you have a family with three generations, finding somewhere that suits toddlers to those in their golden years is daunting.

Booking a break at a large self catering house where everyone can gather together, enjoy each other’s company and of course celebrate a birthday or anniversary is becoming an increasingly popular choice. It’s a much more relaxed way of marking a special occasion, and choosing a special house in a stunning location means that everyone has a memorable time and experiences the benefits of a relaxing break. Often houses can be booked for up to a week which means not just a celebration but a holiday included!

Many of our guests book Rhumhor with their families to celebrate a birthday or a special anniversary. They enjoy using the dining room overlooking Loch Goil for their special meal and of course outside catering is available. Both the drawing room and family room are popular for family games, and there is plenty of room for everyone to get together and watch a film or two together.

Family room with Loch Goil Views
The family room is always ideal for a family gathering

Family walks along the loch or to our local waterfalls are very popular as is a trip out on the Loch to see the seal colony. As the house is within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park there are numerous walks and beautiful places to visit.

This year we are looking forward to hearing how many more families have celebrated a special occasion at Rhumhor on Loch Goil. We still have availability for 2016 so why don’t you contact us to find out more?

Lawn by Loch Goil
The lawn by Loch Goil beckons for a drink by the water or a bbq.

“We had such a lovely time walking and exploring the local area…My mother also had a fantastic 60th birthday celebration and was even more pleased to have been able to see the seals when they took a motorboat out. You really are blessed with a wonderful location…” Lees-Jones: May 2014



If you enjoy taking photos then Loch Goil is a superb destination. The ‘moods’ of the loch are ever changing, from calm and serene to brooding and moody then back again.  This photo, taken by one of our guests in our first summer season, shows how some days Loch Goil is just like a mirror.

Loch Goil Mirror

The back drop of mountains, forest and waterfalls changes with the seasons. With our lack of streelights we have impressive dark skies and you may be lucky enough to see and photograph the Northern Lights. Just a mile from Rhumhor are beautiful waterfalls, a true local secret, with a deserted village waiting for those who venture to the top of them.


Of course we have some of the most exciting wildlife in the UK. The loch’s own seal colony seem to relish a photo opportunity and out of the main summer months they can often be seen from the house, bobbing about as if waiting for a photo call.


You have to be more patient if you want to catch a shy red squirrel, and have a little luck on your side to have an elusive pine marten in your lense.

Pine Marten

Some of our very first guests went off hiking into the hills behind Rhumhor and came back with some stunning pictures of Golden Eagles, and even if you don’t attempt this hike you can stay on flat ground and will often see buzzards soaring around Loch Goil.

Scotland is famous for its stags and deer, and a walk into the hills within Scotland’s First National Park can produce some unexpected encounters with these beautiful creatures.

Deer Loch Lomond

Amazing nature is not all we have here though. We have some fine historic buildings in the area. Inveraray Castle just demands to be photographed and the town of Inveraray itself with its quaint white buildings is very pretty.

Inveraray Castle


Stopping at Rhumhor means you have the iconic lochside castle of Carrick Castle on your doorstep, just a stroll along the loch.

Carrick Castle

For anyone wanting to improve their photography skills we have a professional photographer in the glen who offers workshops with hints and tips on how to achieve the perfect photo.

Even if you are not a camera buff when you stay at Rhumhor we are sure you will find it hard not to keep pulling out your phone and camera and capturing the amazing sights around you. Come and stay in our elegant and spacious self catering house on Loch Goil and see for yourself.