Lochgilphead

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Coordinates: 56°02′N 5°26′W / 56.04°N 5.44°W / 56.04; -5.44

Lochgilphead
Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb
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Lochgilphead
Lochgilphead is located in Argyll and Bute
Lochgilphead
Lochgilphead
 Lochgilphead shown within Argyll and Bute
Population 2,300 
OS grid reference NR8688
Council area Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LOCHGILPHEAD
Postcode district PA30 - 31
Dialling code 01546
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament Argyll and Bute
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Lochgilphead /lɒxˈɡɪlp.hɛd/ (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb [kʲʰan̪ˠ lˠ̪ɔx ˈkʲilip]) is a town and former burgh in Argyll, Scotland, with a population of around 2,300 people.[1] It is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute. The village lies at the end of Loch Gilp (itself a branch of Loch Fyne) and lies on the banks of the Crinan Canal. Lochgilphead sits on the A83 road, Ardrishaig is 2 miles South and Inveraray 24 miles North East, Oban lies 37 miles North on the A816.

The council is based at Kilmory Castle, around which is located a woodland park and an Iron Age fort. The Forestry Commission also have an office there.

Lochgilphead's facilities include a swimming pool, sports centre, fishing tackle shop, three banks, supermarket, Renault dealership, a community hospital run by the local GPs, psychiatric hospital, 9-hole golf course, bowling club, a hydrotherapy pool, a regional landfill site at Dunchologan and Lochgilphead High School.

The town is home to shinty team Kilmory Camanachd and football team, Lochgilphead Red Star.

History[edit]

Achnabreck Cup And Ring Marks

As a planned settlement, Lochgilphead was created in 1790 shortly after the completion of a road from Inveraray to Campbeltown.

Since then some important developments have led to the growth of the town.

After the completion of the Crinan Canal in 1801 the town became more important as a link across the Kintyre peninsula.

The town was linked to Oban, when a road was completed in 1830.

1831 a pier was built, which helped to link Lochgilphead with Glasgow and other major towns.

In 1975 Lochgilphead was chosen as the administrative headquarters of the Argyll and Bute District Council as part of local government reorganisation, due to its central location.

In the Forest of Achnabreck there are a large group of cup and ring marks.

Education[edit]

Lochgilphead Joint Campus is sited on the outskirts of the town and has a capacity of 727, with the Secondary School section drawing pupils from the wider Mid Argyll area. The Campus opened in October 2007, replacing the separate Primary School and High School.

Argyll College has two sites in Lochgilphead, one in Lorne Street, and the purpose built Construction Skill Centre in Kilmory Industrial Estate.

Healthcare[edit]

There are two Hospitals in Lochgilphead :

The Argyll And Bute Hospital , which services include Acute Admission ward, Psychiatric ICU, Rehabilitation Services, Adult Psychotherapy Services, Mental Health Outpatient Services. Also associated services Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy (Mental Health), Learning Disability Service, Advocacy Service, Clinical Psychology, Substance Misuse Team and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, which has a Community Casualty Department, Radiography Department, GP Practice, Acute/Rehabilitation Inpatient Ward, Social Work Department and AHPs, with associated services including Dementia Services, Maternity Unit, Dental and Community Nursing Service and Child Health

Sports and leisure[edit]

Mid Argyll Community Pool is a social enterprise swimming pool (20mtr x 8mtr)

Mid Argyll Sports Centre which has a Multi Use Games Hall, Dance Studio, Squash Court, Gymnasium, CV Fitness Suite and a Resistance Room. With outdoor facilities including full size G2 Floodlight Football/Hockey Pitch, which can be sub divided into training pitches and 4 Tennis courts, also Two grass training pitches.

Lochgilphead Golf Club which has a 9 hole course, which was designed by Dr I.McCamond

Lochgilphead Bowling Club Bowling Green and Clubhouse based at Bank Park.

Lochgilphead Library based at Manse Brae has Six computers for free public use, Dedicated children’s area, Full disabled access and also a baby-changing facility.

Cycling There are many cycles routes in the Lochgilphead area to cater for every level, from the Crinan Canal Towpath to the purpose built Fire Tower Mountain Bike Trail with a long hard forestry climb linking on to some fantastic single track which includes berms, jumps, drop offs and a section of north shore (raised wooden platform).

Shinty MacCrae Park is the towns Shinty pitch, and is home of Kilmory Camanachd Shinty Club.

Putting The Front Green is home to an 18 hole Putting Green, which operates seasonally.

Fishing There are lots of different fishing locations around Lochgilphead which cater for Sea, river and Loch fishing.

Mid Argyll Motocross Club have a track and hold events (including Scottish Championship) at Achnashelloch, Lochgilphead

Community and culture[edit]

In July 1982, Lochgilphead competed against teams from Perth and Oban in the then highly popular BBC Television It's a Knockout, presented by Stuart Hall. The town's team won their round and later competed in the international version of the series, 'Jeux Sans Frontieres', which was recorded in Switzerland.

Dalriada Provincial Mod[edit]

The town annually hosts the Dalriada Provincial Mod each September. The event is a Gaelic festival organised by the local branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach, which provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.

Filmography[edit]

In the World War Two movie, 633 Squadron, Lochgilphead's main street features briefly in an aerial shot, as the bombers of 633 Squadron fly over the unnamed town en route to the target in Norway. The James Bond film From Russia with Love used locations in Lochgilphead for shots. The local cinema was used to watch screen rushes each day for the cast and crew.

Mid Argyll Music Festival[edit]

The town is one of the venues for the Mid Argyll Music Festival, which runs for around 2 weeks annually.

Lochgilphead Lantern Parade And Firework Display[edit]

The annual celebration has developed into one of the major highlights in the Argyll area, and attracts crowds from near and far.

Invention and discovery[edit]

The Argyll Turbo GT sportscar was built by Bob Henderson in Manse Brae.

Mid Argyll Show[edit]

Lochgilphead hosts The Mid-Argyll Agricultural Show, which is a major event held annually on the second Saturday in August.

Notable people[edit]

The singer Sydney MacEwan had built, and was for a time parish priest of St Margaret's Church in the town.

The footballer Neil Dewar was born in the town.

Martha Payne, the subject of a censorship controversy over a blog.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Lochgilphead Locality". Scotland's Census Results On-Line. Retrieved 31 March 2013.