Loch Goil

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Loch Goil
Carrick Castle tower, Loch Goil.jpg
View up Loch Goil past Carrick Castle
Loch Goil is located in Argyll and Bute
Loch Goil
Loch Goil
LocationCowal, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Coordinates56°07′55″N 4°53′32″W / 56.131974°N 4.8922978°W / 56.131974; -4.8922978Coordinates: 56°07′55″N 4°53′32″W / 56.131974°N 4.8922978°W / 56.131974; -4.8922978, grid reference NS2035197019
TypeSea Loch
Native nameLoch Goil  (Scottish Gaelic)
Basin countriesScotland, United Kingdom.
Surface elevationSea Level

Loch Goil; (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Goil) is a small sea loch forming part of the coast of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The sea loch is entirely within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.[1]

It is an arm of Loch Long. The village of Lochgoilhead stands at its head. Located in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Lochgoilhead sits at the head of Loch Goil, a fjord type sea loch. Only an hour from the Erskine Bridge, Glasgow Airport the M8 and Glasgow. The village is accessed from the Rest & Be Thankful pass by way of a 6 miles (10 km) single-track road. The area is surrounded by hills and mountains, with loch views, and a range of accommodation, leisure activities and entertainment. Carrick Castle lies on the west shore 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Lochgoilhead.

The landscape at Loch Goil shows its remoteness and Highland grandeur with the Arrochar Alps surrounding with conifers in the Highlands of Scotland.

It is used for exercises by Trident submarines from HMNB Clyde at Faslane.[2]

In 2014 Loch Goil was declared a Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (NCMPA).[3]


Several Scottish Sea Fishing shore records are attributed to the Loch:

Species Weight Angler / Year
Gurnard, Streaked 01-06-08 H. L. Smith, 1971
Haddock 06-12-00 G. Stevenson, 1976
Pipefish, Greater 00-01-13 J.C. Ogilvie, 1992
Wrasse, Goldsinny 00-01-13 T. Lambert, 1977


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Clyde". Royal Navy. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Upper Loch Fyne and Loch Goil". Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 2 September 2019.

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