Eat, Explore and Experience
Argyll is bursting with activities and attractions.
Get to know the area
Ruskin Lodge is perfect for just putting your feet up and relaxing. But, if you want to go further than your doorstep, there are many sights, activities, day-trips and places to eat and drink. Here are some of our favourites!
On the water
It is said that there are more miles of coastline in Argyll than in the whole of France, so unsurprisingly, the area has many water-based attractions and activities. The Holy Loch Marina is just a short 10 minute drive away and is a wonderful spot from which to explore the area. There are many opportunities to fish in the area including the River Eachaig which is a ten minute walk away and Loch Eck, a ten minute drive away. For more information and licenses visit the Dunoon and District Angling Club.
Golfers are served by three courses: the 18-hole Cowal Golf Club, 9-hold Blairmore & Strone Golf Club and 9-hole Innellan Golf Club.
Walking & Hiking
One of the most famous walks is along Puck’s Glen, which starts directly behind Lamont Lodges. Waterfalls and rock pools are at every turn, and the deep gorge has a magical, atmospheric quality to it. There are several loops through the Glen, taking from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you have a dog with you, Ruskin Lodge is a fantastic place to stay, with many walks starting from your doorstep and no roads to navigate or cars needed!
For other walks in the area, and for more adventurous hikes and climbs visit the Forestry Commission or Walk Highlands websites.
Art & Crafts
Argyll’s landscapes, wildlife and communities have long attracted artists to the area and there are many people keeping traditional crafts alive. As well as galleries in Blairmore, Dunoon and Tighnabruaich, there is the annual Cowal Open Studios, which take place in September, and showcase artists of all kinds.
History & Architecture
Argyll has a long and rich history and is peppered with castles, grand houses, drovers’ inns and churches. The Argyll Mausoleum is located next to the church in Kilmun, and was the burial place for the Dukes and Earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell, from the 14th century until 1949. Robert Burns’ famous ‘Highland Mary’ was brought up in Dunoon and a statue to her was erected opposite the pier, looking back to Ayrshire, where Burns lived.
Gardens & Wildlife
The spectacular and ever-changing Benmore Botanic Gardens are a pleasant 20 minute walk or 2 minute drive away. A network of paths lead you to many wonderful views of the valley and across to neighbouring mountain ranges. Highlights include the Giant Redwood Avenue, Victorian Fernery and formal garden. There is a cafe which provides tea, coffee, light snacks and hot meals, and a small gift shop selling local crafts. The area is a haven for birds of prey, red deer and red squirrels and the surrounding seas attracts seals, minke whales, porpoises, rissos, white beaked and bottlenose dolphins which you can explore on a wildlife cruise or beach walk. Rare pine marten have also been spotted locally.
Watch this atmospheric video of the area immediately around Ruskin Lodge. It features the creatures, sights and sounds of Argyll Forest and was created by Max Smith (maxsmith.tv).