Feòrag Lodge - around the area
Offering a perfect bolt hole, Feòrag Lodge is ideal for an adventure-based family holiday, a romantic getaway, a wildlife watching break or as a comfortable and convenient base for touring the beautiful Cowal Peninsula, the delights of West Argyll or further afield.
Feòrag Lodge sits on the edge of mountain forest and Puck’s Glen where six miles of trails offer spectacular views and wonderful walks. There is a vast range of walking opportunities locally from wandering the high tops, to long coastal hikes with the enchantment of deep glens in between.
Ardentinny Bay - this pretty beach is popular with families and is a great area to go walking and fishing. 15 mins from the lodge.
The whole region offers magnificent walking from secluded forest paths right on the lodge’s doorstep (Puck’s Glen to Benmore and/or Kilmun Arboretum) to well-marked trails over the hills and high tops. There are walks suitable for walkers of all levels. See following sites:
Lots of fabulous gardens open to the public are sited in the region. Among the most spectacular and renowned are:
Benmore - 1 mile walk (20 mins from the lodge) 2 mins by car.
Ardkinglas Gardens - glorious woodland with wonderful vistas and the tallest tree in the UK. Approx. 35 minutes from the lodge.
Crarae Gardens - one of the finest rhododendron and azalea gardens in the country. 90 mins from Feòrag Lodge on Loch Fyne side.
PS Waverley is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world. Historically a ship which operated regular routes on the Firth of Clyde, she now spends her winters in the South of England and visits her old Clyde haunts for excursions in the summer. www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk
Birding & Wildlife
The Cowal Peninsula, The loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and indeed the entire West of Scotland is a haven for wildlife of all types. From Minke Whales and the giant and harmless Basking Sharks to porpoises and dolphins; from Red and Roe Deer to Otters, and from the Beavers of Knapdale to the acrobatic and charming Red Squirrel and its main predator, the Pine Marten, all are regularly seen in the area. Argyll has six of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves which are managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. Visitors interested in birdwatching are spoiled for choice. Apart from the wide variety native to the surroundings of Feòrag Lodge, the potential of the area can be discovered in www.argyllbirdclub.org. If you’re interested in wildlife, bring your binoculars, scope and camera.
For the road cyclist, Argyll and the Isles is something close to paradise. With quiet roads, spectacular coastal scenery, options for family-friendly routes or hard-core mountain passes and cake-stop opportunities galore there is nowhere quite like it in the British Isles. A beautiful 20ish mile trip from and back to Feòrag Lodge is round Loch Eck using the seldom used road on the west side of the loch. Mountain biking trails exist in abundance. For example see www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/argyll-forest-park/glenbranter/
The Dunoon and District Angling Club manages areas of both Stillwater and rivers in the area. It is a very friendly club which issues reasonably priced permits for visitors.
Geocaching is a fast growing pursuit worldwide. It’s fun, healthy and rewarding and costs next to nothing. All you need is a GPS enabled device such as a smart-phone, an enquiring mind and a love of fresh air and the great outdoors.
Argyll & Cowal offer many caches, some more demanding than others. All very satisfying! And there are an infinite number of opportunities to arrange your own cache for others to find.
Dunoon boasts an excellent James Braid designed 18 hole course which offers glorious views over the surrounding countryside and the Firth of Clyde.
There are also 9 hole courses at Innellan and Strone (around 20 and 10 mins distant respectively).
The extensive coastline offers a myriad opportunities for children of all ages to indulge in this age old holiday pastime. One of the best areas is Toward Point where there are pools large and small left by falling tides. There should be a couple of good nets in Feòrag Lodge for guests to borrow.
Where to Eat and Shop
Some places you may care to try include:
Dunoon has the normal range of stores found in any town - butcher, fishmonger, baker, clothing, footwear, hardware, chemist etc. However food necessities are important when self-catering. For convenience supermarkets tend to be favoured so the following may be helpful: