Walks near The Ardgartan Hotel
Ardgartan lies on the shores of Loch Long and is part of The Argyll Forest Park which stretches from the Holy Loch to the Firth of Clyde, incorporating the Arrochar Alps and the notorious Cobbler.
Enjoy the local surroundings and explore the deep woodland forests with a stroll along Croe Water. Alternatively, there are many way-marked trails to guide keen walkers through the hills, or for the adventurous there are plenty of summits to be conquered within the Arrochar Alps. The most iconic mountain in the area is Ben Arthur, commonly known as the Cobbler, an 882 metre ascent (2,900ft), which rewards walkers with magnificent views overlooking the Firth of Clyde to the south and Ben Lomond to the east.
Cycle across Scotland
So much of Scotland is still inaccessible by road but there are many well marked trails around Ardgartan and neighbouring Loch Lomond. Jump on the local bus to Tarbet where cycle hire is available from the pier. Speak to hotel reception for bus and ferry timetables.
Ardgartan’s grounds are particularly rich in wildlife and the waters outside the hotel are often home to seals, otters and occasionally bottlenose dolphins. Oyster catchers, gannets, cormorants and ospreys are also regularly spotted. Red, roe and fallow deer are popular in the grounds too which makes Ardgartan the perfect location for nature lovers.
The History of The Ardgartan Hotel
In 2004 Lochs and Glens Holidays purchased the Ardgartan Estate on the shores of Loch Long and began the 8 year journey to complete the Hotel. After 6 years of negotiation with the planning authorities construction began in the spring of 2010 and the hotel opened its doors to guests a little over 2 years later.
The Ardgartan Estate lies at the bottom of Glen Croe in the county of Argyll. The Estate had original ties with the Clan Campbell whose lands, from medieval times, extended across Argyll. The medieval building was destroyed at the end of the 18th century and was replaced with a well-appointed three storey home. The Campbells maintained ownership of Ardgartan for over 500 years until it was sold in the 1880s. Thereafter it changed hands several times, finally becoming the property of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association in 1936. In 1968 the old building closed and a new 82-bed Scandinavian-styled hostel was erected. This building was in operation until 2001 but the decline in hostelling, coupled with high maintenance costs were cited as the reasons for its closure. By the time Lochs and Glens Holidays acquired the site in 2004, the building was in a state of disrepair – derelict, damp and vandalised.
After 2, 300 tons of concrete, 12 miles of wallpaper and 6,000 square metres of carpet the Ardgartan Hotel welcomed its first guests in July 2012.