Local Walks

Please note there are nine walks in and around Carrick Castle other than along the shore-side road.

There is a new one (to be photographed) which goes around Carrick Castle village that goes up from Carrick Farm by the car park just on the hill track and back down by the Carrick Castle Estate Lodge & Barn and back to the road. It takes about an hour to walk and has great views of Loch Goil and the village.


All distances and timings of walks are from the castle

Five are accessed from the north end of the village, beyond the river Carrick where you will find a small rough road that goes past some new houses. Go over the gate by the farmhouse and up onto the track heading up the glen towards the water treatment building. There is one track (Walk 3) that goes straight up the glen with the river on your left and the other two (Walk 1 and Walk 2) go off to the right as you go up this track. Walk 5 and Walk 6 are extensions to Walk 2. Walk 5 goes to the Lochan nam Cnaimh and Walk 6 goes up to the top of Cruach Mountain.

Each walk has its own page on the website. Walk 2 can clearly be seen from the visitors’ moorings cutting its way across the hillside towards Cruach Mountain to the north-west. Another walk (Walk 4) is accessed from the gate just over the new bridge south of the public toilets and takes you up alongside the river into the forest – this area is currently being felled in 2017/18. For the advanced walker, it is also possible to walk to Ardentinny. The path from Carrick Castle going south for the first part has now been restored (Walk 7). Full details of each of the walks are shown with photographs and directions from the castle. Click on the links below…


Walk 1

Carrick Castle Walk 1 is a 45 minute round-trip walk from the castle. This walk starts at the north end of the village and ends in one of the most spectacular views of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle. It is 54 metres high at the end of the track. See the photographs of how to get there…

Walk 1 – At the north end of the village walk up this track – just 20 minutes round-trip to see the view.

Walk 1 – Climb over the gate and you are on your way…

Walk 1 – Turn right off the tracks to Walks 2 & 3 and access the track to Walk 1 – 10 minutes round-trip…

Walk 1 – Track to the Old TV Aerial Viewpoint.

Walk 1 – View looking to the north east from the end of Walk 1 at the Old TV Aerial.

Walk 1 – The spectacular view of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle looking to the south east from the end of Walk 1 at the Old TV Aerial.


Walk 2

Carrick Castle Walk 2 is approximately 2 1/4 hours round-trip walk from the castle to the end of the track. This walk starts at the north end of the village and ends up climbing the heights to the coire beneath Cruach mountain (606 metres) with great views of the surrounding mountains and on the way down of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle. See the photographs of how to get there… At the end of the walk call out and hear the echos! At the end of the track it is 180 metres high. For those wanting longer walks you can climb up the mountainside to the left of Cruach and go to the lochan (400 metres) or even to the top of Cruach (604 metres) but take a map…

Walk 2 – At the north end of the village walk up this track – 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours round-trip to do Walk 2 from here to the end of the track and back to here.

Walk 2 – Climb over the gate and you are on your way…

Walk 2 – Keep straight on at this junction on the track for Walk 2. The turning to the right takes you on Walk 1.

Walk 2 – View looking back over Loch Goil and Carrick Castle from Walk 2

Walk 2 – Straight on here for Walk 2 & 5. The turning to the left takes you to the water treatment plant!

Walk 2 – Turn right here for Walk 2. It’s approximately 1 1/4 hours round trip to the end of the track from here and back to here. The track ahead takes you on Walk 3.

Walk 2 – It’s a long trek uphill on Walk 2.

Walk 2 – Walk 2 can be seen from the Visitor’s Mooring as it cuts its way up the hillside towards Cruach Mountain.

Walk 2 – Walking up the track…

Walk 2 – Looking back over Carrick Castle and Loch Goil.

Walk 2 – Walking up the track with Cruach Mountain in the distance.

Walk 2 – The track continues on up… Just after this pond there is a track that doubles back to the left. This track is a farm quad bike track that goes to the large lochan. You need to take a map if you go this way in case the visability becomes poor. This is the start to Walk 5 and from this point to the lochan and back will take you couple of hours. From the lochan you can traverse the plateau towards Cruach mountain and climb up the mountain that will take you a further couple of hours round trip. There are fantastic views from the top but this walk requires you to be prepared and it is not one to be done on the spur of the moment… Keep going straight for Walk 2.

Walk 2 – The track is not all uphill…

Walk 2 – A view of other mountains from the track including the Cobbler.

Walk 2 – The track continues…

Walk 2 – The end of the track on Walk 2.

Walk 2 – The view of the mountain ridge from the left in a series of four photos…

Walk 2 – Next view to the right…

Walk 2 – Next view to the right…

Walk 2 – And the last of the four views – Cruach mountain.

Walk 2 – View on the way down…

Walk 2 – Carrick Castle and Loch Goil in view again on the return…

Walk 2 – View of Loch Goil

Walk 2 – View of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle further down the track.

Walk 2 – Looking back to the Arrochar Alps…

Walk 2 – A final look back to Cruach mountain.

Walk 2 – A close up of Cruach mountain…

Walk 2 – Looking down on Carrick Castle. The blue Visitor’s Mooring is the outer buoy to the left in the picture.


Walk 3

Carrick Castle Walk 3 is a 1 3/4 hour round-trip walk from the castle. This walk starts at the north end of the village and ends up towards the top of the glen at the Carrick River and has some excellent views of the area, Loch Goil and Carrick Castle. It is 130 metres high at the end of the track. If you wish to go beyond the river, great care must be taken in crossing it as there is no ford or stepping stones and the river is still quite fast at that point. See the photographs of how to get there…

Walk 3 – At the north end of the village walk up this track – 1 1/4 hours round-trip from this point.

Walk 3 – Climb over the gate and you are on your way…

Walk 3 – Keep straight on at this junction on the track for Walk 3. The turning to the right takes you on Walk 1.

Walk 3 – Looking back at the view of Loch Goil.

Walk 3 – Straight on here for Walk 3. The turning to the left takes you to the water treatment plant!

Walk 3 – Straight on for Walk 3. The track to the right is the access to Walk 2.

Walk 3 – Heading up the Glen on Walk 3.

Walk 3 – Looking back at the view of Loch Goil on Walk 3.

Walk 3 – Heading further up the Glen on Walk 3.

Walk 3 – The end of Walk 3 at the Carrick river.

Walk 3 – The Carrick river at the end of Walk 3.

Walk 3 – View of Loch Goil from the glen on Walk 3.

Walk 3 – View of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle on return from Walk 3.


Walk 4

Please note that this walk is being changed as the Carrick Woodlands are being felled in 2016 & 2017. Once the trees have been felled this walk will be completely revised.  

In the meantime there is is a new track to the left after going through the gate and although very steep it takes you up to the plateau and ridge.

Carrick Castle Walk 4 – The walk starts at the gate just on the south side of the new bridge that is south of the castle. This is a fairly steep track taking 1 hour round trip through the forest. Unfortunately there are quite a few trees that have blown down over the track, the first just 20 minutes away but currently you can’t get past them (2013 onwards). The path has now in 2014 been dug up with a ditch across it with a new track leading south to the left. The new track is worth walk up to see the views however it is very steep in parts. The end of the old track that used to go straight up is 175 metres high. The photos shown are ones of the old track and the second gate and sign have been removed (2015). You could previously walk on beyond the old track over a small bridge but you need a map and wellington boots. This walk will be revised once the trees have been felled and the walks re-photographed.

Walk 4 – The walk starts at this gate just south of the new bridge that is south of the castle. This is a fairly steep track taking 1 hour round trip.

Walk 4 – The second gate on Walk 4 is the entrance to Carrick Wood that is privately owned. The track goes on up through the woods. It can be very wet and slippery. This gate has now been removed (2014).

Walk 4 – Carrick Wood sign. On it you will see there are two tracks shown off it, one to the right and another to the left. Neither are now tracable as they have overgrown from lack of use. This sign has now been removed (2014).

Walk 4 – Just twenty minutes walk from the first gate and five minutes from the second gate, a large tree has been blown over across the track. You can no longer pass by it (2013 onwards). There are several other trees after this that have also fallen across the track.

Walk 4 – View looking back from where you have just walked up the track…

Walk 4 – The end of Walk 4 at 175 metres high. From here you can walk further off the track but you need a map and wellington boots as the path takes you alongside the river.

Walk 4 – If you decide to walk on beyond Walk 4, you come off the track and cross this bridge. You need a map and wellington boots as it will be wet under foot going up alonmgside the river.

Walk 4 – Looking down the track from the end of Walk 4 at 175 metres high.

Walk 4 – The walk back down the track through the woods.

Walk 4 – View from the walk going further down the track.

Walk 4 – Carrick Castle in view on the return from Walk 4

Walk 4 – View from Walk 4 looking north towards Cruach and Loch Goil

Walk 4 – View to the north east and Loch Goil with Carrick Castle in the foreground

Walk 4 – View to the east of Loch Goil with the peninsular opposite Carrick Castle, towards the end of Walk 4


Walk 5

Carrick Castle Walk 5 is approximately 4 hours round-trip walk from the castle to the Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres). This walk starts at the north end of the village and ends up climbing the heights on the way up to Cruach nam Miseag mountain (606 metres) with great views of the surrounding mountains and on the way down of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle. Just after the pond on Walk 2 there is a track that doubles back to the left. (If you see the ‘old rubbish tip’ on the right of the track you have gone too far and missed the turning.) The track you turn off on to is a farm quad bike track that goes to the lochan. You need to take a map if you go this way in case the visability becomes poor. This track is the start to Walk 5 and from this point to the large lochan and back will take you couple of hours. From the lochan you can traverse the plateau towards Cruach mountain and climb up the mountain that will take you a further couple of hours round trip. There are fantastic views from the top but this walk requires you to be fit and prepared and it is not one to be done on the spur of the moment… See Walk 6 if you wish to extend your walk to Cruach nam Miseag. See the photographs of how to get there…

Walk 5 – At the north end of the village walk up this track.

Walk 5 – Climb over the gate and you are on your way…

Walk 5 – Keep straight on at this junction on the track for Walk 5. The turning to the right takes you on Walk 1.

Walk 5 – Looking back over the view of Loch Goil.

Walk 5 – Straight on here for Walk 5. The turning to the left takes you to the water treatment plant!

Walk 5 – Turn right here for Walk 2. It’s approximately 3 hours round trip to the lochan from here and back to here. The track ahead takes you on Walk 3.

Walk 5 – It’s a long trek uphill on Walk 5.

Walk 5 – Walk 5 can be seen from the Visitor’s Mooring as it cuts its way up the hillside towards Cruach Mountain.

Walk 5 – Walk on up past the gate that may be open or closed.

Walk 2 – Looking back over Carrick Castle and Loch Goil.

Walk 5 – Walking up the track with Cruach Mountain in the distance.

Walk 5 – When you reach this pond just after it there is a track that doubles back to the left. 

Walk 5 – Look out for the small wooden post on the corner as this is where the track turns off left towards the lochan – the track will be either wet or icy! This track is a farm quad bike track that goes to the lochan and beyond. You need to take a map if you go this way in case the visability becomes poor. This is the real start to Walk 5 and from this point to the Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres) and back will take you couple of hours. From the lochan you can traverse the plateau towards Cruach nam Miseag mountain (604 metres) and climb up the mountain that will take you a further couple of hours round trip. There are fantastic views from the top but this walk requires you to be prepared and it is not one to be done on the spur of the moment…

Walk 5 – The start of the track to the lochan.

Walk 5 – A view to the north from the lochan track

Walk 5 – This is the first of a few burns to cross on this track.

Walk 5 – The track proceeds up the hill…

Walk 5 – The track goes up and around the hillside

Walk 5 – And… on up…

Walk 5 – Many parts of the track are wet and also icy in winter…

Walk 5 – Where the water flows over the rocks there are large icicles in winter!

Walk 5 – Watch out for ice in winter and a wet track in the summer…

Walk 5 – Another view of Cruach when nearing the lochan.

Walk 5 – First view of Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres). 

Walk 5 – Look back towards Carrick Castle – you can just see Loch Long.

Walk 5 – Still on the track towards the lochan.

Walk 5 – View of Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres) with Craig Sgoilta (767 metres) and Caisteal Dubh (779 metres) behind.

Walk 5 – Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres). 

Walk 5 – View of Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres) with Craig Sgoilta (767 metres) and Caisteal Dubh (779 metres) behind.

Walk 5 – View to the north over Lochan nan Cnaimh.

Walk 5 – Lochan nan Cnaimh ruined shieling.

Walk 5 & Cruach – Looking down on Lochan nan Cnaimh from Cruach. Allow another couple of hours for the round-trip walk to the top of Cruach nam Miseag (606 metres) climbing up from the back of the mountain. There is no track to it…

Walk 5 & Cruach – And for the adventurous this is Cruach nam Miseag (606 metres) from close to…

Walk 5 & Cruach – Looking down on Lochgoilhead from Cruach nam Miseag…

Walk 5 & Cruach – The view of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle from Cruach nam Miseag Coll (570 metres). From up here on a clear day you can see the Isle of Mull and Arran…


Walk 6

Carrick Castle Walk 6 to Cruach nam Miseag mountain (606 metres) is an extension to Walk 5. Allow 6 hours round trip from and back to the castle. Altough Cruach nam Miseag is only 1 1/2 miles in a direct line from the village the round trip walk is 9 miles, so take plenty of water. Cruach nam Miseag summit is reached from the back of the mountain. The 20 additional photographs taken on this walk start from the lochan and go along the walk to the views from the top of Cruach nam Miseag. From the top on a clear day you can see the Paps of Jura, Ben More on the Isle of Mull, Cruachan, the Pap of Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Ben More by Cranlarich, Ben Lomond, The Firth of Clyde and much more!

Walk 6 – Walk 6 to Cruach nam Miseag (606 metres) is an extension to Walk 5 to the lochan. View looking across to Loch Goil on the way up. All the following photographs show the way up to the summit.%