The Info List - Lochgilphead

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/lɒxˈɡɪlp.hɛd/ (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb [kʲʰan̪ˠ lˠ̪ɔx ˈkʲilip]) is a town and former burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, with a population of around 2,300 people.[1] It is the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute. The village lies at the end of Loch Gilp
Loch Gilp
(a branch of Loch Fyne) and lies on the banks of the Crinan Canal. Lochgilphead
sits on the A83 road, with Ardrishaig 2 miles to the south and Inveraray
24 miles to the north-east; Oban
lies 37 miles north on the A816. The council is based at Kilmory Castle,[2] around which is located a woodland park and an Iron Age
Iron Age
fort.[citation needed] The Forestry Commission also have an office there. Lochgilphead's facilities include a swimming pool, sports centre, fishing tackle shop, three banks, co-op supermarket, two petrol stations, three homewear and hardware shops Renault
dealership, a community hospital run by the local GPs, (with an A&E department) and a psychiatric hospital, 9-hole golf course, bowling club, a hydrotherapy pool, a regional landfill site at Dunchologan and Lochgilphead
High School. The town is home to shinty team Kilmory Camanachd
Kilmory Camanachd
and football team, Lochgilphead
Red Star.


1 History 2 Education

2.1 Lochgilphead
settlement profile 2014 - Highlands and Islands Enterprise

3 Healthcare 4 Sports and leisure 5 Community and culture

5.1 Dalriada Provincial Mod 5.2 Filmography 5.3 Mid Argyll Music Festival 5.4 Lochgilphead
Lantern Parade And Firework Display 5.5 Invention and discovery 5.6 Mid Argyll Show

6 Notable people 7 References 8 External links


Achnabreck Cup And Ring Marks

As a planned settlement, Lochgilphead
was created in 1790, shortly after the completion of a road from Inveraray
to Campbeltown. After the completion of the Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
in 1801, the town became more important as a link across the Kintyre
peninsula. The town was linked to Oban, when a road was completed in 1830. In 1831 a pier was built, helping to link Lochgilphead
with Glasgow and other major towns. In 1975 Lochgilphead
was chosen as the administrative headquarters of the Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
District Council as part of local government reorganisation, due to its central location. In the nearby Kilmartin Glen
Kilmartin Glen
is a large number of Neolithic remains, including cup and ring marks.

Education[edit] Lochgilphead
Joint Campus is sited on the outskirts of the town and has a capacity of 727, with the Secondary School section drawing pupils from the wider Mid Argyll area. The Campus opened in October 2007, replacing the separate Primary School and High School. Argyll College has two sites in Lochgilphead, one in Lorne Street, and the purpose built Construction Skill Centre in Kilmory Industrial Estate. Lochgilphead
settlement profile 2014 - Highlands and Islands Enterprise[edit] Total population was 3,825 in 2011, an increase of 3.2 per cent from 2001. By industry of employment, a higher share of employment in construction, public administration and defence, and health and social work than the Highlands and Islands and Scotland. By occupation, a higher share of employment in caring, leisure and other services, and sales and customer services than the Highlands and Islands and Scotland. Unemployment rates have increased to above the Argyll and the Islands, Highlands and Islands and Scotland
rates. The annualised Jobseekers Allowance claimant count rate in 2013 was 4.0 per cent in Lochgilphead, 3.2 per cent in Argyll and the Islands, 2.4 per cent in Highlands and Islands and 3.7 per cent across Scotland. There is a smaller proportion of the adult population with no qualifications compared to Argyll and the Islands, the Highlands and Islands and Scotland, and more qualified with degree-level qualifications. Healthcare[edit] There are two hospitals in Lochgilphead : The Argyll And Bute Hospital , which services include Acute Admission ward, Psychiatric ICU, Rehabilitation Services, Adult Psychotherapy Services, Mental Health Outpatient Services. Also associated services Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy (Mental Health), Learning Disability Service, Advocacy Service, Clinical Psychology, Substance Misuse Team and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, which has a Community Casualty Department, Radiography Department, GP Practice, Acute/Rehabilitation Inpatient Ward, Social Work Department and AHPs, with associated services including Dementia Services, Maternity Unit, Dental and Community Nursing Service and Child Health Sports and leisure[edit] Mid Argyll Community Pool is a social enterprise swimming pool (20 m x 8 m) Mid Argyll Sports Centre which has a multi use-games hall, dance studio, Squash Court, Gymnasium, CV Fitness Suite and a Resistance Room. With outdoor facilities, including full-size G2 floodlight football/hockey pitch, which can be subdivided into training pitches and 4 tennis courts, also two grass training pitches. Lochgilphead
Golf Club which has a 9-hole course, which was designed by Dr I. McCamond Lochgilphead
Bowling Club bowling green and clubhouse based at Bank Park. Lochgilphead
Library based at Manse Brae has six computers for free public use, dedicated children’s area, full disabled access and also a baby-changing facility. Cycling There are many cycles routes in the Lochgilphead
area to cater for every level, from the Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal
Towpath to the purpose-built Fire Tower Mountain Bike Trail, with a long, hard forestry climb linking on to some fantastic single track which includes berms, jumps, drop-offs and a section of north shore (raised wooden platform). Shinty
MacCrae Park is the town's shinty pitch, and is home of Kilmory Camanachd Shinty
Club. Putting The Front Green is home to an 18-hole putting green, which operates seasonally. Fishing There are lots of different fishing locations around Lochgilphead
which cater for sea, river and loch fishing. Mid Argyll Motocross Club have a track and hold events (including Scottish Championship) at Achnashelloch, Lochgilphead Community and culture[edit] In July 1982, Lochgilphead
competed against teams from Perth and Oban in the then highly popular BBC Television
BBC Television
It's a Knockout, presented by Stuart Hall. The town's team won their round and later competed in the international version of the series, 'Jeux Sans Frontieres', which was recorded in Switzerland. Dalriada Provincial Mod[edit] The town annually hosts the Dalriada Provincial Mod each September. The event is a Gaelic festival organised by the local branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach, which provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature. Filmography[edit] In the World War Two film, 633 Squadron, Lochgilphead's main street features briefly in an aerial shot, as the bombers of 633 Squadron
633 Squadron
fly over the unnamed town en route to the target in Norway. The James Bond film From Russia with Love used locations in Lochgilphead
for shots. The local cinema was used to watch screen rushes each day for the cast and crew. Mid Argyll Music Festival[edit] The town is one of the venues for the Mid Argyll Music Festival, which runs for around 2 weeks annually. Lochgilphead
Lantern Parade And Firework Display[edit] This annual winter event had developed into one of the major highlights in the Argyll area, attracting crowds from near and far. However, the Lantern Parade did not occur in November 2014 after the organising committee responsible for previous events announced they would not continue in May 2014.[3] Invention and discovery[edit] The Argyll Turbo GT sportscar was built by Bob Henderson in Manse Brae. Mid Argyll Show[edit] Lochgilphead
hosts The Mid-Argyll Agricultural Show, which is a major event held annually on the second Saturday in August. Notable people[edit]

The singer Sydney MacEwan
Sydney MacEwan
had built, and was for a time parish priest of St Margaret's Church in the town. The footballer Neil Dewar was born in the town. Martha Payne, the subject of a censorship controversy over a blog.


^ "Comparative Population Profile: Lochgilphead
Locality". Scotland's Census Results On-Line. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.  ^ "Kilmory Castle: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland.  ^ "Argyllshire Advertiser". Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Map sources for Lochgilphead

The Argyllshire Advertiser for Lochgilphead
and Mid Argyll news It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
1982 history

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lochgilphead.