Loch Goil is an arm of Loch Long, branching north-northwest off the middle course of that well named loch, and described as a fjord-type sea loch. It is all within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, at nestling beneath the Arrochar Alps,
Lochgoilhead at the head of the loch is an isolated village, whose sole road joining it to outside world is a 6-mile single-track road running north from the loch up to Rest and Be Thankful on the A83. The only other road from the village runs down the loch to farms and Carrick Castle, and a dead-end.
The landscape in which the loch lies is one of hills and soaring mountains, with gorgeous wild loch views, and so in spite of its isolation, the lochside has a range of accommodation and places for leisure activities and entertainment.
Several Sea Fishing shore records are attributed to the Loch:
|Angler / Year
|H. L. Smith, 1971
|G. Stevenson, 1976
|J.C. Ogilvie, 1992
|T. Lambert, 1977
The loch is used for exercises by Vanguard class Trident submarines from HMNB Clyde at Faslane.
- Map showing Loch Goyll (Loch Goil), circa 1600, National Library of Scotland