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Stonefield Castle is a superb example of Scottish Baronial architecture, built in 1837 and originally home to the Campbell family. It is now an elegant hotel with superb views over Loch Fyne, and only two miles from Tarbert, one of the most attractive fishing villages in the west of Scotland. The village is well worth a visit to see the fishing boats and yachts coming and going. If you are lucky and patient, you may even observe a pod of dolphins that are sometimes to be found in the harbour.

The drive to the castle is itself an amazing experience. If you are driving from Glasgow you will wind your way around numerous lochs, including Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne, pass through countless pretty villages and witness some spectacular scenery!

Walks
Visitors have travelled near and far to tread the winding paths through the woodland gardens within the castle grounds, which boast some of the finest and rarest examples of Himalayan rhododendrons and other exotic shrubs.

Here in the sheltered cove running down to the castle harbour and jetty on the shores of the Loch, is a scene reminiscent of the Reichi La Pass leading to Bhutan in the Himalayas. Magnificent species, such as the Arboreum, Campanulatum, Cinnabarinum and Triforum thrive as vigorously as in their native land.

Many of the plants are over 100 years old, having been raised from seed collected by Sir Joseph Hooker on his Himalayan travels in a bygone era.

The renown of the gardens lies not only in rhododendrons, but also in a multitude of other rare shrubs including Philesia Buxifola from Chile, and the stately Fushia Exorticata from New Zealand. There are also fine examples of Sierra Redwoods and other conifers, which add their own tall beauty to the landscape.

Golf
Tarbert Golf Club is the nearest course to the castle. The course is a short yet stunning moorland nine holer, with well-maintained undulating fairways and even better greens. Tarbert is particularly picturesque in parts with a number of holes serving up views of the local countryside, including West Loch Tarbert.

Although relatively short in length, this course will require you to be reasonably straight from the tee. Indeed, it is a great challenge for the novice as it is the more seasoned player. Tarbert is hilly in parts while being an enjoyable little amble, even if your game isn't up to the standard of the course's panorama.

Other Activities
Why not spend some time at Loch Lomond, Great Britain’s largest freshwater lake? A boat trip is a great way to see the best of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The castle works closely with Rabbies, a local tour company, which is able to offer tours of the area and many more besides.

For further ideas of places to visit, why not take a look at Celtic Castle's Visitor Attractions area by clicking the link below?
http://www.celticcastles.com/find_attractions.asp



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