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major investment in Lochgilphead/Ardrishaig


Lochgilphead Front Green is an important public space within the heart of Lochgilphead. It is a natural focal point for both residents and visitors, a place for people to gather, relax and play. Thanks to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, The Scottish Government’s Town Centre, Place Based Investment and Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes Funds, HiTrans, Lochgilphead Phoenix Project and the Co-op Local Community Fund, we have delivered an upgrade and revamp which has included installation of a new play area, a new public square and increased provision for walking, cycling and simply sitting and watching the world go by. The revamped Front Green reopened in August 2022.

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Lochgilphead Public Realm

In 2021 we / Argyll and Bute Council carried out significant public realm works in Lochgilphead town centre. The £500,000 investment included improvements to Colchester Square and Argyll Street, to help support local businesses by encouraging more people to visit the town centre.
Footways were widened and resurfaced using Achnaba greenstone, sourced from a local quarry.
Other improvements included; Improved road crossings, new cycle parking in the town centre, more space for pedestrians, improved surfaces for anyone with mobility challenges, wheelchair users and prams.


Improvements in the centre of Ardrishaig: in April 2023, Argyll and Bute Council completed a £700,000 project which made improvements to the John Smith Memorial Garden, created a new waterfront viewing area and a public square adjacent to the community operated North Hall. The project was funded by Argyll and Bute Council with additional funding from the Crown Estate Scotland, HiTrans and the Scottish Governments Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes Fund.


Lochgilphead Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a £2.3M heritage-led regeneration project that offers grant funding to property owners to assist with the repair of their historic buildings within the designated grant area.

The project is jointly funded by Historic Environment Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council and will run from the 1st April 2020 until the 31st March 2026.

Lochgilphead CARS grants

For more information about Lochgilphead CARS


Between 2021 and 2023 the Lochgilphead Shopfront Improvement Scheme awarded 26 grants to local businesses to support repairs and improvements to their shopfronts. The scheme was delivered over two phases with grant funding from the Town Centre Fund, Local Authority COVID Economic Recovery Grant.  Total grants awarded was £50,000.

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MACPOOL REDEVELOPMENTThe redevelopment of the Mid Argyll Community Swimming Pool, in Lochgilphead, included the expansion of the facility to provide a café, soft play area and additional rooms. Improvements were made to the changing space, reception and poolside viewing area. Argyll and Bute Council supported the project to access Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.KILMARTIN MUSEUM REDEVELOPMENTWithin the archaeologically unique setting of Kilmartin Glen this £7 million redevelopment Project which has extended the existing museum buildings to create a state-of-the-art visitor attraction and centre for archaeological engagement and learning. Argyll and Bute Council part funded the redevelopment works and also support the project to access the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment KILMORY INDUSTRIAL ESTATEArgyll and Bute Council in partnership with M&K Macleods is working on this project to unlock 5.9 ha of undeveloped employment land in Lochgilphead. Adding to the adjacent Kilmory Industrial Estate, the Business Park will create a thriving Business Hub at the heart of Mid Argyll.
The project is part funded by the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and the Crown Estates Scotland which are both administered by Argyll and Bute Council.
THE EGG SHED COMMUNITY HUB AND CAR PARKThe re-opening of the historic and award winning Egg Shed, on Ardrishaig’s waterfront, as a community hub marked the first stage of the regeneration of the gateway to the Crinan Canal. By breathing new life into the disused building, former garage and new extension, partners behind the project have provided a space to tell the story of the Crinan Canal and the communities on its banks. The development includes new parking facilities and improved walking and cycling links.
The project was supported by Argyll and Bute Council’s Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund and the Council also supported the project in accessing the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
The Egg Shed
ACT HubThe Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust’s main office and climate change hub is located in Blarbuie Woodland, Lochgilphead. The project was part funded by the Crown Estate Scotland, a fund administered by Argyll and Bute Council. Click Here
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For advice or information on the Lochgilphead CARS Project or Public Realm Works, please contact:

James Lafferty, Project Officer, Transformation, Projects and Regeneration Team

Phone: 01586 559049


For advice or information on the Lochgilphead Front Green Project, please contact:

Anna Watkiss, Senior Development Officer, Transformation, Projects and Regeneration Team

Phone: 01546 604344


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*Counter statistics subject to frequent updates and include significant projects, mainly council funded but do include some third party projects.