Glenan Wood

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Glenan Wood is 146 hectares of ancient woodland near Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland. Sections of the woodland are marked on maps dating 1750 and 1860. The unique habitat is rich in flora and fauna. Adders, otters, bats, deer, pine martens and water voles all make their homes here, as do night jars, cuckoos, wood warblers and owls. Rare lichens, moss, ferns and wild flowers thrive. 

A circular route takes you through Glenan Wood to Glenan Bay. Head across the grassy field and follow the path into the woods. At the junction, take the forest path and climb up until a view of the bay is revealed. Follow the path down until you reach another junction. Here, you can return via the bay and the shore. Glenan Bay is wild and rocky. It's a great place for a beach fire.

If you’re feeling fit, you can carry on up the forest path to an old deserted village. It's a haunting place that dates back to 1309. It can be boggy underfoot and some clambering is required.