Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest is a wonderful woodland environment to explore, with a range of walks as well as some fascinating projects such as a hydro-electric scheme and community polytunnel. You can also buy timber products here, including firewood and milled timber.
There are some lovely sections of native woodland that are rich habitats for wildlife. The forest team, with the help of volunteers, has created a series of way-marked walks that take in some of the heritage and wildlife highlights, as well as the natural beauty spots within the woodland. Follow the route to the ‘Victorian Falls’ to marvel at the tumbling waterfalls and deep ponds of the Allt Mor Burn or head up the newly reopened section of the ancient Kilfinan Way, to reach Tighnabruaich’s former reservoir. There’s also a number of picnic areas within the woodland.
One of the most exciting projects has been the work of archaeologists and volunteers in uncovering the forest’s heritage. They carried out a walkover survey of the entire forest and made a number of discoveries including a shieling, a curling pond, an old track and a series of features associated with the late 19th-century Tighnabruaich reservoir.