Forests of Argyll

Argyll Forest Park is Britain's oldest, but Scotland's Adventure Coast also boasts many forests across Mid Argyll and Kintyre, North Argyll and Isle of Mull. Here you will find directions, details of where to walk plus details of facilities and access.

Argyll Forest Park

Established in 1935, Argyll Forest Park is Britain’s oldest and some folk say it’s the best!

Argyll Forest Park is a land of craggy peaks and hidden glens, peaceful sea lochs and rushing rivers. The park stretches from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps. It owes its rugged scenery to being at one end of the Highland Boundary Fault.

Although it’s only a short distance from Glasgow, it’s easy to find wild places here. Head to Ardentinny for relaxing, easy trails along a river and through bluebell woods, or Glenbranter to watch red squirrels. Just next to the holiday resort of Dunoon, Corlarach is a great place to get away from it all and perhaps glimpse red deer.

The park has some fantastic cross-country mountain biking routes. There’s a whole network of trails from Ardgartan, including a circuit round the peninsula that makes a thrilling day out.

Glenbranter

Explore trails that range from a short stroll beneath ancient oaks to an all-day bike tour.

Puck's Glen

One of the most magical forests in Scotland, with a delightful trail along a rocky gorge.

Benmore

Next door to Benmore Botanic Garden, the forest here has some of Scotland's most impressive giant trees. Rhododendrons are a blaze of colour in summer.

Kilmun Arboretum

Find your way through a grove of monkey puzzles at this little-known gem. It’s a fascinating collection of over 150 different tree species from around the world.

Ardentinny

There are easy trails suitable for wheelchairs and buggies here, and seaside strolls on Cowal's longest sandy beach.

Find more forests to visit across Cowal

Ardgartan
Ardyne
Arrochar
Corlarach
Cruach Tairbeirt
Honeymoon Bridge
Loch Eck
Lochgoilhead

Forests in Mid Argyll and Kintyre

Gaze over breathtaking views, watch iconic wildlife, ponder ancient monuments or simply embrace the tranquillity to be found in the remarkably diverse forests of Mid Argyll & Kintyre. Walkers can explore these native and timber producing woodlands along waymarked trails, some shared with cyclists and horse riders.

Discover a landscape carved from rock, cloaked with trees and haunted by legend. This is where the kingdom of the Scots was born.

Achnabreac

Discover a wonder of prehistory in the heart of these woods – the greatest collection of Neolithic rock art in Britain.

Ardcastle

Choose one of three routes through this thriving forest, winding around wooded hillsides and along its pebble beaches.

Barnaline

Explore the ancient Caledonian forest that stretches between Loch Awe and Loch Avich.

Barnluasgan

Try and spot a resident beaver - or at least evidence of their handiwork - in these native oakwoods.

Carradale

From the top of Cnoc nan Gabhar you can sweep your eye from Ben Cruachan – the highest point in Argyll – to the island of Arran.

 

Crinan

Unforgettable views across the Sound of Jura richly reward the steep climb through the trees that cloak Knapdale.

Dunardry

Forested slopes offer exhilarating crossings over high gorges, stunning hilltop views and pleasant strolls through peaceful woodland.

Gleann a Gealbhan

Step into a legendary landscape on a delightful trail that passes a prehistoric tomb named after a mythical hero and a ruined medieval dun.

Tarbert

Climb the hillside on a trail that starts by the ruins of a medieval castle above the pretty fishing port of Tarbert.


Forests of North Argyll

From the ancient Atlantic oakwoods that fringe the rugged coastline to the tree-cloaked flanks of towering mountains, the forests of North Argyll are inspirational places. It is hard to resist their powerful charm, evoking a wild landscape far removed from the stresses of modern life.

The secluded forests provide a home to iconic Highland wildlife. If you tread carefully and make little noise, you might catch a glimpse of red squirrels, otters, pine marten and red or roe deer. Scan the skies and you could spot a sea eagle soaring overhead

You can find peace, excitement and a sense of wonder in the forests of North Argyll. Walk, run, ride or just stand still among the trees that thrive in the temperate rainforest climate and clean air. If you’re feeling more adventurous, choose one of the demanding trails and discover stunning high views amongst this remarkable landscape.

Beinn Lora

These truly panoramic views are among the most memorable in Argyll. From the Eagle’s Eyrie you can look over Benderloch to the Morvern Peninsula, Mull and Lismore.

Fearnoch

The woodlands here are alive with wildlife as the trails pass through the towering trees that flourish around the River Luachragan. 

Glen Creran

Stroll through peaceful oak, willow and birch woods that cloak the secluded gorge of Allt a’Mhuilinn, crossing the lively burn on the timber Millennium Bridge.

Glen Nant

These tranquil oakwoods provide a sanctuary for a unique array of brightly coloured lichens, once used to dye villagers’ clothing.

Sutherland's Grove

Marvel at the mighty fir trees of Sutherland’s Grove, the oldest of which were planted in 1870. Some tower 53 metres (174 feet) high.

 

Strone Hill

Stop off at this natural resting place, where for centuries cattle drovers and other travellers along Glen Orchy have paused for a moment.

Forests on the Isle of Mull

Mull’s forests are wonderful places to see some of the island’s rich wildlife, and with plenty of woodland close to the shore you might well see dolphins and sea birds as well as squirrels and crossbills. The trees hide intriguing historic features too, from ancient standing stones to forgotten villages and atmospheric graveyards.

Mull is known as Eagle Island due to its population of huge white tailed eagles and majestic golden eagles. A visit to the Mull Eagle Watch project is highly recommended!

Alainn View

Pull over from the road to Tobermory and enjoy the view of the plunging Aros River waterfall.

Ardmore

The place for stunning views of Coll, Tiree and Rum, and a fascinating journey of discovery as you find old houses and settlements among the trees.

Aros Park

Just a step away from Tobermory, there’s lush woodland with a play trail, barbecue area and an exciting waterfall.

 

Fishnish

While away the time watching the ferries come and go, or spot sea birds.

Garmony

Stop for a picnic with a superb view, or explore the exciting coast path between here and Fishnish.

Glen Aros

A historic graveyard nestles in this charming woodland. You can join the trail through to Loch Frisa too.

Loch Frisa

A taste of Mull’s wilder side on a journey past the loch to Glen Aros.

Quinish

Ride or walk through the forest above tiny Dervaig village, with superb views out to the Hebrides.

Scallastle

When you want a wee work out, head up towards the Scallastle River through woodland where native species are making a comeback.

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