Autumn Forest Walks for 2017
Argyll Forest Park
Some of the very best Autumn walks for 2017 can be found in Argyll and Bute, why not check out a few of them this year and in the process get fit having fun.
Argyll Forest Park is a land of craggy peaks and hidden glens, peaceful sea lochs and rushing rivers. Established in 1935, it’s Britain’s oldest Forest Park – and some folk say it’s the best
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, the great crack in the Earth’s surface that marks the line between Lowland and Highland Scotland.
Wild places, but easy to reach
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, Corlarachis a great place to get away from it all and perhaps glimpse red deer.
Marvellous mountain biking
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.
Browse our suggestions below, and check out the Argyll Forest Park map to help you plan your trip.
Keep it clean
You’ll notice disinfectant mats at the entrance/exit to some of our trails. This helps minimise the spread of tree disease and keeps our forests healthy for the future. Please use them to clean any boots, paws or wheels.
Explore trails that range from a short stroll beneath ancient oaks to an all-day bike tour.
One of the most magical forests in Scotland, with a delightful trail along a rocky gorge.
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.
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.
There are easy trails suitable for wheelchairs and buggies here, and seaside strolls on Cowal’s longest sandy