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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


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Àrd-Àirigh Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Walk through native woodland to our lochside wildlife hide

The perfect place for a peaceful lochside picnic and the start of some scenic trails through oak woodland on the fringes of Loch Sunart.

Take a short easy stroll to a bench with panoramic views or wander amongst ancient oaks to the Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide.

These semi-natural woodlands are home to some of the best collections of lower plants (plants which do not flower) in the whole of Europe. The clean air, moist climate and long continuity of woodland cover have combined to produce ideal conditions for lichens, mosses and liverworts. On the edges of the Sunart oakwoods in early summer, you might also be lucky enough to spot the rare chequered skipper butterfly.

Walking trails


Àrd-Àirigh Loop

A short stroll through regenerating native woodland to a fine viewpoint overlooking Loch Sunart.

Smooth gravel surface throughout, with some slightly uneven sections. Includes a number of short steep slopes.

¼ miles / 0.5 km

¼ hour

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Look out for vivid green ferns, mosses and lichens amongst the trees: they thrive in the clean air and moist coastal climate here.


Garbh Eilean Trail

This winding route through the vibrant oakwoods whets your appetite for the wonderful waterside wildlife at Garbh Eilean hide.

Wide, smooth gravel surface with some slightly uneven sections. Several steep slopes. One section of boardwalk.

1 miles / 1.6 km

¾ hour

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Go quietly down to the wildlife hide to spot basking seals, stately herons and perhaps an otter or a sea eagle.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

The car park can hold seven cars. There is an easy access picnic bench suitable for visitors with wheelchairs near the parking area.

There is also a parking area at Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide, ½ mile west (towards Salen), where the short trail down to the hide is suitable for everyone.

Nearby amenities

The nearest public toilets, fuel, shops and places to eat and drink are in Stronitian and Salen, 5 miles in either direction from Àrd-Àirigh car park.

Stay the Night

Motorhomes and campervans will be allowed to park overnight at this car park.

This is part of a short-term national trial that will run until later in the year, open to self-contained vehicles only. Motorhomes and campervans can stay for one night only at a time between 6pm and 10am. Camping and overnight parking of cars is not allowed.

Before you visit, please read our Stay the Night guidance, terms and conditions:

Stay the Night

Getting here

Àrd-Àirigh car park (signposted as Ardery) is on the south side of the A861, halfway between Strontian and Salen.

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PH36 4HY is the nearest postcode.

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0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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