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Àrd-Àirigh

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

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 (2)

Walking

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.5 km

Allow
¼ hour

More information

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

Walking

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

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

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
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 that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at the Àrd-Àirigh car park from 26 April – 31 October 2021. This does not include overnight tent camping or car parking.  

To help plan your stay, please see the details below: 

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 1
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Access notes – Straight off single track road.
  • Parking notes – Fairly level. Parking blocks recommended. Please park at back of car park.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay The Night

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

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

Using SatNav?

PH36 4HY is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Close up of seal pup

Spot seals, herons and otters on Loch Sunart

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Àrd-Àirigh': 0.31 miles
Close up of rocks on shore

Ancient woodland leads to a peaceful natural harbour

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Àrd-Àirigh': 2.27 miles
Close up of acorn and autumn leaves

A peaceful loch alive with water lillies and dragonflies

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Distance from 'Àrd-Àirigh': 2.55 miles

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0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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