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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Ardmore 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.

Explore abandoned villages and a remote bay

The ruined settlements of Ardmore and Penalbanach lie part hidden within the forest here. Visit some of these secret dwellings and enjoy magnificent views across to Ardnamurchan, Coll, Tiree and Rum.

Guide map to The Forests of the Isle of Mull (4.5MB)

Walking trails


Shore Trail

Explore the rugged shore of Ardmore Bay and discover a couple of intriguing ruined villages. Wonderful views of the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

Sections of rough grassy surface with rocky and muddy parts. Long moderate slopes for half a mile with some steeper sections. Includes some steps, narrow boardwalks and a bridge.

4 ½ miles / 7.4 km

3 hours

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Ardmore Bay is a peaceful spot to picnic, admire the view – you can see Skye on a clear day – or watch for wildlife. In spring the shore is a great place for wildflowers such as orchid, water avens and stitchwort. The trail also visits the ruined villages of Penalbanach and Ardmore.


Explore further

There are lots of quiet roads and tracks in the area between Ardmore, Glengorm and Quinish, ideal for cycling or long rambles. Follow our waymarked trails for an easy way to explore this beautiful corner of Mull, or plan your own route. The local Ordnance Survey Explorer map (sheet 374) will help you find your way.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

Outside the winter months, you can visit the lovely cafés at Glengorm Castle (five minute drive west of Ardmore) and at Isle of Mull Cheese (five minutes drive east). Further facilities, including public toilets, are availably at nearby Tobermory.

Getting here

From Tobermory, follow the B8073 towards Dervaig and then take the turning to Glengorm on the outskirts of the town. Ardmore Forest is about 1¼ miles (2km) along this road on the right-hand side.

There’s space for about six cars. If full, there’s a small parking area further up the road.

Using SatNav?

There are no nearby postcodes, although following PA75 6QE will guide you along the road on which Ardmore sits.

Public transport

No bus services pass Ardmore Forest. Check local taxi services based in Tobermory.

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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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