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Ardmore

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A diversion is in place on the Shore Trail while timber lorries are working in the forest.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

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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.

Walking trails

Ardmore route card (PDF)

Walking

Shore Trail (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

A diversion is in place while timber lorries are working in the forest.

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 ½ miles / 7.4 km

Allow
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.

Activities

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 and access

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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.

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.

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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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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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