Thursday, 08 June 2023
Latest forest information
As part of our work to maintain Barnaline ancient woodland we will be removing some of the non-native species through the months of June and July. This may result us asking you wait whilst we make the area safe for you to pass. Delays will be as short as possible. We hope that you understand the importance of these measures both for conservation and for your safety. If you would like to find out more visit our habitat conservation page.
- 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.
Ancient Caledonian forest and cascading waterfalls
Wander for miles in ancient Caledonian forest, passing thundering waterfalls or peaceful oakwood that are home to red squirrel, deer and pine marten.
A delightful route that explores Dalavich’s ancient Atlantic oakwoods, which are full of mosses, ferns and wildlife and provide great views over Loch Awe.
Wide, firm gravel and grassy surface with long uneven sections. Some steep slopes. Parts may be muddy after heavy rain. Includes two bridges with adjacent fords and some low branches.
Allow 1 hour
This is a delightful circular route through an ancient semi-natural oakwood, now part of the Caledonian Forest Reserve. Hundreds of years ago it was used for charcoal production – today the only sign of industry is the sound of birds and squirrels collecting seeds and berries for their young.
The forest roads and tracks are great fun on mountain bike or horseback. Ordnance Survey maps Landranger 55: Lochgilphead & Loch Awe and Explorer 360: Loch Awe & Inveraray cover the forest and its surrounding area.
National cycle route
The Oban to Campbeltown National Cycle route runs through the forest.
Facilities and access
A café can be found in the village of Dalavich, a couple of minutes drive south of Barnaline.
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.
Barnaline can be found on the west side of the road, 1 mile north of Dalavich.
- From the south: Take the A816 north from Lochgilphead. 1 mile after Kilmartin, follow the turn-off on the right to Dalavich (B840).
- From the west: At Kilmelford Post Office, follow the sign for Lochavich. Follow this road for 10 miles, turning right at the T junction for Dalavich.
- From the north: East of Taynuilt on the A85, follow the turn-off to Kilchrenan (B845). After Kilchrenan, follow signs for Dalavich.
PA35 4AB is the nearest postcode.
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