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Ancient Caledonian forest and cascading waterfalls

Wander for miles in ancient Caledonian forest, passing thundering waterfalls or peacful oakwood that are home to red squirrel, deer and pine marten.

Guide map to the Forests of Mid Argyll and Kintyre (PDF 7.1MB)

Walking trails


Avich Falls Trail

A lovely riverside trail to reach a series of thundering rapids at Avich Falls.

Firm gravel surface with uneven and grassy sections. Some steep slopes. Includes a bridge and a section along quiet roads.

1 ½ miles / 2.4 km

1 hour

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Avich Falls are lovely all year round but even more spectacular after heavy rain or surrounded by the changing autumn colours.


Dalavich Oakwood Trail

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.

2 miles / 3.2 km

1 hour

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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.


Explore further

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 & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

Public toilets and a café can be found in the village of Dalavich, a couple of minutes drive south of Barnaline.

Getting here

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.

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PA35 4AB is the nearest postcode.

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