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Beinn Lora

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Beinn Lora 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.

Panoramic views of North Argyll and beyond

It’s well worth the climb up the hill from the foot of Beinn Lora for the stunning panorama of coast, islands and mountains. Picnic tables at wonderful vantage points give you a chance to catch your breath and take in the scenery and the Eagle's Eyrie viewpoint is an ideal photo opportunity.

Guide map to the forests of North Argyll (PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Coastal Climb Trail

A short pull up the steep craggy hillside above Benderloch yields some great sea views across Tralee Bay and the Lynn of Lorn. 

Wide, firm but uneven gravel and earth surface. Long steep slopes with some loose sections.

Strenuous
1 miles / 1.8 km

Allow
¾ hour

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The view of Tralee Bay is one of the best places to spot Ireland from Scotland. A great spiot for a selfie!

Walking

Eagle’s Eyrie Trail

Feel on top of the world at the breath-taking bird’s eye viewpoint on this steep but spectacular trail on the slopes of Beinn Lora.

Long steep slopes for 500m. Wide, firm gravel and stone surface with some uneven and loose sections.

Strenuous
2 miles / 3.3 km

Allow
1½ hours

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The breath-taking view from the Eyrie takes in Mull, the Lyne of Lorne, Lismore, the Morven peninsula and the hills north towards Appin. Higher still, at the forest edge, you’ll also see the gate which leads onto the open hill to reach the summit of Beinn Lora.

Activities

Climb Beinn Lora

Our Eagle’s Eyrie trail is also the start of the hill walking path to Beinn Lora. The summit isn’t very high – just 1,010 feet (308m) – but the views over the coast and islands, and back down Loch Etive to the Ben Cruachan range, are well worth the effort! (This is an unmarked route suitable for fit and experienced hill walkers only.)

Hill running

These trails are also very popular with local hill runners looking for a strenuous workout.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

There's a small shop, petrol station and seasonal café in Benderloch.

Getting here

Beinn Lora car park can be found at the south end of Benderloch village, just to the right of the petrol station.

National Cycle Route 78 passes nearby.

Using SatNav?

PA37 1QN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Regular buses between Oban and Fort William stop in Benderloch. They also stop at Connel, which is the nearest railway station. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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