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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Carradale

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

Please note nearby Beinn Ghuilean forest in Campbeltown has restrictions due to tree felling.

A steep climb to sweeping mountain and island views

Take a stroll around the village and out along the shore, or explore the Deer Hill Trail in Carradale Forest which takes you to the craggy summit of Cnoc nan Gabhar. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views across Kilbrannan Sound to Arran. The forest is a haven for wildlife, so look out for deer, red and black grouse and many birds of prey.

Guide map to the forests of Mid Argyll and Kintyre (PDF 9.5MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Deer Hill Trail

Enjoy an eagle’s eye view over Carradale Bay and Kilbrannan Sound from the rocky summit of Cnoc nan Gabhar.

Prolonged steep slopes for up to 600m. Uneven grassy paths with rough, narrow and muddy sections.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 ¾ miles / 5.9 km

Allow
2½ hours

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This strenuous route leads you through woodland and open moorland dotted with bright rhododendrons to the summit of Cnoc nan Ghabar. Enjoy a magnificent panorama over Carradale Glen, Kilbrannan Sound and Arran. Spot Ben Cruachan, Argyll’s highest point, to the north. This is called Deer Hill for good reason – look out for red, roe, fallow and sika deer, as well as moorland birds amongst the heather, and golden eagles and hen harriers overhead.

Activities

Watching wildlife

Look out for red and roe deer amongst the mature trees and butterflies and sika deer in open sunny glades around the younger trees. These grassy areas are also home to voles, the favourite food of birds of prey like buzzards and kestrels.

Head up onto higher ground to find moorland birds amongst the heather and perhaps see a golden eagle circling overhead. Alternatively, visit Carradale village and stroll beside Kilbrannan Sound, where you might be lucky enough to see basking sharks or leaping salmon.

Explore Carradale on long distance trails

Carradale is on the route of the 100 mile Kintyre Way, a waymarked long distance trail that criss-crosses the lovely Kintyre peninsula between Tarbert and Dunaverty.

You can also explore the Kintyre peninsula following National Cycle Route 78, which passes close to Carradale.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information

There are public toilets and a selection of places to eat, drink and shop in Carradale. There’s also a tea room with tourist information at the Carradale Network Centre – check for their opening hours.

Getting here

The Deer Hill Trail starts at the Port Na Storm car park, which can be found on the left as entering Carradale village.

The north end of the forest can be accessed via Grianan car park. This can be found on the east side of the B842, half way between Dippen and Grogport.

Using SatNav?

PA28 6SB is the nearest postcode for Port na Storm car park.
PA28 6QJ is the nearest for Grianan, but about a mile south of the site.

Public transport

There are regular buses from Campbeltown to Carradale. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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