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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

Carradale

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Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

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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 (1)

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 and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information

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

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

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

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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