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Crinan

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Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

A steep climb to views of the Sound of Jura

Head to peaceful, picturesque Crinan Harbour to find the start of a steep trail up through Atlantic oakwoods to Castle Dounie, a stone fort on a high rocky knoll. There are panoramic views over the Crinan basin and the Sound of Jura along the way, and on a clear day you even spot distant Ben Cruachan.

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

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Crinan Trail

Climb steeply through ash, birch and conifers to the ruined medieval lookout of Castle Dounie. The crag is a stunning pulpit overlooking the Sound of Jura and the Inner Hebrides. 

Long steep slopes for 600m, including several sets of rough steps. Uneven gravel surface with narrow, grassy and rough rocky sections. Some parts may be muddy.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.5 km

Allow
2½ hours

Activities

Watch for wildlife

Crinan is a great place to watch for wildlife. The ancient Atlantic oakwoods are host to a huge number of species, including visiting songbirds like redstarts and flycatchers, as well as red squirrels, butterflies and red and roe deer. As you climb higher through planted conifers, look out for buzzards and perhaps even golden eagles circling overhead. There’s also a chance of spotting porpoise and minke whales out at sea.

Facilities and access

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Walking
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Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

You’ll find refreshments and public toilets on the quay at Crinan village, at the end of the canal.

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.

More about parking

Getting here

Crinan stands at the end of the B841, north west of Lochgilphead. Head for Crinan Harbour to find the start of the Crinan Trail.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8SS is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Lochgilphead and Tayvallich, which stop at Crinan. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

A serene forest loch with a tree over hanging the calm shore and reeds reflecting on the calm water

Unique wetland that's home to Scotland's wild beavers

Facilities and activities
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Walking
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Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Horse riding
Horse riding
Fishing
Fishing
Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'Crinan': 1.87 miles
Conifer tree with dew in the morning

Take an atmospheric stroll in the heart of Knapdale

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Crinan': 1.92 miles
Person walking in forest in winter

Craggy slopes and a dramatic gorge amongst the trees

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Crinan': 2.61 miles

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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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