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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.

Cruachan

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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

  • Tree felling works are taking place at the Tall Trees Trail. Please follow all work signage for your own safety.

Towering conifers and an ancient loch dwelling

Wander down to the quiet lochside and take a closer look at the crannog - an ancient loch-dwelling. Then visit MacKenzie's Grove, a group of towering conifers, planted over 80 years ago and now amongst the tallest in the west of Scotland. These trees are some of the few survivors of a devastating storm that felled vast areas of woodland in 1968.

Walking trails

Walking

Tall Trees Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • Tree felling works are taking place at the Tall Trees Trail. Please follow all work signage for your own safety.

Walk along the shore of Loch Awe to discover an Iron Age crannog at Carn Mhic Chealeir and some towering Douglas firs and spruces in Mackenzie’s Grove.

Mostly loose gravel tracks, with sections of uneven grassy path that are narrow and potentially wet in places. Includes some long steep slopes.

Strenuous trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.6 km

Allow
1½ hours

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Follow the trail to the lochside to see the remains of a crannog, where an Iron Age family once lived in a house on stilts over the water. Then enjoy a stretch through mature woodland to a small gorge where ferns, mosses and lichens grow in the moist conditions. This is MacKenzie's Grove, where a group of conifers survived the storm of 1968.

Facilities & access

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Parking

The nearest public toilets and a café can be found in nearby Dalavich.

Getting here

From Lochgilphead take the A816 north and turn right onto the B840 about 1 mile after Kilmartin. At the red phone box in Ford, turn onto the unclassified road and follow for 6 miles. You'll see the Cruachan car park on your right.

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PA35 1HL is the nearest postcode.

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