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Cruachan

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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.

Latest forest information

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

About

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 (1)

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 and access

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

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

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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