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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


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Cruachan Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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


Tall Trees Trail

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.

2 ¼ miles / 3.6 km

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


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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