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Fearnoch

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  • Various forest works are taking place in Fearnoch. Please follow all safety signage.

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Attractive woodland trails with wonderful views

The woodlands here are alive with wildlife as the trails pass through the towering trees that flourish around the River Luachragan.

Look out for red squirrels leaping through the forest canopy. You will certainly encounter the great, domed nests of the Scottish wood ant amid the trees. Constructed from pine needles, these can tower 1.5 metres (5 feet) high and shelter networks of tunnels and chambers, each one home to up to 100,000 ants. The insects work tirelessly to keep the mounds in order, even ensuring individual needles lie in the right direction.

Walking trails

Fearnoch route card (PDF)

Walking

Ant Hill Trail

Tranquil Fearnoch Forest is home to the protected wood ant - look out for their nests on the single path sections of the trail. Alder trees thrive here too, along the sparkling River Luachragan.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Includes some steep slopes and a wide bridge.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.8 km

Allow
1½ hours

Activities

Explore further

The shorter trails at Fearnoch are ideal for walking, while the good network of peaceful forest roads is ideal for exploring by bike or horse.

National Cycle Route

If you want to explore farther afield by bike, National Cycle Route 78 passes Fearnoch.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

Public toilets and places to eat, drink and shop can be found in the nearby village of Taynuilt.

Stay the night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at this car park from 1 April – 31 October 2022.

To help plan your stay, please see the details below:

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 4
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Access notes - Main access at bottom of hill off A85
  • Parking notes – Use top car park if possible. Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay the night

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

Fearnoch car park is on the south side of the A85, about 2 miles west of Taynuilt.

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Nearest postcode: PA35 1JB

Public transport

There are regular buses between Tyndrum and Oban that stop at Fearnoch, if specially requested. Speak to your driver when you board. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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