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Fearnoch

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Fearnoch 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.

Attractive woodland trails with wonderful views

This peaceful woodland near Taynuilt is ideal for a stroll, cycle or horse-ride. Watch out for woodland birds and red squirrels in the canopy, spot the busy wood ants working on the forest floor, and soak in the dramatic views to Ben Cruachan, Argyll’s highest mountain.

Guide map to the forests of North Argyll (PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Ceum Nan Seangan Trail

A short wander through the mixed forest to look for roe deer watching from the cover of the forest, and the nests of wood ants on the 'path of the ants'.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Long moderate slopes with some short fairly steep sections.

Moderate
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

Allow
¾ hours

More information

Your eyes may be constantly drawn to the great mountain of Ben Cruachan on the horizon, but look out for some much smaller hills among the trees… They’re the impressive wood ant hills beside the path, made from thousands of pine needles.

This trail takes its name from these busy woodland workers:  Ceum nan Seangan is Gaelic for the Path of the Ants. You might see roe deer and red squirrels amongst the trees too.

Walking

Tri Drochaidean Trail

A great tour of tranquil Fearnoch Forest, ‘the place abounding in alders’, which can be found along the sparkling River Luachragan. 

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

Moderate
2 ¼ miles / 3.8 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

This trail's name, Tri Drochaidean, means 'three bridges' in Gaelic.

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 & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

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

Stay the Night

For the remainder of 2020, motorhomes and campervans will be allowed to park overnight at this car park.

This is part of a national trial open to self-contained vehicles only. Motorhomes and campervans can stay for one night only at a time between 6pm and 10am. Camping and overnight parking of cars is not allowed.

Before you visit, please read our Stay the Night guidance, terms and conditions:

Stay the Night

Getting here

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

Using SatNav?

Enter grid reference NM968324.

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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Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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