Argyll Forest Park
Argyll Forest Park is a land of craggy peaks and hidden glens, peaceful sea lochs and rushing rivers. Established in 1935, it’s Britain’s oldest Forest Park – and some folk say it’s the best!
The park stretches from the Holy Loch, an inlet of the Firth of Clyde, to the jagged peaks of the Arrochar Alps. It owes its rugged scenery to being at one end of the Highland Boundary Fault, the great crack in the Earth’s surface that marks the line between Lowland and Highland Scotland.
Wild places, but easy to reach
Although it’s only a short distance from Glasgow, it’s easy to find wild places here. Head to Ardentinny for relaxing, easy trails along a river and through bluebell woods, or Glenbranter to watch red squirrels. Just next to the holiday resort of Dunoon, Corlarach is a great place to get away from it all and perhaps glimpse red deer.
Marvellous mountain biking
The park has some fantastic cross-country mountain biking routes. There’s a whole network of trails from Ardgartan, including a circuit round the peninsula that makes a thrilling day out.
Larch disease in Argyll Forest Park
Phytophthora ramorum is an incurable disease that kills larch trees. It was first found in Argyll Forest Park in 2016 and has the potential to expand and kill more. To help prevent it spreading further, we are currently felling a number of areas across the Forest Park. Learn more about the disease, where felling operations are taking place and how you can help at our Phytophthora ramorum webpage.
Forests to visit
Short walks and long rides in the centre of Argyll Forest Park.
Cowal's longest sandy beach.
A deep, woodland gorge with cascading waterfalls.
Hillside arboretum with over 150 tree species.
Walk between colourful plants and giant conifers.