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Ardgartan

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Please note as of Monday 24 October 2022 there will be no weekday access between Ardgartan and the Rest and be thankful via the Glen Croe Forest road.  This is due to tree felling taking place which requires the machines to be working from the forest road.  The route will be open at weekends when no work is taking place.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

About

Endless trails through an area of vast natural beauty

Ardgartan (meaning the High Garden in Gaelic) is at the heart of an area of vast natural beauty. The forest of Sitka and Norway spruce is an ideal habitat for red squirrel, roe deer, buzzards and owls. Mixed woodland along the many small rivers and burns is home to otters, kingfishers and bats.

The trails offer great views for cyclists, walkers or horse riders. If you don’t feel like following the waymarked trails, just wander wherever you fancy... through the forest, across the hills or along the secluded loch shore.

Walking trails

Ardgartan route card (PDF)

Walking

Riverside Trail

A delightful stroll through the beech and oak woodland alongside the sparkling Croe Water.

Firm gravel surface with some grassy and uneven sections. Includes some exposed tree roots and very muddy sections. Two short steep slopes, a bridge and some broad steps.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ½ miles / 2.4 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

Watch for red squirrels scampering among the trees and listen for the many species of birds that live in the forest. Otters live here too: you might see their footprints or tail marks on the sandy shore, or if you're very lucky catch sight of one in the river’s large pools.

Cycling trails

Cycling

Ardgartan Shore and Coilessan Glen (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

This trail is closed to allow the safe felling of trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum. 

Forest rides, loch shore and a fun descent back to the start.

Mostly forest road with sections on tarmac. Long, moderate climbs and descents.

 Cycling post icon
6 ¾ miles / 11.0 km

Allow
2 hours

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Start by following the trail south towards the farm at Coilessan and round by the loch shore – you might just glimpse otters here. Then it’s a climb through red and roe deer’s territory in the shadow of Cnoc Coinnich before heading back down Coilessan Glen. Take a breather on the way to admire the view over Loch Long towards the Clyde!

Cycling

Ardgartan Shore and Coilessan Glen (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

This trail is closed to allow the safe felling of trees.

Forest rides, loch shore and a fun descent back to the start.

Mostly forest road with sections on tarmac. Long, moderate climbs and descents.

 Cycling post icon
6 ¾ miles / 11.0 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

Start by following the trail south towards the farm at Coilessan and round by the loch shore – you might just glimpse otters here. Then it’s a climb through red and roe deer’s territory in the shadow of Cnoc Coinnich before heading back down Coilessan Glen. Take a breather on the way to admire the view over Loch Long towards the Clyde!

Activities

Explore further

The network of trails here is very popular with bikers looking for fun cross-country rides. They're good to walk along too. For an interesting route between two forests, try the link route between here and Arrochar forest.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling

There are public toilets at Ardgartan. There are shops and cafes in Arrochar village, a few miles to the east.

If you’d like more time here, why not book a holiday cabin with Forest Holidays.

Stay the night

Our Stay the Night trial has now closed for the season. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

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

Ardgartan car park lies on the south side of the A83 between Loch Long and the Rest and Be Thankful, 3 miles west of Arrochar.

If coming from the direction of Arrochar, ignore the 'Forest Holidays' turning; Ardgartan is ½ mile beyond this.

Using SatNav?

G83 7AS is the nearest postcode, about 1 mile along the road towards Inveraray.

Public transport

Buses heading from Glasgow to Inveraray and beyond can stop next to the entrance to Ardgartan. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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