Ardyne forest notice
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.
We are currently felling trees infected with the disease, Phytophthora Ramorum. To ensure public safety, we have had to temporarily close some sections of the forest:
- Map of current access restrictions (PDF 307KB) [updated 31 March 2020]
- Why we need to carry out these works (PDF 254KB)
The Corlarach Loop is currently closed to allow felling of trees in a number of locations.
Please follow our Keep it Clean advice before and after a visit to any woodland.
Panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde
Explore this peaceful corner of Cowal and discover its superb views over Bute and the Firth of Clyde. One of the hidden gems of this area is the ornamental Chinese ponds – picnic here and enjoy their tranquil beauty.
Chinese Ponds Trail
Amid bright gorse and rhododendrons, discover these fabulous ponds and arched bridges built to mimic scenes on willow pattern crockery.
Mostly firm gravel surface, with uneven grassy sections. Includes some muddy patches and steep slopes.
Allow 1 hour
The Chinese Ponds were two ornamental reservoirs that supplied Castle Toward's water and former swimming pool.
Cycle, walk or ride – you never know what wildlife might be around the next corner...
Mostly forest roads with moderate slopes. Steep singletrack section above Toward Farm.
Allow 2½ hours
Corlarach forest can look impenetrable from below, but from the inside it’s a vibrant, interesting place, teeming with life. The first larch and spruce trees were planted here in 1948 and are now mature giants. Buzzards, kestrels and tawny owls hunt around them – listen out for their eerie cries as you ride.
Cycling and horse riding
Why not jump on your bike or horse and tackle the 10 mile Corlarach Loop trail.
Facilities & access
The nearest public toilets and cafés are in Innellan (4 miles away) or Dunoon (8½ miles away).
Ardyne is 2 miles west of Toward Point. From Dunoon, head south to Toward and follow the main road as it curves round the bottom of the peninsula. The road then heads inland passed Castle Toward. Ardyne car park is a ½ mile beyond this on the right.
The full drive from Dunoon is about 9 miles and should take 15-20 minutes.
PA23 7UH is the nearest postcode.
Occasional local bus services run from Dunoon to Castle Toward, ½ mile from the trails. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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