Thursday, 08 June 2023
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- 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.
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 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.
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 and access
The nearest public toilets and cafés are in Innellan (4 miles away) or Dunoon (8½ miles away).
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.
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 past 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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