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.
Cyclists please note, only the section of the Corlarach Loop between Ardyne and Corlarach (Via Innellan Hill) is available for use. The section between Ardyne and the Blue Lochan (via Achafour Hill) is currently closed for essential tree felling operations. Apologies for any inconvenience.
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.
Why not jump on your bike or horse and tackle the 10 mile Corlarach Loop trail.
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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