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Ardyne

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We are currently upgrading the car park and Chinese Ponds Trail. Both remain open, but space may be limited.

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.

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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.

Walking trails

Ardyne route card (PDF)

Walking

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.

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1 ½ miles / 2.3 km

1 hour

Cycling trails

Cycling

Corlarach Loop

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.

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9 ¾ miles / 15.5 km

Allow
2½ hours

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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.

Activities

Cycling and horse riding

Why not jump on your bike or horse and tackle the 10 mile Corlarach Loop trail.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Cycling

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.

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Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

PA23 7UH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

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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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Nearby forests

Broad leaf trees at Corlarach forest

Hillside views over Dunoon and across the Firth of Clyde

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Ardyne': 5.10 miles
Autumnal oak leaves at Kilmun Arboretum

Hillside arboretum with over 150 tree species

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Arboretum
Arboretum
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Ardyne': 8.49 miles
Family of four walking up narrow path besides small stream in a steep sided gorge covered in green trees, bushes, moss and lichen.

A deep, woodland gorge with cascading waterfalls

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Ardyne': 9.37 miles