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Corlarach Forest Notice

Due to the confirmation of Phytophthora Ramorum in the Larch trees we have been issued with a Statutory Plant Health Notice. We will be starting work to remove infected trees and those surrounding them in September. During these operations there will be disruption to access across the site, updates on closure will be provided here on a regular basis. Please follow our Keep it Clean advice before and after visit to any woodland.

Hillside views over Dunoon and across the Firth of Clyde

Whether you have an hour or a day to spare, there's a trail here to suit you. The forest rises high above Dunoon giving you fabulous views over the Firth of Clyde and Loch Striven, as well as a great chance to see local wildlife.

Corlarach means 'common pasture' – a place where local folk used to graze their cattle and sheep. Those animals are gone, but you might be lucky enough to see grouse, roe deer, red deer and the many birds of prey which thrive here today.

Guide map to Argyll Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Walking trails


Berry Burn Trail

Meander up through the young conifers for great views over Dunoon and the Clyde.

Uneven gravel and earth paths, with some narrow and muddy sections. Includes some long fairly steep slopes and two openings 1.1m wide.

2 miles / 3.3 km

1½ hours


Balgaidh Burn Trail

Climb to the top of the forest for superb panoramic views across Cowal and the Firth of Clyde. Return via the charming mixed woods along Balgaidh Burn.

Long steep slopes for up to half a mile. Uneven gravel paths, with earthy and rocky sections. Includes two openings 1.1m wide.

3 miles / 4.8 km

2 hours

Cycling trails


Corlarach Loop (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

The Corlarach Loop is now open again between Corlarach and Ardyne via Innellan Hill only, however loading works are still taking place around the Berry Burn site.  If you see machinery or lorries in the road, please stop and wait for the driver to see you and do not proceed until they have signalled that it is safe for you to do so.

Feel the excitement of exploring a forest by bike – you never know what wildlife you might encounter around the next corner!

There's a steep single-track section above Toward Farm, but generally the cycle trail follows undulating forest roads. Horse riders will need to cross a small ford in order to avoid a wooden footbridge.

12 ½ miles / 20.0 km

3 hours

More information

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

The Corlarach Loop is a long trail suitable for bikes and horses. It offers great views down the Firth of Clyde when it passes our other local woodland at Ardyne.

Facilities & access


The nearest public toilets are back down the hill in Dunoon.

Getting here

The turning for the car park at Corlarach is on the west side of Kilbride Road in Dunoon, just south of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Using SatNav?

PA23 7LN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are lots of public transport options to Dunoon, although the forest entrance is a 1¼ mile walk uphil from the Pier Esplanade. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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