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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Corlarach

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

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.

Please note, the Berry Burn Trail and the Balgaidh Burn Trail are both closed to allow safe felling and removal of trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum.
We aim to have these trails open again by the end of February 2021. Apologies for any inconvenience.
The Corlarach Loop remains open but is subject to diversion. Please follow all on site signage and instruction. Thank you.

The car park is currently closed.

Please follow our Keep it Clean advice before and after a 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

Walking

Berry Burn Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

Please note, the Berry Burn Trail is closed to allow safe felling and removal of trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum. We aim to have these trails open again by the end of February 2021.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
2 miles / 3.3 km

Allow
1½ hours

Walking

Balgaidh Burn Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

Please note, the Balgaidh Burn Trail is closed to allow safe felling and removal of trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum. We aim to have these trails open again by the end of February 2021. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 miles / 4.8 km

Allow
2 hours

Cycling trails

Cycling

Corlarach Loop (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

  • Due to ongoing felling operations, the Corlarach Loop is diverted in places. Please follow all signage.

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.

 Cycling post icon
12 ½ miles / 20.0 km

Allow
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.

Activities

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

Parking
Parking

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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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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