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Corlarach

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Latest forest information

All trails are currently open, but forestry work may impact your walk. See our Walk section for more details.

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.

About

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.

Walking trails

Corlarach route card (PDF)

Walking

Berry Burn Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • This trail is particularly muddy after recent forestry work. Repair works will be starting soon.

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

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

A trail notice is in effect

Forest roads may be affected by road building work or movement of timber trucks.

Please follow all safety signage and do not pass lorries being loaded with timber until instruced 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.

 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 and access

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Parking
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Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

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

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

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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