Monday, 20 December 2021
Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.
Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.
We have now started felling trees infected with the disease, Phytophthora ramorum. To ensure public safety, some sections of the forest have been closed. Please see our working map for the latest affected areas:
Please follow our Keep it clean advice before and after a visit to any woodland.
There's nothing quite like Kilmun anywhere else in Scotland. The arboretum is home to more than 150 tree species from around the world. Meander through its small forests of silver firs, giant sequoia, coastal redwoods, Oregon maple and Chilean southern beech and you'll wonder why it isn't better known.
Back in 1930, over 260 different species were planted here to see how suitable they might be for Scotland. Many of the trees didn't like our climate or soils, but many have done amazingly well, growing faster and larger than they would at home. Today Kilmun Arboretum is a tree collection of international note and a unique experience for all tree lovers.
A brief introduction to the exotic species of the arboretum, taking in ornamental maples, Japanese cedars and Himalayan spruces.
Firm gravel surface throughout with some slightly uneven sections. First section is wide and easy-going, the return includes short steep slopes and one bridge 0.9m wide.
Allow ¼ hour
Named after local forester John Jackson, this gentle stroll is full of colour and interest at any time of the year.
Climb the hillside to encounter redwoods and sequoias from California and monkey puzzles from South America, as well as great views over Holy Loch and the mountains of Cowal.
Firm but uneven gravel surface, with some grassy sections. Some long steep slopes.
Allow ½ hour
Get to know the conifers of Kilmun by sight and smell. These huge varieties of larch, spruce and hemlock all smell differently, so take time to stop and sniff too.
Visit some guests from Down Under on this breathtaking circuit of the arboretum. On a warm day, the wonderful aroma will transport you to the Australian bush.
Uneven gravel paths with some grassy sections. Some long steep slopes and bridges.
Allow ¾ hour
Wander through exotic groves of Australian eucalyptus with their peeling bark and characteristic scent. Oil glands cover the leathery leaves and exude their aroma on hot summer days.
The nearest public toilets are at Dunoon or at the Benmore Garden café.
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.
The car park for Kilmun Arboretum is at the western end of Kilmun village. The turn-off to Kilmun village is well signposted from the A815 about 4 miles north of Dunoon.
PA23 8SJ is the nearest postcode.
Please note, some Satnav devices will give this as an access point for Puck's Glen. This is not the case, there is no vehicular access to Puck's Glen from Kilmun Arboretum.
Regular buses between Dunoon and Ardentinny stop at Kilmun pier, 10 minutes walk from the Arboretum. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
A deep, woodland gorge with cascading waterfalls
Walk between colourful plants and giant conifers