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Kilmun Arboretum

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Latest forest information

We are still 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.

About

Hillside arboretum with over 150 tree species

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.

Walking trails

Kilmun Arboretum route card (PDF)

Walking

John Jackson Trail

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.4 km

Allow
¼ hour

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Named after local forester John Jackson, this gentle stroll is full of colour and interest at any time of the year.

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Conifer Trail

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
½ hour

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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.

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Eucalyptus Trail

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

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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.

Facilities and access

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The nearest public toilets are at Dunoon or at the Benmore Garden café.

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 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.

Using SatNav?

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.

Public transport

Regular buses between Dunoon and Ardentinny stop at Kilmun pier, 10 minutes walk from the Arboretum. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Nearby forests

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

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Distance from 'Kilmun Arboretum': 1.24 miles
Young girl in pink leggings stands on top of moss covered tree stump on woodland trail, Benmore Forest, near Dunoon

Walk between colourful plants and giant conifers

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Distance from 'Kilmun Arboretum': 2.12 miles
Broad leaf trees at Corlarach forest

Hillside views over Dunoon and across the Firth of Clyde

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Cycling
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Distance from 'Kilmun Arboretum': 3.53 miles