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Kilmun Arboretum

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Kilmun Arboretum notice

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is closed.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.


  • We have now started work to remove of trees infected with the disease, Phytophthora Ramorum. To ensure public safety, we have had to close some sections of the forest:
  • Map of closed areas (PDF 1.1MB)
  • Information on why this work is necessary (PDF 3.9MB)
  • Please follow our Keep it clean advice before and after a visit to any woodland.
  • UPDATE 19 OCTOBER 2020: The Car Park and all trails will be Closed for 10 days as of 20th October to allow us to safely fell trees infected with Phytopthora ramorum.  Apologies for any inconvenience

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.

Guide map to Argyll Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Walking trails

Walking

John Jackson Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

  • This trail will be Closed for 10 days as of 20th October to allow us to safely fell trees infected with Phytopthora ramorum.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

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
¼ miles / 0.4 km

Allow
¼ hour

More information

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

Walking

Conifer Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

  • This trail will be Closed for 10 days as of 20th October to allow us to safely fell trees infected with Phytopthora ramorum.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

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
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

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.

Walking

Eucalyptus Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

  • This trail will be Closed for 10 days as of 20th October to allow us to safely fell trees infected with Phytopthora ramorum.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

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
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

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 & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

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

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.

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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