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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

Lochgoilhead

Where we are

Latest forest information

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.

  • We have now started felling trees infected with the disease, Phytophthora ramorum, in this area.
  • The Section of the Ardgartan Peninsula Circuit which passes through Pole flats is currently diverted along the public road to the forest gate at Glen Mhor.
  • Why we are carrying out these works (PDF)
  • Please follow our Keep it clean advice before and after a visit to any woodland.

About

Glorious waterfalls at the head of a secluded glen

At the head of Loch Goil, explore pretty woodland where the beautiful Donich Falls are framed by towering conifers and join generations of travellers passing along the old Duke’s Path. In spring the woods gleam with fresh green leaves and sparkle with bird song.

Lochgoilhead route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Glen Donich Trail

Discover Donich waterfalls at the head of a secluded glen.

Mostly firm narrow paths with some forest road sections. Moderate to steep slopes with a few steep steps.

Strenuous trail grade icon
2 ½ miles / 4.0 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

This fantastic trail leads you along the edge of the Ardgoil forest to the top of Donich Glen, where you’ll find the Donich Waterfalls. They’re a magnificent sight after heavy rain.

Activities

Loch Lomond & Cowal Way

The Loch Lomond & Cowal Way is a long distance walking route that passes through Lochgoilhead. The trail is known as "Scotland in 57 miles" due to it's diverse terrain covering lochs, glens, forests and open hillsides.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access

There are public toilets and other facilities in Lochgoilhead village.

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.

More about parking

Getting here

Lochgoilhead Arboretum car park can be accessed from the village, just opposite Lochgoilhead Primary School on Hall Road. If the Arboretum car park is full, a council-run car park is available in Lochgoilhead village.

Using SatNav?

PA24 8AQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Infrequent bus services from Helensburgh/Arrochar stop at Lochgoilhead on the way to Carrick Castle. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

A tree covered mountainside viewed through leaves on branches

A scenic stop off on the iconic Rest and Be Thankful

Facilities and activities
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Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Lochgoilhead': 2.84 miles
Aerial view of motorway from high up in forest, Ardgartan, Argyll Forest Park

Endless trails through an area of vast natural beauty

Facilities and activities
Toilets
Toilets
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Distance from 'Lochgoilhead': 3.01 miles
A wide glen with a large mountain at its head

One of Scotland's classic views

Facilities and activities
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Lochgoilhead': 3.81 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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