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Puck's Glen

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Latest forest information

  • Recent inspection deemed the bridge on the lower section of Puck's Glen gorge trail unsafe due to undercutting by the fast flowing water in the gorge. Work to repair the bridge starts 30 August and will take 6-8 weeks to complete. Diversions are in place. Please follow all safety signage.
  • 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 below for details.
  • The Black Gates trail from Benmore is closed and there is no access along this forest road between Puck's Glen and Benmore / Inverchapel.
  • Why we are carrying out these works (PDF)
  • Please follow our Keep it clean advice before and after a visit to any woodland.

About

A deep, woodland gorge with cascading waterfalls

Follow a magical trail that winds along a Victorian walkway up the dramatic rocky gorge that is said to be home to mischievous spirits. Pass several waterfalls beneath the towering Douglas firs. During your visit, keep a sharp eye out and you might just spot the mystical Ghillie Dhu!

Puck's Glen route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Puck's Glen Gorge Trail (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

  • Please note the Lower section of the trail is closed due to an unsafe bridge.  We aim to have this repaired as soon as possible.  In the meantime please follow the onsite diversion.

A magical trail that winds along a Victorian walkway up the dramatic rocky gorge that is said to be home to mischievous spirits. Pass several waterfalls beneath the towering Douglas firs. During your visit, keep a sharp eye out and you might just spot the mystical Ghillie Dhu!

Firm but uneven gravel paths, with some rough, rocky and narrow sections. Several steep slopes and long flights of rough steps. Includes numerous bridges and some wet sections after rain.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

Allow
1 hour

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Deservedly the most popular walk on the Cowal peninsula and particularly spectacular after rain. The steep, narrow gorge with its arched wooden bridges and rocky steps is thrilling and full of atmosphere. As you climb past tumbling waterfalls and gushing waters you'll sense the huge trees towering overhead and see sumptuous ferns and fungi thriving on the forest floor. This is a place of fantasy and fun, whatever your age.

If it's been raining, wear waterproofs and be prepared for slippery, wet conditions.

Facilities and access

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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets and café is at Benmore Botanic Gardens. Check their opening times before you go, especially in winter. You can find other places to eat and more public toilets 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.

More about parking

Getting here

Puck's Glen is on the east side of the A815, 5 miles north of Dunoon and 1 mile south of Benmore Botanic Gardens.

Using SatNav?

PA23 8QT is the nearest postcode

Public transport

Buses between Dunoon and Inveraray can stop at the entrance to Puck's Glen on request. A 1 mile trail links Puck's Glen with Benmore Botanic Gardens where there is an official bus stop. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Parking
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Facilities and activities
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Walking
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Parking
Arboretum
Arboretum
Picnic area
Picnic area
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Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Puck's Glen': 3.33 miles

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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