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We look forward to welcoming you this summer. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Puck's Glen

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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.

Latest forest information

  • Please be aware that the lower section of the Puck's Glen Gorge Trail is currently closed due to an unsafe bridge.
  • Please also note that there is tree felling taking place along the forest road above Puck's Glen. Due to this, the Black Gates trail from Benmore is closed and there is no access along this forest road between Puck's Glen and Benmore / Inverchapel. The old county road at the bottom of Puck's Glen between the car park and Benmore is open and unaffected by these works.

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!

Guide map to Argyll Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Walking trails

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 & 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.

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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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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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