Puck's Glen (closed)
All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.
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Puck's Glen currently closed
Pucks Glen will be closed until further notice due to a combination of COVID-19 restrictions and concerns about the stability of the gorge. An assessment of the site will be made following the lifting of lockdown restrictions and trails will only be re-opened when safe to do so.
We have now started felling trees infected with the disease, Phytophthora ramorum. To ensure public safety, we have had to close some other sections of the forest. All access will be stopped – except for the Big Tree Trail, which will have some diversions in place.
Please follow our Keep it clean advice before and after a visit to any woodland.
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!
Eckford House trail
Summer blooms and scenic views in a mature and popular forest.
Mainly forest road and tarmac road connected by narrower, well-compacted path. The slopes are moderate with some steep steps. There is a footbridge near the start.
Allow 1¾ hours
The trail bypasses the main gorge and winds uphill to follow a forest road through mixed woodland with spectacular views over the River Eachaig and towards Holy Loch. As you drop back through the trees towards the old county road (now disused) you'll see Eckford House on your right. This old forester's cottage sits nestled amongst some fine examples of rhododendron and, in spring and summer it almost disappears in the exceptional display of white, purple, pink and red blooms.
Puck's Glen Gorge Trail (closed)
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.
Allow 1 hour
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
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.
Puck's Glen is on the east side of the A815, 5 miles north of Dunoon and 1 mile south of Benmore Botanic Gardens.
PA23 8QT is the nearest postcode
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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