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From the ancient Atlantic oakwoods that fringe the rugged coastline to the tree-cloaked flanks of towering mountains, the forests of North Argyll are inspirational places. It is hard to resist their powerful charm, evoking a wild landscape far removed from the stresses of modern life.

Two women and a man sitting at a picnic bench overlooking trees and sea

The secluded forests provide a home to iconic Highland wildlife. If you tread carefully and make little noise, you might catch a glimpse of red squirrels, otters, pine marten and red or roe deer. Scan the skies and you could spot a sea eagle soaring overhead

You can find peace, excitement and a sense of wonder in the forests of North Argyll. Walk, run, ride or just stand still among the trees that thrive in the temperate rainforest climate and clean air. If you’re feeling more adventurous, choose one of the demanding trails and discover stunning high views amongst this remarkable landscape.

Forests to visit

Man and woman walking along a path away from a hilltopBeinn Lora

These truly panoramic views are among the most memorable in Argyll. From the Eagle’s Eyrie you can look over Benderloch to the Morvern Peninsula, Mull and Lismore.

Beinn Lora


Path through Fearnoch forestFearnoch

The woodlands here are alive with wildlife as the trails pass through the towering trees that flourish around the River Luachragan. Photo © John McLuckie / Geograph



Person with back to camera looking at a waterfallGlen Creran

Stroll through peaceful oak, willow and birch woods that cloak the secluded gorge of Allt a’Mhuilinn, crossing the lively burn on the timber Millennium Bridge.

Glen Creran


View over tree-covered Glen Nant to Ben Cruachan mountainGlen Nant

These tranquil oakwoods provide a sanctuary for a unique array of brightly coloured lichens, once used to dye villagers’ clothing. Photo © Hugh Venables / Geograph

Glen Nant


Waterfall at Strone HillStrone Hill

Stop off at this natural resting place, where for centuries cattle drovers and other travellers along Glen Orchy have paused for a moment.

Strone Hill


Two children walking through a forest of tall treesSutherland's Grove

Marvel at the mighty fir trees of Sutherland’s Grove, the oldest of which were planted in 1870. Some tower 53 metres (174 feet) high.

Sutherland's Grove