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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Gleann a Gealbhan

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COVID-19 update

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.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Take an atmospheric stroll in the heart of Knapdale

A winding trail will lead you up through the woods to the ruins of Arichonan, where you can imagine the life of the tenants who had to leave the village in 1848. There are fine views towards Caol Scotnish and beyond into Loch Sween from this poignant spot.

Guide map to the forests of Mid Argyll and Kintyre (PDF 9.5MB)

Walking trails


Arichonan Township Trail

A lovely walk through the larch trees to the haunting ruins of a clearance village abandoned in the mid-19th century. Good views down Caol Scotnish.

Uneven grassy path, with narrow and muddy sections. One long fairly steep slope. Includes a road crossing and some exposed tree roots.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km

1 hour

More information

Arichonan, the largest and most important of a group of five townships in this area, was cleared of its tenants by the landlord in 1848. Many of the buildings are still in remarkable condition and you can begin to imagine life here in the past as you wander amongst them. Find out more about Arichonan’s history on our forest heritage pages.

The trail starts across the road from the car park. Please take care crossing the road.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

You’ll find refreshments at Crinan and Tayvallich, and there are public toilets on the quay at Crinan.

Getting here

Gleann a Gealbhan car park is on the east side of the B8025 between Bellanoch and Tayvallich, approximately 3 miles from Bellanoch.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8PG is the nearest postcode, but please note this is several miles beyond the car park.

Public transport

Buses between Lochgilphead and Tayvallich can stop at Gleann a Gealbhan on request. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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