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Gleann a Gealbhan

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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.

Walking trails

Gleann a Gealbhan route card (PDF)

Walking

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

Allow
1 hour

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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 and access

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

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

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

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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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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'Gleann a Gealbhan': 0.52 miles
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Craggy slopes and a dramatic gorge amongst the trees

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Distance from 'Gleann a Gealbhan': 1.69 miles
Areal view of the coast with a small island and forest in the foreground

A steep climb to views of the Sound of Jura

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Wildlife hide
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Distance from 'Gleann a Gealbhan': 1.92 miles