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Glen Nant

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Glen Nant Forest Notice

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is closed.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.


Mast works are taking place on the forest road, please follow any safety signage on site for your own safety.

Secluded old oakwoods teeming with wildife and history

Amongst the tranquil oakwoods of Glen Nant National Nature Reserve you can find evidence of ancient settlements and industry, discover an array of lichens and mosses and spot impressive wood ant colonies and dancing butterflies. You can also enjoy a picnic beside a babbling burn or climb up through the glen for stunning mountain views.

Guide map to the forests of North Argyll (PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Riverbank Trail

A gentle stroll through the coppiced hazel woods to a quiet picnic area by the River Nant.

Firm gravel surface throughout, but includes some grassed over sections. Generally flat with one short moderate slope by the car park.

Easy (all abilities)
¼ miles / 0.4 km

Allow
¼ hours

More information

This short ‘there-and-back’ trail is suitable for everyone. It follows a leafy stretch of the River Nant (which gets its name from the old Gaelic word for nettles) to a tranquil picnic site. Listen for woodland birds and watch for butterflies and bees attracted to the wildflowers beneath the trees. Spot some oaks with many trunks emerging from a single stump – these trees were cut regularly in the past to provide useful new growth every 15 or 20 years.

Walking

Ant Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

Closed until bridge replacement works are completed, however the rest of the woodland can still be accessed under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Follow the ants for a richly varied trail through atmospheric old oakwoods and thriving new woodland, rich in history and wildlife.

Narrow gravel paths with uneven sections. Long steep slopes and several sets of rough steps. Some exposed tree roots and potentially wet sections. Includes narrow bridges.

Strenuous
2 miles / 3.3 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

Along the trail there are interpretation points that tell you more about the trees, plants and insects here, as well as the forest’s part in the local charcoal and iron smelting industry. There are several viewpoints too, with glorious glimpses of Ben Cruachan.

Activities

Watch for wildlife

As its National Nature Reserve status implies, Glen Nant is perfect for wildife watching. Look out for huge mounds of pine needles and other woodland debris that are the homes of busy colonies of wood ants. The sunny glades in the open woodland attract butterflies and moths, and listen out for warblers and woodpeckers in the trees. You may also spot deer and red squirrels.

Cycling

If you are exploring the area by bike, National Cycle Route 78 passes Glen Nant.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

The nearest public toilets and places to eat, drink and shop can be found in Taynuilt.

Stay the Night

Until the end of August 2020, motorhomes and campervans will be allowed to park overnight at this car park.

This is part of a national trial open to self-contained vehicles only. Motorhomes and campervans can stay for one night only at a time between 6pm and 10am. Camping and overnight parking of cars is not allowed.

Before you visit, please read our Stay the Night guidance, terms and conditions:

Stay the Night

Getting here

Glen Nant car park is on the west side of the B845 between Taynuilt and Kilchrenan, approximately 3 miles south of Taynuilt.

Using SatNav?

PA35 1HP is the nearest postcode. This postcode covers a wide area along the B845.

Public transport

There is a bus service between Oban and Dalavich that passes the entrance to Glen Nant. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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