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Secluded ancient rainforest teeming with wildife and history
Amongst the tranquil oakwoods, birchwoods and hazelwoods 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.
Look closely at the lichens and mosses; many of them are beautiful, especially under a magnifying glass. And many of these species are really rare – Glen Nant is amongst a collection of Scottish sites that are the European headquarters for these species. As you walk higher up, you will see cleared areas where we have felled non-native trees and are in the process of restoring the rainforest. This will almost double the size of native woodland here and eventually colonise with the rare species from the adjacent ancient woodland.
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.
Allow ¼ hours
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.
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.
Allow 1½ hours
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.
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.
If you are exploring the area by bike, National Cycle Route 78 passes Glen Nant.
Facilities & access
The nearest public toilets and places to eat, drink and shop can be found in Taynuilt.
Glen Nant car park is on the west side of the B845 between Taynuilt and Kilchrenan, approximately 3 miles south of Taynuilt.
PA35 1HP is the nearest postcode. This postcode covers a wide area along the B845.
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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