Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

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Howwood Forest Notices

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.

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.

Enjoy views of the Kilpatrick Hills and Ben Lomond

¾ mile of wide, uneven gravel paths lead up a steep hill through ancient woodland and grassland. The best panorama in the area awaits, with views over the Kilpatrick Hills and Ben Lomond.

Forests of Renfrewshire guide map (PDF 1.7MB)

Facilities & access

There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Howwood and Lochwinnoch.

Getting here

Access to the wood is through the gate near the junction of Hill Road, Hillfoot Drive and Carsewood Avenue in Howwood.

From the east end of Main Street in Howwood, take the right fork onto Midton Road, then the first right onto Bowfield Road (the B776, signposted for Caldwell). From Bowfield Road, take the first left onto Hill Road. There is plenty of on-street parking in the area.

Using SatNav?

PA9 1BU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The forest is less than ¼ mile from the centre of Howwood, which has a train station and a good bus service. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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