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Gaze over breathtaking views, watch iconic wildlife, ponder ancient monuments or simply embrace the tranquillity to be found in the remarkabley diverse forests of Mid Argyll & Kintyre.

The pebble beach at Ardcastle

Walkers can explore these native and timber producing woodlands along waymarked trails, some shared with cyclists and horse riders.

Mid Argyll & Kintyre Guide Map (PDF 9.5MB)

Discover a landscape carved from rock, cloaked with trees and haunted by legend. This is where the kingdom of the Scots was born.

Forests to visit

Cup and ring marksAchnabreac

Discover a wonder of prehistory in the heart of these woods – the greatest collection of Neolithic rock art in Britain.



Seaweed covered pebble beachArdcastle

Choose one of three routes through this thriving forest, winding around wooded hillsides and along its pebble beaches.



Wide waterfall flowing beneath treesBarnaline

Explore the ancient Caledonian forest that stretches between Loch Awe and Loch Avich.



Couple staring over reed-filled lochBarnluasgan

Try and spot a resident beaver - or at least evidence of their handiwork - in these native oakwoods.



Vista of a sunny field surrounded by tree-covered hillsCarradale

From the top of Cnoc nan Gabhar you can sweep your eye from Ben Cruachan – the highest point in Argyll – to the island of Arran.



View overlooking sea with a few tree-covered islands and a yachtCrinan

Unforgettable views across the Sound of Jura richly reward the steep climb through the trees that cloak Knapdale.



Two young girls sitting back-to-back in a wooden denDunardry

Forested slopes offer exhilarating crossings over high gorges, stunning hilltop views and pleasant strolls through peaceful woodland.



Mum and daughter playing on rocks on a beachGlashan

Stroll through the eastern reaches of the mighty Kilmichael Forest on a short trail at the foot of the Loch Glashan reservoir.



A standing stone and ruins of a stone buildingGleann a Gealbhan

Step into a legendary landscape on a delightful trail that passes a prehistoric tomb named after a mythical hero and a ruined medieval dun.

Gleann a Gealbhan


Harbour surrounded by housesTarbert

Climb the hillside on a trail that starts by the ruins of a medieval castle above the pretty fishing port of Tarbert.


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