Sutherland’s Grove

Where we are

Soaring fir trees, a rocky gorge, waterfalls and stunning views

Enjoy a gentle riverside stroll through a grove of towering firs, or climb beside a dramatic gorge carved out by the rushing Abhainn Teithil Burn in search of waterfalls and lofty bridges.

Guide map to Forests of North Argyll (PDF 3.7MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Giant Fir Trail

A lovely shady meander through soaring Douglas firs and beside the burn – be sure to bring a picnic. In summer, the forest is carpeted with beautiful wildflowers.

A wide, firm surface. Generally flat with short gentle gradients.

Easy (all abilities)
¼ miles / 0.3 km

Allow
¼ hours

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Look out for the stone memorial, just off the path, that dedicates this atmospheric grove to Lord Sutherland of the Forestry Commission. Listen for woodland birds in the canopy and see if you can spot plump dippers bobbing beside the burn.

Walking

Gorge Trail

A lovely short loop that takes in a number of the forest's highlights. You follow the river up to the dramatic gorge, before returning through mixed woodland.

A varied route with, some steep, rough and rocky sections. Can be narrow in places. Often wet and muddy after rain.

Strenuous
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
¾ hour

Walking

The Grove Trail

A lovely short loop that takes in a number of the forest’s highlights. You follow the river to the dramatic gorge, before returning through mixed woodland.

A varied route with, some steep, rough and rocky sections. Can be narrow in places. Often wet and muddy after rain.

Strenuous
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
¾ hours

More information

You’ll know you’re nearing the gorge when you spot more giant firs, towering over the other trees. Marvel at the deep ravine, overhung by gnarled trees, carved out by the rushing waters of the Abhainn Theithil. The waterfalls are particularly impressive after heavy rain.

Walking

Troll Trail

Explore the woods a bit further and meet the troll who lives beside the footbridge above the gorge. This trail is a great place to spot red squirrels too.

Varied with some fairly steep, rough and rocky sections. Can be narrow in places. Often wet and muddy after rain. One bridge with a steep narrow flight of steps.

Strenuous
1 ¾ miles / 3.0 km

Allow
1¼ hours

Walking

Lochan Trail

A longer route climbing to the Glen Dubh Lochan. Some lovely views out onto Loch Creran and the Lynn of Lorn beyond. Good for some brisk exercise and peace and quiet.

Generally firm, smooth and wide forest road, with moderate to fairly steep gradients. The start and finish to the route is narrow and steep, with rocky uneven sections, often wet.

Strenuous
2 ½ miles / 4.2 km

Allow
1¾ hours

Activities

Explore further

If you're feeling adventurous, head further into this lovely woodland on foot or by bike to find Glen Dubh reservoir and enjoy fantastic views over the Firth of Lorne and its islands. Ordnance Survey maps Explorer 376: Oban & North LornOban & North Lorn and Landranger 49: Oban & East MullOban & East Mull cover the forest roads.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

There is a small shop, a petrol station and a seasonal café in Benderloch to the south, and public toilets, a shop and places to eat and drink at Port Appin to the north.

Getting here

Sutherland’s Grove is on the east side of the A828 just north of Barcaldine. Look for our sign to the car park about 350 yards north of the village school and campsite.

Using SatNav?

PA37 1SQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Oban and Fort William that stop in Barcaldine. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6650
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