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Sutherland’s Grove

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Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Latest forest information

  • Notice to gorge users: storm damage has changed the existing natural conditions. New windbow may present potentially unstable conditions. Safety aspects need to be reconsidered

About

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 the forests of North Argyll (PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails (3)

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) trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.3 km

Allow
¼ hours

More information

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 trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.3 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Listen for birds singing in the trees.

Walking

Troll Trail

Explore the woods a bit further and meet the troll who lives beside the footbridge above the gorge. 

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 trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 3.0 km

Allow
1¼ hours

More information

This trail is a great place to spot red squirrels.

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 and access

Walking
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All ability trails
All ability trails
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
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.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

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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Nearby forests

Young woman wearing green haversack, sits on picnic bench, with little dog beside, looking at panoramic view of Ardmucknish Bay, Beinn Lora, near Benderloch

Panoramic views of North Argyll and beyond

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Sutherland’s Grove': 3.30 miles
A grouping of broad leaf trees in front of a large mountain

Dramatic gorge and glen in native woodland

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Sutherland’s Grove': 5.08 miles
Children walking on top of fallen mossy tree in forest

Attractive woodland trails with wonderful views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Sutherland’s Grove': 5.99 miles

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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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