Where Scotland’s Ancient Forests Meet The Wild Atlantic Shores

Scotland’s Argyll Forest is where great forests meet the Atlantic shores.

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We love mountains, tall ancient trees and lakes. Something you’ll find at Scotland’s West Coast where great forests meet the Atlantic shores.

Argyll Forest Park lies North of Dunoon which is a short drive from Glasgow if choosing the ferry from Gourock over the River Clyde. Rugged forested mountains shaped by abounding water which has carved its way through rocky glens for millions of years. Clear blue sea lochs and bubbling rivers divide the land between the mountains. That’s where Britain’s oldest Forest Park lies: Argyll Forest Park; established 1935.

Study the map below to get an idea of the dimensions of the park. It stretches from Holy Loch next to Dunoon to the Arrochar Alps, which are located around the head of Loch Long, Loch Fyne,and Loch Goil, near the villages of Arrochar and Lochgoilhead. That the park is situated at the highland boundary fault between Scotland’s Lowland and Highland  makes the landscape so extraordinary breathtakingly spectacular.

Wildlife in Argyll Forest Park

Birds of prey, otters, seals, red deer – you find all in Argyll Forest Park if you are patient and have a lot of time to observe. Here you will find a collection of the wildlife you can expect to see:

Red Squirrel (by Amy Felce)
Crossbill (by S. Rae)
Hen Harrier (by Ron Knight)
Black Grouse (by Michael Sveikutis)
Pine Marten (by Peter J W Jones
Golden Eagle (by Steve McLaren)
Buzzard (by themadbirdlady)
Peregrine (by BiteYourBum.com)
Red Kite (by Howard/Harriet Greenwood)
Otters (by Karen Miller)
Sparrow Hawk (by Peter J W Jones)
Falcon (by Bryan Burke)
Kestrel (by Bryan Burke)
Woodpecker (by Sam Linton)
Red Deer (by Jim Frost)
Seal (by Matt Foster)
Water Vole (by goatsgreetings)
Porpoise (by Danny Chapman)


Activities in Argyll Forest Park
Walking / Hiking

There are several stunning trails from easy to strenuous. All have parking and are carefully signposted. Click on the name to get a full description with a map.

More walks in the surroundings and maps you find on Walk Highlands


Trails with breathtaking views invite for cross-country mountain biking.

Source: Scotland Forestry and Walk Highlands

Surely a region for outdoor enthusiasts!


Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I'm searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I'm travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

37 thoughts on “Where Scotland’s Ancient Forests Meet The Wild Atlantic Shores”

  1. Hello, great post. Looks like a beautiful place for a wlak and to see the wildlife. Love the photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day!

    1. Hello Eileen, we are still in Scotland at the moment and enjoy beautiful walks along Loch Lomond and in The Trossachs. Next week we head South hopefully for some sun.

  2. The west coast is a beautiful part of Scotland, just the kind of place I’d like to take my photographer husband. You garnered a great collection of photos. I’ve never heard of a Pine Marten before; that little guy is pretty endearing. Thanks for linking up on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  3. Oh, I never heard of a pine marten before!! They look incredibly cute!!
    What a beautiful park!! Scotland is full of amazing places to explore 😀

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes

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