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Where Scotland’s Ancient Forests Meet The Wild Atlantic Shores

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:

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Red Squirrel (by Amy Felce)

crossbill

Crossbill (by S. Rae)

Henharrier

Hen Harrier (by Ron Knight)

blackgrouse

Black Grouse (by Michael Sveikutis)

pine-marten

Pine Marten (by Peter J W Jones

goldeneagle

Golden Eagle (by Steve McLaren)

buzzard

Buzzard (by themadbirdlady)

peregrine

Peregrine (by BiteYourBum.com)

redkite

Red Kite (by Howard/Harriet Greenwood)

otters

Otters (by Karen Miller)

sparrowhawk

Sparrow Hawk (by Peter J W Jones)

Falcon

Falcon (by Bryan Burke)

Kestrel

Kestrel (by Bryan Burke)

woodpecker

Woodpecker (by Sam Linton)

reddeer

Red Deer (by Jim Frost)

seal

Seal (by Matt Foster)

watervole

Water Vole (by goatsgreetings)

purpoise

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

Cycling

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

Source: Scotland Forestry and Walk Highlands

Surely a region for outdoor enthusiasts!

 

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