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

  4. I really enjoyed your wildlife shots! The birds soaring are pretty amazing.

  5. We didn’t get to spend much time on the west coast on our trip to Scotland last summer. Thanks to your article I have many good reasons to go back! Thanks for linking up with us #wkendtravelinspiration

  6. Incredible photos! Such a variety of wildlife and relatively close to the city too! A place I would enjoy exploring. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  7. What a lovely mix of wildlife to discover! Beautiful. Your photos are so gorgeous – I wish they were bigger.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Do you mean bigger with more pixel or bigger to view it on the blog post? I’ll think of your critic next time I post some pictures.

  8. This looks like my type of place. I would love to visit. Thank you so much for sharing! #wkendtravelinspiration

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for hooking up. We love it here and we are curious how it looks like in the summer. Luckily we will have two house sits in June / July in Scotland again.

    1. Hi Jessica. We “moved” from Dunoon, our first house sit in Scotland, to Killearn this weekend and it’s great also over here. We can’t wait for our first explorations in this region around Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We had a short but spectacular glimpse on our drive to Killearn. During our two weeks house sit here we will most probably also drive to Edinburgh once as it’s only an hours drive.

  9. I love your blog for a lot of reasons, but one of the most important ones is that I’m always learning about new-to-me places from each of your posts! I had no idea this gorgeous, huge, and historical park existed in Scotland, and I hope I get to go someday! Thank you for linking up your wonderful content with us on Travel Tuesday!

  10. What? I have to put this place in my bucket list. I would like to spot some of the wildlife. The diversity is incredible.

    1. Hi Ruth, the diversity is amazing although unfortunately you’ll need a lot of patients and time to see all of the wildlife. The golden eagle is quite rare but there are guides who can find you these amazing raptures and other wildlife.

    1. Hi Nell. I love the region of the Highland Boundary Fault which is awesome to visit. The Scots are tremendously welcoming, so you might get a house sit or bed by hospitality sites like couch surfing and hospitality club easily also in the highlands if you don’t want to stay in your family’s house and can’t spend money on accommodation.

  11. How beautiful – lovely that it’s close to the city as well if you’re staying there, something I’d have liked to do on my trip to Glasgow if I’d have had time. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    1. Hi Tanja, we take a lot of animal photos but these are from open sources on Flickr as we are not long enough in Scotland to find all the wildlife mentioned in the post. Some of them like the golden eagle are quite rare. The name of the photographers is mentioned under the photos and if you click on them, you get to their profile on Flickr. Thanks for passing by on our blog 🙂

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