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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.
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    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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