An Ardentinny for all
Picnic beside Cowal's longest sandy beach and explore Ardentinny's network of interesting trails, including one suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Ardentinny and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Please note, there is currently no access to Carrick due to tree felling operations, works are expected to take until April to complete.
You’ll notice disinfectant mats at the entrance/exit to some of our trails. This helps minimise the spread of tree disease and keeps our forests healthy for the future. Please use them to clean any boots, paws or wheels.
Everything you need
Toilets at the picnic site are open from April to October. Other public toilets are also available in Ardentinny village. The nearest place for food and drink is the Whistlefield on Loch Eck, about 5 miles (8 km) away.
If you want to camp you'll find all the facilities you need in the camping and caravan parks at Invereck, Cothouse, Kilmun and Sandbank, near Dunoon.
Enjoy a gentle stroll along Glenfinart Burn to the Arched Bridge beneath exotic monkey puzzles, cypresses, and firs.
Firm tarmac and gravel surface throughout, with some loose stones. Generally flat with one short fairly steep ramp or adjacent steps. Look out for vehicles along the access road.
¾ miles / 1.3 km Allow ½ hour
Along the way you'll pass the old walled garden of Glenfinart House and in springtime a gorgeous range of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells.
A varied route around the attractive shoreline of Finart Bay. Climb through the larch forest to the Laird’s Grave for great views across Loch Long.
Wide, firm tarmac and gravel surface, with some loose stones and a slightly uneven section. Some fairly steep slopes. Includes two openings 0.9m wide and a section along the road.
2 miles / 3.3 km Allow 1 hour
The Laird's Grave dates from 1860 and is that of Archibald Douglas, Laird of Ardentinny. In the sunny fields below, a Forestry Commission nursery raised thousands of seedlings for forests throughout Scotland.
Birchwood Trail (closed)
This trail is currently closed due to tree felling operations, works are expected to take until April to complete.
A short walk that climbs through native birch and oak woodland above the crags of Lover’s Leap, before returning down Grotto Burn.
Firm but uneven surface, with grassy and rocky sections that are narrow and potentially muddy in places. Long steep slopes for 400m and some steps.
1 miles / 1.6 km Allow ¾ hour
Mountain biking trails
A place to grow
During the second world war Royal Navy beach commandos trained for the Normandy landings here. In peacetime, the sunny, sheltered fields above the beach supported a Forestry Commission tree nursery: thousands of young trees started life here before being planted all across Scotland.
How to get here
From Glasgow take the A82 along the west shore of Loch Lomond and turn left onto the A83 at Tarbet. Follow the A83 until the junction with the A815. Stay on the A815 past the villages of Strachur and Glenbranter and turn left onto a single-track road, signposted Ardentinny. Follow this over the hill for about 5 miles (8 km) until you see signs for the Ardentinny picnic site. The car park is at grid reference NS 190 884.
Alternatively, travel to Gourock and take the ferry to Dunoon. From Dunoon go north on the A885 and continue straight onto the A815. Turn right into Midge Lane / A880 (just after the garage) and follow the coast for about 8 miles (12.8 km) until you see signs for the Ardentinny picnic site.
PA23 8TS is the nearest postcode.
A regular bus service runs between Ardentinny and Dunoon. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal and has eight more fabulous forests to discover.
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