Find peace at Ardyne
Explore this peaceful corner of Cowal and discover its superb views south and west. There's a range of trails here for the active walker as well as a longer circular route suitable for bikes and horses. Two of the hidden gems of the area are the ornamental Chinese ponds – picnic here and enjoy their tranquil beauty.
Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Ardyne and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Time for a refreshment
There are public toilets in Innellan (4 miles / 6.4 km) or Dunoon (8 ½ miles / 13.6 km). Innellan has the closest place to eat or you can find many other options in Dunoon town centre.
Climb through young birch, willow and alder woods for some wonderful views over Bute, Arran and beyond.
Largely firm gravel surface. Includes sections of uneven grassy surface with muddy patches. Some steep slopes.
1 ¼ miles / 1.9 km Allow ¾ hour
Chinese Ponds Trail
Amid bright gorse and rhododendrons, discover these fabulous ponds and arched bridges built to mimic scenes on willow pattern crockery.
Mostly firm gravel surface, with uneven grassy sections. Includes some muddy patches and steep slopes.
1 ½ miles / 2.6 km Allow 1 hour
The Chinese Ponds were two ornamental reservoirs that supplied Castle Toward's water and former swimming pool.
Clyde Viewpoint Trail
Continue up to a more secluded part of the forest and several wonderful viewpoints across the Kyles of Bute and the Clyde coast.
Uneven grassy paths with narrow and muddy sections. Includes a number of steep slopes.
2 ¼ miles / 3.6 km Allow 1½ hours
Corlarach Loop (diverted)
Please note, the Corlarach Loop is currently diverted via the forest road above Innellan to allow tree felling to take place in the Linne Mhor area. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Cycling - 9.7 miles / 15.5 km
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Corlarach forest can look impenetrable from below, but from the inside it’s a vibrant, interesting place, teeming with life. The first larch and spruce trees were planted here in 1948 and are now mature giants. Buzzards, kestrels and tawny owls hunt around them – listen out for their eerie cries as you ride.
Starting point and directions
There are three route options:
Start from Ardyne car park for a 9 ½ miles / 15.5 km loop.
Start from Corlarach car park for a longer loop of 12 ½ miles / 20 km.
Take a one way route between the two car parks (8 ½ miles / 14 km) and explore both areas.
Mostly forest roads with moderate slopes. Steep singletrack section above Toward Farm.
Mountain biking trails
Fancy a challenge? Why not jump on your bike or horse and tackle the long Corlarach loop.
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 for 25 miles until you reach Dunoon. From Dunoon go south on the A815 through Innellan and Toward. Ardyne car park is ¾ mile / 1.2 km beyond the entrance to Castle Toward. The car park is at grid reference NS 112 690.
Alternatively, travel to Gourock and take the ferry to Dunoon.
PA23 7UH is the nearest postcode.
A bus service runs from Dunoon to Castle Toward, ¾ mile / 1.2 km from the car park and trails. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal.
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