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Mighty conifers and summer rhododendron to take your breath away

Benmore

A forest bursting with colour

Benmore boasts some of Scotland's most impressive specimens of really big conifers. The trails take you amongst giant Californian redwoods, Douglas fir and Western hemlock, and even through a big tree...

This is good habitat for native red squirrels, which eat the seeds from the forest's abundant cones.

In spring and early summer Benmore bursts into colour when its remarkable collection of rhododendrons comes into bloom.

Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Benmore and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

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.


Parking Walking

Have a cuppa

Parking for this forest is at Benmore Botanic Garden. The garden is also the nearest place for a cup of tea, in the Benmore Garden Café (please note the cafe has restricted opening times in winter).

You can find other places to eat and public toilets in Dunoon (6 miles / 9.6 km away).

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Explore by foot or wheel

Benmore's short trails are good for walking. There's a longer cycle trail to Loch Eck.

From beer to beauty

Benmore Estate was given to the nation in 1928 by the Youngers, a well-known Edinburgh brewing family. In the 19th century it was planted with many north American conifers, which have now matured into an impressive and beautiful forest. The estate includes Puck's Glen and the beautiful Benmore Botanic Garden. Forestry Commission Scotland manages the woodlands on the nation's behalf; the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh cares for 120 acres in the Botanic Garden.

Contact: Cowal and Trossachs Forest District

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600

Email: cowaltrossachs@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Glasgow you can either:

  • Travel to Gourock and take the car ferry to Dunoon. Turn right (north) out of the terminal onto the A815 and after 6 miles / 9.6 km turn left towards Glenbranter. Benmore car park is on your left.
  • Or take the A82 north to Loch Lomond. Turn onto the A83 at Tarbet and continue until the junction with the A815. Turn left and pass the villages of Strachur and Glenbranter. Continue for 9 miles / 14.5 km: Benmore car park is on your right.

The car park is at grid reference NS 143 854.

Using SatNav?

PA23 8QU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

You’ll find details of public transport at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Benmore is connected to the magical woodland of Puck's Glen. You can start some of the trails from either Benmore or Puck's Glen car parks. A forest road also connects Bemore with Kilmun Arboretum to the south, but this route is not waymarked and you will need an OS map to follow it.

A cycle route along the west side of Loch Eck connects to Glenbranter forest to the north.

All these places are part of the Argyll Forest Park, which has eight more fabulous forests to discover.

Benmore Botanic Garden is right next to the forest and well worth a visit.


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