Drink in the view at Corlarach
Whether you have an hour or a day to spare, there's a trail here to suit you. The forest rises high above Dunoon giving you fabulous views over the Firth of Clyde and Loch Striven, as well as a great chance to see the local wildlife.
Corlarach means 'common pasture' – a place where local folk used to graze their cattle and sheep. Those animals are gone, but you might be lucky enough to see grouse, roe deer and red deer, and the many birds of prey which thrive here today.
Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Corlarach and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Dunoon has many places to eat and the nearest public toilets.
Berry Burn Trail
Meander up through the young conifers for great views over Dunoon and the Clyde.
Uneven gravel and earth paths, with some narrow and muddy sections. Includes some long fairly steep slopes and two openings 1.1m wide.
2 miles / 3.3 km Allow 1½ hours
Clyde View Trail
Go slightly higher up the hillside for broader views across the water to Gourock and an opportunity to spot kestrels and tawny owls.
Uneven gravel and rocky path. Some long steep slopes and occasional muddy patches. Includes two openings 1.1m wide.
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km Allow 1½ hours
Balgaidh Burn Trail
Climb to the top of the forest for superb panoramic views across Cowal and the Firth of Clyde. Return via the charming mixed woods along Balgaidh Burn.
Long steep slopes for up to half a mile. Uneven gravel paths, with earthy and rocky sections. Includes two openings 1.1m wide.
3 miles / 4.8 km Allow 2 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 - 12.5 miles / 20.0 km
Feel the excitement of exploring a forest by bike – you never know what wildlife you might encounter around the next corner!More information...
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
Start from Corlarach car park for the full-length loop. Alternatively you can access the full-length loop from Ardyne car park, which also offers a shorter loop (9 ½ miles / 15.5 km).
The two car parks are linked by the Corlarach Loop so you can cycle between them (8 ½ miles / 14 km) and explore both areas.
There's a steep single-track section above Toward Farm, but generally the cycle trail follows undulating forest roads. Horse riders will need to cross a small ford in order to avoid a wooden footbridge. Please note there is currently haulage on this route so be aware of vehicles.
Mountain biking trails
More than just a walking trail
The Corlarach loop is a long trail suitable for bikes and horses.
How to get here
From Glasgow, travel to Gourock and take the ferry to Dunoon.
From the pier follow Marine Parade (A815) south out of Dunoon. Just beyond the play park, turn right into Kilbride Road and follow the signs to Corlarach car park.
For foot passengers the distance from the ferry to the car park is about 3 miles / 4.8 km.
Alternatively, take the A82 past Loch Lomond and turn onto the A83 at Tarbet. Follow the A83 until the junction with the A815. Follow the A815 for 25 miles / 40 km to Dunoon, then follow the instructions above.
The car park is at grid reference NS 162 675.
PA23 7LN is the nearest postcode.
You’ll find details of public transport at Traveline Scotland.
The Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal, and has eight more fabulous forests to discover.
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