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Spectacular waterfalls, towering conifers and a slice of forest history

Glenbranter

Leave the world behind at Glenbranter

One of the jewels of the Forest Park, Glenbranter has trails from a short stroll among ancient oaks to a challenging all-day bike ride.

The first trees of what was to become the Argyll Forest Park were planted here in the 1920s, after entertainer Harry Lauder leased the ground to the Forestry Commission. Later, Glenbranter village was built for forest workers who came here to work the forests of Cowal.

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 Toilets Picnic area Walking Cycling Viewpoint

Facilities

The information room, where you can find out more about Glenbranter’s history, is usually open to the public between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If it’s closed, please call at the forest office next door: if any staff are in, we’ll be happy to help.

Looking for a bite to eat nearby?

The nearest places to eat are in Strachur village to the north, or Dunoon to the south.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Have an adventure

There's an orienteering course in the forest: contact us for details.

A place with a story

Glenbranter has a fascinating history. Visit the information room to find out about its past as a prisoner of war camp, and how Sir Harry Lauder bought the estate as a country retreat. He loved the place and built a monument here to his son, who was killed in the First World War.

You'll also find a red squirrel viewing camera, giving a fly-on-the-wall view of these perky creatures.

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. Glenbranter is on your left after about 13 miles (21 km).
  • Or take the A82 north along the shore of Loch Lomond. Turn onto the A83 at Tarbet and continue until the junction with the A815. Turn left and continue on this road, following signs for Dunoon. Glenbranter is about 2½ miles (4 km) south of the village of Strachur.

The car park is at grid reference NS 111 976.

Using SatNav?

PA27 8DJ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Dunoon and Strachur pass the entrance to the forest. You’ll find details of public transport at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal, and has more fabulous forests to discover. You'll find details in our Argyll guide map.

Benmore Botanic Garden is about 8 miles / 5 km along the A815 towards Dunoon. It has a wonderful collection of trees and other plants in a spectacular setting.


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For questions and complaints, please contact us directly.