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Travel the world through Kilmun's exotic mini-forests

Kilmun Arboretum

Explore unique Kilmun

There's nothing quite like Kilmun anywhere else in Scotland. The arboretum is home to more than 150 tree species from around the world. But what makes Kilmun so extra special is that each species has been planted in a separate grove. So instead of one monkey-puzzle tree, you'll see a small forest of monkey-puzzles!

Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Kilmun 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 Picnic area Walking Arboretum

Find food nearby

You can find places to eat in Kilmun village, Dunoon or at the Benmore Garden café.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


An assortment of species

In 1930 the Forestry Commission planted over 260 different tree species here in large trial plots to see how suitable they might be for Scotland. Many of the trees didn't like our climate or soils, but some have done amazingly well, growing faster and larger than they would at home.

Today Kilmun Arboretum is a tree collection of international note and a unique experience for all tree lovers. Meander through its small forests of silver firs, giant sequoia, coastal redwoods, Oregon maple and Chilean southern beech and you'll wonder why it isn't better known.

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 5 miles / 8 km turn right onto the A880 towards Ardentinny. Continue for one mile: Kilmun Arboretum 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. After 13 miles / 21 km, take the A885 left for Ardentinny. Continue for one mile: Kilmun Arboretum car park is on your left.

The car park is at grid reference NS 164 822.

Using SatNav?

PA23 8SJ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

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

Nearby places

The magical trails at Puck’s Glen are just around the corner. Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal and has eight more fabulous forests to discover.

Benmore Botanic Garden is just 2 ½ miles / 4 km along the A815 towards Inverary. It has a wonderful collection of trees and other plants in a spectacular setting.

If you like trees, you’ll find lots more to explore at the National Tree Collections of Scotland. Kilmun supports this project, which lists all Scotland’s wonderful tree collections.


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