Experience the untamed beauty of Lochgoilhead
At the end of the 1800s, Lochgoilhead was described as "not easily surpassed for beauty of situation and its fine scenery." It hasn't changed much since then: just a few hundred yards along the winding single-track road to the village, you feel as if you've been plunged into the remotest parts of the West Highlands. In spring the woods gleam with fresh green leaves and sparkle with bird song.
Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Lochgoilhead and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
If the Arboretum car park is full, you'll find a larger car park in the centre of the village, run by Argyll and Bute Council. You can also find places to eat and public toilets in the village.
Glen Donich Trail
Please follow any onsite safety and diversion signage.
Follow an ancient Argyll road to discover the glorious Donich Waterfalls at the head of a secluded glen.
Uneven gravel paths, with rough and narrow rocky sections. Occasional patch may be muddy. Long steep slopes for 600m. Includes some rough steps, a kissing gate and a stile.
2 ½ miles / 4.1 km Allow 1½ hours
Mountain biking trails
Take on the challenge
Lochgoilhead is on the Cowal Way, a long distance route that runs for 57 miles (92 km) through the rugged countryside of Argyll.
A place with roots
The car park is the 'Arboretum' car park because there used to be a formal collection of different tree species here. If you look closely you might just spot the rectangular blocks of planting.
How to get here
From Glasgow, follow the A82 along the western shore of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Take the A83 signposted for Campbeltown and continue through Arrochar village. At the Rest & Be Thankful car park turn left onto the single track road which leads into Lochgoilhead.
Alternatively, cross the River Clyde by ferry to Dunoon. Take the A815 north for about 25 miles / 40 km to the single track road sign posted for Lochgoilhead. Turn right here and follow the road down through Hell’s Glen until you reach Lochgoilhead.
As you enter the village and reach the shore, take the first turn on your left, pass the bowling club and scout centre and the Lochgoilhead Arboretum car park is on your right. The car park is at grid reference NN 200 016.
PA24 8AQ is the nearest postcode.
Various bus services run to Lochgoilhead. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
All these places are in the Argyll Forest Park, which has more fabulous forests to discover.
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