Spread your wings at Beinn Lora
It’s well worth the climb through the woods at the foot of Beinn Lora for a stunning panorama of coast, islands and mountains. Picnic tables at wonderful vantage points give you a chance to catch your breath and take in the scenery, and the Eagle’s Eyrie viewpoint is an ideal photo opportunity.
These trails are popular with local hill runners looking for a strenuous workout. They also provide access to the hill path to the steep grassy summit of Beinn Lora.
Our guide to the forests of North Argyll will help you explore Beinn Lora and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Beinn Lora is due substantial tree felling works which will affect visitor access for a few months. Activity will begin in late February with civil engineering preparation works followed by tree felling beginning mid March 2017.
The forest will be kept open during civil engineering works however we will require full closure of the facility during tree felling operations to ensure public safety. This is estimated to be around six months.
Access to the summit of Beinn Lora (PDF 2.5MB) will be possible during the works via the forest road network. Alternative Forestry Commission facilities within easy reach are Sutherland’s Grove and Fearnoch forest.
Beinn Lora is one of our busiest forests with over 12,000 visitors last year and we aim to bring long term benefits to our visitors as we tidy up and upgrade the facilities.
Find everything you need
There’s a small shop, a petrol station and a seasonal café in Benderloch. You’ll also find parking and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Oban.
Beinn Lora is due substantial improvement works which will affect visitor access for a few months. From March 2017 the forest will be closed to ensure public safety during tree felling work, which is expected to last six months.
Access to the summit of Beinn Lora will still be possible during the works via the forest road network, with access information to follow.
A short pull up the steep craggy hillside above Benderloch yields some great sea views across Tralee Bay and the Lynn of Lorn.
Wide, firm but uneven gravel and earth surface. Long steep slopes with some loose sections. Includes a gap 1.0m wide.
1 miles / 1.8 km Allow ¾ hour
Eagle’s Eyrie Trail
Feel on top of the world at two breath-taking bird’s eye viewpoints on this steep but spectacular trail on the slopes of Beinn Lora.
Long steep slopes for 500m. Wide, firm gravel surface with some uneven and loose sections.
3 miles / 4.9 km Allow 2½ hours
The breath-taking view from the Eyrie takes in Mull, the Lyne of Lorne, Lismore, the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the hills north towards Appin. Higher still, at the forest edge, you’ll also see the summit of Beinn Lora across the open hill.
Mountain biking trails
Hill path to Beinn Lora
The blue Eagle’s Eyrie trail is also the start of the hill path to Beinn Lora, a round trip of about 3¾ miles (6 kms). The summit isn’t very high – just 1,010 feet (308m) – but the views over the coast and islands, and back down Loch Etive to the Ben Cruachan range, are breath-taking.
However, this is a strenuous route with rough and boggy sections on the high ground, suitable for fit and experienced walkers. The route is not signposted, so you need to take a map and compass with you. Remember that even in summer the weather can change very quickly here, so be prepared.
How to get here
Beinn Lora car park on the A828 Oban to Ballachulish road. You’ll find the car park next to a petrol station in the centre of the village, at grid reference NM 905 380.
PA37 1QN is the nearest postcode.
Regular buses between Oban and Fort William stop in Benderloch. They also stop at Connel, which is the nearest railway station. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
While you are in Benderloch, head down to the sweeping sands of Tralee Beach. Stroll beside the sea for stunning views down Ardmucknish Bay to the Lynn of Lorn and the islands of Kerrera and Mull.
Travel just a few miles north on the A828 to reach the soaring woods of Sutherland’s Grove. Enjoy an easy stroll or a picnic beneath towering Douglas firs or walk up the dramatic rocky gorge to reach a tranquil reservoir.
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