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Feel on top of the world at Beinn Lora, where short steep climbs reward you with bird’s eye views

Beinn Lora

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 (PDF 3.7MB) will help you explore Beinn Lora and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

Beinn Lora is undergoing substantial tree felling works which will affect visitor access for a few months. The facility is now fully closed and will be throughout tree felling operations to ensure public safety. This is estimated to be around six months.

Access to the summit of Beinn Lora (PDF 1.7MB) 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.


Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

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.

Walking trails

We are currently undergoing substantial improvement works on Beinn Lora which will affect visitor access for up to six months. The facility is now fully closed and will be throughout tree felling operations to ensure public safety.

Access to the summit of Beinn Lora will still be possible during the works via the forest road network.


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


We are currently undergoing substantial improvement works on Beinn Lora which will affect visitor access for up to six months. The facility is now fully closed and will be throughout tree felling operations to ensure public safety.

Access to the summit of Beinn Lora will still be possible during the works via the forest road network.

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.

Contact: West Argyll Forest District

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650

Email: westargyll@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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.

Using SatNav?

PA37 1QN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

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.

Nearby places

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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