Get away from it all at Glen Creran
Head deep into Glen Creran to find the starting point of an atmospheric woodland trail with waterfalls and wonderful views, as well as access to several long distance routes.
We’re encouraging native trees like birch, willow and oak to regenerate here, attracting local wildlife – including the elusive pine marten. Look out for a remarkable variety of lichens and mosses on the older trees; the woods are specially protected because of them.
Our guide to the forests of North Argyll will help you explore Glen Creran and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Grab the essentials
There are public toilets, a shop and places to eat and drink at nearby Port Appin, and more facilities a few miles farther south at Benderloch.
Pine Marten Trail
Cross the Allt a Mhuilinn gorge and explore an area of restored native woodland. Fantastic views of Beinn Sgulaird and Glen Ure and an opportunity to glimpse the elusive pine marten.
Loose and uneven gravel surface, with long firm grassy sections. Some steep slopes. Includes a wide bridge with a short flight of steps.
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km Allow 1 hour
At the start, this trail follows a spectacular gorge, carved out over centuries by the tumbling Allt Coire Mulrooney. The bridge crossing the gorge is made almost entirely of native oak timbers. Imagine the power of the water as you look down onto the cascades.
Mountain biking trails
Access to the hills and long distance trails
The car park in Glen Creran is a popular place to start the climb up the lofty and isolated Beinn Sgulaird, which dominates the glen. MunroMagic and WalkHighlands both have detailed descriptions of this hill route, which is 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.
There’s also a long distance route that links Glen Creran with Glen Duror and Ballachulish. This too is a serious undertaking and takes you out onto the open hill, so do make sure you are properly equipped.
The Last Clansman Trail
Look out for Glen Ure House, once the home of Colin Campbell who was the victim of the notorious Appin Murder of 1752. Campbell was made famous as the ‘Red Fox’ in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel
Kidnapped. You can visit a number of the key locations in the historic murder story, and find out more about them, as part of the Last Clansman Trail.
How to get here
Our car park in Glen Creran is at the end of an unclassified road leading off the A828 at Creagan, between Oban and Ballachulish.
At the roundabout just east of Creagan, take the turning signposted to Invercreran. After about 2 miles (3km), bear left onto a single track road and continue up the glen for about another 2½ miles (4km). Glen Creran car park is at the end of the public road at grid reference NN 036 488.
PA38 4BJ is the nearest postcode.
Head south on the A828 from Glen Creran towards Oban to reach two other scenic forests. At Sutherland’s Grove you can picnic beneath towering Douglas firs or walk up the dramatic rocky gorge to reach a tranquil reservoir.
At Beinn Lora it’s well worth the short, steep climb through conifer and beech woods for panoramic coast and mountain views, and you’ll feel on top of the world at the Eagle’s Eyrie viewpoint.
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