Relax in pretty Port Ann
This small woodland on the banks of Loch Fyne is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Discover the ruined village and pier at West Otter Ferry and a viewpoint overlooking Loch Fyne towards Tarbert and the hills of Arran.
Time for a bite to eat?
There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop at nearby Lochgilphead.
Otter Ferry Trail
Walk along the shore of Loch Fyne from picturesque Port Ann to the ruined hamlet and pier at West Otter Ferry.
Uneven gravel and grassy surface, with some potentially muddy sections. Long moderate slopes and some steep sections.
2 ¾ miles / 4.3 km Allow 2 hours
A ferry carried passengers across Loch Fyne from the quay at West Otter Ferry until 1948. Spot yellow iris and darting dragonflies as the path snakes across a stretch of wildlife-friendly bog, and watch out for ducks, geese and even the occasional otter by the loch’s edge.
Mountain biking trails
The Otter Ferry
For nearly 200 years a ferry operated between Port Ann and Otter Ferry, on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne. The service was an important shortcut to the long road journey around the top of the loch and ran until 1948. You can still see the West Otter Ferry quay and find traces of the ferryman’s cottage. Read more about the ferry in our heritage section.
Port Ann is part of Kilmichael Forest, which stretches between Lochgilphead and Minard. This is a busy working forest, producing many thousand tonnes of timber each year, much of which is used to make paper. There are plenty of peaceful places in this large forest for taking in the views, looking out for wildlife or enjoying trails on foot, bike or horse-back.
How to get here
Port Ann is about 4½ miles (7km) east of Lochgilphead on the A83.
Look for the car park opposite the entrance to Port Ann village, at grid reference NR 906 867.
PA31 8SE is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses between Glasgow and Campbeltown via Lochgilphead that stop at Port Ann. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
Head a few miles farther north along the A83 to find Ardcastle, another lovely lochside forest with trails down to a pebbled beach and more great views over Loch Fyne. Just opposite is Glashan forest and reservoir, with scenic woodland and waterside trails, as well as a challenging cycle route around Loch Glashan.
Our leaflet guide to the forests of Mid Argyll & Kintyre will help you explore more wonderful woodlands.
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