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Picturesque waterside woodland, ideal for a relaxing picnic by Loch Fyne and a wander to a ruined village

Port Ann

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.

Notices

Forest operations: The Otter Ferry Trail will be affected by tree felling until January 2018. Sections of the trail remain open until work ends. The nearest trails are within ten minutes drive north at Ardcastle and Glashan or south at Achnabreac.


Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Time for a bite to eat?

There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop at nearby Lochgilphead.

Walking trails

Please note, the Otter Ferry Trail will be affected by tree felling operations until October 2017. Sections of the trail remain open until work ends.


Cycling trails


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.

Kilmichael Forest

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.

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

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.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8SE is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Glasgow and Campbeltown via Lochgilphead that stop at Port Ann. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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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