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A magical atmosphere, with soaring Douglas firs, a rocky gorge, waterfalls, stunning views and a troll...

Sutherland’s Grove

Step into Sutherland's Grove

There’s something for everyone here, including perfect picnic spots and a host of enticing forest trails.

You can enjoy a gentle riverside stroll through a grove of towering firs, or climb up beside a dramatic gorge carved out by the rushing Abhainn Teithil Burn in search of waterfalls, lofty bridges – and a mischievous troll.

If you’re feeling energetic, head farther into this lovely mixed woodland on foot or by bike to find Glen Dubh reservoir and enjoy fantastic views over the Firth of Lorne and its islands.

Our guide to the forests of North Argyll (PDF 3.7MB) will help you explore Sutherland's Grove and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

Please note, Rhododendron clearance works are being carried out in Glen Dubh and throughout Sutherland’s Grove. There will be routine small managed fires as part of the vegetation improvement works. Trails remain open however please follow all safety signage.


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Pick up the essentials

There is a small shop, a petrol station and a seasonal café in Benderloch to the south, and public toilets, a shop and places to eat and drink at Port Appin to the north.

Walking trails

Please note, Rhododendron clearance works are being carried out in Glen Dubh and throughout Sutherland’s Grove. There will be routine small managed fires as part of the vegetation improvement works. Trails remain open however please follow all safety signage.


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


The trees of Sutherland’s Grove

The trees in this darkly beautiful glen are special. The towering Douglas firs in the grove were planted in 1870, and many more firs were added here in 1921 in honour of Lord John Donald Sutherland, the founding father of the Forestry Commission in Scotland. The tallest trees are about 150 feet (45 metres) high – which means 25 people would need to stand on each others' shoulders to reach the highest branches!

Head deeper into the mixed woodland here and you’ll find even older, native trees like Scots pine and oak. As you explore, look out for bird and bat boxes in the trees: they encourage small woodland birds and bats to nest here.

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

Sutherland’s Grove is at Barcaldine, between Benderloch and Creagan on the A828 Oban to Ballachulish road.

Look for signs to the car park about 350 yards (300 metres) north of the village school and campsite in Barcaldine. Turn into the forest and follow the forest road for about 250 yards (250 metres) to reach the car park at grid reference NM 965 421.

Using SatNav?

PA37 1SQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Oban and Fort William that stop in Barcaldine. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Discover a dramatic gorge, native woodland and spectacular glen and mountain views at Glen Creran, a wonderfully secluded part of North Argyll.

Head south along the coast towards Oban to reach Beinn Lora, where it’s well worth the short, steep climb through conifer and beech woods for panoramic coast and mountain views.


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