Don't miss this splendid sandy beach and coastal woodland trails


An Ardentinny for all

Picnic beside Cowal's longest sandy beach and explore Ardentinny's network of interesting trails, including one suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Our Argyll Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 4.6MB) will help you explore Ardentinny and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.


  • A diversion is in place on the Laird's Grave Trail while we upgrade the forest road. The diversion follows the shoreline to Ardentinny village, then takes you along the public road and back across the field track. Please take care on the public road.
  • Due to recent felling, the previous route to the Carrick Castle track is currently not usable. We are looking at the best way of reinstating a permanent route. In the meantime please follow the diversion and obey all safety signage and instructions.
  • You’ll notice disinfectant mats at the entrance/exit to some of our trails. This helps minimise the spread of tree disease and keeps our forests healthy for the future. Please use them to clean any boots, paws or wheels.

There will soon we felling works on the Laird’s Grave trail in connection with the Phytopthora ramorum discovered there at the end of last year.  In the meantime please be sure to clean boots, paws or wheels before and after visiting this trail. Thank you

Parking Toilets Picnic area Walking Cycling

Everything you need

Toilets at the picnic site are open from April to October. Other public toilets are also available in Ardentinny village. The nearest place for food and drink is the Whistlefield on Loch Eck, about 5 miles (8 km) away.

If you want to camp you'll find all the facilities you need in the camping and caravan parks at Invereck, Cothouse, Kilmun and Sandbank, near Dunoon.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

A place to grow

During the second world war Royal Navy beach commandos trained for the Normandy landings here. In peacetime, the sunny, sheltered fields above the beach supported a Forestry Commission tree nursery: thousands of young trees started life here before being planted all across Scotland.

Contact: Cowal and Trossachs Forest District

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


How to get here

From Glasgow take the A82 along the west shore of Loch Lomond and turn left onto the A83 at Tarbet. Follow the A83 until the junction with the A815. Stay on the A815 past the villages of Strachur and Glenbranter and turn left onto a single-track road, signposted Ardentinny. Follow this over the hill for about 5 miles (8 km) until you see signs for the Ardentinny picnic site. The car park is at grid reference NS 190 884.

Alternatively, travel to Gourock and take the ferry to Dunoon. From Dunoon go north on the A885 and continue straight onto the A815. Turn right into Midge Lane / A880 (just after the garage) and follow the coast for about 8 miles (12.8 km) until you see signs for the Ardentinny picnic site.

Using SatNav?

PA23 8TS is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

A regular bus service runs between Ardentinny and Dunoon. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal and has eight more fabulous forests to discover.

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For questions and complaints, please contact us directly.