Trails ideal for bikes with dramatic views of Loch Long and the mountains


Take to the trails of Ardgartan

Ardgartan (meaning the High Garden in Gaelic) is at the heart of an area of vast natural beauty. The forest of Sitka and Norway spruce is an ideal habitat for red squirrel, roe deer, buzzards and owls. Mixed woodland along the many small rivers and burns is home to otters, kingfishers and bats.

The trails offer great views for cyclists, walkers or horse riders. If you don’t feel like following the waymarked trails, just wander where your fancy takes you... through the forest, across the hills or by the secluded loch shore.

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

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Rest your weary legs

You’ll find places to eat in Arrochar village or at the Rest and Be Thankful pass.

If you’d like more time here so you can explore more of the trails, try a stay in one of the Forest Holidays cabins.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Off the beaten track

The network of trails here is very popular with bikers looking for some real cross-country rides. They're good to walk along too.

For an interesting route between two forests, try the link route between here and Arrochar.

Contact: Cowal and Trossachs Forest District

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


How to get here

From Glasgow, follow the A82 along the western shore of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Take the A83 signposted for Campbeltown and continue through Arrochar village. Ardgartan forest is on your left.

Alternatively, cross the River Clyde by ferry from Gourock to Dunoon. Take the A815 north from Dunoon, and follow this road for about 25 miles (40 km) to the junction with the A83. Turn right and follow the road up over the Rest & Be Thankful pass and down towards Arrochar. Just before you reach the shores of Loch Long, Ardgartan forest is on your right.

The car park is at grid reference NN 269 037.

Using SatNav?

G83 7AS is the nearest postcode, about 1 mile (1.6 km) along the road towards Inveraray.

Public transport

Buses between Glasgow and Oban pass Ardgartan. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

From Arrochar, just up the road, you can climb The Cobbler, which dominates the head of Loch Long. Lochgoilhead offers some magical walks in a beautiful setting that feels miles away from the world’s cares.

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