Stop and enjoy this natural jewel – a shining ribbon of silver, fringed with delicate woodland and craggy hills

Loch Eck

An idyllic spot for a picnic

As you follow the road along the eastern shore of Loch Eck, you can stop at several picnic sites and enjoy gorgeous views across the loch. Jubilee Point picnic site is particularly photogenic, so don't forget to bring your camera.

On the opposite shore the craggy tops of Clach Bhein rise steeply above the water. You can walk or cycle along the western shore on the Loch Eck Loop.

Loch Eck is a great place for wildlife. Red squirrels forage its shores and deep under its surface swims Scotland's rarest freshwater fish – the powan. This relic from the ice age is protected and only found here and in Loch Lomond.

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

Parking Picnic area Walking Cycling Boat launching

Fancy a cuppa?

The nearest places for public toilets or a cup of tea are Whistlefield and the café at Benmore Garden.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Take to the water

You can launch a boat from Jubilee Point, and portable craft without motors, like canoes or kayaks, can use the loch any time.

If your boat has a motor you'll need to contact the Glenbranter forest office for permission at least one month in advance and provide insurance details for your boat. Call 0300 067 6600 for information.

Camping from your vehicle is not permitted here. There are campsites with facilities nearby at Sandbank and Kilmun, by Dunoon.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


How to get here

There are several car parks and picnic sites along the eastern shore of Loch Eck. To get there 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 for about 14 miles / 22.4 km until Loch Eck appears on your right.

Alternatively, travel to Gourock and take the ferry to Dunoon. Take the A885 north west out of Dunoon and continue straight onto the A815. After about 7 ½ miles / 12 km Lock Eck will appear on your left.

Dornoch Point is at grid reference NS 141 946.

Jubilee Point is at grid reference NS 141 930.

Using SatNav?

PA23 8SG is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

A regular bus service runs from Dunoon to Whistlefield. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Argyll Forest Park covers much of Cowal, and has nine fabulous forests to discover.

Benmore Botanic Garden is only a few miles away.

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