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Beautiful, wild and peaceful

Lochgoilhead

Experience the untamed beauty of Lochgoilhead

At the end of the 1800s, Lochgoilhead was described as "not easily surpassed for beauty of situation and its fine scenery." It hasn't changed much since then: just a few hundred yards along the winding single-track road to the village, you feel as if you've been plunged into the remotest parts of the West Highlands. In spring the woods gleam with fresh green leaves and sparkle with bird song.

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

Notice

  • Please be aware of extensive road improvement works taking place on the forest roads around Glen Mhor and the Ardgartan Peninsula. There are many different operations taking place at the same time so please follow any on site safety signage and instructions. Also on the Cowal way between Strachur and Lochgoilhead, there is a Diversion in place above Lettermay due to tree felling works.

Parking Walking Mountain access

Nearby essentials

If the Arboretum car park is full, you'll find a larger car park in the centre of the village, run by Argyll and Bute Council. You can also find places to eat and public toilets in the village.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Take on the challenge

Lochgoilhead is on the Cowal Way, a long distance route that runs for 57 miles (92 km) through the rugged countryside of Argyll.

Notice

Please be aware of extensive road improvement works taking place on the forest roads around Glen Mhor and the Ardgartan Peninsula. There are many different operations taking place at the same time so please follow any on site safety signage and instructions. Also on the Cowal way between Strachur and Lochgoilhead, there is a Diversion in place above Lettermay due to tree felling works.

A place with roots

The car park is the 'Arboretum' car park because there used to be a formal collection of different tree species here. If you look closely you might just spot the rectangular blocks of planting.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600

Email: enquiries.central@forestryandland.gov.scot


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. At the Rest & Be Thankful car park turn left onto the single track road which leads into Lochgoilhead.

Alternatively, cross the River Clyde by ferry to Dunoon. Take the A815 north for about 25 miles / 40 km to the single track road sign posted for Lochgoilhead. Turn right here and follow the road down through Hell’s Glen until you reach Lochgoilhead.

As you enter the village and reach the shore, take the first turn on your left, pass the bowling club and scout centre and the Lochgoilhead Arboretum car park is on your right. The car park is at grid reference NN 200 016.

Using SatNav?

PA24 8AQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Various bus services run to Lochgoilhead. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Ardgartan offers some fine trails ideal for cycling. From Arrochar you can climb The Cobbler, one of Scotland's classic hill walks.

All these places are in the Argyll Forest Park, which has more fabulous forests to discover.


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