Dalbuie Forest is located at the bottom end of the Kintyre peninsular and comprises 1932ha. The forest is surrounded by a mixture of private commercial plantations, agricultural land with dairy, beef and arable use, and higher elevation open moorland used for sheep grazing. Arinarach Hill is the highest point in the forest at 312m and is the principle area of open space in the property.

The closest settlements are Southend to the south and Campbeltown in the north and the B842 runs adjacent to the forest in the west. The eastern area of the forest reaches the coast at its furthest extent.

The site was acquired in several parts, between 1965 and 1977. The block was predominantly planted between 1965 and 1973 with the later acquisition of 1977 planted in 1982. Following extreme winds during the storm of 26th December 1998 approximately 400 hectares of the forest were windblown. Significant restructuring and road building has since taken place and Dalbuie remains an excellent example of a commercial forestry plantation. Forest research is also an important function of this block and ongoing experimental plots are located within the area.



The current forest design plan is undergoing review and we are now gathering views on our draft proposals. These include proposals for felling and replanting as well as wider land management objectives involving issues such as climate change, cultural heritage and nature conservation. The draft version of the new plan, and related maps, are available below.

We would welcome your comments on the draft proposals and a details of a public drop-in consultation in the local area will shortly be available online.

Documents and maps

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or would like to comment on these plans. CD and paper copies of these documents can be provided upon request.

Tommy McGrory
Planning Forester
West Argyll Forest District
PA31 8RS

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