Delightful wooded hills and pebble beaches on the shore of Loch Fyne


Adventures in Ardcastle

The forest roads and paths that criss-cross the woods running down to the loch shore are ideal for walking, cycling and horse-riding – and there are plenty of scenic picnic spots to enjoy the views or watch for wildlife.

Keep an eye out for common seals on the loch, and red squirrels and deer in the forest. You’ll find the ancient and atmospheric ruins of St Bride’s Chapel amongst the trees here too.

Parking Picnic area Walking Horse riding Viewpoint

Pick up a few essentials

You can find refreshments at nearby Minard village, plus public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop at Lochgilphead.

Walking trails


Cycling trails



Mountain biking trails

Cycling and horse-riding at Ardcastle

The network of forest roads and paths here is perfect for exploring by bike or on horseback, with plenty of forest roads to choose from as you cycle through the trees near the shores of Loch Fyne.

Wildlife watching

The mix of woods and water here means this place is bursting with wildlife. You’re quite likely to see roe and sika deer, as well as red squirrels in the forest. There are pine marten here too, but you’re more likely to find evidence they’ve been here in the form of a black poo or scat than to see them…

Down by the lochside, look out for common seals and rafts of eider ducks diving for shellfish - the chunky black and white males are particularly distinctive. You may even spot an otter hunting for food along the water’s edge.

Kilmichael Forest

Ardcastle is part of Kilmichael Forest, which stretches between Lochgilphead and Minard. This is a busy working forest, producing many thousand tonnes of timber each year, much of which is used to make paper. There are plenty of peaceful places in this large forest for taking in the views, looking out for wildlife or enjoying trails on foot, bike or horse-back.

Contact: West Argyll Forest District

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650


How to get here

Ardcastle is on the A83 between Lochgair and Minard, on the western shore of Loch Fyne. From Lochgilphead, look for the turning for Ardcastle car park about 2 miles (3km) after Lochgair. From the north, the turning is about 3½ miles (5.5km) beyond Minard. The car park is at grid reference NR 942 919.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8SB is the nearest postcode, but please note that this in Lochgair village.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Glasgow and Campbeltown via Lochgilphead that stop at Lochgair and Minard. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

It’s only a short hop to the other side of the A83 to reach Glashan forest and reservoir, with more scenic woodland and a waterside trail, as well as a great picnic spot overlooking Loch Glashan.

Our leaflet guide to the forests of Mid Argyll & Kintyre will help you explore more wonderful woodlands.

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