The ‘height of the high king’, where forest cascades down craggy slopes, with a dramatic gorge amongst the trees


Soak in the scenery at Dunardry

The picnic spot at the start of the Dunardry trails is a great vantage point above the Crinan Canal. Sit back, enjoy the views and watch the boats negotiating the locks.

You can choose from four enticing trails here – meander through tall conifers to a viewpoint, scramble to the summit of An Cruach Mor or take the exhilarating Near to Nature trail beside the Dunardry Burn. If you’re looking for something much easier but equally scenic, choose the easy Great Gate Loop that also bridges the gorge. You can find all the details in our leaflet guide to Dunardry.


  • The main car park will be closed temporarily from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 February for re-surfacing works. All trails remain open and accessed via the upper car parking area.

Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Find somewhere to eat and drink

You’ll find refreshments at Cairnbaan and Crinan, and there are public toilets on the quay at Crinan. Head to nearby Lochgilphead for a selection of shops and places to eat and drink.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Knapdale for adventure

Dunardry is a popular place to start exploring the forest roads by cycle around Knapdale Forest. The easy option is to potter along the Crinan Canal towpath, part of National Cycle Route 78. If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, there’s a scenic network of quiet forest roads around the area.

Stop off at Barnluasgan for a picnic and see if you can spot the beavers of Knapdale. You might also see dragonflies and dainty goldeneye ducks on Loch Barnluasgan.

An ancient coastal kingdom

Knapdale is part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada, the birthplace of the Scottish nation. It was centred on Dunadd, a rocky crag just north of Lochgilphead, which was the crowning place of its kings. Explore the area to find remains of thousands of years of human occupation, including some remarkable prehistoric rock art. There are fine rock carvings at Achnabreac, and Kilmartin House Museum is a great place to find out more about this area’s remarkable history.

Contact: West Argyll Forest District

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650


How to get here

Dunardry car park is beside the B841 between Lochgilphead and Crinan.

Follow the A816 north out of Lochgilphead. After about 2½ miles (4km), take the B841 towards Crinan. Dunardry car park is on the left after about a mile (1.5km), at grid reference NR 823 908.

For easy access to the Green Gate Loop, there’s another car park close to the start of the trail. About ½ mile (1km) after you join the B841, look out for the Forestry Commission’s ‘Cairnbaan Workshops’ on your left. Take the next left turn after the workshops, onto ‘Letter Daill’. Follow the road uphill between the houses for about a mile (1.5km) to reach a parking area beside the road, at grid reference NR 821 904.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8UE is the nearest postcode for the Dunardry car park.
PA31 8UH is the nearest postcode for the Green Gate Loop parking area.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Lochgilphead and Achnamara, which stop at nearby Cairnbaan. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Barnluasgan is the ideal place to start exploring Knapdale. Find out about its remarkable wildlife and choose from a range of scenic woodland trails. Head a bit farther into Knapdale to find Gleann a Gealbhan. A short trail through the woods leads to the evocative ruins of Arichonan, a village cleared of its residents in 1848. Visit the little harbour at Crinan and then head up through Atlantic oakwoods above the village to some spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Crinan Canal, the Sound of Jura and the Inner Hebrides.

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

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