A quiet spot in the heart of Knapdale for an atmospheric stroll into the past

Gleann a Gealbhan

Step into the past at Gleann a Gealbhan

A winding trail will lead you up through the woods to the ruins of Arichonan, where you can imagine the life of the tenants who had to leave the village in 1848. There are fine views towards Caol Scotnish and beyond into Loch Sween from this poignant spot.

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Find all the essentials nearby

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

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Arichonan township

The ruins of Arichonan still stand tall on the slopes of Gleann a Gealbhan. The village had been standing here since at least 1600 but in 1848 the landlord evicted the tenant families. He wanted to clear the land for more profitable sheep farming, and the villagers were forced to leave.

After more than 160 years, some of the houses are still standing and, as you explore, you can get a real sense of how people lived and worked here. Find out more about the abandoned villages of Arichonan and nearby Kilmory on our forest heritage pages.

Contact: West Argyll Forest District

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650


How to get here

Gleann a Gealbhan car park is off the B8025 between Bellanoch and Tayvallich.

Follow the A816 north out of Lochgilphead then, after about 2½ miles (4km), take the B841 towards Crinan. Turn left at Bellanoch onto the B8025. You’ll see signs for Gleann a Gealbhan car park on your left after about 3 miles (5km). The car park is at grid reference NR 777 910.

Using SatNav?

PA31 8PG is the nearest postcode, but please note this is several miles beyond the car park.

Public transport

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

Nearby places

Find out more about Knapdale and its remarkable wildlife at nearby Barnluasgan, where there’s a range of scenic woodland trails. At Dunardry you can explore a forest on the craggy slopes above the Crinan Canal. There are trails suitable for everyone. 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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