Quiet riverside trails and peaceful picnics in oak and birch woodland

Strone Hill

The perfect riverside stop-off

Strone Hill nestles between the river and the Tyndrum-Oban road. It's a good place to break up a journey and enjoy fresh woodland air as well as enjoy the gorgeous River Lochy falls.

The trees here are mainly oak, birch and rowan, and are full of brilliant colour in autumn and spring. We've been taking out the non-native conifers and encouraging wildlife, so you'll see different birds and animals every time you come.

Our guide to the forests of North Argyll (PDF 3.7MB) will help you explore Strone Hill and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

Parking Picnic area Walking

Places to eat nearby

You'll find the nearest toilets and places to eat in Dalmally or Tyndrum.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

A watering hole for weary cattle

Strone Hill is a natural resting place for travellers. In the past drovers watered their cattle here on the long walk to markets in the south. Today it's a peaceful spot to walk your dog and picnic by the river. There are good views to Ben Cruachan from the car park and an impressive viewpoint over the River Lochy falls.

Contact: West Argyll Forest District

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650


How to get here

From Tyndrum, head towards Oban on the A85 for 8¾ miles (14km) and you'll see Strone Hill car park signposted on your left.

From Dalmally, take the A85 east towards Tyndrum and climb steadily for 3 miles (4.8 km). The car park is signposted on your right.

Strone Hill car park is at grid reference NN 209 271

Using SatNav?

PA33 1AX in Dalmally is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The Glasgow to Oban bus service passes the car park entrance but the nearest stop is in Dalmally, 3 miles / 4.8 km away. See Traveline Scotland for timetables.

Nearby places

There are more scenic picnic sites and a challenging cycle route just around the corner in gentle Glen Orchy. On the way to Oban, Fearnoch has forest walks and a cycle route, and the delightful Atlantic oakwoods of Glen Nant National Nature Reserve. Stop at one of the informal picnic sites along the western shore of Loch Awe, with great family trails at Barnaline and Cruachan.

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