An ancient stronghold and a giant’s grave on the wooded ‘hill of the boar’


Uncover history at Torinturk

A fairly rugged route climbs through the woods to the atmospheric ruins of Dùn a’ Choin Duibh, the fort of the black dog, where legend tells how the great hunter Torquil Mor died fighting a wild boar. Close by is a Bronze Age burial cairn, said to hold the remains of Diarmaid, founder of the clan Campbell. Today these woods are the hunting ground of many birds of prey.

A peaceful forest walk which gives great views from the top of the fort to West Loch Tarbert and towards the distant hills of the islands of Arran and Islay.

Parking Walking Viewpoint

Have a bite to eat

There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Tarbert. There’s also a tourist information centre beside the harbour.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Wildlife watching

The forest here, which runs down to the shore of West Loch Tarbert, was first planted with conifers in the 1940s. After these trees matured and were felled for timber, the hillsides were replanted. The areas of young trees and open grassy glades make an ideal habitat for voles, a favourite snack for many birds of prey. Watch out for buzzards and tawny owls hunting here.

The needles of the spruce and other conifers are also the favoured building material for wood ants to create their large domed nests – look out for them in shady spots beneath the trees.

Exploring Kintyre by long distance trail

Head to Tarbert to join the 100 mile (161km) Kintyre Way to Dunaverty at the southern end of the peninsula. Or you can explore Kintyre’s quiet roads along National Cycle Network route 78, which links Campbeltown in the south of Kintyre to Tarbert, then heads to Inverness via Oban, Fort William and Fort Augustus.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650


How to get here

Torinturk is beside the B8024 between Dunmore and Stonefield, on the shore of West Loch Tarbert. The village is about 6 miles (10km) south west of Tarbert.

The turning to Torinturk car park is in the middle of Torinturk village (look for a phone box at the junction). Follow the forest road uphill for about 400 yards (0.4 km) to reach the small car park. The forest road is un-surfaced and rough in places so please drive carefully.

The car park is at grid reference NR 812 642.

Using SatNav?

PA29 6YE is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Discover more varied woodland sites as you explore Kintyre. Climb up above the pretty fishing port of Tarbert, with its medieval castle, for spectacular views across Kintyre.

Alternatively, head to Carradale, where there's a range of trails to enjoy, plus wonderful woodland wildlife and sweeping sea views from a wooded hilltop.

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

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