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Argyll Forest Park

Argyll Forest Park

Argyll Forest Park is a forest park located on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands. Established in 1935, it was the first forest park to be created in the United Kingdom.[2] The park is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland, and covers 211 km2 in total.[1]

Argyll Forest Park
A map showing the location of the Argyll Forest Park (in red, other forests parks shown in green).
LocationCowal peninsula, Argyll and Bute
Nearest cityGlasgow
Coordinates56.135°N 5.041°W / 56.135; -5.041
Area21,133 ha (81.59 sq mi)[1]
Governing bodyForestry and Land Scotland

From the Holy Loch in the south to the Arrochar Alps in the north, the park includes a variety of landscapes, from high peaks to freshwater and seawater lochs.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Much of the forest park lies within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which was established in 2002, however the forests at Corlarach and Ardyne in Cowal are outwith the national park boundary but within the forest park.[9]


Forestry and Land Scotland highlight trails at the following places:[3]

  • Glenbranter, bike trails and walks, featuring ancient oaks
  • Puck's Glen, trail up rocky gorge among woodlands
  • Benmore, forest around Benmore Botanic Garden, with giant trees
  • Kilmun Arboretum, collection of tree species in woodland groves
  • Ardentinny, easy trails and beach walk


  1. "National Forest Estate Forest Parks GB". Scottish Government Spatial Data Infrastructure. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. "Argyll Forest Park". Forestry Commission Scotland. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. "Argyll Forest Park - Forestry Commission Scotland". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. "Argyll Forest Park". VisitScotland. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. "Argyll Forest and the Arrochar Alps". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. "Argyll Forest Park". Arrochar. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  7. "Argyll Forest Park - Arrochar - Days Out". The AA. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. "Argyll Forest Park". visitcowal. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  9. "Argyll Forest Park: Where great forests meet Atlantic shores" (PDF). Forestry Commission Scotland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
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