Welcome to the magnificent mature forests of Lochaweside.
As well as conifer and natural broad-leaved woodlands, Lochaweside also has farmland, unplanted hill tops, lochans, crags and glades.
Our local bike shop, RCS Cycles, can rent and deliver bikes for your use in exploring Lochaweside. There are spectacular routes all around the area and they are happy to advise on something suitable for your level.
1 Day £14.00
Delivery £15.00 (total for unlimited bikes)
Contact: T: 01866 822 736 or 0779 197 4152
Loch Awe's Inverliever forest has a history dating back to 1908 when His Majesty's Office of Woods acquired Inverliever Estate and began pioneering afforestation operations to replace the forests depleted over the centuries. Together with Eredine forest across the loch, the two forest areas extend to about 20,000 hectares.
The dominant tree is the Sitka Spruce. Other trees that flouish here are the Norway Spruce and Japanese Larch though you'll also be able to see examples of Douglas Fir, Noble and Grand Firs, Western Hemlock, Lodgepole Pine, Scots Pine, Western Red Cedar and European Larch.
Most of the common Scottish Broadleaves are also present: Oak, Ash, Whych Elm, Birch, Rowan, Hazel, Alder, Willow and Sallow, Holly and some planted Beech.
Recreation in the Forest
Inverliever and Eredine have nearly 90 miles of forest roads, all freely open to the public on foot and bicycle except when timber harvesting is in progress.
In addition to six waymarked walks there are also the old public rights of way, one from Kilchrenan to Kilmore and the String of Lorn route leading north from Loch Avich.
The "Freedom to Roam" policy means that you can wander extensively throughout the forest, but remember that it is a working environment and approach working sites with extreme care. On all walks stout footwear is advised, although only the Loch Avich Walk and the three rights of way are very wet and rough.
Picnic Areas & Viewpoints:
In addition to the forest walks there are a number of other places to visit in the forest:
1. Otter Viewpoint ~ Near us at Kilchrenan there is a small signposted car park. A short walk from the car park leads to a panoramic view of the north end of the loch. In the foreground the island and peninsula of Achachenna were favourite places for otters.
2. Dorlin Point Picnic Place ~ This remote but beautiful grassy headland gives access to the shores of Loch Avich, with views of hills and forest. On an island off the point are the atmospheric ruins of Caistel na Nighinn Ruaidhe, the Castle of the Red Haired Maiden.
3. Kilmaha Viewpoint ~ A Car Park with spectacular views of Loch Awe from the heights of Kilmaha. There is also a small picnic area. Just to the north, at the Tower Road junction, is a small viewpoint with views over forest and loch to Ben Cruachan.
4. Francy's Viewpoint ~ A third viewpoint in this scenic part of the forest lies just below the public road, a mile north of Kilmaha Viewpoint. This is named "Francy's Viewpoint"; in honour of the last Chief Forester of Inverliever, George Francy, MBE. "McKenzie';s Grove" (which the viewpoint overlooks) is named after his worthy predecessor Ian McKenzie.
5. Eredine Picnic Places ~ There are two small picnic areas on the Eredine side of the Loch, at Ardray and Latham's Grove. There are no waymarked trails at Eredine, but most of the forest roads offer good walks with attractive woodlands, and spectacular views.
Loch Awe Forest Image: Copyright (c) Evert Kuiken and used with permission
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