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Beautiful, inspiring, tranquil, healing and accessible woods in the heart of Argyll. The woodlands form part of the sanctuary of Lochgilphead’s Argyll and Bute Hospital. Restored in 2007 there are all-abilities access paths, sculptures and artworks. The woods are open to all and feature a mix of native and exotic trees, some of the latter dating from the inception of the hospital over 150 years ago.
All of the trails are accessed through the arch at the rear of the car-park at the Mid-Argyll Hospital. The Low Wood has an easy pathway of a few hundred metres. From here you can cross the meadow to our pond and the High Wood trail. This has a moderate gradient and some steps. From this trail you can also take the short Ridge Walk where on a clear day you can see the islands of Scarb and Jura. There are a number of benches
Much of the restoration and ongoing work is done by users of mental health services and volunteers from all walks of life, offering folk a chance to learn new skills. You can see the results in the many sculptures and artworks, some permanent, some seasonal, some just for fun. Keep your eyes peeled! Walks are also held on a regular basis, a chance to meet up with friends and enjoy the woods throughout the year.
“Somewhere to walk that is nice,
that’s got nice quiet shaded areas
with beautiful, beautiful
woodwork benches and things.
And lots of wee surprises, like
wee beasts on things, on a trunk.
It’s magical, it’s magical.”
There’s always a lot going on at Blarbuie, with path-work, tree planting, maintenance, crafts, public events and guided walks.
You can keep up to date with what’s going on by visiting our Facebook page.