Near to Nature and other Forest Walks at Dunardry

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  • There are a number of walks here beginning with the interesting, but short, ‘Near to Nature’ Trail. This gives excellent access to a gorge woodland environment rarely encountered by using innovative construction techniques such as platforms, walkways and bridges. It is a rare chance to experience close-up the biodiversity from tree-top to gorge bottom.

    The Near to Nature Trail includes a series of challenging climbs as well as easier access at the top. Visit http://www.thedalriadaproject.org/index.asp?pageid=536849 for a self guided leaflet giving insight into the botanical riches.

    The Dunardry Trail (yellow walk) is the longest, and can be made more challenging by adding in a climb up to the trig point. The views from here are stunning. You can see Mull and beyond, Kilmartin Glen with Dunadd, Crinan Canal and lots more.
    Duntrune Castle, visible on the shores of Loch Crinan, is on the Poltalloch Estate; it was here that the Westie (West Highland Terrier) was first bred. Dunadd Fort, with its footprint cut in the rock, is possibly the original home of the Stone of Destiny, and was the crowning-place of the Kings of ancient Dalriada. Visible in the distance is the Isle of Jura, on the north of which, is the farmhouse where George Orwell wrote ‘1984’.

    There is plenty of parking at the start of the walks, and lunch may be found in nearby Cairnbaan, Tayvallich , or Lochgilphead. There are picnic tables and information panels around the main car park at Dunardry, marked on the map. Disabled parking and easier access to the Near to Nature Trail is found by driving through the main housing on the south side of Cairnbaan and about a kilometre up the hill.

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