West Argyll’s forest trails to re-open by Christmas

A number of Forestry Commission Scotland’s popular woodland trails in West Argyll have suffered storm damage from the recent strong winds.

For public safety, a number of trails have had to be closed whilst fallen trees are removed and broken branches made safe.

The good news is that the damage to the forests is not extensive and the Commission expects all their trails to be back open before the Christmas holidays.

The public are advised to keep an eye on the Forestry Commission Scotland website where the situation in West Argyll is being continually updated.

Current status

The current position for West Argyll’s most popular trails is as follows:

  • Sutherland’s Grove: the car park is open with the short all-abilities walk open. However all other trails closed. This is also due to intensive harvesting works this week.
  • Beinn Lora – closed.
  • Knapdale – open.
  • Kintyre – open.
  • Glen Orchy – the main picnic site access is closed but the forest is passable.
  • Kilmichael – most trails are still closed.
  • West Loch Awe – a number of trails are still closed.

Visit the Commission’s website here to check on the developing situation for your chosen forest.

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One Response to West Argyll’s forest trails to re-open by Christmas

  1. There’s one Knapdale trail that doesn’t seem to be recognised by the Forestry Commission – the historic route from Dunardry (Cairnbaan) over the hills to Barnagad and Kilmichael of Inverlussa (Achnamara) – this was the old trail to Castle Sween and the settlement of Kilmory Knap, and was protected when the Forestry Commission planted Knapdale, but has been suffering from uncleared windblow for more than a year now.
    The historic nature of this route, the care that was taken to keep it clear when the forest was planted (except where a parallel forest road on an easier route was built at the east end) and the fact that it would appear to be a right of way makes the inability to clear around half a dozen trees (maybe more now) difficult to understand.
    Obviously it’s not a forestry haul road, but the fallen trees now blocking it will eventually render an attractive part of our heritage lost.
    I’m really surprised that FC Scotland doesn’t seem to care about this, as they safeguard their own roads, the walking trails they’ve developed, and – increasingly – the archaeological sites that were originally planted over.

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