Knockdow House has an illustrious history dating back to the 18th century. This exquisite Georgian property features rich interiors, stunning grounds and plenty on offer in and around the area. Up until 1949, it belonged to the Laird of Knockdow, Sir Norman Lamont.
Knockdow House is located in the town of Dunoon, Cowal, on the west shore of the Firth of Clyde. This is a truly magical location with plenty on offer to see and do, including many walking and hiking opportunities.
For those looking to explore further afield, there are a number of woods throughout Argyll, including Puck’s Glen, Arkinglas, Glenan, Taynish and Duchess Wood.
Puck’s Glen is situated just outside Dunoon. This is a magical woodland world with great, tumbling waterfalls, as well as towering Douglas fir trees that are striking and graceful to look at, at any time of year.
You can choose between two trails: one that winds through a rocky gorge, and one that takes a longer route, leading you to viewpoints over the landscape.
Ardkinglas Forest is situated at the head of Loch Fyne in Cairndow. These beautiful gardens are surrounded by spectacular hills and mountainside, offering a great place to walk and explore.
Covering 4,800 hectares, Ardkinglas Forest is open throughout the year from dawn to dusk. It is home to a vast collection of trees and shrubs, including a huge silver fir conifer tree which is considered the biggest in Europe.
This is a great place for kids as the gardens are home to both the Gruffalo Trail as well as a wonderful Fairy Trail, which was recently created.
Located just beside CalMac ferry terminal at Portavadie, Argyll, this beautiful oak woodland is home to rich fauna and flora, as well as rare moss, lichens, ferns and wild flowers. It is an adventure’s dream with caves, a remote beach and even a lost village, which you will find deep in the wood! Here you will find eight or nine ruined houses, all made from local stone.
Taynish is a National Nature Reserve just south of Tayviallach. As one of Britain’s largest remaining oak forests, it is home to plenty of plants and trees, as well as an abundance of wildlife, including whopper swans and great northern divers, which can be spotted during the winter months.
This diverse woodland is set within the town of Helensburgh. It is rich in a wide range of plant and animal species, and has a vast network of paths and bridges to explore.
As you can see, there are plenty of magnificent woods to explore in Argyll and around, whether you’re after a leisurely stroll amongst the grounds of Knockdow House, or something a little more challenging!