Walk: Canal side to Cruach Mòr

[View over Mòine Mòr from the summit]

Cruach Mòr (or Dunardry) rises above dense forestry allowing sweeping views south into the wilds of Knapdale, north across the improbably flat Mòine Mòr and west to the Paps of Jura peeking out above the Taynish peninsula. The Crinan Canal also sneaks into the view at the foot of the hill, an unexpected addition to the otherwise rugged landscape. Thanks to the Forestry Commission there are several waymarked routes here: follow the yellow route for most of the circuit, but it's worth detouring on descent to an impressive series of bridges and steps criss-crossing a gorge cut by Dunardry Burn.

[Crinan Canal from near the start]

Name: Walk: Canal side to Cruach Mòr ★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 210 metres
Main summits: Cruach Mòr  / Dunardry (214 metres)
Points of interest: Crinan Canal; Dunardry Burn gorge
Start / finish: Dunardry car park, B841 just west of Cairnbaan, G.R.: NR 824909 / squeaks guests freely

Route: Car park - Dunardry via western tracks - Dunardry Burn gorge - start. Combination of yellow then blue / green routes on map here.
Terrain: Good tracks and paths with some steps and steep sections.
Wildlife today: Bird of prey hovering above the forest.
Weather today: Dry and often sunny, gentle breeze at the top

[Dunardry Burn is criss-crossed by an impressive series of bridges and paths]


Route credit: Forestry Commission / Scotland off the beaten track

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