Kilmun Arboretum

[Eucalyptus grove at Kilmun Arboretum]

Way back in the 1930's, the Forestry Commission decided that the Cowal Peninsula's cool, moist climate provided ideal conditions to test the worth of hundreds of tree species as possible candidates of timber production. A tiny forest of each species was planted; out of the 300-ish trials, approximately half of the miniature forests have survived into the new millennium, making this a great place for a wander (unless you hate trees...). Admittedly different types of pine all start to look a bit similar after you've passed dozens of signposted groves of them, but more obviously exotic highlights include eucalyptus and monkey puzzle trees.

[Wildlife sculpture at the car park]

Name: Kilmun Arboretum ☆☆☆
Location: Off the A880, north end of Kilmun village, G.R.: NS 164823 / items snug cove
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? The lower, waymarked trails are clear and mostly straightforward. Venture higher and the paths are rougher, steeper and overgrown by ferns in summer - beware ticks!

[The higher paths are rougher and without waymarkers, but offer occasional views over Holy Loch]

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