Walk: Benmore's Big Tree Trail
|[Big tree on the big tree trail]|
This short, steep walk opposite Benmore Botanic Garden is named by the Forestry Commission as the "Big Tree Trail". That mightn't sound particularly special given that almost all of Cowal's other popular walks are also in forest - but this energetic circuit turns out to have bundles of character. One quirky highlight is a ladder staircase to hurdle a recently fallen giant (apparently containing enough wood to build 60 garden sheds); there are also some decent views over Strath Eachaig from the higher parts.
|[Traversing the steep hillside on the ascent route]|
📌 Walk: Benmore's Big Tree Trail ★★★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 120 metres
Points of interest: Cowal forest... and big trees!
Start / finish: Car park at Benmore Botanic Garden, A815 4 miles north of Sandbank, G.R.: NS 143855 ///minerals.users.rainfall
Route: Car park - cross A815 - track junction at G.R.: NS 146855 - track junction at G.R.: NS 148851 - start. Route marked in blue on map here (no. 6).
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks, often steep.
Wildlife today: A few birds, otherwise quiet.
Weather today: Mostly sunny, temperature in mid teens.
|[The higher section is on a wide track with occasional good views over the strath]|
Route credit: Forestry Commission
|[View into the forest at the trailhead]|
|[Another fallen giant]|