Walk: Puck's Glen - midsummer light's dream

[Puck's Glen]

Magic oozes from every twist and turn of Puck's Glen, an enchanting gorge deep in the forests of Cowal a few miles north of Dunoon. Named after the mischievous sprite in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, you might see him in the balls of sunlight which occasionally burst through to the base of the glen. Every corner seems to reveals a new surprise, with waterfalls and bridges clinging to the valley sides which must number in the dozens. Photos can't capture the scent of fresh pine, the noisy cascades or the dampness of the air, all of which combine to create an overwhelmingly atmospheric route - one of Scotland's very best short walks. Catch it early or late in the day and it feels like you're the first person ever to set foot here.

[Path through Puck's Glen]

Name: Walk: Puck's Glen - midsummer light's dream ★★★★★
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 130 metres
Points of interest: Puck's Glen
Start / finish: Car park on A815 3 miles north of Sandbank, G.R.: NS 147839 ///pits.snowstorm.violin

Route: Car park - base of Puck's Glen by valley track - track junction at top of Puck's Glen - start by woodland path. Route marked in red on map here (no. 7).
Terrain: Track at first, then clear paths with lots of steps and some steep sections.
Wildlife today: Tame robins and chaffinches.
Weather today: Sunny intervals, but cool and damp in the shaded gorge.

[Footbridges criss-cross the gorge]

Route credit: Forestry Commission

[The walk initially follows the old road along the strath]

[Start of the path along Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[Puck's Glen]

[View over Strath Eachaig from the descent]

[Return path]

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