Walk: Canal side to Cruach Mor

Argyll & Bute | Cairnbaan | Half day walk | ★★★

[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 Forestry and Land Scotland 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]

📌 Walk: Canal side to Cruach Mor ★★★
Start / finish at Dunardry car park, B841 half a mile west of Cairnbaan, G.R.: NR 824909 ///squeaks.guests.freely

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 210 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Cruach Mòr / Dunardry (214 m) | Features: Crinan Canal; Dunardry Burn gorge
Terrain: Good tracks and paths with some steps and steep sections.

Route & map

Car park - Dunardry via western tracks - Dunardry Burn gorge - start. Combination of yellow then green routes on map here (no. 5).


Route credit: Forestry and Land Scotland / Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Bird of prey hovering above the forest.
Weather: Dry and often sunny, gentle breeze at the top

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

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