Walk: Doon with the Dunoon ducks

Argyll & Bute | Cowal | Short walk | ★★

[Bishop's Glen Reservoir]

Bishop's Glen Reservoir is a popular local beauty spot for Dunoonites (yes, that is a thing), within easy walking distance uphill from Dunoon's town centre. Wide and shady paths set a little way back from the duck-filled waters make a circuit easy, and busy by Cowal's standards. The burn at the head of the reservoir has a bridge for a possible shortcut to the return leg; for more variety, continue up Balgaidh Burn's verdant glen with occasional glimpses of dark pools and rapids.

[Looking down Balgaidh Burn towards the reservoir]

📌 Walk: Doon with the Dunoon ducks
▶ 3 km / 2 miles | ▲ 100 metres
Features: Bishop's Glen Reservoir
Start / finish: Car park at upper end of Nelson Street, a mile west of Dunoon town centre, G.R.: NS 165767 ///flop.seaweed.hounded

Route: Car park - cross burn just upstream from car park - Bishop's Glen Reservoir (south bank) - cross burn at G.R. NS 153769 - Bishop's Glen Reservoir (north bank) - start
Terrain: Wide paths (narrower options closer to the reservoir side) with only odd steep sections. Short tarmac lane for return from reservoir.
Wildlife today: Swans and cygnets, ducks, little grebes.
Weather today: Mostly sunny with light winds, temperature in mid-teens.

[Reservoir from the northwest bank]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands


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