Crinan Wood (a hidden gem)
On a recent holiday to Argyll and on the recommendation of Gwen, the Glen Finglas ranger, I paid a visit to the Woodland Trust site at Crinan Wood.
On a beautiful evening I ascended the ‘rainforest’ from Crinan Harbour. A steep path, through wonderful atlantic oak and hazel trees led to a view-point overlooking the harbour with its red and white lighthouse. Coming out of the wood and crossing a valley I was intrigued by the signpost ‘New York’ ruins. I later learnt that it was the name given to the settlement probably built by the York Bank Company, for the workers building the canal.
I continued round the back of the hill to gain the summit. From here the views were stunning. To the north Loch Crinan and to the west the islands of Scarba and Jura, separated by the Corryvreckan, the third largest whirlpool in the world.
If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit.
Glen Finglas Gateway Woodland Engagement Volunteer