May 30 2019

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.


Carole Marr

Glen Finglas Gateway Woodland Engagement Volunteer

  • PaulLittlewood

    Beautiful area, lovely photos. We stayed on the Crinan canal many years ago, our home was the barge used by workers who built the canal

    June 2, 2019 at 10:15 am
  • MikeMurray

    The Guardian had a supplement, albet paid for by Yorkshire Tea, a few weeks ago on the Best Woodland Walks in Britain..
    Crinan Wood was listed as number 20

    June 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

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