Isle of Bute Forest Posted on 15 Jan 23:49

Getting to the Forest

The community owned land merges with that owned by other parties and the paths, trails and interesting sites run throughout.

The Oak Woodland entrance can be accessed by parking at the ferry terminal and walking north through to the gate.

Here you’ll see a more detailed map of Balnakailly loop.

You can then continue through the field following the dirt track road around the coast until you see a signpost and a gate into the oak woodland.

The Rhubodach entrance to the community forest enters the plantation section.

This is part of the Balnakailly loop and can be reached by heading up the forest access track next to Rhubodach Cottage on the A886 shortly before the ferry terminal.

You can drive up this track off of the main road to reach a to a small parking area at the gate.

This track is used for harvesting the timber and leads to our work area before extending across the forest.

The track can be used for cycling or walking and there is usually little traffic along it.

The Moss Wood entrance is where you can access our area of native birch woodland.

If you’re travelling from Rothesay you will come across this before the other entrances.

It is currently marked with a sign saying moss wood and there is some car parking on your left here.

There is also more parking available of the shore road parallel to here and a path to access the woodland.

If you’re using a satnav this area is known as Shalunt Wood.

Glamping in the forest

The Charcoal Huts are our low impact, off-grid holiday lets, perfect for a unique woodland getaway

To book your magical visit to the Forest, go direct to the Forest website for all details and contact