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Four bluebell woods on Argyll’s Secret Coast

Four bluebell woods on Argyll’s Secret Coast
Argyll’s Secret Coast has some lovely old oak woodlands that support a vast range of flora and fauna. And in May you’ll be treated to a carpet of bluebells on the forest floor. Here are four of the best places to see bluebells on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Glenan Wood
Wood is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. Located next to Portavadie, it’s easily accessible and has a range of walks, from easy coastal rambles to slightly more strenuous hilly ones. Follow the sign for the ‘Coast Path’ and head back by the ‘Forest Path’ for a stunning loop with plenty of beautiful bluebells. Listen out for the birdlife while you’re walking. Glenan Wood has a rare population of night jars. See if you can hear their distinctive call in the twilight. Listen out for woodwarblers and cuckoos too.

Kilfinan Community Forest
There are a couple of small walks at Kilfinan Community Forest that will take you through areas of native oak woodland. It’s also a perfect habitat for native woodland flowers, including bluebells. You’ll might see orange-tip butterflies, which feed on the bluebells’ nectar and enjoy sunny woodland glades. Another good place to spot is the oak woodland near the primary school, where the rhododendrons were cleared a few years ago. With sunlight now penetrating, the native woodland flowers return, including a carpet of bluebells.

Caladh Estate Woodlands
Caladh Estate is another great place to explore, with easy coastal walking or more strenuous exploration up in the oak woodland. As well as the bluebells, it’s worth seeking out the lily pond where resident dragonflies love to police the watercourses around it.

Auchtachoan
This small settlement in the hills behind Carry Farm is reached from a woodland path at the end of Carry Woods running up the side of the burn. In May when the bluebells are out, the gorge is carpeted with flowers and it makes a stunning walk.
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