NatureScot's Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve is a superb example of one of Scotland's Celtic rainforests. Clinging to the lower slopes of Beinn Churlain, rising up from the shores of Loch Creran, the mild, wet Atlantic climate provides the perfect conditions for ferns, mosses and lichens to flourish. An exciting array of invertebrates species thrive here, such as the rare Chequered Skipper and Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterflies.
Ash and oak dominate the woodland at Glasdrum, their trunks softened by a thick coat of mosses and lichens. Where sunlight penetrates between the trees, smaller flowering plants take hold and provide a rich larder for butterflies like the rare chequered skipper. Otters are known to slip cautiously between the woodland and the clear waters of Loch Creran.
Facilities include a car park, a picnic area and a steep woodland trail.
From Oban, head north on the A85, turning right onto the A828 at Connel and continue to Creagan Bridge. After the bridge, turn right onto the minor road and continue for 2 miles along the north side of the loch to the car park.
Public Transport Directions
By Public Transport: The nearest bus stop is at Creagan Bridge (2 miles) on the Oban - Fort William / Appin route. The nearest train station is Connel Ferry (12 miles) on the Glasgow - Oban line.
By Bike: National Cycle Network Route 78 (Oban - Campbeltown) starts in Oban, 16.1 miles from the Reserve. From Oban, head north on the A85, turning right onto the A828 at Connel and continue to Creagan Bridge. After the bridge, turn right onto the minor road and continue for 2 miles along the north side of the loch to the car park.
On Foot: Visitors on foot can walk 2 miles along a quiet road from Creagan Bridge to the entrance.
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