Strontian and Ariundle Oakwoods
Venture into the wilds of Sunart and head out on the wee yellow road from Strontian, through Scotstown, over the hills, the steep steep hills, and down into Polloch. The road is steep and bendy, though worth the journey as it takes you into the wild depths of Sunart and Moidart. There is a lovely Forestry Commission walk from a small car park at Polloch taking you to the shores of Loch Shiel where you can look for eagles, otters and divers as well as stopping for a picnic on a particulary well positioned bench overlooking Loch Shiel (we always do). You can also cycle along the forest roa
A lovely circular walk over moorland, woodland and along the banks of the Strontian River to Scotstown and Ardnastaing. The walk provides a good opportunity to enjoy the fauna and flora associated with deciduous and coniferous woodland, heath land and riparian habitats. The ground flora is particular lovely in Spring and Summer, with range of spring woodland flowers and, later in the year, a resplendence of orchids and the heath flora.
The village of Strontian lies on the northern shores of Loch Sunart.
The Ariundle National Nature Reserve is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year, and there are two lovely walks through the woods and hills. The Reserve is a fine example of ancient coastal Atlantic oakwood and is recognised for its old oaks supporting a huge diversity and abundance of ferns.
There is a Forestry Commission carpark at the end of the road to Ariundle with interpreation boards and a map of the walk options.